2016 Events

LogoPumpkinIn 2016, we were busier than ever, working with organizations throughout Hopewell Valley on arts events, exhibits, concerts, and hands-on activities. Scroll through the list below to see what we did. And take a look at what we’re doing this year! And, if you like what we’re doing, please become a member to support our efforts. You’ll get discounts on events and programs, two free admission passes to the James A. Michener Museum, and exclusive “member-only” invitations. (Check out our Members-Only Beer & Cheese Garden Party in September.) Plus, you’ll know you’re helping to foster the arts in Hopewell Valley.

Hopewell Valley Arts Council Events

Pennington Public Library Exhibit of Stampede Artist George Olexa‘s paintings and Raku pottery (Babe the Blue Star Ox)

January-March 2016

Family History in a Bottle: An HV Arts Council Food & Wine Tasting Event

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Pizza Box Portraits: A Family Art Workshop was held at Pennington Public Library, sponsored by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council and led by popular local art teachers Linda Bradshaw and Joslyn Johnson. The first in a series of HV Arts Council events celebrating our eco-friendly theme, The Art of Upcycling.

Sunday, April 10, 2016 3:00pm

Beyond the Stampede Art Exhibit: At the Investors Bank Art & Healing Gallery, Capital Health Medical Center, Two Capital Way, Pennington. A reunion exhibition of fifty of the artists who designed and painted the colorful oxen that grace Hopewell Valley. These distinctive oxen started as the Hopewell Valley Arts Council’s first project, The Hopewell Valley Stampede.  Stop in and see the show!

April 14-June 24, 2016

Mount Rose Preserve Open House to celebrate the recent preservation of 320 acres on Carter Road, Hopewell Township. Co-hosted by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, the Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space and the Hopewell Citizens Group. Featuring children’s art activities with the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, live music, wildlife demonstrations and information on the preserve’s future as a public park.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council at Pennington Day: A full-day of arts-making, arts-celebrating and arts-enjoying on the lawn at Howe Commons, Main Street, Pennington, focused on The Art of Upcycling.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Art of Upcycling Pop-Up Gallery at Pennington’s Memorial Day Concert at Howe Commons Come see trash turned into beauty! This exhibit is inspiring, thought-provoking, and environmentally-friendly, with a whole lot of “I Spy” fun thrown in!

Monday, May 30, 2016

Build a Fairy/Gnome House Workshop—Hopewell Valley Come Outside and Play! At Hopewell Train Station. This popular activity, introduced by the Arts Council last year as part of the Hopewell Valley Come Outside and Play initiative, will be returning and even better this year! But only 20 spots are available so reserve a place for your family now!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Hopewell 125th Community Day Music Festival: Paint a Power StickAt St. Michael’s Preserve. Come to the HV Arts Council table and get to work on our community Upcycling Art Project! All ages can get involved! (The project involves sticks. And paint. You and your kids are gonna love this one!)

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Outside In—NATURE’S MEDICINEa photography exhibit by the members of Gallery 14 Fine Art Photography, on display at the Investors Bank Art & Healing Gallery, Capital Health—Hopewell. Presented by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council and Capital Health. Stop by between 8am-8pm until August 31.

July 13-August 31, 2016

Public Opening Reception, Outside In—NATURE’S MEDICINE. Featuring the music of The Sforzando Trio. At the Investors Bank Art & Healing Gallery, Capital Health—Hopewell. All are welcome!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Call for Artists and aMAZing Pumpkin Carvers is NOW CLOSED. Thank you to everyone who applied. We have a great group!

The Call for aMAZing Pumpkin Sponsors is open year-round. Businesses, organization and individuals can get involved in sponsoring an aMAZing Pumpkin for as little as $375 and get in on the wacky Fall fun and promotion of the aMAZing Pumpkin Carve! Spread the word and tell your favorite local businesses about this opportunity!

August 3-October 14, 2016

Last Pennington Borough Summer Concert: Come paint a Power Stick with the Arts Council! Howe Commons on Main Street. Stop by the HV Arts Council table and contribute your creativity to our community Upcycling Art Project. This art activity involves sticks. And paint. Everyone has fun with this one, from young kids to senior citizens! Also remember to bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy a picnic (There will be food for sale) and the music of the Gravity Hill Band. Beautiful, fun way to spend a late Summer evening: We are delighted to be a part of it!

Thursday, August 18, 2016


Capital Health—Hopewell Carnival at Woolsey Park (formerly Alliger Park). At 203 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road. (Carnival will run from Sept. 16-18, 2016. We will participate in Saturday’s showcase for local organizations.)

Saturday, September 17, 2016 2-10pm

Public Opening Reception for Trenton Makes. This Fall exhibit at Capital Health Hopewell’s Investors Bank Art & Healing Gallery will feature the work of Trenton artists.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hopewell Harvest Fair Come visit us at our table behind Hopewell Elementary School.

Saturday, September 24, 2016, 10a-4pm

Unguarded. Untold. Iconic. Afghanistan Through the Lens of Steve McCurry McCurry is best known for his iconic National Geographic photo of the young green-eyed Afghani girl. This special presentation by Bonnie McCurry V’Soske, President of McCurry Studios and sister of world-famous photographer Steve McCurry, will be of interest to both photographers and non photographers as Ms. V’Soske explores how photography has helped the world to understand the story of this complex, war-torn country. Presented in partnership with the James A. Michener Art Museum, the HV Arts Council is delighted to bring this to Hopewell’s own Off-Broadstreet Theatre.

Monday, September 26, 2016 6-7pm

An Evening Beer & Cheese Tasting for HV Arts Council Members! We’ve got plans for a fun, casual evening at a beautiful location in the heart of the Hopewell Valley: it’s our gift to thank you for your support! Become a member now to make sure you are there!

Thursday, September 29, 2016 5:30-7:30pm

9th Annual Hopewell Tour Des Arts We are so proud to be a sponsor of this annual event when artists throughout the Hopewell Valley open their studios and exhibit their work. Please start your self-guided tour at the Hopewell Train Station where you can visit with us, see a gallery of art on display, and pick up your tour brochure.

Sat, Oct. 1, 2016, 10a-5p and Sun, Oct. 2, 2016 11a-4pm

The 2016 aMAZing Pumpkin CarveOur wildly successful walk-through exhibit of gorgeous carved pumpkins will be expanded to TWO weekends this year. 50 of the Region’s Best Artists. 50 Giant Pumpkins. The Results are aMAZing! Don’t miss it! Ready to plan your visit? Here’s everything you need to know!

Preview Party: (Tickets now on sale! This sold out last year! Don’t wait!) Wednesday, Oct. 5 (Rain Date: 10/6)

Public Days: Friday-Monday (ColumbusDay) Oct. 7-10; Friday-Sunday Oct. 14-16.

Hopewell Valley’s Fire Prevention Open House & Blood Drive. At Hopewell Township Municipal Building, 201 Washington Crossing Road. Stop by the HV Arts Council table and contribute your creativity to our community Upcycling Art Project. This art activity involves sticks. And paint. Everyone has fun with this one, from young kids to senior citizens!

Saturday, October 15, 2016. 10-2.
Family Art Workshop: Upcycled Animal Marionettes: The Hopewell Valley Arts Council is happy to bring another up-cycle art project to the Pennington Borough Library.  This time we will use recycled toilet paper tubes and popsicle sticks to make animal marionettes  Use your imagination to create and decorate a puppy, a cat or any four-legged animal you can think of…it’s up to you!

This workshop is intended for ages 6 through adult.  Children will be using scissors for this project.  Adults are welcome.  All supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring along a few toilet paper tubes. Spots are limited. Pre-registration is requested.

Sunday, November 20, 2:00-4:00 pm
The Heart and Soul of Capital Health Art Show, featuring art by physicians, employees, patients and volunteers, on display at the Investors Bank Art & Healing Gallery, Capital Health—Hopewell. Presented by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council and Capital Health. Stop by between 8am-8pm. November 21, 2016-January 12, 2017
Public Opening ReceptionThe Heart and Soul of Capital Health Art Show. The reception will feature musicians from the hospital community, to go along with this show featuring art work by patients, volunteers, employees and physicians. At the Investors Bank Art & Healing Gallery, Capital Health—Hopewell. All are welcome! Thursday, December 1, 2016 6-7:30
33rd Annual Pennington Holiday Walk  We’ve got something special planned for this annual tradition and tree lighting. Come visit us! Along Main Street, Pennington. Friday, December 2.
Riverside Symphonia “Christmas Around the World” Orchestral/Choral Concert: HV Arts Council Members Save on Tickets. As part of its 27th season, Riverside Symphonia, conducted by Mariusz Smolij, will bring its annual holiday concert to the Hopewell Valley Performing Arts Center for the first time.  The Hopewell Valley Arts Council is thrilled to introduce the Symphonia to our area and help kick-off your holiday season. Saturday, December 3, 3:oo pm

If you are in need of any special accommodation, please contact us at least 2 weeks prior to a program or event.