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Some cool creative summer programming is being offered for adults and kids by The Hopewell Valley Arts Council, the organization that also brought the oxen “stampede” to the Valley, including two workshops being taught by graphic artist, Matthew Langille.

603570_10151109994284273_1009950029_nNew York-based now Hopewell Township resident, Matthew Langille, is excited to join two other Valley-based artists Sue Mitrano and Margareta Warlick, in bringing their creative talents to art opportunities that align with nature, fiber arts, superheroes and adaptive reuse, all within the Hopewell Valley Arts Councils’s mission of Art in the everyday!

“I love working with people and sharing creativity. As a new member of the Hopewell community, I am interested in getting to know other creatives and also give back a bit,” shared Langille.

Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 6.00.02 PMLangille says that his first formal experience with creating art was with glassblowing at art camp at age 11. And now, with design specializing in graphics, patterns, drawings, and prints for global fashion houses, design firms, and fortune 500’s, Langille’s work has been shown at galleries around the world and featured in numerous publications. He has created images for many global fashion and design houses including Marc Jacobs, Adidas and Swatch. Most recently, Langille launched a Speedo Australia swimsuit line.

Screen Shot 2015-07-30 at 1.49.24 PM“My artwork can be seen all over the world, on all types of products — from baby diapers to watches and bags,” said Langille. “I love creating and taking bits of what I do for a living, in the fashion and design industries, and teaching others how to succeed as artists using skills I’ve gathered throughout the years.”

Next week, Langille is excited to be be teaching two workshops: “Create Your Own Superhero” and “Repurpose It!”

superhero1-242x300In “Create Your Own Superhero,” being offered on Monday August 3rd, you can learn to create your own cartoon characters and superheros. Students will develop characters of their own creation, draw and name them, and create a short story about who they are, where they come from and, of course, find their special powers.

And on Tuesday, August 4th, you can “Repurpose It!” with Langille’s guidance, in this hands-on chance to learn more about creative upcycling. Is there an object in your room or home like a lamp, chair or picture frame that still works but it just doesn’t inspire you any more? This is the perfect opportunity to give it a whole new look. In this class, students will learn how to turn something old and ordinary into something spectacular. Students should bring an object to work on and are free to bring in decorative papers or other embellishments.

Langille's upcycled IKEA chair
Langille’s upcycled IKEA chair

To follow Matthew Langille, check him out www.matthewlangille.com, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

For the full list of Hopewell Valley Arts Council workshops being offered this summer, check out this link!

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.

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