FREE exhibits, art showcases and annual events are among the many reasons to start a visit to Bucks County at the Visitor Center in Bensalem

(Bucks County, PA) Located 25 miles from Philadelphia and 75 miles from New York City, the Bucks County Visitor Center, home of Visit Bucks County, is the perfect place for visitors and locals alike to begin their stay in the county. For travelers entering Bucks County from nearby cities, the 20,000-square-foot Visitor Center in Bensalem is located just moments away from several major highways such as the Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-95.

This month, the official tourism promotion agency is proud to announce the arrival of three NEW pieces of art created by famous Bucks County artists. A beautiful seven-panel fireplace and three-panel tile piece from historian and archeologist Henry Mercer and a sculpture by famed artist Selma Burke are now on view at the Visitor Center.

Brand New Exhibit at the Bucks County Visitor Center

• More than one hundred years ago, famous Bucks County archaeologist and collector Henry Mercer founded the Moravian Pottery & Tile Works in Doylestown to perfect a process for making ornate decorative tiles by hand. Within the Visitor Center is a unique tile fireplace crafted according to Mercer's original design. The fireplace tells the story of "The Arkansas Traveler," a popular folktale about a lone wanderer's encounter with a family of squatters.

• Above the fireplace hangs a decorative three-paneled tile piece entitled "The Departure of Columbus," which tells the story of Columbus's maiden voyage to discover the Americas. The two Mercer pieces are currently on loan with Visit Bucks County from Moravian Pottery & Tile Works.

• A five-foot-tall piece titled "Together" by sculptor Selma Burke hangs inside the gift shop in the Visitor Center and represents the unity and love that exists within a family. Once she discovered her love of sculpture, Burke became one of the most influential artists of her time. She received the Fine Arts Commission prize and went on to create a relief plaque of President Franklin D. Roosevelt that later became the basis of the profile on the U.S. dime. She moved to Bucks County in 1947 and founded the Bucks County Sculpture Show in Doylestown that is still held today. The piece was donated to the Bucks County Visitor Center by the Burke family under the facilitation of Visit Bucks County Board Member Paul Licitra.

Other Exhibits and Things to Do at the Bucks County Visitor Center

• The Bucks County Visitor Center proudly houses the interactive Creative Bucks County exhibit, a display gifted from the James A. Michener Art Museum. Browse the outstanding work from 13 of Bucks County's famous artists, playwrights, authors and photographers to learn more about these famous figures and how they helped to shape the modern world.

• Admire art from many different mediums in the rotating art exhibit housed in Visit Bucks County's theater. This special display features a new local artist every six weeks throughout the year. Many of the art pieces are available for purchase.

• During your visit, stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center's gift shop to pick up a Bucks County keepsake! Apparel, pottery, tumblers, books and several other items made in Bucks County are among the many items for sale at the gift shop.

Annual Events at the Bucks County Visitor Center

• Each year, Visit Bucks County spreads holiday cheer during the Annual Bucks County Holiday TreeFest, open in late November. Twenty-five uniquely themed trees are on display through early January as the main gallery of the Bucks County Visitor Center is transformed into a winter wonderland. Each tree is decorated by a local business or organization.

• Visit Bucks County, along with local artisans from The Quilt Academy join together each year to put on the Annual Bucks County Quilt Show at the Bucks County Visitor Center. Each year, more than 100 beautiful, handcrafted quilts hang from 25-foot-high beams throughout the Visitor Center's Main Gallery running July through September.

• Spring blooms at the Bucks County Visitor Center every March and April during the Bucks County Garden Exhibit. Browse beautiful shadowbox displays made by local nature centers, parks, gardens and more from the Bucks County region. At the exhibit, learn about all there is to see and do outdoors in Bucks County in the spring.

Check out to learn more about events and attractions in Bucks County and the Bucks County Visitor Center.

Contact: Jessica Lawlor
Communications Manager, Visit Bucks County
215 639 0300 ext. 227

About Visit Bucks County

Visit Bucks County (VBC) is the official tourism promotion agency for Bucks County. The tourism office, with more than 450 tourism/hospitality partners throughout Bucks County, promotes all there is to see and do to potential visitors and residents. In addition to consumer travel, Visit Bucks County targets sports tournaments, motorcoach groups, meetings, special events and weddings. For more information on VBC activities call 1-800-836-BUCKS, visit or stop by the Bucks County Visitor Center located at 3207 Street Road in Bensalem (adjacent to the entrance to PARX Casino). The Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. It is easily accessible from the Pennsylvania Turnpike, Route 1 and Interstate 95.