ArtConnect Forum – March 2019

ArtConnect Forum

A Community Gathering for Art Enthusiasts, Artists & Creative Minds

Thursday, March 21, 2019
ArtConnect Forum
The Pennington School
in the Wesley Forum at the Yen Humanities Building
6 – 9 pm

CLICK HERE to buy tickets!

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council invites you to explore and deepen your passion for art at our second 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 their creative process, while providing an opportunity to interact with fellow artists and art lovers.

Thursday – March 21, 2019 – Guest Speakers:

Lynn DeClemente Losavio will share highlights of “That’s Worth Celebrating: The Life and Work of the Johnson Family” currently on exhibit at the Grounds For Sculpture which focuses on the family’s passions, their belief in the spirit of innovation and the power of community, as well as, Seward Johnson’s influence on the art world. DeClemente Losavio will also discuss the education and sculpting services the Johnson Atelier offers to local artists and skilled crafts persons– including modeling, enlarging, casting, fabrication, paint and patina,  production and conservation services– all with an emphasis on promoting public art.

DeClemente Losavio is the Collection Manager of The Seward Johnson Atelier.  With a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The College of New Jersey and a Master of Fine Arts in Textiles from California College of the Arts, DeClemente Losavio serves as a member of Capital Health’s Art and Healing Program and the 28th International Sculpture Center Conference: Defining Moments in the Face of Change to be held in Philadelphia in October 2018.   DeClemente Losavio and her family are residents of Hopewell, NJ.

(Photo credit: Gala Derroisne)

Gyuri Hollósy will talk about his latest inspiration – “animal architects” – and how he employs a unique formula of resin and sawdust form the shape and patterns of rotted wood and bark in his creations. Hollósy will also share his unique experiences consulting with the local government of Xinjiang Province in China on the creation of a new sculpture park and his most recent ‘silk road’ commission for the China National Academy of Painting in Beijing. Hollósy is the author of “Voices in An Artist’s Head” which was released in 2017.

In addition to his many commissions and exhibition awards, Hollósy has received professional grants, including the Helen and George Segal Foundation, the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation and the Herk van Tongerin Sculpture Award from the Atlantic Foundation.  Hollósy has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Ohio University and a Masters of Fine Arts from Tulane University.  Hollósy taught at Tulane, Washington University, Bethany College and at the Johnson Atelier Technical Institute of Sculpture.  Hollósy and his family are residents of Titusville, NJ.

CLICK HERE to buy tickets!  Seating is limited so get your tickets early.  General Admission: $20 / HV Arts Council Members Discount: $10. We have scheduled a snow date for Thursday, March 28 at the same time and location.

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Opening Reception — Joy in the Everyday, an HV Arts Council Members Art Show at Capital Health

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council and the Arts and Healing Committee at Capital Health are celebrating Joy in the Everyday, an exhibition of works by members of the Hopewell Valley Arts Council at the Investors Bank Art & Healing Gallery at Capital Health. This exhibit captures, in visual and written representation, the colorful relationship between joy and art.

The opening reception is on Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 6 to 7:30pm and the exhibit is on display until March 25, 2019.

The holidays are a magical time of celebration, light, and wishes for peace and good fortune in the coming year. Artists get to wield their own brand of magic by transmitting personal feelings of joy and inspiration to those who view their art.

This diverse portfolio of work was created by supporters of the HV Arts Council and includes both amateur and accomplished artists, and those self-taught and professionally trained.

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing art awareness and appreciation in the greater Hopewell Valley. We celebrate “art in the everyday” by cultivating all types of creative exploration, artistic expression, and encourage us all to see the beauty inherent in the simple and ordinary parts of day-to-day life. Through community collaborations, events and art-based initiatives, the Arts Council highlights our local talents and enriches the cultural and creative lives of our community. The opening reception will be at the Art & Healing Gallery, on the second floor at Capital Health Medical Center-Hopewell on Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 6pm-7:30pm.

Joy in the Everyday – Art is joy! Joy to the world! Celebrating the holiday season, this exhibit will feature art that exudes joy, color, and happiness.      Artists have the ability to inspire, encourage, and motivate. Where does your joy come from? Each artist shares how they create art that brings them joy in the everyday or to the world as a whole.

The exhibit will be on display from November 29, 2018 to March 25, 2019.

Participating artists:

Teri Anderson
Tyler Bell
Kristen Birdsey
Janis Blayne Paul
Marissa Blossom
Cheryl Bomba
Linda Bradshaw
Connie Cruser
Morris Docktor
Jennifer Driscoll
Lora Marie Durr
James Feehan
Gary David Fournier
Mary Galioto
Spriha Gupta
Lori Johansson
Joy Kreves
Lori Langsner
Amy Louise Lee
Rory Mahon
Linda Martin-Mills
Patrick Mateescu
Sylvie Mayer
Helene Mazur
Ken McIndoe
Susan Mitrano
George Olexa
Leslie Pell
Bill Plank
Helene Plank
Janet Purcell
Erika Rachel
Leon Rainbow
Susan Roseman
Judy Snedeker
Lucia Stout
Janneke van der Ree
Annelies vanDommelen
Jane Zamost

Slice of Art Continues at Hopewell Valley Chorus’ Winter Concert

Slices of Art will be on display and available for purchase before and after the Hopewell Valley Chorus’ winter concert, “Resounding Joy,” on Friday, December 14, 2018, at 7:30pm. Entry to the reception area to view the show is free. Tickets to the concert can be purchased at the door. Please see the flyer below!

A Slice of Art” is the first art program in the Hopewell Valley Arts Council’s new initiative, Out of the Ashes: Art Emerging from Fallen Trees, that commemorates the devastating loss of the ash tree, one of the primary native trees in Hopewell Valley. Wood slices, playfully called “slices of art” were available for artists and artisans to take home and artistically reimagine, creating unique, natural expressions of art on an ash wood palette.

Find a holiday gift for that someone special or enjoy in your own home!

Hopewell Valley Chorus, a 70-member adult community chorus located in Pennington, performs locally three times a year and participates in a variety of community outreach activities.  Their repertoire spans the globe and includes genres from Early Renaissance, Baroque, Classical /Romantic, to 20th Century, Jazz, Blues, Pop, Gospel, and new compositions based on American poetry.  HV Arts Council will continue the “Slice of Art” show and sale at the chorus’s winter concert, “Resounding Joy,” which will take place, December 14,  7:30pm at St James Church, 115 East Delaware Avenue, in Pennington, NJ.

Pennington Holiday Walk

Join the Hopewell Valley Arts Council at the Pennington Business & Professionals Association at the Annual Pennington Holiday Walk on December 7 from 6-9pm in downtown Pennington. The HV Arts Council will be featuring the ice carving skills of John Goeke, COO at the Hopewell Valley Golf & County Club, and boys & girls jazz/hip-hop classes from The Pennington Studio will perform “Ice Ice Baby” at 7:30pm.

John Goeke, 2017 (Photo credit: Carol Lipson)

Joy in the Everyday, an HV Arts Council Members Art Show at Capital Health

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council and the Arts and Healing Committee at Capital Health are celebrating Joy in the Everyday, an exhibition of works by members of the Hopewell Valley Arts Council at the Investors Bank Art & Healing Gallery at Capital Health. This exhibit captures, in visual and written representation, the colorful relationship between joy and art.

The opening reception is on Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 6 to 7:30pm and the exhibit is on display until March 25, 2019.

The holidays are a magical time of celebration, light, and wishes for peace and good fortune in the coming year. Artists get to wield their own brand of magic by transmitting personal feelings of joy and inspiration to those who view their art.

This diverse portfolio of work was created by supporters of the HV Arts Council and includes both amateur and accomplished artists, and those self-taught and professionally trained.

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing art awareness and appreciation in the greater Hopewell Valley. We celebrate “art in the everyday” by cultivating all types of creative exploration, artistic expression, and encourage us all to see the beauty inherent in the simple and ordinary parts of day-to-day life. Through community collaborations, events and art-based initiatives, the Arts Council highlights our local talents and enriches the cultural and creative lives of our community.

Participating artists:

Teri Anderson
Tyler Bell
Kristen Birdsey
Janis Blayne Paul
Marissa Blossom
Cheryl Bomba
Linda Bradshaw
Connie Cruser
Morris Docktor
Jennifer Driscoll
Lora Marie Durr
James Feehan
Gary David Fournier
Mary Gallioto
Spirha Gupta
Lori Johansson
Joy Kreves
Lori Langsner
Amy Louise Lee
Rory Mahon
Linda Martin-Mills
Patrick Mateescu
Sylvie Mayer
Helene Mazur
Ken McIndoe
Susan Mitrano
George Olexa
Leslie Pell
Bill Plank
Helene Plank
Janet Purcell
Erika Rachel
Leon Rainbow
Susan Roseman
Judy Snedeker
Lucia Stout
Janneke van der Ree
Annelies vanDommelen
Jane Zamost

Please Support the Arts in Hopewell Valley This Holiday Season

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.

This year, the Hopewell Valley Arts Council has been proud to provide inspiring and engaging events and programs — including ArtConnect, Slice of Art as part of Out of the Ashes: Art Emerging from Fallen Trees, and most recently, the 4th Amazing Pumpkin Carve.

— 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 November 20, #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!”

Call for Artists: Joy in the Everyday

Hopewell Valley Arts Council and the Arts and Healing Committee at Capital Health is pleased to announce Joy in the Everyday, a members exhibit scheduled for public display at the Investors Bank Art & Healing Gallery at Capital Health-Hopewell this winter. An opening reception will be held on January 10, 2019, from 6-7:30pm, to celebrate the exhibit and offer the patrons an opportunity to speak with you about your work.

Joy in the Everyday – Art is joy! Joy to the world! Celebrating the holiday season, this exhibit will feature art that exudes joy, color, and happiness.      Artists have the ability to inspire, encourage, and motivate. Where does your joy come from? Each artist is invited to submit a short paragraph relating how creating art brings them joy in the everyday or to the world as a whole.  Submitted paragraphs will be displayed with the artwork.

  • All members of the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, of any age, are eligible to submit up to three pieces of artwork for consideration and must be willing to deliver and pick-up their chosen artwork. Artwork will be juried based on the number of submissions received.
  • High-resolution electronic images of the artworks for consideration must be submitted no later than Monday, November 5 via email to kyle.wille@hvartscouncil.org.
  • All 2-dimensional work in any medium will be considered.
  • Artwork must be no larger than 36 inches in any direction.
  • Artwork must be professionally presented, securely wired, and ready for hanging. Glass must be plexiglass.
  • Acceptability is at the discretion of the Arts & Healing Committee of Capital Health.
  • All selected framed artwork must be delivered on Monday, November 26, between 9am-2pm or Tuesday, November 27, between 6-8pm at the Hopewell Valley YMCA at 62 South Main Street, Pennington, NJ.
  • All work must be offered for sale with 50% of the proceeds going to the artist, 25% to the HV Arts Council, and 25% to the Art & Healing Committee of Capital Health with sales handled by the HV Arts Council.
  • If artwork is selected, members will be sent additional information.

The exhibit will be on display from November 29, 2018 to March 25, 2019.

Hopewell Valley Arts Council Celebrates Successful Fourth Annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council celebrated another successful and fun-filled Amazing Pumpkin Carve, from October 10 to 14, 2018 at Woolsey Park in Hopewell Township.

For the fourth year, visitors of all ages were wowed by gigantic pumpkin sculptures carved by some of the area’s best local artists. Local nonprofits enlisted their most creative members to made scarecrows, decorating the Carve and sharing the community spirit. New this year, artists had access to electricity. With cool lighting opportunities, this year’s pumpkin carve was electrifying.

“The fourth year of the Carve was bigger and better than ever — more visitors, more fun activities, more art — and the centerpiece of the Carve – the most jaw-dropping giant pumpkins ever!” said Hopewell Valley Arts Council Board of Trustees President Carol Lipson. “This year’s pumpkins were a real showcase of skill and artistry by our amazing carvers.”

2018 HV Arts Council Amazing Pumpkin Carve Best in Show: “Blood Sucker” by Matt Derby (Photo: Kyle Wille)

With stiff competition, Best in Show went to Matt Derby for his creation, “Blood Sucker,” a wide-mouthed bat with outstretched wings. Douglas May took Best Carving for his intricate “Bluebeard” (photograph below). “Sisters at Heart,” a two-headed singing woman carved from a single pumpkin, by Aleece Davis and Jill Thomas won Most Original Design. Most Creative Use of Materials went to Jennifer Stevens’ “Will Work for Peanuts,” an adorable and impressive circus elephant. Most Humorous went to Michael Davies for his comic strip design in “Scary Romance.” Scariest was “Hatchling” by Eric Schultz, a fire-breathing dragon emerging from its egg. Best Use of Electricity, new this year, was awarded to “Bat Troll” by Gyuri Hollosy and Annalise Hollosy. The HV Arts Council Award was given to Curtis May for “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde.” Honorable mentions were awarded to: “Floradecehedron” by Jeff Brown, “Vulture Culture” by Kathleen Sheehan & Cynthia Miklos, “Gritty” by Jonathan Conner, “Leo the Lion” by Carol Gorham, “Hole Reversal” by Patrick Pasquito, and “Two Headed Bats” by Jodi Walker. Anne Ellery and Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space (FoHVOS) won best scarecrow.

For a slideshow of amazing pumpkins, please check out this link.

2018 HV Arts Council Amazing Pumpkin Carve Best Carved: “Bluebeard” by Douglas May (Photo: Mike Chipowsky)

Local Lex Dorner was only a quarter of a pound off in the “guess the pumpkin weight.” He and his family won a custom pumpkin carved by local professional pumpkin carver, Curtis May. Tying for second place, Gary Goodman and Judy Bushong received memberships to the Hopewell Valley Arts Council.

“Guess the weight” Pumpkin Winner Dorner with his family

More new activities this year included a cornhole tournament and pet costume contest. Mark Mattaliano and Joe Witkowski came in first place in the cornhole tournament, and Roger Shapiro and Ray Petty came in second. In the post costume contest, canine friend Amore, Deanna Cuchiaro’s bracco italiano stole everyone’s hearts, and Melody, Felicia Schilp’s eastern box turtle came in second.

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

“Special appreciation goes out to all of our sponsors. Without their support, it would be impossible to stage this wonderful community celebration,” said Lipson. “The Pumpkin Carve has become an annual Hopewell Valley tradition, one that we hope to expand and thrive for many years to come. When visitors leave the Carve inspired to explore their own artistic expression, we’re happy to be part of discovering art in the everyday.”

Painting on the Hill: Plein Air Watercolor Workshop

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council and Chez Alice are excited to offer a plein air watercolor workshop series at Strawberry Mansion on Baldpate Mountain this fall.  For three consecutive Thursdays — September 27, October 4 and 11 — from 5:30-7:30pm,* enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding valleys and mountains and enhance your appreciation of watercolor painting with professional artist, Barbara DiLorenzo, while learning techniques in watercolor painting. The program is generously supported by Chez Alice Catering Company which will be donating their profits for the event back into HV Arts Council’s amazing programing and events. $45/per class and $125 for all three.

Attend one, two or all three workshops to refine your skills in watercolor painting lead by Hopewell artist Barbara DiLorenzo, author and illustrator who received her BFA in illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design and studied painting at the Art Students League of New York under Mary Beth McKenzie. In 2014, she received the Dorothy Markinko Scholarship Award from the Rutgers University Council on Children’s Literature. She is a signature member in the New England Watercolor Society as well as the Society of Illustrators. DiLorenzo teaches art courses in our area and is co-president of the Children’s Book Illustrators Group of New York. Barbara is represented by Rachel Orr of the Prospect Agency.

Hors d’oeuvres boxes are available for pre-purchase to enjoy while painting — a variety of fresh fruits with crackers created by Chez Alice Catering Company.

Please place your order prior to each workshop. Boxes are $12/box. Order ahead by emailing: chezalicecater@gmail.com or call (609) 737-1199.

Rain or Shine (window views from Strawberry Mansion). Beginners and experienced painters are welcome (age 18+ please)!

You can find the supply list at this link: https://tinyurl.com/paintingonthehill-supplylist

To register, please visit this link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/painting-on-the-hill-tickets-49067357788

Please note that the watercolor workshops have been moved to 5:30-7:30pm. We apologize for any inconvenience this might cause but we know you’ll appreciate the additional sunlight!