Hopewell Valley Arts Council returns the ArtConnect Forum

The Hopewell Valley Arts Council will organize its second ArtConnect Forum on March 21 for artists and residents.

The event will go from 6-9 p.m. and take place at the Pennington School on Delaware Avenue. The Welsey Forum at the Yen Humanities Building will serve as the venue.

“What we are trying to do in each of the forums we hold is focus on a specific discipline. So this month’s forum is about sculpture and 3-D art,” said Carol Lipson, President of the Arts Council.

The month of March speakers, who will focus on sculpting at this month’s forum, are Lynn Losavio, Collection Manager at The Seward Johnson Atelier and Gyuri Hollosy, a sculptor and painter. Each of them are Hopewell Valley residents.

Losavio will speak about the highlights of an exhibit about the Johnson Family currently on display at Grounds for Sculpture at The Seward Johnson Atelier in Hamilton. She will also discuss the education and sculpting services the Atelier offers to local artists and skilled crafts persons.

Hollosy will speak about his latest inspiration, “Animal Architects,” and how he employs a unique formula of resin and sawdust to form the shape and patterns of rotted wood and bark in his creations. He will also share his experiences about his sculpting commissions in China.

“Gyuri was one of our original artists. He is a known artist that has done art commissions all over the world,” Lipson said. “He is someone who shows the ingenuity of problem solving. Lynn is in an influential position at the Atelier and has been a big supporter of the art.”

She said the event venue for the forum will be able to accommodate 150 people.

“We don’t want this to just be for artists. There are a lot of people who are just curious and appreciate art. This is a community event it is just not meant for artists,” Lipson said.

Tickets will be $10 for Arts Council members and $20 for general admission.

“The thing we realized was that in doing these forums people who appreciate art and make art have a way to get together and talk,” Lipson said. “Being an artist is a very solitary thing. This forum allows for artists and community members to talk about their appreciation of art.”

She said she hopes people can takeaway from the forum the importance of art to a community.

“Supporting our artists makes our communities a better place to live in. We are lucky to have so many artists in our community,” Lipson said.

The Arts Council will have three or four forums such as this a year. Each one will highlight a different discipline in art.

For more information about the ArtConnect Forum visit www.hvartscouncil.org.

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