Mural at Highland Design Farm Tour Des Arts

About the Tour Des Arts

This year marks the 17th anniversary of Hopewell Tour Des Arts, the much-anticipated annual event that opens the doors of local artists’ studios and pop-up art spaces to the public. This curated tour showcases new and innovative work from talented artists in the Hopewell area, and is free to the public. In conjunction with celebrating this milestone, the Tour announces a new partnership with the Hopewell Valley Arts Council and gears up for its May fundraiser.

Starting with Highland Design Farm’s transformation over 50 years ago, from multi-floored chicken coops to vibrant artist studios, Hopewell Tour Des Arts was conceptualized by Sean Mannix, Beth Judge and Ruth Morpeth 18 years ago. Their vision was to unify the artist community and foster a culture of creativity and engagement.

This year, Hopewell Tour Des Arts is proud to announce a new partnership with the Hopewell Valley Arts Council. As part of this collaboration, the Tour will operate under the HV Arts Council’s oversight, providing event and marketing support, and enabling patrons to support the Tour with tax-deductible donations.

Reflecting on the new partnership, Mannix shared, “I look forward with anticipation to the possibilities that lie ahead in our collective journey with the HV Arts Council. Together, we aim to nurture and elevate the event, mentor emerging artists, ensuring its longevity for many years to come.”

Sean Mannix Headshot

Sean Mannix, Founder of Tour Des Arts

Carol Lipson, HV Arts Council executive director added, “We are excited to have Tour Des Arts added to our repertoire of premier events as we strive to not only elevate Hopewell to a regional art hub, but also underscore the importance of art as a cornerstone for thriving communities.”

On Friday, May 31, a fundraiser to support Tour Des Arts and student art scholarships will be held at the Hopewell Theater in Hopewell Borough. The event, called “Canvases + Confections”, will be chock-full of art, music and fun. Highlights of the evening includes a display of works by exceptional art students from HV Central High School and The Cambridge School; an opportunity to purchase small works created by Tour Des Arts artists; live music; a hands-on mural painting; and a smorgasbord of desserts. For further details and to purchase fundraiser tickets go to www.hvartscouncil.org/TourDesArts.

Tour Des Arts 2024, is scheduled for Saturday, September 28, from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, September 29, from 11 am to 4 pm, rain or shine. Admission is free. Details and this year’s tour map will be available several weeks in advance on both the HV Arts Council and Tour Des Arts websites.

The Tour Des Arts Team

Luna Sconty – Luna is a visual artist, graphic designer and a participating Tour artist. Luna coordinates the Tour’s social media, artist and sponsor interactions.

Grant Peterson  – Grant is a talented musican, photographer and a participating Tour artist.  Grant provides logistics and marketing support for the Tour.

Mary Galioto – Mary is a seasoned marketing and public relationship specialist. Mary provides PR and marketing support for the Tour.

Sean Mannix – Founder of the Tour Des Arts provides event oversight.

Carol Lipson – Executive Director of the Hopewell Valley Arts Council provides event oversight.

Participating Tour Artists – Our amazing artists represent a wide range of artistic disciplines, opening their studios to share their talents with the world.