Artist Ron Snyder at The Junkyard 2021 hosted by the Hopewell Valley Arts Council

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council hosted its first upcycle outdoor art exhibition, The Junkyard, transforming Woolsey Park into a temporary tented sculpture garden from July 23 to July 25, 2021. Expected to be an annual event, The Junkyard is a family-friendly celebration of artistic ingenuity while raising awareness about the need to protect our environment, proving that “one man’s trash is another’s treasure.”

The event featured artwork by established professional eco-artists as well as a few teams of creative participants and budding artists who reimagined items destined for the trash heap into unique and astonishing art.

Visitors had the opportunity to meet with and purchase artwork from a remarkable list of Hopewell-area ecoartists and found-sculptors including: Guy Ciarcia, Susanne Pitak Davis, Morris Docktor, Deborah Eater, Barry Hantman, Christopher Hiltey, Eduardo Jimenez, Joy Kreves, Rory Mahon, Lia Nielsen, Andy Parsons. Ruthann Perry, Michelle Solomon, Ron Snyder, Modern Fossils: Judith Marchand and David Horowitz, and Jane Zamost.

One visitor raved: “Amazing creations and really cool works of art… with a powerful message. I’m so glad to have see[n] it up close and in person!”

The Junkyard also included some local “green” resources with participation from the Hopewell Valley Green Team and TerraCycle. The Junkyard would not be possible if not for the generous support of presenting sponsor Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson.

“The Junkyard was a wonderful chance to gather again as a community, support local arts, and have some fun!” said Carol Lipson, executive director of the HV Arts Council. “The artistic creativity shown is mind-blowing — we are proud to highlight such incredible local talent, bringing awareness to art and the environment. We know this will become a yearly tradition.

The HV Arts Council will be hosting an all-new Color Fun Run on Sunday, September 19 and its seventh annual Amazing Pumpkin Carve from Wednesday, October 6 to Sunday, October 10 — both at Woolsey Park, 221 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd, Titusville, NJ.

Submitted by HV Arts Council. You can visit them at www.hvartscouncil.org.

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