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Arts & Cultural Council show celebrates Henry Mercer

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The Arts & Cultural Council of Bucks County (ACCBC) hosts an exhibition and celebration of Henry Mercer’s innovations and arts in collaboration with Visit Bucks County, The TileWorks of Bucks County at the Moravian Pottery and Tile Works, with special thanks to the Mercer Museum & Fonthill Castle.

The exhibition challenges artists to reimagine, explore, and discover the spirit of Henry Mercer with work that pushes boundaries and explores new ways to celebrate art, sciences, and art-making as Mercer did.

The R.E.D. exhibition opens June 3 and runs through July 17, online at bucksarts.org/RED and in person at Freeman Hall at 181 E. Court St., Doylestown. The show features the work of 82 regional artists that explore or reflect Mercer’s actual creations as well as his passion for nature, craft-making, tools, storytelling, history, travel, and innovation. Framed and portfolio pieces in a variety of mediums are available for sale. There is no charge to attend the exhibition or event programs, and collectors will be able to take works home the day of purchase.

The exhibition will open with a three-day celebration that will include plein air painting, gallery talks, walking tours, family activities, tile talks, TileWorks and Fonthill Castle tours, a fine art wet sale, and artist awards. A “RED Innovators” passport will ensure that visitors to Bucks County who attend events over a period of days will receive a commemorative TileWorks tile.

Artist gallery talks and plein air days will continue Saturdays at Freeman Hall through the run of the show. Artist talks and a special Mercer Museum presentation, “The Private Henry Mercer,” will close out the show on July 17. The full schedule of events can be found at bucksarts.org/RED.

Juror Patricia Hutton from Patricia Hutton Galleries in Doylestown will present artists’ awards at the opening reception on June 3.

Masks are recommended inside Freeman Hall. For information, visit bucksarts.org.


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