Driving America's Art Scene - Hunterdon County, NJ USA

New info & Deadline Fast Approaching

New INFO about showing  with other artists AT ONE LOCATION.

  • If THREE or more artists will be showing AT ONE LOCATION 
  • AND each of them pay the $125 fee to have an individual artist page on our website
  • THEN we will make that location a DESTINATION and identify it as such on our map and give it a page on website
It’s that simple!
In this way you get to show your work with other artists; have your work featured on its own web page; and as a DESTINATION with muliple artists you might increase traffic during THAT.

The deadline to register is March 15th.  Meeting this deadline insures that your studio or destination will appear on the printed map and we’ll have enough time to create your webpage. If you need to refresh your understanding of the details to participate, go here: http://thehunterdonarttour.com/participate/ If want to head straight for Entrythingy, to register, go here: http://www.entrythingy.com/d=thehunterdonarttour.com. 

Let’s create NEW THAT memories May 2018

re: T.H.A.T.  2018 May 4,5,6


  1. The Hunterdon Art Museum will again graciously host the group exhibition Gala event on Friday, May 4th.
  2. THAT has received a grant from The Hunterdon County Cultural and Heritage Commission for 2018.
  3. ICON magazine presented THAT with a cash award for our work in 2017 and to help us move forward in 2018.
  4. DIY, in Flemington is becoming a vital partner in our efforts.
  5. ARTYARD is our 2018 matching partner for HCCHC’s grant.
  6. We have begun fundraising for 2018.
  7. We had our first very well attended Artist Meeting at DIY in Flemington on Thursday evening Dec 7th at 7PM.

Get Found – Get Listed! Get on the Hunterdon County Creative Assets Inventory!

Sustainable Frenchtown and the Hunterdon County Creative Team are conducting an inventory of all things creative in and around the Frenchtown area. Knowing what we have, who we are, and where we work and play is the first step in building a creative network.

The success of this project depends on YOU! A comprehensive inventory of our assets is the first step to advancing and developing the arts in our area. Add your assets, spread the word, and get involved! Contact us at creativeteam.assets@gmail.com.

go to :  http://www.creativehunterdon.org/survey.html And choose a category . Help us build this thing.  Help us build our community.

You’re Invited to OUR VERY FIRST T.H.A.T. SALON!

Because, recently I have been setting ablaze numerous pieces of my artwork releasing unexpected swaths of creative energy, I’m certain, really certain, that you might have created SOMETHING in your life (omitting offspring) that is best set on fire – best sacrificed to the universe – given back to the wellspring of creative energy.  This SOMETHING might be too meaningful, too resonant, to simply throw away, or to give away. It might provoke enough resonant discomfort (or overly comfortable-ness) in its existence that it is best recycled back into the basic elements that serves to create matter and art.

So, come join me, and Barry – since he has a lot of firewood to fuel this endeavor – and BURN SOMETHING! He makes really significant bonfires. Sacrifice SOMETHING!  Create NEW energy – allow that stagnant creative object to be re-configured into fresh, new basic elemental possibilities!

You are encourage to eulogize, if you see fit.  You are more than welcome to simply come and observe

All burnings will be documented.

fyi – I would welcome a DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKER to officially film this event – contact me if you’re interested in being that person!  We could use more than one – for sure – different angles, etc.

Click HERE to view an actual sacrifice.

  • HOST: Val Sivilli
  • WHAT:  Burn It : Bring a piece of ART that you created to sacrifice or come and observe the event or help document the event. 
  • WHERE: 100 River Road, Pohatcong, NJ 08865 (Barry & Val’s House) at the intersection of River Road and Pincher’s Point Rd – you should be able to see the fire when you drive up. Park along the road close to the fence – should be fine.
  • FOOD:  Not sure yet – Pizza and Beer?
  • RSVP: not totally essential –  but if you can –  email or text Val (908-268-2843) to let me know if you’re coming:  ValSivilli@gmail.comRSVP  –

  • Torrential Rain?  Will be rescheduled. TBA


Re-Inventing the Arts in Hunterdon County

“Re-Inventing the Arts in Hunterdon County.”

(Taken from Val Sivilli’s Blog – valsivilli.com)

T.H.A.T. , The Hunterdon Art Tour completed its first year triumphantly!

It seems that most of the visitors to our studios this year were other artists. At first this worried me, but I quickly realized how great that actually is.  As we create a stronger community, as we become cohesive, when we are able to easily work together and form critique groups, curate exhibitions, hold workshops, share ideas then we will be able to share our process, we will be able to show our work with greater relevance to our community. Once we are able to do that, as well we become a stronger force.

Like those DownTown artists in the 1950’s and 60’s, we here in Hunterdon County are finding each other. We are expanding our community.

From”Inventing Downtown” – I saw this photograph and laughed! It was taken by my undergraduate drawing professor from SUNY Purchase – John Cohen. It reminded me of how small the art world really is.

Very recently, The Grey Art Gallery at NYU held an exhibition called “Inventing Downtown.” During the 1950’s and 60’s many artists moved downtown and opened their own exhibition spaces. Artists yearned to create art without being constrained by the concerns of uptown galleries. Uptown galleries defined the success of the work by how well it sold. Moving downtown facilitated experimentation and collaboration without a concern for a huge price tag.  Spaces downtown were cheap. There was ample room for exhibition spaces, studios and an opportunity for artists to find solace in each other’s company – to share ideas, collaborate, influence each other without the nerve wracking consideration of whether to not the market would support those efforts. When community of artists swaps ideas, talks, connects regularly – Art Thrives! When artists can create without constraint, they are society’s vital sounding board  – the most valuable role for any artist.  Artists are our conscience  – the eye and ears and voice for which society depends.  Artists assist society in interpreting the times and find reason and answers and insight.

I am saying CHEERS to us all!  Taking this into our own hands will serve to empower our voices as artists.  We are sprinting out of the gate! BRAVO!

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The Hunterdon Art Tour,
PO Box 106, Baptistown, NJ 08803