Can't say enough about HVAC ! It is such a pleasure to have them as part of the Holistic Medicine Program at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital-Hamilton. They bring the healing beauty of the art world (in many forms) to those struggling to find an outlet due to their cancer diagnosis and treatment. The powerful talents that HVAC bring to this program can not be replicated. 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. It is always a pleasure to work with Carol Lipson and the HVAC. The community would not be the same without HVAC and their ability to use the arts to educate, entertain and heal ! Lisa Freeman
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 arts but all the individuals who simply want to look, study and observe what "artists" do. Keep up the wonderful work. George Olexa Terri Olexa
The Hopewell Valley Arts Council makes my job easier! As the mayor of a small town, I am constantly asked to get behind projects or start new initiatives. While it is great to have people bring us ideas that will make our town more attractive to residents and visitors, most of these go nowhere because the organizations don't have the volunteers or resources to bring their ideas to fruition. That is not the case with the Arts Council. They stampeded into our town with a public art display that grabbed the whole communities attention and hands on involvement. Their oxen are still a cherished thread in the fabric of our community.
Since then, they have anchored our annual street fair with their shows and performance art. The Leon Rainbow street mural that was produced one year now enlivens one of our historic buildings. When Covid led to the cancellation of our fair, they jumped into the void and created an on-line virtual art-show. It comforted the community when we weren't able to gather.
More recently, they have joined in our efforts to help those who are hungry because of the Covid crisis. Our community created a food pantry to serve those in need. The Arts Council has helped in a variety of ways including providing free tickets to Covid-safe outdoor art installations and creating a collection of "thinking of you" cards that we were able to insert into each grocery bag delivered. In one delivery, we feed the bodies and the souls of our neighbors in need.
I am thrilled to have such a wonderful partner in our community.
I became aware of the Hopewell Valley Arts Council at the time of the “Stampede,” when oxen decorated by local artists appeared around the Valley. Although skeptical at first, it didn’t take long for the oxen to grow on me, and I embarked on a project to ride my bicycle to each ox and take a photo. Often there were others admiring the ox and in one case there was a woman visiting from France who was very enthusiastic about the oxen and wanted to know all about them!
A more recent project is ArtSpires: poles cut from ash trees decorated by community members. We are losing our ash trees to the emerald ash borer and this project is a way to make use of some of the wood (ash is great wood – baseball bats are made from it!) and at the same time bring awareness of the loss to the community. I’m not an artist, but do have woodworking skills, and was able to make a spire with a geometric design which turned out to be a great “pandemic project.” As with the oxen, I bicycled to and photographed each spire.
Every October the Arts Council sponsors a “Great Pumpkin Carve,” in which giant pumpkins are carved by local carvers and community members are involved in setting up, running, and taking down the show. The show must go on and during the pandemic, the Pumpkin Carve was converted to a drive through!
The Arts Council does many other things to involve and support members of the community. It is present at community events such as Pennington Day, the Hopewell Memorial Day Parade, and the Titusville July 4th Parade. Scholarships are awarded to Hopewell Valley Central High School students. Works by local artists are displayed at various locations around the township. Of particular note is the display at the Capital Health Hospital – bringing a bit of cheer to both patients and visitors. The attached photo shows a demonstration of Chinese Zither at the opening reception for the 2017 show.
The Hopewell Valley Arts Council is a community arts organization that brings people of all ages and backgrounds together through a shared love of art. From putting artwork in the rooms of covid patients at the local hospital to organizing events that promote awareness of critical environmental issues, the Arts Council offers a wide range of programming that is responsive to community needs.
The HV Arts Council is everywhere! Ride around town and the beloved painted oxen greet you at major crossroads as well as hidden unexpected spots. But the most recent community-wide art project kept us all focused and united during this horrible pandemic year. The Council grabbed the lumber from ash trees that have had to be cut down due to insect infestation. They cut the trunks into "spires" and invited all area artists to do something "in-spiring" with them. My own "team" spent many lockdown hours creating our woodworked and painted spire, and along with others it is now displayed on Hopewell public space. This was a true community art project as well as a community mental health service!
HVAC is a wonderful organization! I'm very thankful for all the opportunities they have offered for local artists such as community projects, art demos, arts/craft fairs, and exhibitions. Whenever possible, HVAC pays its participating artists, which is not something every non-profit does. HVAC makes it a priority to pay local artists for their time and talent, for which I am very grateful. I was lucky to participate in their first large scale community art project of 69 full-sized fiberglass oxen. I have also participated in the annual pumpkin carves as a carving artist as well as a demo carver at various events. HVAC is thoughtful and creative when it comes to community and artists. Thank you HVAC for supporting the arts!
I have been involved with the Hopewell Valley Arts Council as a board member, corporate member and also as a pro-bono designer--so I have experienced this organization from many angles. This is truly a community nonprofit organization that delivers on their core mission of "celebrating art in the everyday". Their kick off Stampede event was one of the most exciting projects I have ever been involved in and the outreach into the community far exceeded anyone's expectations. From that flagship event, the organization has expanded their focus to cultivating relationships and providing resources to artists in the community. They have successfully achieved this while continuing to create events and happenings to engage people in the world of the arts. Whether you are looking for a workshop, trying to get involved in a group art project or simply wanting to get out and do something creative with your family, you can find it there.
We first learned about the Arts Council when we saw their "Stampede "- 69 Oxen Sculptures created by local artists, located in and around the region.
We enjoyed seeing all of the artists' sculptures on the web site (www.hvstampede.org/category/oxen), and the beautiful maps offered the opportunity to tour the surrounding communities and "visit" each ox, created by different local artists. It was a great way to generate awareness of the arts and artists in Hopewell Valley and the launch of the Hopewell Valley Arts Council to the community.
Their programs and projects are always engaging and we get to meet many people in our town through diverse art initiatives.
Hopewell Valley Arts Council has been a vital resource for artists- as well as the greater community - since its inception. As an artist, I have had the opportunity to participate in many ways including public art projects, group exhibitions, workshops, artist forums and lectures and many other programmatic offerings. In addition, they serve as advocates for local artists and seek opportunities for members to pursue their art.
The Hopewell Valley Arts Council has brought the community - both artists and non artists-together in meaningful and purposeful ways through the Arts. Their commitment to celebrating art in the every day is illustrated by the diverse and inclusive public art projects they have spearheaded – Projects that have enriched me as an artists as well as our communities and the environment.
As a member, I have had the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with professional and seasoned national and local artists and community members. The Arts Council has made art accessible to everyone and always recognizes the impact and contribution that artists make.