Bucks County is Proud to Announce Hosting a Convention With a Lure of Arts & Culture!

Bucks County, PA- If life imitates art, then consider being very much alive in Bucks County! The American Art Pottery Association partners with the Bucks County Conference & Visitor’s Bureau to host its 28th annual convention on April 23-27, 2008. This convention will mark its first arrival in Bucks County, a region known for its strong history in arts and culture. Headquartered at the Sheraton Bucks County Hotel in Langhorne, PA; it is centrally located between Philadelphia and Lambertville, New Jersey where several events will take place. Here’s the good news…all events will be open to the general public!

The convention will feature two bus tours; On April 23rd, a strolling tour of quintessential historical sites such as the Liberty Bell, Elfreth’s Alley and Independence Hall will be available in Philadelphia. The April 24th tour will showcase the accomplishments of Henry Chapman Mercer at three National Historic Landmark sites known as the “Mercer Mile” in Bucks County. Mercer was a noted tile maker, archaeologist, antiquarian, artist, writer and a leader in the turn of the century Arts and Crafts movement. His three structures include the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, a working history museum built in 1912. The other sites include Mercer’s home, Fonthill Castle, that he built in 1908 and the Mercer Museum that respects his vision to share with the world his collections through the years long after he died.

Attendees will then be given the opportunity to have lunch on the grounds of the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works and then stroll around town. Various discounts will become available to attendees from several establishments in Bucks County.

“This convention is especially important to us since it is the first time that we are holding it in this region,” explains Arnie Small, President of the American Art Pottery Association, “A region filled with such a great history of American art and pottery.”

A two-day pottery show and sale, art pottery auction and a book signing event will be included in this year’s convention. The two-day show will showcase dozens of pottery dealers from all over America specializing in American, European and contemporary pottery. The show and sale will be held at the headquarter hotel on Saturday, April 26th and Sunday, April 27th. It will be open to registered attendees at 10am and to the general public at noon until 5pm on Saturday and until 4pm on Sunday. Hourly prizes, “Booth Chats” and a pottery ID table will be scheduled as activities for attendees.

An auction featuring hundreds of vintage and contemporary art pottery will be hosted at the Rago Arts and Auction Center in Lambertville, New Jersey on Friday, April 25th. A book signing event will precede the auction at 4pm.

A respected roster of speakers will be presenting at the seminars. Ulysses Djetz, Senior Curator of Decorative Arts at The Newark Museum, Vance Koehler, curator of the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, Arlie Sulka, Managing Director of Lillian Nassau LLC and veteran Antiques Roadshow appraiser. Topics discussed will include American and European art pottery from it Aesthetic Movement roots in the 19th century through its escalating popularity during the 20th century, the life and accomplishments of Henry Chapman Mercer and Louis Comfort Tiffany of the famed Tiffany Glass.

A special presentation will also be offered by Craftsman Farms, a National Historic Landmark that has now become a museum dedicated to the American Arts and Crafts movement. Craftsman Farms was the original 1911 New Jersey home of turn of the 20th century designer, Gustav Stickley,

“This is the type of group that we try to partnership with because arts and crafts are one of the biggest draws to Bucks County and we are happy to be associated with them and host their convention” says Jerry Lepping, Executive Director of Bucks County Conference and Visitor’s Bureau.

All reservations for tours and events, excluding the Art Pottery Sale and Show, must be made in advance for non-convention attendees. Contact Arnie Small at 609 407 9997 or at potsinacnj@aol.com. Admission for the Art Pottery Sale and Show will be charged at the door.

Michelle Greco,
Public Relations Bucks County Conference & Visitor's Bureau
215.639.0300 x 231

The mission of the Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau, Inc. is to increase visitation to Bucks County by effectively marketing its heritage, accommodations and attractions. For more information on BCCVB activities call 800-836-BUCKS, visit www.VisitBucksCounty.com or stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center located at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem (adjacent to the entrance to Philadelphia Park Racetrack). The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. It is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 1 and Interstate 95.