Seward Johnson, The Awakening, ©1981 The Seward Johnson Atelier, Inc. Photo by Ken Ek

Support Seward Johnson | Celebrating the Everyday

The HV Arts Council and the Johnson Atelier are partnering to host a year-long celebration of Seward Johnson’s amazing life and the things that he loved – appreciation and education of sculpture and public art. Seward will be honored in a year-long community project, Seward Johnson | Celebrating the Everyday, highlighting his playful sculptural commentary on everyday life.

To find out more about the project, click this link.

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THE AWAKENING Opening Ceremony

The entire Hopewell Valley community is invited to gather to celebrate the arrival of J. Seward Johnson II’s monumental sculpture – The Awakening – at D&R Greenway’s St. Michaels Farm Preserve in Hopewell on Sunday, May 21, 2023 from 11am to noon.

Please click here for our calendar listing or click here for more about the project.

Art Talk: Who are the Nabis?

Learn about the Nabis from presenter Janet Mandel on Tuesday, April 25, at 7:00 pm, via Zoom. The Nabis were a group of artists whose spiritual, emotional and aesthetic inspiration came from Paul Gauguin and the Symbolist poets. With one foot in the 19th Century and one foot in the 20th , they are not as famous as the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists but work was just as innovative and original. Explore what stirred the Nabis to create works with expressive and transcendent connections to the divine in nature. Please click this link for more details.

This event is in partnership with the Pennington Public Library, the Hopewell Public Library, and Friends of Pennington Public Library.

The Meeting In The Sacred Grove by Paul Serusier. Image via

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2022 Annual Scholarships

Amelia Phillips, Eliott Brody

It is always a joy to support and attend one of the HVAC events. One of the favorites is their Annual Pumpkin Carve. The creativity of the artists and the innovative thinking skills of Carol and her team allowed for a “drive thru” Pumpkin Carve last year. It was exactly what the community needed to get people out of their homes (safely) and bring some much needed laughter to both children and adults.
— Lisa Freeman, Foundation Board Member, Robert Wood Johnson- Hamilton

Hopewell Valley Arts Council is incredible — offering programs for everyone in the community and surrounding area from the youngest to those who are older. Their programs and offerings, from pumpkin carving, lectures, arts shows at the community hospital engage both participating artists but all the individuals who simply want to look, study, and observe what “artists” do. Keep up the wonderful work.
— George Olexa & Terri Olexa, Member Artists

This program is made possible, in part, due to funds from Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the State Council on the Arts, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Princeton Area Community Foundation.