The Arts and Cultural Council of Bucks County, a consortium of organizations and individuals devoted to promoting the region as a cultural magnet, has selected the Centre for the Arts in Bristol Borough as its Member of the Year.
The award, which will be presented at the council’s annual members reception in May, recognizes the Centre’s work in the promotion and support of the arts in Bucks County.
“We are pleased to recognize the great role that the Centre for the Arts has played in igniting and promoting the arts in Bucks County. In just under two years, the CFA has become a leader in the arts in lower Bucks through their events highlighting renowned local artists while cultivating a strong interest and passion for the arts throughout the community with their themed “all call” exhibitions,” said council president James Sell. “The Centre for the Arts has made a significant contribution here and we are proud to honor them for their achievements.”
In 2015, the non-profit civic group Bristol Borough Raising the Bar purchased a former shoe store and shoe warehouse on Mill Street in the Borough and began its conversion to a Centre for the Arts. The building was completely refurbished with the Centre opening in June of 2015. Today the main gallery is full with eighteen “resident” artists. The Centre has also hosted nineteen “Call for Artists” exhibits in its Arts Room and has attracted over two thousand visitors. In June the Centre will mark its second anniversary by hosting its first musical event, featuring well known Irish tenor, Paul Byrom.
“Bristol Borough’s Center for the Arts has enjoyed a highly productive and successful relationship with the Arts and Cultural Council of Bucks County. From the enjoyable “Bristol Stroll” program to our sponsorship of the 2016 “Emergence” exhibit of high school artists’ work, our joint promotions have advanced an appreciation of the Arts in Lower Bucks County,” said William Pezza, president of Centre for the Arts. “We look forward to an expanded relationship in the years to come.”
The Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County’s annual members’ reception, when the award will be presented to the Centre for the Arts, takes place from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18th at Gronendahl Farm, located at 4783 Landisville Road in Doylestown, Pa. The reception is part of the Council’s “Celebration of the Arts” weekend which will run through May 21st at the historic farm.