ArtConnect Forum 

Explore and deepen your passion for art at ArtConnect Forum, a community gathering for art enthusiasts, artists & creative minds.  Each Forum features fascinating speakers with big imaginations who share their work, inspiration, and creative process, and provides an opportunity to interact with fellow artists and art lovers. The March 2020 Forum is the first in a two-part series with the theme “The Power of Art to Heal.”

Guest Speakers:

        • Diane Grillo, Vice President – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton

        • Jane Zamost, Artist and Healing Art Instructor

        • A small panel of artists will also share their powerful and personal stories of how art has helped heal their lives.

For talk topics and bios, please see this link.

Admission: $20 per ticket/ FREE to HV Arts Council Members

Reserve your spot by purchasing a ticket online. Tickets will be available at the door the night of the event, as available. Light refreshments will be provided. Please use West Delaware Avenue entrance and follow event signs.

Love is in the air!

We love to share your art. The Hopewell Valley Arts Council is hosting an online social media art show to celebrate Valentine’s Day and share the creativity of our Arts Council members with the community. We value our talented members and can’t wait to spread the love!

Here’s how it works…

  • Select any image of your artwork, photograph, or craft that represents or sparks “love” for you.
  • Then send it to us by filling out this form: LOVE IS IN THE AIR!

By sharing these images with the community through social media (Facebookand Instagram) and our extensive mailing list, we know we will inspire love this 2020!

The HV Arts Council is committed to promoting our local artists and their work, so please send us with your social media information so we can post it along with your artwork.

There’re just a few rules:

  • The images should be family-friendly and non-political;
  • The submission must be your original work;
  • One submission per HV Arts Council member. If you have a family membership, just one submission per family member (adult or child).

Submission Deadline:  Thursday, February 6, 2020.

SORRY.  THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE HAS PASSED.  PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT SOCIAL MEDIA ART SHOW. ♥

Join in the fun to share the love!

Love,
The Hopewell Valley Arts Council

It’s 2020! Happy New Year from HV Arts!

Wishing you a HAPPY NEW YEAR from all of us at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council. Thanks to our community’s support, the Hopewell Valley Arts Council had an active and creative 2019!

How we celebrated “art in the everyday” in 2019:

HV ARTS COUNCIL PREMIER EVENTS

  • 5th Annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve
  • ArtConnect Forum – a community gathering for art enthusiasts, artists & creative minds
    • Spring Forum Speakers: Lynn DeClemente Losavio, Collection Manager for the Seward Johnson Atelier; and Gyuri Hollósy, sculptor and painter
    • Fall Forum Speakers: Joy Kreves, mixed media earth artists; Charles Miller, art photographer; and Mira DeMartino, sculptor

ART EXHIBITS CO-SPONSORED WITH CAPITAL HEALTH

  • Joy in the Everyday – works by members of the HV Arts Council
  • Remembering Norma Jean – NJ DeVico retrospective
  • Time Off – works by local art teachers
  • Lost in a Picture – works by photographer C.a. Shofed
ART WORKSHOPS

  • Mandala Art – Bear Tavern Elementary’s Wellness Day
  • Cardboard Stampede – The Big Read, True Grit & Hopewell Valley Come Outside & Play!

SCHOLARSHIPS & HONORARIUMS

  • Scholarships presented to four Hopewell Valley Central High School seniors for past five years
  • Honorariums presented to pumpkin carvers and workshop artists

COMMUNITY PARTNER EVENTS

  • Pennington Farmers Market – featured artist tent
  • Pennington Summer Concert Series – art tent
  • Pennington Day – art in Howe Commons
  • Hopewell Harvest Fair – Kids Korner pumpkin painting
  • Pennington Holiday Walk – ice sculpture with the Pennington Business & Professionals Association
  • Mercer County 4H Fair – arts and crafts judging

(Artwork: Icy Creek, Morris Docktor)

Lost in a Picture: An exhibition of artwork by C.a. Shofed

In partnership with Capital Health, “Lost in a Picture” is a body of work by local photographer C.a. Shofed inspired during his recovery after his second kidney transplant.

During his time in the hospital, Shofed toured the Art & Healing Gallery at Capital Health, and was told how patients sometimes stand before in a favorite piece of artwork and lose themselves in it for a time. The 32 works in this exhibition were selected by Shofed to “transport viewers away from thoughts of treatment, recovery, worry or pain.” 

Please join us on Thursday, December 5 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for the opening reception in the Investors Bank Art & Healing Gallery at Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell – 2nd floor atrium.

The exhibition runs until Thursday, March 19, 2020.

Please Support the Arts in Hopewell Valley This Holiday Season

GivingTuesday

The HV Arts Council is thankful for our community supporters, partners, and artists for “celebrating art in the everyday,” everyday in the greater Hopewell Valley. We believe that fostering art appreciation and neighborhood participation helps make Hopewell Valley the warm, wonderful, and thoughtful community that it is.

The HV Arts Council is proud to provide inspiring and engaging events and programs — most recently, the 5th Annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve. This year, we are also embarking on several new projects to support our local artists including a forum for fellowship, learning, and idea sharing, while providing opportunities to showcase their talents in community.

— Donate Now —

As we enter this season of giving, we hope you will consider supporting the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, enabling us to foster a creative and inspired community. And we’ve come up with two simple ways to do it: #GivingTuesday and AmazonSmile.

Please support the arts in Hopewell Valley.

#GivingTuesday

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that encourages philanthropy and celebrates generosity worldwide. On December 3, #GivingTuesday is an opportunity to kick off the holiday giving season and inspire people to collaborate in improving their local communities and to give back in impactful ways to the charities and causes they support.

To donate on #GivingTuesday or any time of the year, please see our online form.

AmazonSmile

While doing your online holiday shopping, please consider supporting the Hopewell Valley Arts Council. At no cost to you, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible purchases. The prices, selection, and shopping experience are the same — with the added bonus that you are helping support art in the everyday.

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, please select the Hopewell Valley Arts Council to receive donations from your eligible purchases before you begin shopping. For AmazonSmile FAQ, visit this link.

To participate in AmazonSmile now or any time of the year, please see  visit this link.

Thank you so much for supporting us as we all celebrate “art in the everyday!”

Winners shine at Hopewell Valley Arts Council’s Amazing Pumpkin Carve

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP – More than forty local artists brought their A-game to transform massive pumpkins into incredible works of art for the fifth annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve, an event hosted by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council. The event brought nearly 3000 visitors to Woolsey Park in Titusville, NJ between October 11 to October 14.

The judges had their own work “cut out” for them selecting the best of some very incredible sculptures. Glowing orange skulls, spooky spiders, and pulpy sea creatures were only a few of the cool creations carved by local artists this year.

The 2019 winners are:

Best in Show: “Webbed” by Caroline Hall

Best Carving: “Octo-Pumpkin” by Jessica Kruscavage

Most Original Design: “Fibonacci to …” by Lenora Kandiner & Tim Cresson

Most Creative Use of Materials: “Morocco-O’ Lantern” by Anne Nixon-Ellery

Funniest: “The Mask” by Michael Davies

Best Use of Electricity: “Gourd Devotion” by Patrick Pasquito

Scariest: “Good and Evil” by Kathleen Sheehan

HV Arts Council’s Pick: “Monster in the Closet” by Aleece Davis & Jill Thomas

Honorable Mention: “Hallows’ Eve Serpent” by Jeff Brown

Honorable Mention: “Mmm… Brains” by Eric Schultz 

Honorable Mention: “S.S. Souless” by Jennifer Stevens

Honorable Mention: “Bite of the Irish” by Darrell Tuomari

Honorable Mention: “Halloween Party” by John Woodward

“The Amazing Pumpkin Carve is our biggest fundraiser of the year and its success allows up to support our local artists and promote ‘art in the everyday’ in the greater Hopewell Valley,” said Hopewell Valley Arts Council board president, Carol Lipson, who thanked sponsors and community members for their support.  “The Carve would not be possible if not for the generous support of presenting sponsors Liza & Sky Morehouse and Harbat Farms, and platinum sponsors Capital Health, The Laurenti Family Charitable Trust, and D’Angelo Italian Market, as well as a host of gold, silver and courtyard sponsors.”   

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Ticket proceeds from this event go toward artist-carvers’ honoraria as well as to fund other Hopewell Valley Arts Council arts-related programs. 

Judging Results for the 5th Annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve

Local artists brought their A-game to transform massive pumpkins into incredible works of art for the fifth annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve,  running for one weekend only from Friday, October 11 to Monday, October 14. Judges also had their “work cut” out for them selecting the best of some of the very best carved pumpkins yet.

Congratulations to our amazing artists who participated. So much hard work goes into carving massive pumpkins and the results were astounding. Our judges had their work cut out for them.

Here are our winners for 2019:

  • Best in Show: “Webbed” by Caroline Hall
  • Best Carving: “Octo-Pumpkin” by Jessica Kruscavage
  • Most Original Design: “Fibonacci to …” by Lenora Kandiner & Tim Cresson
  • Most Creative Use of Materials: “Morocco-O’ Lantern” by Anne Nixon-Ellery
  • Funniest: “The Mask” by Michael Davies
  • Best Use of Electricity: “Gourd Devotion” by Patrick Pasquito
  • Scariest: “Good and Evil” by Kathleen Sheehan
  • HV Arts Council’s Pick: “Monster in the Closet” by Aleece Davis & Jill Thomas
  • Honorable Mention: “Hallows’ Eve Serpent” by Jeff Brown
  • Honorable Mention: “Mmm… Brains” by Eric Schultz 
  • Honorable Mention: “S.S. Souless” by Jennifer Stevens
  • Honorable Mention: “Bite of the Irish” by Darrell Tuomari
  • Honorable Mention: “Halloween Party” by John Woodward

THANK YOU to the artists and our amazing sponsors for making this event possible, supporting the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, and for bringing “art in the everyday.” 

5th Annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve

The HV Arts Council is thrilled to be hosting, for the fifth year in a row and the third year at Woolsey Park, the Amazing Pumpkin Carve!

Fri Oct11 4pm-9pm

Sat Oct12 11am-9pm

Sun Oct13 11am-6pm

Mon Oct14 11am-4pm

For the official Amazing Pumpkin Carve website with all the up to date information, please see this link: www.hvartscouncil.org/amazing-pumpkin-carve

Ticket prices: Adults: $15; Youth: $5; 4&under: Free!

For sponsorship opportunities, please visit this link: www.hvartscouncil.org/pumpkin-sponsor-2019

Amazing Again: Arts Council’s Pumpkin Carve Returns to Hopewell Valley

HOPEWELL TOWNSHIP – The Hopewell Valley’s favorite fall days will soon return, when the Amazing Pumpkin Carve turns Woolsey Park in Titusville into a family-friendly autumn celebration. Forty massive pumpkins carved by local artists are just the beginning of the fifth annual fantastic festival from Friday, October 11 through Monday, October 14, 2019 (Columbus Day).

Orange skulls, pulpy dragons, and two-headed pumpkin ladies are only a few of the cool creatures carved by artists in years past. The HV Arts Council’s Amazing Pumpkin Carve is electrified allowing for dramatic lighting and motion effects to expand the Carver’s pumpkin palette. The results are sure to wow visitors with even more spectacular displays.

The Amazing Pumpkin Carve, in its fifth year, is much more than just amazing pumpkins. Courtyard activities include evening storytelling around fire pits, pumpkin sales and painting, art show & sale, live music performances, s’more kits & cider, hots dogs and snacks for purchase, a humongous hay bale playground, photo op-boards, and more!

Special events begin on Thursday October 10 with the “Watch-the-Carvers” Reception. Advance ticket holders and VIPs will watch artists in action, enjoy a lite-bites reception to the live music of “Fiddlesticks,” and see the amazing final pumpkins — all before the Carve opens to the public. Advance tickets are required for this exclusive event.

Throughout the Carve weekend, there will be live music from celebrated local bands BoXoRox, Mixed Nuts, Recklesstown, and Uncle Skunk, as well as dance and vocal performances by students of The Pennington Studio. Bring a blanket, pack a picnic, and hangout to hear the bands.

Children of all ages will delight on Monday for Kid’s Day (Columbus Day) — when everyone is a kid! All tickets are $5, and student bands from the School of Rock will impress you with their rock-and-roll prowess.

Don’t miss your chance to celebrate autumn in Hopewell Valley while supporting the many talented artists who call this region home. For more information and the schedule full of daily details, visit the Hopewell Valley Arts Council website at www.hvartscouncil.org.

This event is hosted by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  Ticket proceeds go toward artist-carvers’ honoraria fund other Hopewell Valley Arts Council arts-related programs.

The Carve would not be possible if not for the generous support of our presenting sponsors Liza & Sky Morehouse and Harbat Farms, and our platinum sponsors Capital Health, The Laurenti Family Charitable Trust, and D’Angelo Market, as well as a host of gold, silver and courtyard sponsors.

The Amazing Pumpkin Carve is open for four days only: Friday to Monday, October 11 to 14 at Woolsey Park, 221 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, NJ. Ticket prices: Adults, $15; Seniors, $10; Ages 5-17, $5; Ages 4 and under, FREE. Want to come again? Take a photo of yourself with one of our “photo op” boards on your first visit and come another day for FREE!

Hours and activities vary, so visit the HV Arts Council’s website for details: www.hvartscouncil.org.

ArtConnect Forum

ArtConnect Forum: A Community Gathering for Art Enthusiasts, Artists & Creative Minds

Wednesday, September 18
6-8pm at The Pennington School
Speakers to be announced shortly!

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council invites you to explore and deepen your passion for art at our third 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.