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

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.

 

Art on the Trails Installations Begin!

Linda Hoffman, Tree Harp, bronze, goldleaf

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.

 

 

 

 

Lisa Barthleson, frenzied, resting, wire, rope and string

 

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.

 

Art on the Trails Publicity

April 11, 2017. Beth Melo, mySouthborough.com: Call for Art on the Trails: Applicants invited to guided walk Wednesday evening

April 18, 2017. Jane Gordon, Community Advocate: Southborough’s art on the trails

April 28, 2017. Beth Melo, mySouthborough.com: Reminder – Seeking Artist submissions to Art on the Trails by Monday (May 1)

May 25, 2017. Beth Melo, mySouthborough.com: Calling all poets – Submit original, unpublished ekphrastic poems this summer

Artists Selected for Juried Exhibtion

We are pleased to announce artists chosen for Finding Solace in the Woods juried exhibition.

The juror chose work from many excellent submissions based on:
1. Intention: How does this work respond to the theme?
2. Execution: Is this work appropriate for outdoor installation?
3. Continuity: How does this work fit with other works chosen for exhibition?
Exhibiting artists are:
Freedom Baird, Intention Port
Gregory Barry, Heartwood
Lisa Barthelson, frenzied, resting
Crystal Blanchflower, Avalonia
Chelsea Bradway, Max Francis, and Miley Francis, All Things Sparkley
Bill Cohn, BarclayaAvalonian 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.

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.