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Hopewell Tour Des Arts & the HV Arts Council - Strengthening Bonds for a Cause

HOPEWELL, April 11, 2024 -- This year marks the 17th anniversary of Hopewell Tour Des Arts, the much-anticipated annual event that opens the doors of local artists' studios and pop-up art spaces to the public. This curated tour showcases new and innovative work from talented artists in the Hopewell area, and is free to the public. In conjunction with celebrating this milestone, the Tour announces a new partnership with the Hopewell Valley Arts Council and gears up for its May fundraiser.

Starting with Highland Design Farm's transformation over 50 years ago, from multi-floored chicken coops to vibrant artist studios, Hopewell Tour Des Arts was conceptualized by Sean Mannix, Beth Judge and Ruth Morpeth 18 years ago. Their vision was to unify the artist community and foster a culture of creativity and engagement.

This year, Hopewell Tour Des Arts is proud to announce a new partnership with the Hopewell Valley Arts Council. As part of this collaboration, the Tour will operate under the HV Arts Council's oversight, providing event and marketing support, and enabling patrons to support the Tour with tax-deductible donations.

Reflecting on the new partnership, Mannix shared, "I look forward with anticipation to the possibilities that lie ahead in our collective journey with the HV Arts Council. Together, we aim to nurture and elevate the event, mentor emerging artists, ensuring its longevity for many years to come."

Carol Lipson, HV Arts Council executive director added, "We are excited to have Tour Des Arts added to our repertoire of premier events as we strive to not only elevate Hopewell to a regional art hub, but also underscore the importance of art as a cornerstone for thriving communities."

On Friday, May 31, a fundraiser to support Tour Des Arts and student art scholarships will be held at the Hopewell Theater in Hopewell Borough. The event, called "Canvases + Confections", will be chock-full of art, music and fun. Highlights of the evening includes a display of works by exceptional art students from HV Central High School and The Cambridge School; an opportunity to purchase small works created by Tour Des Arts artists; live music; a hands-on mural painting; and a smorgasbord of desserts. For further details and to purchase fundraiser tickets, please visit

Tour Des Arts 2024, is scheduled for Saturday, September 28, from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, September 29, from 11 am to 4 pm, rain or shine. Admission is free. Details and this year's tour map will be available several weeks in advance on both the HV Arts Council and Tour Des Arts websites.

About the Hopewell Valley Arts Council

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council is a nonprofit organization dedicated to celebrating art in the everyday. Founded on the belief that art and creativity are essential to a vibrant community, it supports artists, fosters diversity, and encourages creativity through education and public events. For more information, see our website

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