2018 Scholarship Winners

For the fifth year, the Hopewell Valley Arts Council awarded scholarships to four outstanding graduating seniors of Hopewell Valley Central High School who have illustrated an ongoing dedication to the arts.

The Arts Council started the scholarship program in 2015 during the organization’s 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

This year’s recipients are:

  • Christopher Nadar was actively involved in Marching Band, Jazz Band, & Orchestra, all through his time at HVCHS, and will attend Baldwin Wallace University this fall to study in their Conservatory of Music with an intended major of Trombone Performance, in combination with a science degree (undecided at time of entering college).
  • Maximillion Donaldson was involved in Jazz Band, Symphonic Band, Marching Black & Gold Band and Pit orchestra at HVCHS and will be attending Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers to study Jazz, ultimately planning to earn a masters in Jazz Studies or Jazz History.
  • Taylor Rae Carter was involved in theatre, dance, choreography, and stage managing in high school and will be attending Manhattan School of Music to study Musical Theatre.
  • Emmie Collins was involved in fall plays, winter musicals, the a cappella group, Chamber & Ragazze Choir, and will be attending NYU to study theatre

Each winner received a $500 scholarship from the Arts Council.


Wishing you and yours an artful holiday season!

Painting by Nancy Stark

Happy Holidays from all of us at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council!

“Winter Ride” by Lucia Stout, soft pastels

We’re so grateful for you — our art-loving supporters and neighbors — for “celebrating art in the everyday” with us. As we reflect on this warm, wonderful, and artistic community this holiday season, we are inspired.

Looking to 2018, we’re excited about two significant new programs we have coming up! We’re launching an Artists Guild to support both established and emerging artists, with a forum for fellowship, learning, and idea sharing. Also in the new year, we’ll be upcycling wood from blighted ash trees in a series of commemoration events and initiatives we’re calling “Out of the Ashes.”

Our warmest wishes for an inspired and joyful holiday season!

This season of giving, we hope you will consider supporting the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, enabling us to foster a creative and inspired community. To make a donation, please visit our Annual Appeal page.


2017 Scholarship Applications Due March 15

Hopewell Valley Central High School Graduation 2016

Hopewell Valley Central High School Graduating SeniorsApplications for the 2017 Hopewell Valley Arts Council scholarships are due to the Counseling Services Office of Hopewell Valley Central High School by 3pm on March 15. Per the Counseling Services Office, there are no exceptions to this deadline.

But it’s not too late! Our application is fairly short and we encourage all eligible graduating seniors to apply.

Please review our general information about the HVAC scholarships, as well as detailed information from the Counseling Services Office on the  2017 HVCHS Local Scholarship Application Process.

You may also want to review our announcements of our 2015 winners and 2016 winners.

We look forward to reading your applications! Thank you and good luck!







SALON REDUX Press Release

March 7, 2017
Press Release and Photo Caption




Upcycled Cyborg Woman by Sandy Bonasera


The Hopewell Valley Arts Council invites everyone to their 2017 gala, Salon Redux, to be held Saturday, March 25 at Princeton University’s Prospect House. The unique and creative evening will feature live performances, distinctive food, local spirits and upcycled art, such as “Cyborg Woman,” by Hopewell Valley artist and resident Sandy Bonasera. Proceeds will help fund the many community art activities of the Arts Council, including four annual scholarships to Hopewell Valley Central High School graduating seniors. Tickets and sponsorships may be purchased online at www.hvartscouncil.org, or call 609-281-5887.


PENNINGTON, NJ – Tickets are on sale for the Hopewell Valley Arts Council’s 2017 gala, SALON REDUX, to be held March 25 at Prospect House, on the campus of Princeton University. The celebration will pick up on the Arts Council’s multi-year focus on upcycling, blend it with the European salons of yesteryear, and dish up a night of creative experiences tucked throughout the elegant mansion that served as home to past Princeton University presidents. In addition to reveling in live performances, distinctive food, local spirits and upcycled art, attendees will be able to bid on items made by local artists and artisans, participate in a community art project and get first dibs on signing up for exclusive events to be hosted by friends of the Arts Council in coming months. Tickets and sponsorships are on sale at www.hvartscouncil.org or call the Arts Council at 609-281-5887.

During the gala evening, the Arts Council will also honor Liza and Sky Morehouse, Jon and Robin McConaughy and Mitchel Skolnick for their ‘upcycling’ of the Off-Broadstreet Theatre into the new Hopewell Theatre and its contribution to art opportunities in the valley.

Salon Redux will be the Hopewell Valley Arts Council’s primary fundraiser and social event of the year. According to Randee Tengi, Arts Council co-president, the organization needs the support of the community to continue its expanding programs. “In 2016, we participated in or hosted more than 20 different events and, for a second year, awarded scholarships to four Hopewell Valley Central High School graduating seniors. We also held community focus groups to help guide our activities. We hope this fun, unique gala will give the community an opportunity to support us and help fund our future.”

Gala chairpersons Carol Lipson, Liz Bell and Heidi Kahme are working hard to give the event the warmth and creative flair that distinguish the Hopewell Valley community and Arts Council. Lipson explains, “We enlisted volunteers to handcraft the gala invitations and decorations—whimsical giant masks— from discarded materials.” Bell adds, “Community groups, including children through senior citizens, are creating a huge, fantasy tree to welcome party-goers into Prospect House. Plus, our salon artists and boutique contributors all hail from the local area. The Arts Council believes that art helps build a healthy community and that art-making and art appreciation contribute to the well-being of individuals. So it was very important to us that this event actually be a community creation.”

Kahme points to the organization’s last gala as an example of what attendees at Salon Redux can look forward to,“The community is still buzzing about our 2015 Year of the Ox gala celebration. We know how to bring the creativity and the fun, and we love to throw a great party!”

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. The Arts Council has blossomed as an art-focused partner for many community institutions and events, and, through its efforts to cultivate art appreciation and participation, aims to nurture a vibrant 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 70 life-sized, fiberglass oxen, many of which are still on display throughout the community.


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

Tracy Meyer,
Hopewell Valley Arts Council Communications


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.


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.

Happy Holidays

Your friends at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council wish you and your family a very happy holiday season. We thank you for your support in the past, and hope to see you at our future events and programs, helping us to celebrate art in the everyday.

Below, we shine the spotlight on some council activities, fellow artists, and local artistic endeavors. This time, we are featuring Stampede artist Linda Bradshaw, whose lovely watercolor birch trees transformed her ox, Rooted, into a magical winter wonderland.


WW2015-bannerCheck out the second annual MercerMe.com and the Hopewell Valley Arts Council 2015 #HVWinterWindows contest page. Hopewell Valley businesses have installed their beautiful holiday shopping window displays featuring this year’s Winter Windows theme –  “Shimmering, Glistening, Sparkling!” The initiative is designed to draw attention and promote Hopewell Valley’s unique small businesses and celebrate art in our community. During the rest of December, through January 4th visit this page as often as you like to view the entries and vote for your favorites.

Millstone11-2015-Jones Oxen-purchaseMiss your old friends? Stop by the Millstone Gallery at Merwick Care & Rehabilitation Center and see The Oxen of Hopewell, photos of all 69 oxen by Allen Jones, on display through January 22.

The aMAZing Pumpkin Carve was… AMAZING! View our photo gallery of 50 sculpted and carved giant pumpkins, and starting getting excited about next year!

merchandise_toteNeed a holiday gift for someone (or yourself)? Give the gift of membership in the HV Arts Council – and get this great tote bag, too! Be a part of this new organization with a strong focus on building community, and having FUN!

Want to be a part of the this new and growing organization? Become an Arts Council volunteer – just email us at hvartscouncil@gmail.com and tell us how you see yourself celebrating art in the everyday.

Artist Spotlight: Linda Bradshaw

McDougald's Barn in Winter-lowerres
Visit the Silva Gallery of Art at The Pennington School to view the beautiful watercolors of Stampede artist Linda Bradshaw (“Rooted”). She can make the medium of watercolor depict anything she wishes—boats resting on the water, grasses blowing in the breeze, people walking on a beach, trees standing in the snow. Every time, the work reveals the lusciousness of light and shadow. Bradshaw intensely observes her world wherever she goes, and brings back paintings that make viewers reconsider how they have observed their own world.Images in Water and Light will remain on view through January 15, 2016.

On October 18, our friends at the Titusville Methodist Church held a celebration in honor of their Stampede ox, Luke the Celtic Ox. The service included a special children’s message explaining the significance of Luke and the imagery of the ox; a video with a wonderful message from the artist, Terry Anderson, who was unable to attend; a greeting from members of the Arts Council; a talk about the significance of the oxen in history from a gentleman who takes care of the oxen at Howell Farm; and multi-denominational greetings from a Roman Catholic and Buddhist leader.

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The service was followed by a delicious luncheon with an Ox cake for dessert!  The group then went down the lawn to the ox, where it was officially dedicated and blessed with holy water. Kids couldn’t wait to get their picture taken with Luke.

Newly Created Arts Council

Olly is everywhere and the press is sharing the exciting news of the Hopewell Valley Arts Council.



OCT. 17, 2013



(HOPEWELL) – With a call to the citizens of the Hopewell Valley to “celebrate art in the everyday,” the newly-created Hopewell Valley Arts Council is embarking on the first of a series of inaugural initiatives to give all kinds of art a permanent home and high visibility in the Hopewell Valley, starting with a “stampede” of fiberglass oxen that will roam through the Valley.

A grassroots non-profit organization, the Council works to inspire the creation and implementation of a wide variety of arts programs, educational classes, events, performances and celebrations. The Council’s guiding principle is that the arts sustain and enhance the health, happiness and vitality of the Hopewell Valley community and beyond.

The HV Arts Council’s first initiative, “The Stampede,” – a collaboration of big and small, for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, schools, families and individuals – is a public art project featuring life-sized fiberglass oxen which will be decorated by professional and amateur artists and placed in public spaces throughout the Valley, which includes Hopewell Borough, Hopewell Township and Pennington Borough.

Artists and the public are invited to attend a meeting Wed., Oct. 30 from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Hopewell Valley Vineyards, 46 Yard Rd. in Pennington, to learn more about the Stampede.

“We want the Stampede to raise awareness of the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, raise funds for our programs, establish a community arts space, bring our communities together around a communal artistic celebration, and celebrate the diversity and depth of artistic talent in the Hopewell Valley,” said Betsy Ackerman, co-chair of the Hopewell Valley Arts Council.

Arts Council Co-Chair Randee Tengi added, “The Hopewell Valley Arts Council cultivates creative exploration and grows awareness through a wide variety of visual, literary, culinary and performing arts events that demonstrate the breadth of talent residing in the Valley… Right now we are pursuing funding and/or creative partners to help us give the arts a permanent home in the Hopewell Valley and help all Hopewell Valley residents celebrate art in the everyday.”

The oxen will be ready for decorating in February 2014, and the first decorated oxen should appear in the summer of 2014, roaming the Hopewell Valley landscape in a variety of public spaces, from quaint downtowns to local neighborhoods and along rural roadways.

“This accessible, fun, highly visible initiative is designed to highlight the diversity and depth of artistic talent in the Hopewell Valley, build community through art, and, of course, to make people smile,” said Ackerman.

Established this year by Hopewell Valley residents who share a passion for the arts, the HV Arts Council is dedicated to using art to nurture a vibrant and involved Hopewell Valley community. The Arts Council’s guiding principle is that art sustains and enhances the health and well-being of a healthy community and everyone who touches and is touched by that community.

The idea for this public art exhibit was born in Zurich, Switzerland, and has been successfully replicated in cities throughout the United States. These projects serve as catalysts for community-building in a fun, non-political way. An ox was chosen as the icon of the Stampede as it is both a symbol of Hopewell Valley agricultural traditions and was made famous by a Super Bowl bet between New Jersey Governor Tom Kean and Colorado Governor Romer in 1987 – a Jersey Fresh seafood vs. Angus steer, depending on who won the game. When the Giants won, Governor Romer chose instead to send a live steer, which was proudly accepted by Kean, who then brought the steer along when he broke ground for the NJ Museum of Agriculture. The steer, dubbed “Giant,” lived out his years at the Howell Living History Farm in the Hopewell Valley, plowing fields and hauling carts.

For information on how to apply to decorate an ox, how to sponsor an artist, or how to volunteer, please email hvartscouncil@gmail.com.

About the Hopewell Valley Arts Council

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council seeks to enrich and unify the existing artistic culture in Hopewell Valley and increase awareness and appreciation of art in the community. HV Arts Council’s programs and events cultivate and support all creative exploration and expression, including the visual, culinary, literary and performing arts. Generously supported by Founding Sponsors Morehouse Engineering, Capital Health, Hopewell Valley Community Bank and Betty Wold Johnson, the HV Arts Council depends on the energy and talents of the residents of Hopewell Valley and encourages participation from both artists and the community in celebrating art in the everyday. For more information, visit www.hvartscouncil.org.

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