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This weekend is the 8th Annual Tour Des Arts, on Saturday October 3rd and Sunday October 4th, a not-to-be-missed opportunity to explore all of the creativity that abounds in Hopewell Valley.  Local Valley artists – practicing professional artists – will again open up their studio doors for everyone to come see just where and how they work their magic.

Last year was so much fun. Check out the highlights and photo slideshow in MercerMe’s article, Recap Hopewell Tour Des Arts 2014.

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THIS YEAR’S PARTICIPATING ARTISTS:

Laurel Daunis- Allen

Aurelle Sprout

Joyce Parkinson

Lucia Hubner

Mickie Marshall Jacoby

Beth Evans

Pamela Shafer

Susan MacQueen

Charles McCollough

Rebecca Sylvan

Thom Montanari

Karen McLean

Armondo Sosa

Nancy Stark

Lynn Ebling

Sean Mannix

Richard Speedy

Judy Olcott

Sally Stang

Terrance Johnson

Tom Johnson

Sandy Bonesera

Jerry Seid

Beth Ann Judge

Ric Stang

Deiter Lique

Shirley Kern

Pamela Kogen

Janet Keller Laughlin

Founded under the auspices and with annual support of the Hopewell Borough Economic Development Committee and by such artists as Ruth Morpeth, Sean Mannix, and Beth Ann Judge; the self-guided walking and driving “Tour” draws hundreds annually and this year features 29 artists in a wide variety of disciplines…painting, mixed-media, sculpture, woodworking, photography, weaving, design, crafts, and more.

The Tour begins in Hopewell Borough at the historic Hopewell Train Station where you pick up your map and where you’ll also be greeted by a sampler of some of the artists’ work just to tease you.  And next door, in the old train shed building, some of the artists of the Valley, whose studios are a bit too deep in the woods to accommodate heavy traffic, will hold an exhibition of their own. Then, it’s off to the hills and a gorgeous jaunt on the bucolic byways of Hopewell to discover those special, and sometimes hidden, places where Hopewell artists make their art. Maps can also be found in town at Brother’s Moon restaurant or online at www.hopewellarts.com.

Tour Des Arts runs rain-or-shine from 10am-5pm on Saturday and from 11am-4pm on Sunday.  It’s FREE and that’s because of growing community support.  The artists themselves contribute much.  But each year Tour Des Arts picks up more community boosters.  This 8th annual event continues with the support of the Hopewell Economic Development Committee, but also with sponsorship from T. Johnson Design, Morpeth Contemporary, and Highland Design Farm. Add to that the Hopewell Valley Arts Council which, this year, joins the roster by helping to promote the event in keeping with its mission “to celebrate art in the everyday.”  As founding artist Sean Mannix put it, “What a wonderful fit!”

Autumn in the Hopewell Valley…artists welcoming you to their special places of inspiration (and perspiration)…fascinating art just around the next bend in the rural road…a perfect fit indeed.

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