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The Hopewell Valley Arts Council is beginning to collect finished oxen from individual and team artists across Hopewell Valley this month. The oxen are being weatherproofed and put out to pasture on the Stampede now through August 15, when the full Stampede will be in place.

ArtToro's design proposal. Photo courtesy of Mary Galioto.
ArtToro’s design proposal. Photo courtesy of Mary Galioto.

Tomorrow, Saturday, July 26, an ox named “ArtToro,” created by artists Gyuri Hollosy and Mary Michaels with the help of a team of apprentices, will be installed via a crane at Pennington Quality Market.

Hollosy is a Grounds For Sculpture artist and has created an resin armature that has been attached piece-by-piece to his ox.  It is so heavy and bulky that a crane is necessary to install it.

The artists, Hollosy and Michaels, along with PQM, have planned a morning full of events for the public.  The general schedule of events is as follows:

8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. Crane will arrive for installation

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Refreshment and entertainment featuring Arturo Romay,  Spanish, Latin contemporary jazz guitarist who has performed with artists including Tito Puente and Marc Anthony.

12:00 p.m.  A brief unveiling ceremony.

Keep your eyes peeled for other oxen popping up around Hopewell Valley as the herd joined the Stampede this month and next.

"Rooted," an ox by artist Linda Bradshaw, is shown here with bikers from the LHT trail on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road, where Rooted is installed. Photo courtesy of Hopewell Valley Arts Council.
“Rooted,” an ox by artist Linda Bradshaw, is shown here with bikers from the LHT trail on Pennington-Rocky Hill Road, where Rooted is installed. Photo courtesy of Hopewell Valley Arts Council.

From August 15 to October 19, spectators will be able to use a free Stampede map to find the oxen, and participate in the “Where’s Olly?” contest that lets uses smartphone technology to track all of the oxen and vote for favorites.

For more information, visit http://hvartscouncil.org, follow the Hopewell Valley Arts Council on Facebook (Facebook.com/HVStampede) and Instagram (@hvartscouncil #ollyox).

 

 

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Andrea Fereshteh has been writing for as long as she can remember. An avid journal-keeper as a child, she dabbled in dramatic notes to her parents and designed her own stationary. With a zest for small talk and meeting new people, she pursued journalism in college and worked for nine years in PR, writing and media relations for the higher ed and nonprofit sectors. She has a mousters and ducktorate from Disney University and is a mother to two lively boys who inspire her to just keep writing, just keep writing.

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