ArtConnect Forum

ArtConnect Forum — a community gathering for Art Enthusiasts, Artists & Creative Minds

Spring 2020 ArtConnect Forum – date TBA

Our fall 2019 ArtConnect Forum was on Wednesday, Sept 18, 2019 at The Pennington School from 6:30-8:30pm

Located at the Wesley Forum in the Yen Humanities Building, 112 West Delaware Avenue, Pennington, NJ 08534


Joy Kreves, Lacy Spider Web, fungi, lace, and celluclay on cardboard.

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council invites you to explore and deepen your passion for art at ArtConnect Forum, a key component of the HV Arts Council’s newest program, ArtConnect: Creating Opportunities for Artists.

This new community event is the place to explore your passion and appreciation for art in a fun, collaborative and social setting. Each meeting will feature fascinating speakers with big imaginations, sharing their work, inspiration, and creative process, while providing an opportunity to interact with fellow artists and art lovers.

Be inspired by the unique perspectives, techniques and passion of three local artists:  Joy Kreves, Charles Miller, and Mira DeMartino


Joy Kreves – Mixed Media Earth Artist, presenting “Preserving Reality: Technical and Ethical Challenges When Working With Natural Materials”

Kreves is a mixed media artist whose innovative works incorporate bees that she has gilded, moss that she has preserved and dyed, as well as, grasses, tree bark, and other natural materials.  Kreves has been influenced by Dr. Glenn Albrecht’s “New Language of the Earth” vocabulary and by Sister Miriam MacGillis’ focus on connections between the health of the earth and of human communities. “Questions for a Tree”, her interactive community project, and “Craving Nature”, a multi-media installation, were both exhibited at The Tulpehaking Nature Center Galleries in Hamilton, NJ.   Kreeves has exhibited in many area galleries and museums, including the Animal Architects artists group.  She is a member of The Princeton Artists Alliance and the ROOTS Artists. Kreves has a Bachelor and Masters in Art from Illinois State University, and ran her own gallery, Joy Kreves Fine Art, from 1985-1990 in Frenchtown, NJ.

Charles Miller – Art Photographer, presenting “Photography IS an Art”

After a career in the theater design and administration, Miller returned to his artistic side by focusing on art photography, while curating and exhibiting in many galleries around New Jersey. “Because I come to my photography from a theater design background, I know that I do not know or follow all of the classic ‘rules’ of photography. But maybe that is part of what makes my work different. I look for beauty within the images that may not be readily seen…..” Miller works in many styles from classic flower photographs to highly manipulated abstracts, digital art, and pop art images, on a variety of mediums including prints, canvas, metal, acrylic and fabric. Miller has a line of stylish clothing and accessories using his images. Miller has a BA and MS in speech and theater from Kansas State College of Pittsburgh and post-graduate work in educational theater at New York University.

Mira DeMartino – Sculptor, presenting “Empowerment Through Art-firmations”

DeMartino has a highly personal style using an aluminum sculpting technique she developed and is in the process of trademarking, called AlumixArt Mixed Media. She explores the area of modern spirituality and challenges her viewers to connect with their own potential and self-empowerment through art. DeMartino has a Masters in painting from the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Poland and an MBA from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. Working mostly on commissions, her artwork can be found in private collections in Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Singapore and the United States.

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General Admission: $20 / HV Arts Council Members Discount: $10

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by Mira DeMartino
Charles Miller, Antiqued Water Lily Scarf