Celebrate Arts at Bucks with Demonstrations, Concerts, and More
Open studios, demonstrations, concerts, and more are part of a series of events through May 14
Bucks County Community College presents Arts at Bucks now through May 14, with concerts, exhibitions, films, and a variety of other activities. The events, including an open house May 5, showcase the nationally accredited programs available at the public, two-year college. A complete list of events is at www.bucks.edu/culture/artsatbucks.
Visual Arts Events
On Sunday, May 5, the Department of the Arts opened its doors for free demonstrations, gallery receptions, open studios, and more. Demonstrations included woodturning, glassblowing, printmaking, and a bronze foundry pour. In addition, students sold their art in the Hicks Art Center courtyard.
The 54th Annual Student Exhibition in the Hicks Art Center Gallery is open through Tuesday, May 14. A scholarship and awards ceremony took place during the department’s open house. Admission is free. For gallery hours, visit www.bucks.edu/gallery.
Meanwhile, Artmobile, the college’s traveling outreach museum, was open to the public on the Newtown Campus. Visitors took in “Planting Seeds: The Art & Science of Pollination,” featuring 14 artists and scientists from the local area and across the nation who work to increase awareness of pollinators in our environment, the threats to their habitat loss, and the consequences of diminished populations. To learn more, visit www.bucks.edu/artmobile.
Students studying film and video production get their chance to shine from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, when the annual juried Bucks Filmfest takes place in the Kevin and Sima Zlock Performing Arts Center. The festival showcases a selection of works in narrative, documentary, experimental and animation, created by Arts Department students of cinema/video, photography, and multimedia. The Bucks Filmfest is free and open to the public.
Student musicians and vocalists perform free concerts most Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings during Arts at Bucks. Most of the student concerts take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Presser Music Room, located in the Music and Multimedia Center adjacent to the Hicks Art Center. The series culminates with a big-band style BCCC Jazz Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14 in the Zlock Performing Arts Center. Admission to all student concerts is free.
The 12th annual Tyler Formal Gardens and Landscape Lecture took place April 27. It featured Ethan Kauffman, the director of the Stoneleigh Garden, a natural garden and former estate of the Haas family in Villanova, Pa.
The college’s student-run Drama Club presented “Next to Normal” May 2, 3 and 4 in the Zlock Performing Arts Center. The play explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness.
For complete details of these events, visit www.bucks.edu/culture/artsatbucks or call the Arts Department at 215-968-8425. The college is located at 275 Swamp Rd., Newtown, Pa., 18940, where there is ample free parking.
The annual Arts at Bucks festival showcases the talent and academic excellence available at the public, two-year school. Bucks is one of the few community colleges in the nation that is an accredited institutional member of both the National Association of Schools of Music and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. That means its courses and facilities meet the high standards of the finest music and art schools in the nation, and credits earned at Bucks transfer to most four-year institutions. It is also an All-Steinway School.