For many months, we have been working diligently to create a special experience at Beals Preserve. Since the first Art on the Trails exhibition four years ago was much less organized, this year I put a lot into raising the bar on the project. I did this by bringing in Mary Tinti to jury the work, by creating a website, and through many other details. So, after installing the work last weekend, our next milestone was the opening reception: A Moving Celebration.
I had high hopes for this event, and yet, for all of our preparation, we could not control the weather. For weeks on end, it was raining, and there did not appear to be an end it sight.
We were lucky that the installation days had only light rain, but Monday and Tuesday saw torrential downpours. Wednesday, the day of our event, however, was the most perfect day. It was warm and sunny. We could not have been luckier.
More than 70 people came and walked the trails with us, listened attentively to the artists, and engaged with them. When we arrived, a few minutes to 8 pm, at the final sculpture, I was elated. What an amazing night.
If you missed the opening, don’t worry. The art will be there all summer, and if you contact me in advance, I can meet up with you and give you a private tour.