June 10, 2020

Lawrence Hopewell Trail Launches Art on the Trail

“SPRING FLOWERS”: This photo by John Marshall can be found in the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT) online gallery at lhtrail.org. All are invited to participate in the LHT Art on the Trail program, which will run through next spring.

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 (LHT), all are invited to take part in the LHT Art on the Trail program. 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 at lhtrail.org/upload-trail-artwork, 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 follows:

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; and 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 is 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; and in April-May, welcome spring with a self-portrait on the trail. Submit by May 31.

Artists can be of any age. There is 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.

When submitting artworks, 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.

For more information, visit lhtrail.org.