2017 Events

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In 2017, 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 our highlights in 2017.

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Hopewell Valley Arts Council Events – 2017

The Heart and Soul of Capital Health Art Show featured 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. Through January 12, 2017
Repair and Connect, Rejuvenating Work Made of Fiber and Cloth at Capital Health was a group show curated by Kevan Lunney. After a career in New York as a sleepwear designer, Kevan Lunney started her own label, Serenity, which offered hand painted silk lingerie. Currently, she lectures on the topic of contemporary fiber art and is an independent curator. Her work has been shown in galleries, museums, and corporations across the United States, England, France, Botswana, and South Africa. Her newest work, Repair, premiers here. She is married with two children and lives in Ewing, NJ. Presented by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council and Capital Health. January 20 through March 22, 2017
Public open reception for Repair and Connect, Rejuvenating Work Made of Fiber and Cloth at Capital Health featuring music Daniel Trent [guitar] and Karttikeya [handpan] January 26, 2017
Landfill Harmonic Movie Screening: The Hopewell Valley Arts Council and the Pennington Public Library brought the documentary, Landfill Harmonic, to the Hopewell Valley for a special, free screening. Landfill Harmonic follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. The film is a beautiful story about the transformative power of music, which also highlights two vital issues of our times: poverty and waste. After the showing, recycled instrument artist and musician Russ Rice demonstrated several of own his creations and spoke about his process. Special thanks to The Pennington School for the use of their space for the event. April 30, 2017
The Art of Upcycling at Pennington Day 2017: For the fourth year, the Hopewell Valley Arts Council anchored the artful takeover of Howe Commons (or Howe UnCommons), the lawn in front of the Pennington Professional Center in the heart of Pennington. Continuing the organization’s multi-year—and green—focus on “The Art of Upcycling,” much of the art on display was created from discarded materials and junk. The returning “Art Walk” exhibit once again featured a diverse array of artists and their works. The UnCommon area also featured musical performers throughout the day on the Commons stage. May 20, 2017
Arts at the Pennington Farmers Market: OUR NEWEST PARTNERSHIP! We’re delighted to be teaming up to bring art and music to the Pennington Farmers Market every Saturday on the lawn of Rosedale Mills from 9-1. This week Darla Rich Jazz performing and Connie McIndoe was artist-in-residence for the day, bringing a display of her magnificent pottery to admire and for sale. June 3, 2017
Wacky Wire Lawn Sculptures Workshop: A treasure trove of found objects can be used to create a 3-D sculpture made from wire cages usually used for growing tomatoes. Participants at this fun family workshop used a wide range of upcycled objects to create a wacky lawn sculpture that is sure to be the envy of the neighborhood. This event was  part of the Hopewell Valley Come Outside & Play! Initiative.  June 10, 2017
Arts at the Pennington Farmers Market: Teaming up to bring art and music to the Pennington Farmers Market, this week’s feature artist was Barb Eldridge of BarB Jewelry, who creates leather beaded wrap bracelets, memory wire cuffs, leather strap bracelets, woven leather bracelets, custom stamped metal, and custom stamped charms.  June 10, 2017
“Get smART” Luncheon Learn: Lunch. Renowned speakers. Private walking tours. “Get smART” Luncheon Learn was a type of choose-your-own-adventure by selecting from three lunchtime speakers and (optional) after-lunch walking tours of Princeton University’s Prospect House and Garden. The program included: The Art of Photography, Remembering the Sounds with Benoit Cortet, Annie Leibovitz’s former Assistant and Producer/Studio Manager, as well as a noted portrait and commercial photographer in his own right; The Art of Thinking, Neuroscience & Politics with Sam Wang, noted Princeton University neuroscientist; and The Art of Horticulture, The Evolution of a Campus and its Landscape with Devin Livi, Princeton University Associate Director of Grounds & Landscaping. June 16, 2017
Arts at the Pennington Farmers Market: Teaming up to bring art and music to the Pennington Farmers Market, this week’s feature artist was Kaitlin Deering Kassel whose paintings, drawings and graphic design invoke organic movement and growth in the most beautiful colors. June 24, 2017
Healing Art Stories at Capital Health is a group show that was curated by painter and writer, Jan Purcell, featuring the art and healing narratives of ten local artists, including Pricilla Algava, Tyler Bell, Janis Blayne Paul, NJ DeVico, Jan K. Lipes MD, Tasha O’Neill, Janet Purcell, Aurelle Sprout, Andrew Weiss and Jane Zamost. July 10-October 16, 2017
Public opening reception for Healing Art Stories at Capital Health featuring music of pianist, Philip Orr  July 13, 2017
Hopewell Harvest Fair: all-day autumn community event in Hopewell Borough at Hopewell Elementary School September 23, 2017
The Third Annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve was the Hopewell Valley Arts Council’s biggest event of the year with nearly 5,000 people visiting over our five-day exhibition and celebration of 50 giant carved pumpkins carved by 50 local artists and community partners. Food trucks, performances, and special events all weekend at our new carve location: Woolsey Park at 221 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville NJ (next to the Hopewell Township Public Works Building).  October 11-15, 2017
Hopewell Valley Third Annual Fire Safety Open House was hosted by the Hopewell Valley Uniformed Firefighters Association IAFF Local 3897 and Hopewell Township Fire District No. 1., along with all of the Hopewell Valley volunteer fire departments and rescue squads. This year, the Hopewell Valley Arts Council teamed up and the event was held at Woolsey Park, on day-3 of the Amazing Pumpkin Carve for some exciting new events including a fire safety “hay bale maze” to allow families to have a fun interactive way to practice exiting a building in the case of a fire. October 14, 2017
Dedication Ceremony for the Renaming of Woolsey Park and a salute to our firefighters, EMTs and first responders, in partnership with the Hopewell Township Historic Preservation Commission.  October 14, 2017
“Through Their Eyes” – Trenton Central High School West Show at Capital HealthCapital Health and the Hopewell Valley Arts Council are pleased to present “Through Their Eyes,” a collective exhibition of artwork of current students, alumni, and visual art instructors Nicole Backlund and Thom Montarari from Trenton Central High School West Campus. October 23, 2017 to January 4, 2018
Public opening reception for “Through Their Eyes” – Trenton Central High School West Show at Capital Health, featured music from the Yang Yi Guzheng Ensemble.   October 26, 2017
The Day I Met My Shadow, Reading & Family Art Workshop, presented by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council and the Pennington Public Library, was a shadow-themed morning with local author, Melissa Brun, who recently published a picture book, “The Day I Met My Shadow.” Participants then created their own personal shadow puppet theater from a combination of recycled new materials. November 4, 2017
34th Annual Pennington Holiday Walk: The Pennington Business and Professionals Association hosted the 34th Annual Holiday Walk in Pennington with a “cool” feature event from the Hopewell Valley Arts Council — a display of the ice carving skills of John Goeke, chef at the Hopewell Valley Golf & County Club.   December 1, 2017

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