A group of mothers and children from throughout Hopewell Valley joined officials from Hopewell Township municipal government, local first responders and representatives from the Hopewell Valley Arts Council for the formal reveal of “Childhood Wox Through Hopewell Valley” at the Township municipal building Friday.
Designed and created by members of the Hopewell Valley MOMS Club and sponsored by Hopewell Township, the ox features a painted design and mosaic representing growing up in Hopewell Valley. Following brief remarks and the official unveiling of the ox, MOMS Club members and their children explored Township emergency vehicles and spent time meeting Township personnel.
Local artist and mother of three Betsy Gicquel led the painted portion of the ox design, featuring a mural of recognizable local landmarks: Kunkel and Rosedale Parks, the Lawrence Hopewell Trail, local ice cream parlors, pools and elementary schools. Children of MOMS Club members helped paint the design while younger children stamped their footprints to connect the various landmarks and serve as a nod to the Stampede theme.
Wendy Deschapelles, also a MOMS Club member and mom of two, spearheaded the mosaic design portion, using small, collected items gathered from MOMS Club members’ homes — such as puzzle pieces, marbles, beads, small toys and art supplies — to decorate the head, legs and tail of the ox.
The MOMS Club® of Hopewell Valley, NJ is a chapter of the International MOMS Club, a nonprofit organization formed specifically to provide daytime support for at-home mothers. With more than 50 members from across Hopewell Valley, MOMS Club participants include women who stay home full-time, work part-time and mothers who work full-time at area hospitals, law firms and businesses. Members have children at all four local elementary schools and are involved in numerous activities throughout the community.