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 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 and tell us how you see yourself celebrating art in the everyday.

Artist Spotlight: Linda Bradshaw

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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.