Whether area residents are inspired by the critters, trees, blossoms and grasses or lakes and streams along the 20-plus miles of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail, all are invited to take part in the LHT Art on the Trailprogram launching today. The goal is to create and share art inspired by the walking and biking trail that runs through Lawrence and Hopewell Townships.
The assignment: Take a walk along the trail with your cameras or art supplies, choose your subject matter by visiting the LHT photo gallery or tap into your own imagination and create drawings, paintings, videos and photos of scenes along the Lawrence Hopewell Trail. Submit them HERE, and the LHT will share the best of them on the lhtrail.org website, through social media and in future LHT publications.
The effort, which will run through next spring, will feature a new theme every other month as
- June – July: Landscapes, which can be submitted any time but no later than July 31.
- August – September: Flora, such as a beautiful flower or bush, and fauna, perhaps your favorite critter, submitted by September 30
- October – November: Art inspired by waterways along the trail. Think Rosedale Lake, the D&R Canal, or a puddle on the trail after a rain shower. Submit by November 30
- December – January: Still life of found objects from the trail (sticks, pinecones, a rock pile, etc.). Submit by November 30
- February - March: Architecture along the trail. Maybe a bridge, a fence, a building? Submit by March 31
April - May: Welcome spring with a self portrait on the trail. Submit by May 31
Artists can be of any age. There's no cost to participate in the program. The LHT's goal is to connect with others and celebrate our community.
An internal panel will select from among the newly created art works to spotlight each period. Each selected creator will receive publicity and visibility of their works via the LHT website. Brief descriptions of their efforts, which they are asked to submit when they share their artwork, will be offered as part of the publicity.
When submitting artworks via this link HERE, artists are also asked to share a little about themselves and their creations, such as what medium they used (crayon, pencil, watercolor, oil, video, etc.), and to share links to their works or profiles of themselves if they wish.
Complimentary arts program to resume in July
This program is being announced in conjunction with the return of renowned area artist and landscape architect Jeffrey Charlesworth to the LHT. Last year Charlesworth launched the “slow looking” arts program to help local artists capture the beauty of nature on the trail. Check out this video of last year’s walk.
Charlesworth returns with a second walk in July. Date and place to be announced.