A POTTERY LOVER’S DREAM IN BUCKS COUNTY!

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

Contact:
Michelle Greco,
Public Relations Bucks County Conference & Visitor’s Bureau
215.639.0300 x 231
Mgreco@visitbuckscounty.com

Contact:
Michelle Greco,
Public Relations Bucks County Conference & Visitor’s Bureau
215.639.0300 x 231
Mgreco@visitbuckscounty.com

“Discover the Arts in Bucks” Exhibit Premieres New Art Group At Visitor’s Center

(Bensalem, PA) The Ivyland Art Group will premiere at the Bucks County Visitor’s Center on August 24th through September 29th as apart of the rotating art exhibit that began in June 2008. This ongoing exhibit showcases new local artists every five weeks in the Mayor DiGirolamo Theater at the Visitor’s Center in Bensalem. This exhibit is free and open to the public!

Members of the Ivyland Art Group, all residents of Bucks and Montgomery Counties, gather several mornings or evenings each week at the studio of Ivyland artist Ellen Hall to create in a variety of mediums, with most working in oils, pastels and watercolor.

“Our mission is to allow local artists have the opportunity to display their work for both residents and visitors to enjoy.” says Jerry Lepping, Executive Director of the Bucks County Conference & Visitor’s Bureau. “We are thrilled to have the Ivyland Art Group exhibit their beautiful works of art at our venue.”

An opening reception will be held on Sunday, August 24th from 2pm-4pm at the Bucks County Visitors Center in Bensalem. For more information about Ellen Hall or The Ivyland Art Group, please contact The Bucks County Fine Arts Gallery at 215 957 1060.

If an artist is interested in displaying their art at the Visitor’s Center, please contact the Visitor’s Center directly at 215 639 0300 x. 238. Artists have already booked in 2009!

About the Art Group:

The Ivyland Art Group began as the Saturday Morning Art Group in Lambertville, in 1976 when Ellen Hall decided a supportive environment- more workshop than classroom- was a way to encourage people to explore their artistic talents. “This was a way to make art accessible to everyone. People who want to paint or draw, but don’t want to take formal classes can come here and learn in a supportive and casual environment.”

Membership in the group ebbs and flows, but generally 55 to 60 people form this loose association. Teenages to octogenarians show up for the sessions, all with the goal of creating art and enjoying one another’s company. The group holds occasional one-artist shows and group shows and is a regular exhibitor at Ivyland’s Peach Festival. This year for the first time, the group also displayed their work during Carversville Day in May.

About Ellen Hall:

Ellen Hall is skilled in oils, pastels and watercolors. She designed the first Christmas card for BARC Bucks County as well as several posters for Lambertville’s Shad Festival. She has spoken and taught at both the New Hope and Doylestown Art Leagues.

Her murals grace walls in New York City, Buckingham, Philadelphia, New Hope, and Winnfield, LA. She has had one woman shows in Doylestown and New Hope, Lambertville and her hometown of San Antonio.

About Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau (BCCVB)

The Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau, Inc (BCCVB) is the official tourist promotion agency for Bucks County. The mission of the BCCVB is to increase visitation in Bucks County by effectively marketing its heritage and its diverse sites and attractions. . For more information on BCCVB activities call 1-800-836-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 operating on summer hours from 8:30a.m until 5:30 p.m. It is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 1 and Interstate 95.

(Bensalem, PA) The Bucks County Conference & Visitor’s Bureau is proud to announce the opening of their rotating art exhibit, “Discover the Arts in Bucks” on Sunday, June 1, 2008. This ongoing exhibit will showcase new local artists every five weeks in the Mayor DiGirolamo Theater at the Visitor’s Center in Bensalem.

The Churchville Photography Club will kick off this exciting exhibit by displaying vibrant scenic and action photos by various artists representing all levels of experience. This artist group will be showcased from June 1st to July 4th, 2008 and is free and open to the public!

“Our mission is to allow Bucks County artists have the opportunity to display their work for both residents and visitors to enjoy.” says Jerry Lepping, Executive Director of the Bucks County Conference & Visitor’s Bureau. “We are thrilled to have the Churchville Photography Club open this exhibit and believe their work captures Bucks County’s passion for art.”

If an artist is interested in displaying their art at the Visitor’s Center, please contact the Visitor’s Center directly at 215 639 0300 x. 238. Artists have already booked in 2009!

About the Artist:

The purpose of the Churchville Photography Club is to facilitate the enjoyment of the general art of photography, and the education of its members in techniques and theory to enhance that enjoyment. Nature photography was originally the main focus, but as the membership grew, interests quickly broadened to include all forms of the art. The membership list currently includes over 120 names, with members representing all levels of experience from beginner to advanced amateurs and professionals. The Club meets on the first and third Monday of each Monday September through June, and hosts programs by guest speakers, contests, critiques, and nights of short programs given by members. The Club presents month-long exhibits in branches of the Bucks Country Free Library several times a year. Annually the Club hosts an open competition in the Spring, and the recently completed Eighteenth rendition attracted 477 entries from 118 Delaware Valley entrants. For more information, visit www.churchvillephoto.net or call 215 598 8447.

About Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau (BCCVB)

The Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau, Inc (BCCVB) is the official tourist promotion agency for Bucks County. The mission of the BCCVB is to increase visitation in Bucks County by effectively marketing its heritage and its diverse sites and attractions. . For more information on BCCVB activities call 1-800-836-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 operating on summer hours from 8:30a.m until 5:30 p.m. It is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 1 and Interstate 95.

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.

Contact:
Michelle Greco,
Public Relations Bucks County Conference & Visitor's Bureau
215.639.0300 x 231
Mgreco@visitbuckscounty.com 

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.