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

RSVP:  CONTACT: Val Sivilli  . StudioTourVal@gmail.com  .  908-268-2843

Hello!  My name is Val Sivilli. I am an artist and I live in Hunterdon County.

One day, at the Blue Fish Grill, I was having a nice lunch with my friend Catherine. Catherine is a wonderful painter and she also is the coordinator of the Dvoor Farmer’s Market. We talked about my desire to build a “Creative Team” in Hunterdon County under the umbrella of Sustainable New Jersey’s Green Initiative and the newly formed Hunterdon HUB.  I was at a loss as to how to find the members of this “Creative Team.” How would I reach out to these art lovers? Can the Dvoor Farm help me to reach out?  What would our goal be?  Where would we meet?  What projects would we try to create?  All these things….

Catherine said. ” Y’know what this county needs?  An Artist Studio Tour. ”

So,  I started making phone calls.  Every artist or arts administrator that I spoke with was super excited about the idea of this project.  I started looking at websites of other studio tours. I spoke to some organizers of studio tours – the good things, the pitfalls…. etc.

and… YES!  This is EXACTLY what we need here in Hunterdon County.  And the time is right now.  We are all ready.  And I – Val Sivilli – am ready to begin to sojourn this effort into reality.

I’m looking for like minded folks, with talents they are willing to share to make this effort a sustainable reality to help shift the cultural paradigm in Hunterdon County.

We are currently planning the first meeting of the Artists and Art lovers who would like to be involved in the formative stages of this effort.


A little About me:

I have lived in Hunterdon County for over 25 years. I am an artist, mother, teacher and business owner. I’ve been involved with many local events, fundraisers, art projects over the years. I see the possibility of something sustainable and rich and interconnected here in Hunterdon County.  Having seen organizations and artists like Robin Staff create beautiful retreats and fundraising events for her local community;  Jill Kearney has had Dance Troops perform at her Barn; so many amazing things happening in New Hope, Clinton, Flemington, Artsbridge continue to serve as a platform for its local artists, Open Mics thrive with local talent everywhere!

I have become hungry for us here in Hunterdon to be more connected with each other so that we can become more connected to our neighbors in Bucks, Mercer, Warren and Somerset Counties.