2018 Events

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In 2018, we were busier than ever, working with organizations throughout Hopewell Valley on arts events, exhibits, concerts, and hands-on activities. Scroll through the list below to our highlights in 2018.

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Hopewell Valley Arts Council Events – 2018

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“BLOOM Where You are Planted” Hopewell Valley Students Art Show at Capital Health was an exhibition of artwork by Hopewell Valley students who participated in the 2017 Capital Health Auxiliary Carnival Art Contest. Presented by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council and Capital Health.The opening reception was on Thursday, January 11, 2018 from 6-7:30pm, and featured music by Hopewell Valley students. January 8 through February 16, 2018
“A is for ART, T is for TEAM,” Trenton Community A-Team Art Show at Capital Health was an exhibition of works by the Trenton Community A-TEAM, presented by Capital Health and the Hopewell Valley Arts Council. The Trenton Community A-Team (TCAT) is a nonprofit with a deep-rooted history at the Trenton Area Soup Kitchen (TASK). Artists help spearhead the development of the Trenton Downtown Arts District, using art to enliven and beautify the neighborhood and to provide opportunities for Trenton residents to take part in creative activities. The opening reception was on Thursday, March 1 from 6pm-7:30pm and featured music by The FunkTASKtiks. March 1 through May 21, 2018
Spring: The Music of Open Windows was a cabernet fundraiser celebrating all things spring featuring entertainment by lyric coloratura soprano Elizabeth Sutton, a profession of voice at Westminster Choir Collage and a Hopewell-area resident. The event was held at the Hopewell Theater in Hopewell Borough. April 21, 2018
ArtConnect Forum is a collaborative, informative series where creative individuals can hear about current art news and community art projects, and learn from artistic guest speakers and other artists. The Forum is a key component of the HV Arts Council’s newest program, ArtConnect: Creating Opportunities for Artists. This Forum’s guest speakers included Kirsten M. Jensen, Ph.D., former Gerry & Marguerite Lenfest Chief Curator at Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, PA presenting Magical & Real: Henriette Wyeth & Peter Hurd and Mike Ellery, Creative Designer, Chief Creative Officer at Sparks in Philadelphia, PA offers The Art of Experience. May 3, 2018
Wood Sawing Observation Event was our first step for our newest initiative, “Out of the Ashes – Art Emerging from Fallen Trees,” bringing artistic life to the remaining wood from the devastating effects of the Emerald Ash Borer beetle. This event invited the public to witness cutting harvested wood for various upcoming HV Arts Council projects. May 5, 2018
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.” 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. May 19, 2018
Plein Air Painting Hike on Goat Hill Preserve in Lambertville was an introduction to creating art “in the open air,” capturing the space, air, light, and essence of the flowers, meadows, and trees. Using watercolors and brushes, participants explored the challenges and rewards of this time-honored technique. Led by Linda Bradshaw, Art Instructor.  No experience necessary. This workshop was sponsored by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council and Sourland Conservancy. May 20, 2018
Memorial Day Parades: Hopewell Borough & Pennington Borough May 27 & 28, 2018
.Compassion, Kindness & Artistry, quilt exhibition at Capital Health featured art created by the Newtown Quilters Guild (NQ) which, through their work, shares a love of quilt making, as well as life’s joys and struggles NQ reaches out to others by providing the warmth and comfort of a quilt through our philanthropic work, including: Quilt for Kids, Quilts of Valor, Camp Erin, Story Book Quilts, the Patriot Program at Capital Health, Project Linus Crayon Quilts – Children Helping Children, and much more. Presented by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council and Capital Health. May 31 through August 20, 2018
Hopewell Valley Come Outside and Play! is a Hopewell Valley community-wide event established by the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance to increase awareness of nature and an appreciation of time spent outdoors. As part Out of the Ashes program, artist Sarah Bernotas helped create abstract designs from ash tree “slices” to make original wall art and fun necklaces, while learning a bit about the Emerald Ash Borer beetle that is taking a toll on our native ash trees, at the Hopewell Train Station. June 9, 2018
Michener Art Museum Tour & Lunch Amid the Sculptures was a fascinating private tour of this renowned museum as well as a casual lunch prepared by Catering By Design served in the Patricia D. Pfundt Sculpture Garden, which is dramatically surrounded by historic prison walls from the museum’s original structure. After lunch, guests leisurely explored the Museum shop, the art research library, and the dynamic glass-walled Edgar N. Putman Event Pavilion. What a way to spend a beautiful June day! June 26, 2018
Titusville Fourth of July Parade July 4, 2018
Pennington Summer Concert Series with Wood Slice Painting on the lawn of Howe Commons in Pennington Borough on July 19 (and August 16) to listen to fantastic music and paint ash wood slices! July 19, 2018
Seward Johnson Atelier & Johnson Family Gallery Tour at Grounds for Sculpture was a tour to get the inside scoop on how sculpture is made and witness a “live” aluminum pour. Guests took a unique gallery walk of “That’s Worth Celebrating: The Life and Work of the Johnson Family” with Lynn DeClemente Losavio, exhibit Curator and Collection Manager of the Seward Johnson Atelier. August 3, 2018
Pennington Summer Concert Series with Wood Slice Painting on the lawn of Howe Commons in Pennington Borough on July 19 (and August 16) to listen to fantastic music and paint ash wood slices! August 6, 2018
SERENITY Art Exhibition at Capital Health featured 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 opening reception was on August 30 and featured the talents of dancers from The Pennington Studio. August 30, 2018
Slice of Art BBQ & Cornhole Tournament was an art show and cornhole tournament as part of Out of the Ashes. September 9, 2018
Hopewell Harvest Fair:  all-day autumn community event in Hopewell Borough at Hopewell Elementary School September 22, 2018
Painting on the Hill: : Plein Air Watercolor Workshop is 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.
4th Annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve
The HV Arts Council hosted, for the fourth year in a row and the second year at Woolsey Park, the Amazing Pumpkin Carve!
October 10, 2018 – October 14, 2018
Joy in the Everyday, an HV Arts Council Members Art Show at Capital Health–  an exhibition of works by members of the Hopewell Valley Arts Council at the Investors Bank Art & Healing Gallery at Capital Health. This exhibit captures, in visual and written representation, the colorful relationship between joy and art. The opening reception is on Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 6 to 7:30pm and the exhibit is on display until March 25, 2019. November 29, 2018 – March 25, 2019
Pennington Holiday Walk

Along with the Pennington Business & Professionals Association, HV Arts Council featured the ice carving skills of John Goeke, COO at the Hopewell Valley Golf & County Club, and boys & girls jazz/hip-hop performances from students at The Pennington Studio.

December 7, 2018

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