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.

Capital Health Hopewell and HV Arts Council Feature the Artists of Yardley

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.

Exploring “Art in the Everyday”

Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others. – Jonathan Swift

James Baxter, “Roots”

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council cultivates all types of creative exploration and artistic expression and celebrates “art in the everyday” … but what does that mean?

It is about opening one’s eyes to the simple, beautiful, seemingly mundane parts of our lives. It lies in shadows, reflections, footprints, found objects or trash, on store shelves, and even in our garages.

It is also the art of everyday activities, items, and relationships — a child’s poem/art, stacked wood, homemade cards, and baked goods. It lies in an organized spice rack or a pile of worn sneakers tossed by the door.

To celebrate viewing the world with this new lens, we’re inviting the community to participate with us. Starting in June, we’ll be posting photos submitted by the community and hope you’ll join us by tagging your inspired images with #hvartintheeveryday on Facebook and Instagram. Don’t enjoy tagging? Email our us at info@hvartscouncil.org.

Please help us discover all the endless possibilities and celebrate art in the everyday!

HV Arts Council to Take Over Howe Commons for Pennington Day

For the fifth year, the Hopewell Valley Arts Council will anchor Pennington Day with an artful takeover on the Howe Commons lawn, at 65 South Main Street in Pennington, next to the music stage and “food court,” on Saturday, May 19, from 10am – 4pm.

Howe Commons, Pennington, NJ (photo courtesy of Howe Commons)

This year, the HV Arts Council will kick off a new initiative, Out of the Ashes: Art Emerging from Fallen Trees, to commemorate the devastating loss of the ash tree, one of the primary native trees in Hopewell Valley.

A little, green, jewel-like beetle called the Emerald Ash Borer, threatens the entire North American Fraxinus(Ash) genus of ash trees, which can be found on private and public property and in forests and yards. Due to the nature of the infestation, it’s difficult to determine which trees have already succumbed. As a result, many ash trees, some infected and some yet to be infected, are being taken down to ensure public safety. Hopewell Township is being proactive in the fight to protect our ash trees and has information on their website at www.haveyoursayhopewelltwp.org.

In the spirit of the HV Arts Council’s ongoing upcycling theme – making art out of trash and typically discarded items – Out of the Ashes will transform wood from this beautiful American tree into art through a diverse series of art programs, exhibits, and community events throughout 2018 and 2019.

Ash wood will abound with opportunities to view and make art, watch live carving demonstrations, and learn more about the emerald ash borer and about our year-long events celebrating as art emerges Out of the Ashes.

In the center of Howe Commons, a manual shingle cutter will cut ash wood into shingles, and kids of all ages are invited to paint the shingles along with wood discs. Two local wood carvers, Stan Saperstein and Scott Fulmer, will also be stationed on Howe Commons throughout the day demonstrating live wood carving and showing projects at various stages of completion. Plus, visit us at the HV Arts Council tent at Howe Commons to find out more about our upcoming art- and culture-related events and receive 10% off membership.

The HV Arts Council will also issue a “call to artists” beginning at Pennington Day, as part of Out of the Ashes. Wood slices, playfully being called “slices of art” will be available for artists, creative adults, and hobbyist to take home and adorn. Use your creativity and paint, mosaic, apply photography, or whatever your imagination desires! At the end of the summer, these slices of art will be sold, with half going to the individual artist and half to support local art and artists in the greater Hopewell Valley. The slices will be sold at the HV Arts Council’s Slice of Art Sale, Barbecue, & Cornhole Tournament on Sunday, September 9 at the Valley Road Picnic Area, Hopewell Township.

For more information about HV Arts Council events and initiatives, please see their website hvartscouncil.org.

Editor’s Note: MercerMe publisher Mary Galioto is the PR & Media Coordinator for the Hopewell Valley Arts Council. 

HV Arts Council to Kick Off New Initiative at Pennington Day

For the fifth year, the Hopewell Valley Arts Council will anchor Pennington Day with an artful takeover on the Howe Commons lawn, at 65 South Main Street in Pennington, on Saturday, May 19, from 10am – 4pm.

This year, we’ll kick off a new initiative called Out of the Ashes to commemorate the devastating loss of the ash tree, one of the primary native trees in Hopewell Valley. A little, green, jewel-like beetle called the Emerald Ash Borer, threatens the entire North American Fraxinus (Ash) genus of ash trees, which can be found on private and public property and in forests and yards.

Due to the nature of the infestation, it’s difficult to determine which trees have already succumbed. As a result, many ash trees, some infected and some yet to be infected, are being taken down to ensure public safety. Hopewell Township is being proactive in the fight to protect our ash trees and has information on their website at www.haveyoursayhopewelltwp.org.

In the spirit of the HV Arts Council’s ongoing upcycling theme – making art out of trash and typically discarded items – Out of the Ashes will transform wood from this beautiful American tree into art through a diverse series of art programs, exhibits, and community events throughout 2018 and 2019.

Ash wood will abound at Pennington Day with opportunities to view and make art, watch live carving demonstrations, and learn about our year-long celebration as we emerge Out of the Ashes!

Wood Sawing Observation Event

As the devastating effects of the Emerald Ash Borer beetle progresses, ash trees needed to be felled in Hopewell Valley and many have been stored at the Hopewell Township municipal maintenance yard waiting to be given a new purpose.

Our newest initiative, “Out of the Ashes – Art Emerging from Fallen Trees,” will be doing just that – bringing artistic life to the remaining wood.

While “Out of the Ashes” will officially kick-off at Pennington Day, the public is invited on Saturday May 5, from 11am until 2pm to witness our first step: cutting harvested wood for various upcoming HV Arts Council projects.

Come watch from our viewing tent as a powerful portable saw mill cuts massive tree trunks, and marvel at the volume of useable wood that can be salvaged from a mature ash tree.

The sawyer, the official name of a person who saws timber for a living, and his team will masterfully stage the massive trunks at the mill where they will be lifted onto the saw and cut to specifications.

Stop by on Saturday, May 5, between 11am and 2pm, grab a glass of cider, and watch the sawyer and his mill in action. The viewing area will be located behind the baseball fields at the Municipal Athletic Complex, at 201 Washington Crossing Road, Titusville. Follow the event signs at the entrances on Pennington-Titusville Rd (at the Police Station), as well as on Scotch Rd, north of the intersection.

Hopewell Valley Arts Council to Host Spring-Themed Cabaret at Hopewell Theater

Elizabeth Sutton performing on stage.

After what seems like an eternal winter, the Hopewell Valley Arts Council is excited to present Spring: The Music of Open Windows, a cabaret-style celebration of all things spring, at the newly opened Hopewell Theater on April 21, 2018 from 7pm – 9:30pm. (CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS!)

The evening will feature entertainment by accomplished soprano Elizabeth Sutton, who will captivate guests with stories and piano-accompanied songs celebrating the collective relief that spring is finally here. Sutton, a Pennington resident, is a Professor of Voice at Westminster Choir College and Pennington resident. Critically acclaimed for her remarkable singing and stage presence, Sutton has debuted with opera companies and festivals throughout the United States, Italy, and Austria including the Caramoor International Music Festival, New Jersey Opera, Opera Cleveland, Skylight Opera Theater, American International Music School (A.I.M.S), and Lucca Opera Theater, Italy.

“We’re thrilled Elizabeth is performing at our first cabaret — she’s a real powerhouse,” said HV Arts Council president, Carol Lipson. “It’ll be an amazing night — a fun party, intimate cabaret seating, amazing entertainment, mingling, and a creative food experience.”

 

Through a creative partnership with Hopewell Borough’s The Brothers Moon, guests will discover cuisine-meets-art installation. Innovatively crafted and unconventionally served inspired bites will play up the fun and decorative side of spring in acreative, interactive, and delicious experience. Beer and wine will be served, as will the signature drink, “The Bees Knees,” a springtime favorite.

Plus, cabaret guests will have first-dibs and VIP access to exciting upcoming arts and culture events with the Arts Council’s “party and experience boards,” including cooking demonstrations and exclusive art tours, to name just a few.

Tickets can be purchased online (CLICK THIS LINK FOR TICKETS) — $125 general admission and $110 for HV Arts Council members. Proceeds help support and promote the arts in the greater Hopewell Valley.

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit 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 and artistic expression. 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.

 

Get Tickets NOW for Spring: The Music of Open Windows!

After what seems like an eternal winter, the

Hopewell Valley Arts Council is excited to present

a cabaret-style celebration of all things spring, at the

newly opened Hopewell Theater

April 21, 2018 from 7pm – 9:30pm

Get your tickets now!

Artfully crafted and creatively served light fare will be prepared and served by The Brothers Moon, playing up the fun and decorative side of spring. Plus, “The Bees Knees” signature cocktail and
 a selection of beer and wine.
Elizabeth Sutton
Spring: The Music of Open Windows will be evening will feature entertainment by lyric coloratura soprano Elizabeth Sutton, who is also a Professor of Voice at Westminster Choir College and Princeton-area resident. Critically acclaimed for her remarkable singing and stage presence, Sutton has debuted with opera companies and festivals throughout the United States, Italy and Austria including the Caramoor International Music Festival, New Jersey Opera, Opera Cleveland, Skylight Opera Theater, American International Music School, (A.I.M.S) and Lucca Opera Theater, Italy
At Spring: The Music of Open Windows, Sutton will perform three accompanied sets throughout the evening echoing the themes of renewal and refreshment.

Get your tickets now! Proceeds help support and promote the arts in the greater Hopewell Valley.

 

Please note: This is not a production of the Hopewell Theater.

Calling All Artists and Art Enthusiasts to ArtConnect Forum

Artwork courtesy of The Mitchener Museum (left to right: Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd)

Calling All Artists and Art Enthusiasts!

ArtConnect Forum

Thursday, MAY 3, 2018, 7-9pm*

The Pennington School

*Come early and mingle from 6-7pm
$10 for members / $20 for non-members — Seating is limited, so get your tickets early!


The Hopewell Valley Arts Council invites you to explore and deepen your passion for art at our inaugural ArtConnect Forum, a key component of the HV Arts Council’s newest program, ArtConnect: Creating Opportunities for Artists.

In this collaborative, informative, and fun social setting, you’ll be the first to hear about current art news and community art projects, and you’ll learn from creative guest speakers and other artists.

Each meeting will feature fascinating speakers with big imaginations sharing their work, inspiration, and their creative process. It’s the place to get the latest new in the local art world and learn from distinguished speakers and other artists. Forums will be held three times per year and are open to the public.

This month, the ArtConnect Forum guest speakers are:

Kirsten M. Jensen, Ph.D., Gerry & Marguerite Lenfest Chief Curator at Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA will talk about their current exhibit, Magical & Real: Henriette Wyeth and Peter Hurd, A Retrospective which features the notable artwork of Henriette Wyeth, daughter of N.C. Andrew Wyeth and sister of Jamie Wyeth, and the work and career of her husband, Peter Hurd. This remarkable collection includes a variety of artistic techniques including oil, watercolor, and egg tempera. Exhibit on view at the Michener Art Museum through May 6, 2018.

Mike Ellery, Creative Designer, Chief Creative Officer at Sparks in Philadelphia, PA presents The Art of Experience. Ellery has spent the past two decades developing and creating innovative artwork in event design and marketing. Leading a team of over 60 creative designers, Ellery specializes in eye-catching trade show exhibits creating engaging, purposeful, and themed environments for his clients. In this presentation, he’ll share where his inspiration comes from and how his vision comes into fruition.

Elizabeth Sutton, Vocalist, Accomplished Opera Performer, and Professor of Voice at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ presents From Preparation to Performance. Sutton, a critically acclaimed soprano, renown for her remarkable singing and stage presence, has performed in successful debuts with opera companies and festivals throughout the United States and Europe. Sutton will be performing at an upcoming HV Arts Council event on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Hopewell Theater.

Join us and the Hopewell Valley artist community to connect with others for an entertaining and informative evening in celebration of art!

For tickets, please visit this link! Discounts for HV Arts Council members.

Missing a Good Friend, Former Board Member Bob Prewitt

We mourn the loss of our good friend and past Board Member, Bob Prewitt.  Bob was a creative soul and an enthusiastic supporter of the arts who loved Hopewell Valley. We will miss Bob but he will continue to be a source of inspiration.

Memorial services will be held on Monday, March 5, at 11 a.m. in the Pennington Presbyterian Church, 13 S. Main St., Pennington. Friends may call on Sunday, March 4, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Blackwell Memorial Home, 21 N. Main St., Pennington.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hopewell Valley Arts Council or the Philadelphia Public Library.

Condolences may be made to blackwellmh.com. Blackwell Memorial Home 21 North Main Street Pennington, NJ 08534 (609) 737-2900