And Then There Were None: The Closing of Art on the Trails 2017

Moira Linehan reading her poem, “Finding Solace: Art Trails at Beals Preserve”

It’s been a few weeks since the Closing Ceremony of Art On the Trails: Finding Solace in the Woods. The event was amazing, bringing poets and artists together, on a hot fall day, to walk in the woods and listen to poets who were inspired by the art installed there. We had the opportunity to hear about the history of Beals Preserve from Whitney Beals, to have State Representative Carolyn Dykema expound on the value of open space, and to sell our beautiful poetry chapbook. All of our poets came and read, we celebrated with Prosecco along the route, all the while getting assistance from all of the SOLF volunteers. I could not be more grateful. 

As each of the artists came and deinstalled their work, I felt sad to see them go, but also excited for what next year might bring. Stay tuned for news of Art on the Trails, 2017.

One of the volunteers was Radek Jaster, a Northborough resident and senior at Algonquin Regional High School. Already known for his film work, he came to document the event.  Below is his amazing four minute video.  Enjoy!

Art on the Trails 2017: Poetry Walk and Closing Ceremony to celebrate art, poetry, nature and community this Sunday, September 24th, 4-6pm at Beals Preserve

The public is invited to the Poetry Walk and Closing Ceremony of Art on the Trails 2017 – Finding Solace in the Woods at Beals Preserve in Southborough on Sunday, September. 24, from 4-6 p.m.

At 4 pm Catherine Weber, program director, will deliver a brief introduction at the main entrance, and State Representative Carolyn Dykema will speak, followed by a moving poetry reading at 4:15, when the group will proceed with the Poetry Walk, visiting each of the 15-art installation along the trail.

During the Poetry Walk, the 13 selected poets, led by the editors Cynthia Franca and Maura Snell, will read their original poems in respond to each artwork displayed at the trail.

At each station, Maura and Cynthia will introduce the reading poets and wait until the audience comes together before reading each poem. After the last poem, the group will walk back together, and join the reception at the Kiosk, celebrating together the project.

The book
The chapbook is a beautiful collection of ekphrastic poetry written in response to the art exhibited at Beals Preserve in Southborough, MA all through the summer of 2017. From emerging to established, the poets and artists whose work is included here is a stunning commentary on how art connects the individual to the community, to nature, and to the world.

Each poem speaks to the unique experience the poet has in connecting with the art and each art piece in turn links with nature, and the community that comes to Beals Preserve, thus completing a wonderful cycle of human experience with nature, art, and words.  

The chapbook will include the selected poems and the art installations that inspired them will be available for sale on that day for $15 (cash or check). All proceeds of the sale of these books will help fund future Art on the Trails exhibitions.  All poems submitted will appear on artonthetrails.com

The poets
After reading work from over 20 local and regional poets, jurors Maura Snell and Cynthia Franca have selected 25 poems by 13 writers for inclusion in a chapbook which features both the art and poetry and is generously published by The Tishman Review.

Kiera Akus – Southborough
Brian Bogosian – Worcester
Chelsea Bradway – Southborough 
Lisa Breger – Wayland 
Cynthia Franca – Hopkinton
Trisha Knudsen – Northborough
Moira Linehan – Reading
Michele Mendelson – Northborough
Mary Pinard – Roslindale
Carla Schwartz – Framingham
Maura Snell – Westboroutgh 
Lawrence Spezzano –Southborough 
Catherine Weber – Southborough 

Parking
As the Poetry Walk begins at the Main Entrance of Beals Preserve, the public can use 144 Main Street, Southborough in their GPS. 

The organizers recommend to park at Chestnut Hill Farm at 7 Chestnut Hill Road or in the Field adjacent to the preserve, on Route 30 (Main Street).  Refreshments will be served in the gathering time before the reading, and during the reception afterward. 

If you have questions, please email the program director Catherine Weber at cweber@artonthetrails.com or call 508-523-3605

 

Poetry Selections Announced

After reading work from over 20 local and regional poets, jurors Maura Snell and Cynthia Franca have selected 25 poems by 13 writers for inclusion in a chapbook which features both the art and poetry and is generously published by The Tishman Review.

Congratulations to:

Kiera Akus
Brian Bogosian 
Chelsea Bradway 
Lisa Breger
Cynthia Franca 
Trisha Knudsen
Moira Linehan
Michele Mendelson 
Mary Pinard 
Carla Schwartz
Maura Snell
Lawrence Spezzano
Catherine Weber

These poets will read their work at the closing event for Art on the Trails 2017, a Plein Air Poetry Walk, on Sunday, September 24th beginning at 4 pm. Refreshments will be served. The chapbook will include the selected poems and the art installations that inspired them will be available for sale on that day. All proceeds of the sale of these books will help fund future Art on the Trails exhibitions.

All poems submitted will appear on this website soon.

 

Photography Heaven

Photograph by Catherine M. Weber. All rights reserved.

Model with All Things Sparkley by Chelsea Bradway. Photograph by Donna Moore-Wright. All right reserved.

Yesterday, on a perfect August day, ten professional and amateur photographers participated in Creating Your Vision, a photography workshop run by photographer David Lee Black. Black arranged for models to pose in the woods at Beals Preserve, including three dancers (Meredith Wells, Maddie Murray, and Rachael Plattus) and two young girls (Elspeth (age 11) and Gwyneth Robertson-DuBois (age 6)). The little girls wore butterfly wings and posed as woodland fairies, while the other models struck poses of all kinds and with multiple costume changes, using the Art on the Trails installations as their backdrop. All the while, the photographers followed along to catch some magical moments with their cameras. 

Gwyneth Robertson-DuBois playing woodland fairy. Photograph by Allison Rose. All rights reserved.

You can see more of what they captured on David’s Facebook page.
 
 
 
  

The inquisitive and charming Nicholas Rose (age 6) was the youngest photographer among them. Photograph by Joni Lohr. All rights reserved.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Two more events are scheduled in September:
 
Sudbury Valley Trustees walk
September 16th, 10 – 11:30 am
Park at Chestnut Hill Farm, Chestnut Hill Road, Walk across Rte 30 to main entrance, meet at the kiosk. 
 
Closing Event: Plein Air Poetry and Moving Celebration
Sunday, September 24th, 4-6 pm
Park at Chestnut Hill Farm, meet at the kiosk. During our final event, follow along the trail and listen to poets read their work near the art that inspired it.
 

Tour of Art on the Trails Scheduled for this Wednesday at 6 pm

The crowds on the trail.

Since our opening on June 7th, I have given a number private tours of the exhibition, Art on the Trails: Finding Solace in the Woods. Whether the participants are artists, poets, or art-interested folks, I have received wonderful feedback. More than anything, I love the surprise that visitors show when they encounter one of the pieces that are thoughtfully placed within the Preserve.

At the request of a number or poets who plan to respond to the work in the woods, I am leading a tour on Wednesday, June 21 at 6 PM. This tour will meet and begin at the trailhead at the end of Red Gate Lane, where there is parking in the circle. (Use 22 Red Gate Lane, Southborough, MA for your GPS)

The tour is approximately 1 1/3 miles long and usually takes 1 1/2 hours. I recommend wearing sneakers or hiking boots, and long pants, and/or wear bug spray. In addition, I will bring a mosquito/tick repellent device that works well. The terrain is fairly level and there is no climbing required. Participants of any age are welcome as well as dogs, as long as they are friendly and you can control them on or off leash.

Please RSVP on Facebook if you can so we know how many people to expect. If you have questions, do not hesitate to reach me at 508-523-3605 or cweber@artonthetrails.com.

I look forward to seeing you there!

Catherine

A Moving Celebration: An Extraordinary Evening

My introduction to the crowd.

Hadley Horner talking about Spheres in the Upper Meadow.

The crowds on the trail.

Crystal Blanchflower sharing the story of Avalonia.

Participating Artists Under All Things Sparkley

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.

Best.

Catherine

Art on the Trails Opening This Wednesday

We are excited for our upcoming opening of Art on the Trails: Finding Solace in the Woods, which is scheduled for this Wednesday, June 7, from 6-8 pm.

Now that all of art has been installed, it’s time to hear from the artists on a walk in the woods. We will have refreshments along the way.

The event agenda is as follows:

6- 6:15 Reception and gathering
6:15 Welcome, introductions, thank yous
6:25 Juror Introduction
6:40 Begin the walk in number order based on map (attached), artists will talk briefly about their work
7:15 Stop for refreshments at # 9
Continue on and stop at #9 again for more refreshments for going back to the kiosk.

The attached map shows the route and location of each of the installations.

We encourage the community including aspiring artists, poets and art lovers, to join our walk.

 

Artists Attended Guided Site Walks

Artists attended a guided site walk to learn more about Beals Preserve.

Two guided site walks were held in early April with Juror Mary Tinti and Program Director Catherine Weber. In addition to having great attendance from regional artists, Jane Gordon, Southborough resident and Community Advocate writer attended.
Her resulting article drew additional attention for the project.