Calling all creative members of the community!

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council is seeking a wide-range of artists and creative community members to decorate ash wood “art spires” for our community art project, ArtSpires.

HV Arts Council - ArtSpires - Linda Bradshaw painting the demo spire

ArtSpire InSPIRation

The ArtSpires commemorate the loss of our beautiful native ash tree (due to the ravages of the emerald ash borer beetle) as part of our ongoing art-initiative ​Out of the Ashes: Art Emerging from Fallen Trees​.

Participants can be enthusiastic individuals, teams, or families. Ash wood spires will be available in two sizes: 5” x 5” x 6’ and 8” x 8” x 8’. There are also full ash trunks reserved for experienced woodworkers with tools and the ability to safely handle extremely heavy wood.

The decorated spires and carved trunks will be installed at various locations throughout Hopewell Valley, displayed for the community through the Spring of 2021. The spires will then be auctioned-off to the public with proceeds shared by the artists and the HV Arts Council.

Our growing list of participating artists includes:

Kathryn Nicolai ~ The Krishna Family ~ Renee Soto ~ Brenda Karaburk ~ Janis Blayne-Paul & Kit Greener ~ Linda Iannacone ~ Connie Bracci-McIndoe ~ Ken McIndoe ~ Team “Rising from the Ashes like a Mallard Duck”~ Kate Pollack ~ Wendy Smith ~ Colleen Miller ~ Mauri Tyler ~ Betty Ruger ~ Jodi Walker ~ Denise Birmingham ~ Joy Kreves ~ Helen Dudar ~ Ivia Yavelow ~ Caroline Hall ~ Tracy Patterson ~ Anne Nixon-Ellery ~ Christine Carter ~  Sarah Bernotas ~ Carolyn McGrath ~ The Kalina Family ~ Kyle Wille ~ Curtis May & Mary Reuter-May ~ Scott Fulmer ~ Guy Ciarca ~ Morris Docktor ~ Tina & Samantha Lambdin ~ Chris Ingram ~ Janneke Vanderree ~ Kerri Fallet ~ Leyla Spencer ~ Jorge Sanchez ~ Deborah Allen ~ Sheetu Batra ~ Sierra Chow ~ Jameson Moore ~ Ed Groth ~ George Olexa ~ Terri Olexa ~ Indra Bharanidharan ~ Lauren Meyer ~ Rich Howden ~ Team Pierson ~ The Loftin Family ~ Chris Thern, Sarah Conver & Christine Hines ~ Lucia Stout ~ Dawn & Grace Clydesdale ~ Theodora Milchanoski ~ ArtSpace Artists’ Group ~ Sylvie Mayer ~ Teresa Anderson ~ Deborah Allen ~ Britt Marie Dominick ~ The Hagen Clan

Thank you to our ArtSpire Sponsors

We seem to select public art projects that are large and heavy – first the Stampede oxen – and now fallen ash trees! As with all of our projects, it would be impossible without the support of our generous sponsors. Shier Tree Expert and Dudes with a Truck are handling transportation of the large wood, and Delis Landscaping will be installing the art spires for the exhibition.

Please help us pay it forward by supporting those who support our community with your patronage. Thank you!

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ArtSpire Registration:  Still open for larger wood spires – 8″ & tree trunks

Wood Pickup Dates: Please contact us with your preferred pickup times at We will be setting up additional group pickup’s.

Pickup Location:

Harbat Farm – 64 Woosamonsa Road, Pennington NJ  08534

Art Spire Completion Date​: By the end of August 2020 or earlier

Fee​: Eligible artists/teams who are non-members may receive one ash wood spire to decorate for a non-refundable registration fee of $25. No fee for HV Arts Council members.

Click here to read participation guidelines and rules.

Click here for the 1/2 hour video recording or to see the slides from the ArtSpire Community Information Session held on June 18, 2020 via Zoom.

HV Arts Council - ArtSpires - Linda Bradshaw painting the demo spire

Linda Bradshaw mocking-up an ArtSpire

HV Arts Council July 4 Hopewell Borough Parade 2019

Parading on the 4th of July 2019


In addition to artists, we are looking for volunteers with muscle to help transport and install the ArtSpires, and others to help with the administration and event planning associated with the project.  If you are interested, please email us at

We look forward to bringing this fun outdoor art exhibit to the community and hope you will join in to help make it happen.