The Genesis Collective Creatives Podcast

Beaver County’s first and only podcast supporting local artists, celebrating art, and building community through creativity.

Featured Artist & Event Series

Episode 18: The Merrick Art Gallery

On episode 18 of The Genesis Collective Creatives Podcast, we talk with Director Michelle Long of the Merrick Art Gallery in New Brighton, Pennsylvania about its venerable collection, old world gallery space, creative programs, and much needed financial patronage to keep the space open and free to the public.

This episode of The Genesis Collective Creators Podcast was produced by The Social Voice Project for The Genesis Collective. Host: Kevin Farkas. Guest: Michelle Long. Featured Artist & Event Series. Podcast producer, sound editor: Kevin Farkas. Executive Producer: The Genesis Collective. Sounds: Al Wood (“Hard Times Come Again No More”), “Canción confederada” (“Hard times come again no more”), Steel Veins, The Undeserving (“There’s Nothing Else”), Ethan Hawke (“Give yourself permission to be creative”). Cover art: From the post, Masks Around the World – Summer Art Camp, Merrick Art Gallery Facebok page. © ℗ The Genesis Collective. All rights reserved.

Photo: The Grand Gallery. Beaver County Tourism
Photo: Chickering Grand Piano, Merrick Art Gallery

Hard Times Come Again No More

The opening song in this podcast episode, “Hard Times Come Again No More,” is a fitting lament to The Merrick Art Gallery’s ongoing financial struggles. But the connection goes deeper. The song was written in 1854 by Stephen Foster (1826-1864), who is often called “the father of American music.” Foster wrote more than 200 songs, many considered to be the most classic examples of 19th centuray American folk and popular music, such as “Oh! Susanna,” “Camptown Races,” “Old Folks at Home (Swanee River),” “My Old Kentucky Home,” “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair,” and “Beautiful Dreamer.”

 Foster was a frequent visitor to New Brighton, often staying at the Merrick Hotel and making music during his stay on the parlour piano.  He is known to have played this very piano from the hotel (see above) now on display in The Merrick’s Victorian Room

The Merrick on The Beaver County History Podcast

On episode 15 of the Beaver County History Podcast, we talk about the intersection of fine art and history with Sue Ireton, Elinka Keller, and Betty Douglas of the Merrick Free Art Gallery in New Brighton, Pennsylvania.

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The Genesis Collective Creatives Podcast is Beaver County’s first and only podcast supporting local artists, celebrating art, and building community through creativity. The podcast presents local artist profiles, conversations about art, public art features, and news about art events and activities. The podcast produces episodes for a number of special projects: Artist Conversation Series, Disruptive Art Series, Connection Art to Funding Series, Black Creatives in Beaver County Series, and our Featured Artists & Events SeriesThe Genesis Collective serves as the podcast’s executive producer. It is produced in partnership with The Social Voice Project


Kevin Farkas hosts The Genesis Collective Creatives Podcast. He is a founding creative advisor of The Genesis Collective, and also the founder and executive producer of The Social Voice Project. He has an academic background in art history and the philosophy of aesthetics, but his key interest is in critical analysis of art, creativity, language, and society.