We are very excited to announce that the 2017 Art on the Trails Poetry Chapbook and Art Catalog is now available for pre-orders. The cost of this full color softcover book (5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″) is priced at $15 plus shipping. A limited number of copies will be sold at the closing Plein Air Poetry Walk on September 24th. Online orders will be delivered after the 24th.
Did you know that much of the work in Beals Preserve this summer is for sale? In fact, we have already sold All Things Sparkley, the hanging piece created by Chelsea Bradway and her daughter Miley and son Max. Not only do sales support the artists, they also support Southborough Open Land Foundation, who receives 25% of the proceeds. If you’ve ever wanted a sculpture for your garden or yard, come on over to Beals Preserve any time up to September 24th and contact me. I can get you in touch with the artist.
Here is what you will see when you go:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to seeing you there!
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.
Saturday, the third day of installations for Art on the Trails began with Bill Cohn building four cairn on the Hemlock trail. These sculptures were made from rock and ceramic castings of rocks threaded onto lightening rods. At first glance, all of the parts look like rocks, but upon closer inspection, these beautiful forms are something else altogether.
Bill spent three hours placing and building each one, before assisting Chelsea Bradway and I with her installation, All Things Sparkley. This piece required Chelsea to climb a giant lichen-covered fallen tree while I climbed an extension ladder, and we unwound the mirrored hanging installation that she made with her son, Max and daughter, Miley. Bill alternately spotted the ladder and took pictures.
Meanwhile, down the path near Ice Pond, Freedom Baird laid out tarps and donned protective clothing in preparation for the creation of Intention Port. A week earlier, we had determined this was the best spot, despite the extraordinary proliferation of poison ivy. This photo shows only the beginnings of the finished piece. I left her at this spot late in the afternoon, where she worked for several more hours.
Now, finally, it was time for me to install my own piece in the big oak tree on Lone Wolf Trail. It was back in my studio so I headed home.
Once I returned, I decided to take a quick nap as it had been a busy day. A few hours later, I woke up and realized it was not going to happen on Saturday.
Sunday, in the drizzle, with the assistance of my son, Ben, we hung the work, called Ungrounded. Those who were expecting a piece called Ladder to Heaven might be surprised as that piece never came to fruition. While I was diligent in recording every other installation, it was not on my mind during my own. You will have to come to Beals Preserve to see it or wait for pictures after the opening.
I am excited to say that the weather is looking promising for the opening tomorrow. Please join us for an interesting walk in the woods with the participating artists. If you can’t make it, the work will be on the trails through September 24th.
On Friday, during a respite from the many weeks of spring rain, the second phase of installations took place at Beals Preserve.
The busy day included Hadley Horner wrapping trees with colorful yarn and building Spheres in the upper meadow.
Lydia Musco, with the help of her husband Josh, built the extraordinary Hug 14. Musco’s work had to be constructed on site. Hundreds of pounds of custom cast slabs of concrete were brought deep into the woods in a trailer, unwrapped, and layered in an exacting order.
In another part of the woods, Greg Barry installed Heartwood, Crystal Blanchflower hung Avalonia in the trees by Ice Pond and Aneliese Ruggles installed the window.
We can’t wait to share these works with visitors on Wednesday.
Today started the installation process for Art on the Trails 2017. This morning, Linda Hoffman and her farming assistant Kevin Smith came to install Tree Harp. After watching the sun and figuring how much light would shine on the beautiful gilded surface, Linda and Kevin placed a large stone, more small smooth river stones and finally the sculpture.
A few hours later, I returned to meet up with Lisa Barthelson, whose sculpture frenzied, resting, would be installed. We had excellent help from Cole, a farm hand from Chestnut Hill Farm, and SOLF member Attila Herczeg, who together hoisted the 75 pound sculpture into the tree where is will reside for the summer.
Tomorrow and Saturday will continue to be busy at Beals Preserve, where several artist will be building their installations in the woods.
Visitors are welcome during the installation process.
We are pleased to announce artists chosen for Finding Solace in the Woods juried exhibition.
Gregory Barry, Heartwood
Lisa Barthelson, frenzied, resting
Crystal Blanchflower, Avalonia
Chelsea Bradway, Max Francis, and Miley Francis, All Things Sparkley
Bill Cohn, Barclaya, Avalonian Cairn, Vertebral Cairn, and Stasism
Linda Hoffman, Tree Harp
Hadley Horner, Spheres and Tree Wrap
Lydia Musco, Hug 14
Aneleise Ruggles, the window
Catherine Weber, Ungrounded
Installation of work will begin on June 1. The exhibition will be open on Sunday, June 4.
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.