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

 

Now Accepting Pre-Orders for the 2017 Art on the Trails Poetry Chapbook and Catalog

Cover of the 2017 Art on the Trails catalog and poetry chapbook, published by The Tishman Review.

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.

Order your copy now!

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.
 

Art for Sale, Art Sold

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:

Heartwood

Picture 1 of 15

Gregory J Barry
Heartwood
2017
salvaged aluminum cable and reclaimed oak logs
$1,100

Finding Joy: Visiting Art on the Trails With Children

Abby Carlson looking at Avalonia by Crystal Blanchflower

One day last week, parts of Metrowest saw sudden torrential downpours. The rain was blinding, especially if you were driving as I was. It’s times like these that I worry about the installations at Beals Preserve. While they have been built with all weather conditions in mind, I still worry.

So, the next day, Lucy and I went to check on the installations. The first thing I noticed was the trail leading from the Red Gate Lane entrance was washed bare of leaves and pine needles. It was washed bare of pretty much everything that wasn’t embedded in the soil.
As I approached the first installation, I saw that the Tree Wrap by Hadley Horner was perfectly intact. It has been growing every week, when new visitors come and contribute their own yarn wrapping. I moved on and looked at each installation carefully. Everything was in perfect condition. I enjoyed seeing that milk weed has grown up around Greg Barry’s Heartwood pedestal, which makes the sculpture appear to be planted there as he had hoped. I also noticed that the trail maps have been depleted in both trail map holders, which tells me that we have had a lot of visitors.

Abby, Elly, and Lucy running through the woods.

Later in the week, I gave a tour to Southborough resident Kristen Carlson and her two daughters, Abby, age 4 and Elly, age 2. Once I explained that each installation has a sign marking its location, the girls ran from one to the next, like they were on a magical scavenger hunt. Their excitement and joy made my day.

Isaac working on his own Tree Wrap project.

 

 

A few weeks earlier, another visitor from Southborough, Marion Ross, brought her 6 year old grandson Isaac to Tree Wrap. He told her, “I had so much fun making it so I think people will like looking at it.”

I will be offering tours to all sorts of groups this summer and invite anyone interested to join me.

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

Installations, Part III

Bill Cohn, Cairn

Bill Cohn, Cairn

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.

Chelsea Bradway, All Things Sparkley

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.

Freedom Baird, Intention Port

Freedom Baird, Intention Port

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.

Installations, Part II

Hadley Horner, Spheres

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, Hug 14

Lydia Musco, Hug 14

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.

Gregory Barry, Heartwood

Aneliese Ruggles, the window

Crystal Blanchflower, Avalonia

Crystal Blanchflower, Avalonia