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!

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!

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!

Hopewell Valley Arts Council Announces Fourth Annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve

In its fourth year, the Hopewell Valley Arts Council’s Amazing Pumpkin Carve is a must-not-miss, art-filled weekend of fun in the heart of the Hopewell Valley. The Amazing Pumpkin Carve will run from Wednesday, October 10 through Sunday, October 14, 2017 at Woolsey Park in Titusville.

Pumpkin carved by Eric Schultz

Visitors of all ages will be wowed by a massive display tent filled with 150-pound sculptures carved by local artists. New this year: the artists have electricity! There is sure to be some cool lighting and motion added to their creations, while another group of creative folks will be adorning scarecrows to add to the display.

The Amazing Pumpkin Carve is much more than a jaw-dropping display of artistic talent etched in enormous pumpkins. Activities and special events will include food trucks, evening storytelling around fire pits with s’mores kits, paint-a-pumpkin craft tent, fun photo ops, a humongous hay bale playground, pumpkins for sale at the pumpkin patch, and more! Special events throughout the weekend include dance performances by The Pennington Studio for Dance and Creative Arts, live music, a pet costume parade and movie nights.

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 full schedule of all this fantastic fall fun, please check out the Hopewell Valley Arts Council website at www.hvartscouncil.org.

The Fourth Amazing Pumpkin Carve is open for only 5 days: Wed.-Sun., October 10-14 at Woolsey Park, 221 Washington Crossing-Pennington Road, Titusville, NJ. Courtyard entry: Adults, $10; Seniors, $8; Ages 11-18, $5; Under 10, FREE. Hours and activities vary, so please check out the HV Arts Council’s website for details: www.hvartscouncil.org.

This event is hosted by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council. Ticket 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.

Slice of Art BBQ & Cornhole Tournament

What a wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon while supporting the arts in Hopewell Valley!

The HV Arts Council’s “Slice of Art” BBQ & Cornhole Tournament is an ART SHOW and CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT in one event held at the beautiful Hopewell Valley Vineyards to benefit the Hopewell Valley Arts Council. There are two tiers of tickets, depending on how much fun you want to have!

$10 General Admission Ticket
  • Wine Tasting in the Vineyard’s new sampling room
  • Access to the “Slice of Art” Show and Sale
  • Viewing area to watch the Cornhole Tournament
  • Live music
  • BBQ and beverages available for purchase
 $60 Cornhole Tournament Team Registration (for TWO players)
  • All of the above!
  • Plus two tickets to participate in the cornhole tournament
  • Plus voucher for BBQ
  • Prizes awarded final four teams
  • Play starts at 12pm. Finals start at 4pm.

Slices of Art will be on display and for sale by silent auction starting at $100. Proceeds from the art sale benefit both artists and HV Arts Council programs, events, and scholarships, each receiving 50% of the profit. The silent auction will close at 4pm. Credit cards or cash. Rain or shine.

For GENERAL ADMISSION tickets, click  here.

For CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT registration and tickets (for two players), click here.

This event is part of our initiative Out of the Ashes: Art Emerging from Fallen Trees, commemorating the virtual loss of this beautiful American tree from the emerald ash borer beetle. For more, please see: https://www.hvartscouncil.org/ashes-ash-tree-commemoration-art-initiatives-events/

Opening Reception for SERENITY Art Exhibition at Capital Health

Capital Health-Hopewell, in partnership with the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, will be presenting “SERENITY,” an art exhibition this month featuring the artworks and personal reflections of the Artists of Yardley (AOY), a non-profit organization, dedicated to nurturing the creative spirit of the community.

The public is invited to attend the opening reception to view the show and watch the talents of dancers from The Pennington Studio, on Thursday, August 30, from 6 to 7:30pm in the Investors Bank Art & Healing Gallery located in the second floor atrium at Capital Health – Hopewell, One Capital Way, Pennington, NJ, . Light refreshments will be served. The show runs through November, 2018.

The mission of the Arts & Healing Program at Capital Health recognizes that spending time in the hospital can be stressful for all — patients, visitors, caregivers and healthcare workers alike. Art shows held in the Investors Bank Art & Healing Gallery at Capital Health – Hopewell provide visitors a respite from the difficulties of the day by featuring beautiful, engaging and inspirational works of art in its rotating art gallery.  Whereas medicine can heal the body, art can heal the soul.

SERENITY Art Exhibition at Capital Health

Capital Health-Hopewell, in partnership with the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, will be presenting “SERENITY,” an art exhibition this month featuring the artworks and personal reflections of the Artists of Yardley (AOY), a non-profit organization, dedicated to nurturing the creative spirit of the community.

The public is invited to attend the opening reception to view the show and watch the talents of dancers from The Pennington Studio, on Thursday, August 30, from 6 to 7:30pm in the Investors Bank Art & Healing Gallery located in the second floor atrium at Capital Health – Hopewell, One Capital Way, Pennington, NJ, . Light refreshments will be served. The show runs through November, 2018.

The mission of the Arts & Healing Program at Capital Health recognizes that spending time in the hospital can be stressful for all — patients, visitors, caregivers and healthcare workers alike. Art shows held in the Investors Bank Art & Healing Gallery at Capital Health – Hopewell provide visitors a respite from the difficulties of the day by featuring beautiful, engaging and inspirational works of art in its rotating art gallery.  Whereas medicine can heal the body, art can heal the soul.