Since winter has never been my favorite time of the year, I’ve always loved the fact that Lambertville and New Hope offer an annual Winter Festival. What better way to break out of the winter doldrums that to celebrate with food, wine, art and the community of other revelers.
The idea is to provide a healthy, invigorating cold-weather experience in the two river town communities, and to demonstrate that the multi-faceted communities along the Delaware River offer as exciting and diverse activities during the winter months as any other time of year. Winter Festival primarily benefits the Lambertville, New Hope and Solebury Township parks and recreation departments, and also helps local schools, police departments, and fire and rescue companies.
New Hope artist Linda Barrila is Winter Festival’s official 2009 artist. She has painted a portrait of the bridge (pictured here) that spans the twin towns on either side of the Delaware River. The watercolor features the landmark structure from mid-river, just north of the span.
The winter scene depicts an icy river and snowy banks at sunrise. “Although the composition is not an exact rendering, I’ve included some of the better known landmarks,” says Ms. Barrila, “such as Lambertville Station and Bucks County Playhouse.”
Ms. Barrila has donated the reprint rights of the painting to Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival. “When I was approached by friends on the Winter Fest committee to paint a picture of the bridge I was enthralled ,” says Ms. Barrila. “The festival has grown to be such an integral part of winter along the river.”
High-quality giclée prints are available in limited quantity and will be signed by the artist. Full-sized prints (31 1/4 inches x 14 1/2 inches) are $75. Half-sized prints (16 1/2 inches x 8 1/4 inches) are $35.
Blank note cards with envelopes (4 1/8 inches x 9 1/2 inches) are available in packages of 10 for $15. The cards are available at Lambertville Station, New Hope Visitors Center and online at http://www.winterfestival.net.
The original painting – available for sale – can be viewed, and cards and half-sized prints will be sold at Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors in New Hope, at Twin Town Tasting at The Inn at Lambertville Station on Jan. 22; at the VIP Pre-Concert Reception at Logan Inn on Friday, Jan. 23; and at An Evening with John Sebastian at New Hope-Solebury Theater on Friday, Jan. 23. Full-sized prints are available via online order only.
There will be a competition next year for the official Lambertville-New Hope Bridge painting for Winter Festival 2010. Look for information regarding submissions following this year’s event.