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!

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.

 

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

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.