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.