2017 Hopewell Valley Arts Council Scholarship Winners Announced

Hopewell Valley Arts Council 2017 Scholarship Winners
Hopewell Valley Arts Council Board with 2017 Scholarship Award Winners
The Hopewell Valley Arts Council announced scholarship awards for four Hopewell Valley Central High School graduating seniors on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at the HVCHS Senior Awards Night. Present were (L-R) HV Arts Council Board Member Michelle Needham and Board President Carol Lipson; HVCHS graduating seniors and scholarship award winners Kayley SkedKanon Shamboraa, Jake Csermak and Bryan Hill; and Arts Council Board Members Dawn Berman and Liz Bell.

Four Hopewell Valley Central High School Graduating Seniors Surprised by Scholarship Announcement at Senior Awards Night

PENNINGTON, NJ July 1, 2017—For a third year, the Hopewell Valley Arts Council (@hvartscouncil) has awarded scholarships to four graduating seniors of Hopewell Valley Central High School. The scholarships are granted to outstanding Hopewell Valley students in recognition for their creative accomplishments and ambitions.

This year’s students were surprised with the announcement of their awards at the HVCHS Senior Awards Night, held on June 15, 2017. 

According to Arts Council President Carol Lipson, the students beat out a large pool of applicants to be selected.”We have consistently had outstanding applicants for the scholarships in the past three years. But this year, we had more kids apply for the awards and every one was excellent. Our Selection Committee had a really tough job! We are delighted that our four award winners represent accomplishments in a broad range of the arts, reflecting our organization’s commitment to support all kinds of Art in the Everyday. We are so proud of the young artists of Hopewell Valley. Their performances and exhibits and sharing of their talents are part of what makes Hopewell Valley an art-rich community.  Recognizing young artists with these scholarships is one of the most awesome things we do!”

This year’s recipients are:

  • Reinah Bauer, who will continue her involvement with instrumental music and voice performance in the Rutgers University Honors Program;
  • Danielle Costanzo, who will study performing arts at Muhlenberg College;
  • Michaela Pietrinferno who will study technical theater at Savannah College of Art and Design; and
  • Demi Zhang, who will continue her development as a visual artist at Rutgers University.

Each winner received a $500 scholarship from the Arts Council.

The Arts Council started the scholarship program in 2015 during the organization’s first year of operation as a non-profit, reflecting the Council’s deep commitment to support youth arts education and the role art and creativity play in an enriched life

About the Hopewell Valley Arts Council

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating “art in the everyday” throughout the Hopewell Valley region of New Jersey, including Hopewell Township, Titusville, Hopewell Borough and Pennington Borough. Now in its third year of operation, the Arts Council has blossomed as an art-focused partner for many community institutions and events. Through its efforts to cultivate art appreciation and participation, the Arts Council aims to nurture a vibrant, creative and engaged community. The organization grew out of the 2014 Hopewell Stampede, a project initiated by a passionate group of art-loving residents who enlisted local artists to decorate more than 70 oversized, fiberglass oxen. The oxen were displayed throughout the community.

For more information, visit hvartscouncil.org. Follow the Arts Council on Facebook at Facebook.com/HVStampede/, Instagram, Instagram.com/hvartscouncil and Twitter Twitter.com/hvartscouncil.

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See us at Pennington Day 2017 on May 20

Hopewell Valley Arts Council at Howe Commons for Pennington Day

Hopewell Valley Arts Council at Howe Commons for Pennington DayHopewell Valley Arts Council will once again be a big part of Pennington Day and the “arts takeover” of Howe Commons!

A bright, colorful “tree” made by community organizations and residents of all ages.  A crowd-created collage made during Pennington Day. And the ever-popular Artists Walk. The Hopewell Valley Arts Council will once again stage a showcase of local art, featuring the talents of professional and amateur artists, as well as the imagination and creativity of community members.

The Art of Upcycling

Continuing the organization’s multi-year—and green—focus on “The Art of Upcycling,” much of the art on display will be created from discarded materials and junk. The returning “Art Walk” exhibit will once again feature a diverse array of artists and their works. Some artists will be on hand to sell their work; others will be creating art on site and sharing their creative process—and conversation—with visitors.

Howe UnCommons

This will be the fourth year the Arts Council will anchor the artful takeover of Howe Commons, the lawn in front of the Pennington Professional Center at 65 South Main Street in the heart of Pennington. This area will also feature musical performers throughout the day on the Commons stage and a “food truck plaza” that will provide plenty of tasty and interesting noshes right at hand.

While the Pennington Day Kid Zone down the street provides lively entertainment for families and kids, Howe Commons will provide an area for attendees to hang out, listen to tunes, grab a bite to eat, visit with friends and neighbors and get their creativity on.

“Get smART Luncheon Learn” Tickets Will Be Available

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council will also have information available about the upcoming “get smART Luncheon Learn”, to be held at Princeton University’s Prospect House on June 16. This event will feature a private catered lunch in the historic and elegant home of former Princeton University presidents, followed by a choice of presentations by three renowned speakers on the topics of photography, gardening and landscaping, and politics and neuroscience. Be sure to stop by the Arts Council booth at Howe Commons to learn all about it and get your tickets. You can also become a member of the Arts Council!

Thank you to our 2017 scholarship applicants

Hopewell Valley Central High School Graduation 2016
Thank you to all of you who took the time to complete applications for our 2017 scholarships.

Applications from current graduating seniors at Hopewell Valley Central High School were due March 15 in the HVCHS Counseling Office, along with other local scholarship applications.

Although we look forward to reviewing your applications and reading your personal statements, we know our selection of this year’s award recipients will be as difficult as it has been for the past two years! Please watch for future announcements.

If you know someone who will be an HVCHS graduating senior in 2018, please review the information about our scholarships and be sure to watch for news about next year’s application due date here and from the Counseling Office.

Good luck to all of our applicants!

 

 

Salon Redux Community Involvement

Someone you know is a pART of our ART pARTy!
Join us for SALON REDUX, an artful and special night.

Handcrafted by your friends and neighbors in Hopewell Valley.
As beautiful, unique and fun as our community itself. 

 

On March 25, Hopewell Valley will come together for a fun evening of art made by and for the community.

You’ll: SEE art. HEAR art. EAT art. DRINK art. MAKE art. FIND art… throughout the elegant and historic Princeton University Prospect House​.

Many of your friends and neighbors are working behind the scenes on SALON REDUX, our upcycled version of the iconic European art salon. Here we spotlight just a few. (In a future post, we’ll introduce you to the artists and artisans whose work will be out front on gala night.)

So, join us. CUT UP. LEAN IN. BRANCH OUT. And buy your tickets now to make sure you’re a pART of SALON REDUX!


CUT UP: Upcycled decorations made by volunteers will make your night magical.

Hopewell Valley Arts Council volunteers make upcycled decorations for Salon Redux

Learn more about SALON REDUX


LEAN IN: With your friends who are leaning in to make this night possible.

Steering Committee
Liz Bell
Dawn Berman
Linda Bradshaw
Kit Greener
Susie Henkel
Ken Hill
Heidi Kahme
Carol Lipson
Tracy Meyer
Matt Miller
Michelle Needham
Bob Prewitt
Vanessa Sandom
Felicia Schilp
Randee Tengi
Kristin Tunkel
Gala Committee
Kristina Clark
Erica Disch
Rachel Donington
Chris Fossel
Chad Goerner
Abi Goodman
Leslie Hollander
Susan Huber
Lisa Jordan
Debbie Lane
Ann LoPrinzi
Anna Martin
Curtis May
Molly Rice
Sue Sims
Jane Zamost

BRANCH OUT: With these groups giving their time and creativity to support SALON REDUX.Hopewell Valley Community Groups supporting Salon Redux

Be a pART of the ART at SALON REDUX! Learn more and get your tickets now.

2017 Scholarship Applications Due March 15

Hopewell Valley Central High School Graduation 2016

Hopewell Valley Central High School Graduating SeniorsApplications for the 2017 Hopewell Valley Arts Council scholarships are due to the Counseling Services Office of Hopewell Valley Central High School by 3pm on March 15. Per the Counseling Services Office, there are no exceptions to this deadline.

But it’s not too late! Our application is fairly short and we encourage all eligible graduating seniors to apply.

Please review our general information about the HVAC scholarships, as well as detailed information from the Counseling Services Office on the  2017 HVCHS Local Scholarship Application Process.

You may also want to review our announcements of our 2015 winners and 2016 winners.

We look forward to reading your applications! Thank you and good luck!

 

 

 

 

 

 

SALON REDUX Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 7, 2017
Press Release and Photo Caption

TICKETS ON SALE FOR HOPEWELL VALLEY ARTS COUNCIL MARCH GALA

SALON REDUX PROMISES TO BE A UNIQUE, FUN AND CREATIVE EVENING

 

Upcycled Cyborg Woman by Sandy Bonasera

PHOTO CAPTION

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council invites everyone to their 2017 gala, Salon Redux, to be held Saturday, March 25 at Princeton University’s Prospect House. The unique and creative evening will feature live performances, distinctive food, local spirits and upcycled art, such as “Cyborg Woman,” by Hopewell Valley artist and resident Sandy Bonasera. Proceeds will help fund the many community art activities of the Arts Council, including four annual scholarships to Hopewell Valley Central High School graduating seniors. Tickets and sponsorships may be purchased online at www.hvartscouncil.org, or call 609-281-5887.

PRESS RELEASE

PENNINGTON, NJ – Tickets are on sale for the Hopewell Valley Arts Council’s 2017 gala, SALON REDUX, to be held March 25 at Prospect House, on the campus of Princeton University. The celebration will pick up on the Arts Council’s multi-year focus on upcycling, blend it with the European salons of yesteryear, and dish up a night of creative experiences tucked throughout the elegant mansion that served as home to past Princeton University presidents. In addition to reveling in live performances, distinctive food, local spirits and upcycled art, attendees will be able to bid on items made by local artists and artisans, participate in a community art project and get first dibs on signing up for exclusive events to be hosted by friends of the Arts Council in coming months. Tickets and sponsorships are on sale at www.hvartscouncil.org or call the Arts Council at 609-281-5887.

During the gala evening, the Arts Council will also honor Liza and Sky Morehouse, Jon and Robin McConaughy and Mitchel Skolnick for their ‘upcycling’ of the Off-Broadstreet Theatre into the new Hopewell Theatre and its contribution to art opportunities in the valley.

Salon Redux will be the Hopewell Valley Arts Council’s primary fundraiser and social event of the year. According to Randee Tengi, Arts Council co-president, the organization needs the support of the community to continue its expanding programs. “In 2016, we participated in or hosted more than 20 different events and, for a second year, awarded scholarships to four Hopewell Valley Central High School graduating seniors. We also held community focus groups to help guide our activities. We hope this fun, unique gala will give the community an opportunity to support us and help fund our future.”

Gala chairpersons Carol Lipson, Liz Bell and Heidi Kahme are working hard to give the event the warmth and creative flair that distinguish the Hopewell Valley community and Arts Council. Lipson explains, “We enlisted volunteers to handcraft the gala invitations and decorations—whimsical giant masks— from discarded materials.” Bell adds, “Community groups, including children through senior citizens, are creating a huge, fantasy tree to welcome party-goers into Prospect House. Plus, our salon artists and boutique contributors all hail from the local area. The Arts Council believes that art helps build a healthy community and that art-making and art appreciation contribute to the well-being of individuals. So it was very important to us that this event actually be a community creation.”

Kahme points to the organization’s last gala as an example of what attendees at Salon Redux can look forward to,“The community is still buzzing about our 2015 Year of the Ox gala celebration. We know how to bring the creativity and the fun, and we love to throw a great party!”

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating “art in the everyday” throughout the Hopewell Valley region of New Jersey, including Hopewell Township, Titusville, Hopewell Borough and Pennington Borough. The Arts Council has blossomed as an art-focused partner for many community institutions and events, and, through its efforts to cultivate art appreciation and participation, aims to nurture a vibrant and engaged community. The organization grew out of the 2014 Hopewell Stampede, a project initiated by a group of art-loving residents who enlisted local artists to decorate 70 life-sized, fiberglass oxen, many of which are still on display throughout the community.

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2nd Annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve Winners Announced and… “Freedom Pumpkin” Wins Best in Show

Curtis May Freedom Pumpkin Wins Hopewell Valley Arts Council aMAZing Pumpkin Carve

Curtis May Freedom Pumpkin Wins Hopewell Valley Arts Council aMAZing Pumpkin Carve

“Freedom Pumpkin” Wins “Best in Show” at Second Annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve

Hopewell Valley Arts Council Announces Winning Artists of Second Annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve

PENNINGTON, NJ October 13, 2016— A giant pumpkin dramatically carved with clasped arms reaching around its circumference and inscribed with the words, “Unite for Freedom and Rights” has been named Best in Show at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council’s Second Annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve. Artist Curtis May, a Pennington resident and Pennsbury High School (Bucks County, PA) art teacher, has claimed the title for both years in a row.

May’s pumpkin and dozens of others carved by local artists and nonprofit organizations can be seen during one final weekend, October 14-16, at the Howell Living History Farm Corn Maze located at 17 Valley Road in Hopewell Township, New Jersey. The Carve will be open Friday evening 5-9, Saturday noon-9 and Sunday noon-5.

Other winning artist-carvers in this year’s Pumpkin Carve include Charlie Yeh (Best Carving); Sarah Bernotas (Most Creative Design); Aleece Davis (Most Creative Use of Materials); Michelle Clark (Best Pumpkin at Night); and Patrick Pasquito (Most Humorous Pumpkin.) Honorable Mentions went to Kaitlin Deering Kassel, Carol Gorham, Lori Johansson, and Will Kasso.

The Amazing Pumpkin Carve was created by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council to spotlight the talent of local artists in a way that all ages can enjoy. Young children through senior citizens can plan an afternoon or evening of outdoor Fall fun that includes exploring the Pumpkin Carve, tackling the puzzling challenge of the Howell Farm Corn Maze, hand-pumping water to race rubber duckies, clambering over wooden replicas of farm equipment, and enjoying lunch or seasonal treats from the Snack Bar and Grill. Celebrating its twentieth year, the Howell Farm Corn Maze is the longest continuously-running corn maze in New Jersey. The maze features almost three miles of labyrinthian trails and attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Online Art Auction Added to Carve

The Arts Council’s celebration of Autumn seasonal art was expanded this year to include an online auction of ten custom, collectable, everlasting pumpkins decorated by top artists from Mercer, Bucks, and Hunterdon counties of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. These one-of-a-kind art pumpkins can be seen in person at the Pumpkin Carve. The online auction will close with the end of the Pumpkin Carve at 5pm on Sunday, October 16. Proceeds benefit the Hopewell Valley Arts Council. The artists commissioned include Morris Docktor, Addison Vincent, Susanne Pitak Davis, Leon Rainbow, Thom Montanari, Annelies van Dommelen, Matthew Langille, James Feehan, Susan Roseman and Nancy Stark.

Information to plan a visit to the Amazing Pumpkin Carve, including admission prices, and links to the online auction of art pumpkins are available at www.hvartscouncil.org.

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating “art in the everyday” throughout the Hopewell Valley region of New Jersey, including Hopewell Township, Titusville, Hopewell Borough and Pennington Borough. Now in its second year of operation, the Arts Council has blossomed as an art-focused partner for many community institutions and events and, so far this year, has brought more than twenty art activities, performances, exhibits and talks to Hopewell Valley festivals and celebrations, as well as to Capital Health Medical Center—Hopewell; the Pennington Public Library; and the Off-Broadstreet Theatre. Through its efforts to cultivate art appreciation and participation, the Arts Council aims to nurture a vibrant, creative and engaged community. The organization grew out of the 2014 Hopewell Stampede, a project initiated by a group of art-loving residents who enlisted local artists to decorate more than 70 oversized, fiberglass oxen. The oxen were displayed throughout the community.

For more information, contact HV Arts Council Program Director Carol Lipson at pumpkins@hvartscouncil.org and Tracy Meyer at tracy@tracywmeyer.org; or visit hvartscouncil.org. Follow the Arts Council on Facebook at Facebook.com/HVStampede/, Instagram, Instagram.com/hvartscouncil and Twitter Twitter.com/hvartscouncil.

aMAZing Pumpkin Carve Media Advisory

Hopewell Valley Arts Council's aMAZing Pumpkin Carve Carve Day 2016

Hopewell Valley Arts Council's aMAZing Pumpkin Carve Carve Day 2016Contact:

Carol Lipson,
Hopewell Valley Arts Council Program Director
Carol.lipson@hvartscouncil.org
609-281-5887

Tracy Meyer,
Hopewell Valley Arts Council Communications
tracy@tracywmeyer.com

—MEDIA ADVISORY—

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council’s 2nd Annual aMAZing Pumpkin Carve To Be Held
on Grounds of Howell Living History Farm Corn Maze, Oct 7-10 and Oct 14-16, 2016


The Media Is Invited to October 5 Pre-Opening “Carve Day”to Interview and Observe Artists As They Transform Giant Pumpkins into Works of Art,

And Also Invited Anytime During Oct 7-10 and Oct 14-16 Public Hours at the Carve

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council invites the media to our annual “Carve Day,” an opportunity to observe and interview artists as they transform giant pumpkins into works of art for this year’s aMAZing Pumpkin Carve on the grounds of the Howell Farm Corn Maze in Hopewell Township (Mercer County), New Jersey. The artists will be carving their pumpkins at the corn maze from 10am-8pm on Wednesday, October 5. Late afternoon (2-5pm) will be the best time to see the artists at work and the pumpkin artistry far enough along.

You are also welcome, at your convenience, any time on Carve Day and during October 7-10 and October 14-16 when the aMAZing Pumpkin Carve is open to the public.

WHAT: “Carve Day” is an opportunity to interview and observe local and regional artists carving giant pumpkins into works of art for the walk-through exhibition, the aMAZing Pumpkin Carve.

WHO: More than 40 artists will be present and carving 100-150 lbs pumpkins to create the exhibition. Representatives from the Hopewell Valley Arts Council will be available to answer questions.

WHY: The aMAZing Pumpkin Carve is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Hopewell Valley Arts Council. In 2015, its first year, the Carve was open one weekend and attracted thousands of visitors. This year, the Carve will be open for two weekends and has expanded to include an online auction of artist-painted “faux” pumpkins. These will also be on display at the Carve.

WHEN:

1. Any time between 2-5pm, Wednesday, October 5.

2. Earlier or later on 10/5 as needed: Please let us know so we can have an artist available.

3. Anytime the aMAZing Pumpkin Carve is open to the public.

Sat/Sun Artist carving demos: 12-3.
Fridays (October 7 & 14) 5-9pm
Saturdays (October 8 & 15) 12-9pm
Sundays (October 9 & 16) 12-5pm
Monday, October 10 Columbus Day 12-5pm

WHERE: Grounds of the Howell Living History Farm Corn Maze, 17 Valley Road, Hopewell Township. (This address may appear as Lambertville in some mapping and GPS programs.)

For more information, visit www.hvartscouncil.org. Our Plan Your Visit to the Pumpkin Carve page may be of particular assistance.

Tickets for the Pumpkin Preview Party Are Now On Sale!

Hopewell Valley Arts Council's aMAZing Pumpkin Preview Party tent and tables

This adults-only Barbecue and Blue Grass bash SOLD OUT last year! It was truly one of the most fun nights of the year, with a beautiful setting; good food, drink and music; a GREAT crowd; and a first look at the pumpkins! This year, the date is Wednesday, October 5: you’ll actually be able to watch the carving artists fine tune their pumpkins as evening falls on the Farm. Everyone is invited! Trust us: you will have FUN! Find out more and get your tickets now!

Hopewell Valley Arts Council Awards Scholarships for Second Year

Winners of the 2016 Hopewell Valley Arts Council scholarships
From L to R: Hopewell Valley Arts Council President Randee Tengi with the organization’s 2016 scholarship winners Danielle Costanzo; Michaela Pietrinferno; and Reinah Bauer. Scholarship recipient Demi Zhang not pictured. Hopewell Valley Central High School “Class of 2016” Graduates Recognized in the Arts

Hopewell Valley Central High School “Class of 2016” Graduates Recognized in the Arts

PENNINGTON, NJ July 1, 2016—For a second year, the Hopewell Valley Arts Council (@hvartscouncil) has awarded scholarships to four outstanding graduating seniors of Hopewell Valley Central High School.

At a reception for this year’s winners and their parents, Arts Council President Randee Tengi highlighted that the scholarships are granted to outstanding Hopewell Valley students in recognition for their creative accomplishments and ambitions. The Arts Council started the scholarship program in 2015 during the organization’s very first year of operation as a non-profit, reflecting the Council’s deep commitment to support youth arts education and the role art and creativity play in an enriched life.

Arts Council Program Director Carol Lipson added, “We are so proud of the young artists of Hopewell Valley. Their performances and exhibits and sharing of their talents are part of what makes Hopewell Valley an art-rich community.  Recognizing young artists with these scholarships is one of the most awesome things we do!”

This year’s recipients are:

  • Reinah Bauer, who will continue her involvement with instrumental music and voice performance in the Rutgers University Honors Program;
  • Danielle Costanzo, who will study performing arts at Muhlenberg College;
  • Michaela Pietrinferno who will study technical theater at Savannah College of Art and Design; and
  • Demi Zhang, who will continue her development as a visual artist at Rutgers University.

Each winner received a $500 scholarship from the Arts Council.

About the Hopewell Valley Arts Council

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating “art in the everyday” throughout the Hopewell Valley region of New Jersey, including Hopewell Township, Titusville, Hopewell Borough and Pennington Borough. Now in its second year of operation, the Arts Council has blossomed as an art-focused partner for many community institutions and events. Already in the first half of 2016, the Council has brought art activities, performances and exhibits to Capital Health Medical Center—Hopewell; the Pennington Public Library; the Mount Rose Preserve Open House; Pennington Day; Pennington Borough’s Memorial Day Festivities; the Hopewell Valley Come Outside and Play Initiative; and Hopewell Borough’s 125th Anniversary Celebrations. Through its efforts to cultivate art appreciation and participation, the Arts Council aims to nurture a vibrant, creative and engaged community. The organization grew out of the 2014 Hopewell Stampede, a project initiated by a passionate group of art-loving residents who enlisted local artists to decorate more than 70 oversized, fiberglass oxen. The oxen were displayed throughout the community.

For more information, visit hvartscouncil.org. Follow the Arts Council on Facebook at Facebook.com/HVStampede/, Instagram, Instagram.com/hvartscouncil and Twitter Twitter.com/hvartscouncil.