6th Annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council's aMAZing Pumpkin Carve

Join us at the sixth annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve for a family-friend festival featuring outrageously carved giant pumpkins, live entertainment, evening fire pits with storytellers, pumpkin crafts, art show & sale, our humongous hay bale playground… and more!

Want to be a sponsor?

Visit hvartscouncil.org/pumpkin-sponsor-2020
Contact us at info@hvartscouncil.org
Call us at 609-281-5887

Pennington Day 2020

For our seventh year,  HV Arts Council will anchor Pennington Day with an Art Spires takeover on the Howe Commons lawn, at 65 South Main Street in Pennington, next to the music and event North Stage, on Saturday, May 16, from 10am – 4pm. RAIN OR SHINE!

Come check us out and find out more about Art Spires, contribute to a piece of community art, and pick up original art from some of our local artists in our Artist’s Walk.

Art Spires Information Session

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

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 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 summer and fall. The spires will then be auctioned-off to the public with proceeds shared by the artists and the HV Arts Council.

Registration Deadline​: April 30, 2020
Art Spire Completion Date​: June 22, 2020
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.

Come to one of three information sessions to hear more and sign-up:

      • Monday, March 30, 2020 – 7pm at Hopewell Valley Vineyards POSTPONED
      • Wednesday, April 15, 2020 – 7pm at the Pennington Public Library
      • Saturday, April 18, 2020 – 10am at the Hopewell Train Station
      • Monday, April 30, 2020 – 7pm at Hopewell Valley Vineyards

Art Spires Information Session

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

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 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 summer and fall. The spires will then be auctioned-off to the public with proceeds shared by the artists and the HV Arts Council.

Registration Deadline​: April 30, 2020
Art Spire Completion Date​: June 22, 2020
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.

Come to one of three information sessions to hear more and sign-up:

      • Monday, March 30, 2020 – 7pm at Hopewell Valley Vineyards
      • Wednesday, April 15, 2020 – 7pm at the Pennington Public Library
      • Saturday, April 18, 2020 – 10am at the Hopewell Train Station

Art Spires Information Session

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

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 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 summer and fall. The spires will then be auctioned-off to the public with proceeds shared by the artists and the HV Arts Council.

Registration Deadline​: April 30, 2020
Art Spire Completion Date​: June 22, 2020
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.

Come to one of three information sessions to hear more and sign-up:

      • Monday, March 30, 2020 – 7pm at Hopewell Valley Vineyards
      • Wednesday, April 15, 2020 – 7pm at the Pennington Public Library
      • Saturday, April 18, 2020 – 10am at the Hopewell Train Station

Daily Dose of Art Juice Carton Birdfeeder

This project is “for the birds!”

Step 1. Wash out a juice or milk carton. Let it dry.

Step 2. Use marker to draw the shape of the space you want to cut out on the large sides of the carton. (Fig 1)

Step 3. Depending on your age (or cutting skills – lol!), you may need help from an adult for this cutting step. Use a utility knife or scissors to cut the sides you marked out on the carton. (Fig 2)

Step 4. Paint the outside of the carton. You may need to paint a base coat first, depending on your paint coverage, and then add the final decorative colors.  Make your feeder as fancy or funny as you like. (Idea: Use a chop stick or a popsicle stick to make a perch.)

Step 5. Poke a hole in the top on each side of the carton with a screwdriver or nail. Thread yarn or string through the holes and knot at the top so you can hang.

Now find the perfect spot bird watching spot to hang your feeder and fill it with birdseed!

Checkout these fun ideas from Pinterest for inspiration! (Fig 3, Fig 4, Fig 5)

Passover Paper Frogs Daily Dose of Art

To those of you who celebrate this happy holiday, we wish you a happy Passover.

This holiday project was borrowed from the parenting website www.alphamom.com.

If you celebrate Passover, then you probably already know all about those frogs. As the story is told in the book of Exodus, frogs were the second plague that God sent to change Pharaoh’s mind about keeping the Jews in slavery. Unfortunately an infestation of frogs did not change his mind and nine other horrible plagues were needed before the Jews were allowed to go free.

While the story of Passover is no light matter, I think it’s safe to have a little fun with frogs to help us remember the second plague. I wouldn’t want my house to be infested with frogs but they sure are fun to make out of paper! (Fig 1)

Step 1. Make “frog skin” by painting with cheap kids’ acrylic paint (water-based is safest) on top of newsprint. Big sloppy strokes are fine especially if you want your frogs to have texture. (Fig 2)

Step 2. Add some warts by stamping a pencil eraser and wine-bottle cork into yellow paint. (Fig 3)

Step 3. When the paint is dry, cut the (now somewhat-stiff) painted newspaper into big squares. You don’t have to measure — these squares are roughly 7 inches, though some were bigger and some smaller. (Fig 4)

Fig 6

Step 4. Folded square in half and then in half again (like you would fold it to make a snowflake) but instead of cutting snowflake shapes out of my square, cut out half a frog. If you don’t feel confident in your frog-cutting skills, have no fear! Here is a template that pretty easy to follow. Just be careful to cut the top smaller arm all the way off the edge. If you don’t, then you won’t end up with frogs that are holding hands. You’ll have a bunch of separated frogs.. but that’s fine too. (Fig 5 & Fig 6)

Step 5. When you unfold your paper, there’s your frog snowflake. You can draw eyes with a crayon or marker pen or even add googlie eyes. (Fig 7)

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home” – Twyla Tharp

Stay in touch and share where your imagination has taken you by posting your project photos on Facebook or Instagram with the tag #HVArtsDailyDose or email a photo to us at info@hvartscouncil.org!

 

Daily Dose of Art – Houses that Rock

During this time inside, we are grateful, more than ever, for the roof over our heads.  So let’s make a little tribute to the places we live.

Step 1.  Find and clean a rock suitable for the house you want to paint.  You can paint a big rock that could be used as a door stop, or a single or group of smaller rocks.

The challenge for this project is to find a rock that can be TOTALLY painted in the shape of a house.  For example an angled stone could be a house with a slanted roof…a long rock could be an apartment building with several floors.

Step 2.  As with all rock painting projects, your fingers can easily get in the way and smudge  paint that is not dry. To avoid smudging, don’t be in a hurry. Work in stages, letting parts dry before moving on. If you mess up, don’t worry.  You can get another rock or just repaint the background color and start over.

Step 3.  If you love your rock house for an extended period of time, it should be protected with a sealer, like outdoor Mod Podge or clear spray Rustoleum. This will help keep the paint from chipping. Since most of us don’t have sealer on hand, you can do this step at a future date.

Check out these awesome rock houses from Pinterest for inspiration.  (Fig 1, Fig 2, Fig 3, & Fig 4.)

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home” – Twyla Tharp

Stay in touch and share where your imagination has taken you by posting your project photos on Facebook or Instagram with the tag #HVArtsDailyDose or email a photo to us at info@hvartscouncil.org!

Daily Dose of Art, Stick Buddies

How about making a new friend.. a stick buddy!

Step 1. When you’re outside, pick up a few sticks with interesting curves, notches, and knobby parts.  

Step 2. Wash them.

Step 3. After washing your sticks, take a look to see what part might make a good nose, a beak, or a funny face.

Step 4. Paint your sticks, letting them dry fully between adding colors. (Fig 1 and 2)

Step 5. Once totally dry, add final details like eye balls, lashes or a mouth. (Fig 3)

There you have it… a stick buddy that could star in his own cartoon show!

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home” – Twyla Tharp

Stay in touch and share where your imagination has taken you by posting your project photos on Facebook or Instagram with the tag #HVArtsDailyDose or email a photo to us at info@hvartscouncil.org!

Daily Dose, Play With Your Food!

Playing with your food is usually a no-no… but hopefully you can get (or give) permission to have a little fun! 

Sandwiches are on lunch’s menu… but before just slapping two pieces of bread together, take a few minutes to be creative. Carrots can be shredded or cut to form hair, olives could be teeth or eyeballs, a slice of red pepper could be an ear or a big smile.

For a more refined look, try using cookie cutters to cut out shapes. (Tip: Soft bread will just get crushed by cookie cutters, so try freezing or toasting the bread first.)

Check out these ideas from Pinterest. (Fig 1, Fig 2, Fig 3)

Let your imagination go wild, but don’t forget to eat your creation!

“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home” – Twyla Tharp

Stay in touch and share where your imagination has taken you by posting your project photos on Facebook or Instagram with the tag #HVArtsDailyDose or email a photo to us at info@hvartscouncil.org!