Sculpture Sold During Art on the Trails Exhibition

Nothing pleases me more than to receive an email from an art collector interested in owning a work of art. Even more so, when the work is part of the summer exhibition, Art on the Trails, this year. Hopedale resident Sarah Alexander’s sculpture When a mystery is too overpowering, one dare not disobey, a towering 8′ metal structure that resembles her drawings of grassy seed pods, was a creation that she worked on during the first lockdown from Covid-19 in March. The metal was hard to source, the work was intense, but she was thrilled to have the work accepted into the show, and so she persevered and completed it by installation day.

Installation Day in June.

She hammered and formed it on her home anvil and assembled it with her husband at their steel shop, Norfolk Iron Works in Uxbridge and delivered it to the Preserve on a truck.

So, all summer, visitors had the opportunity to see this work, a beacon at the main entrance of Beals Preserve. And one day, a few weeks before the end of the show, I received a request to purchase it. The couple, who chose to remain anonymous, installed the work in their front yard.

Yesterday, Sarah came to Beals Preserve to present us with a check for 25% of the sale price, which will go back to supporting Art on the Trails and the mission of Southborough Open Land Foundation.

“During a time when most exhibits were virtual only, it was cathartic to have my work in a place where people could experience it in person. I am grateful to SOLF and Catherine Weber for the opportunity to participate in this show.”

Left to right: SOLF Vice President Debbie Costine, Art on the Trails Program Director Catherine Weber, Artist Sarah Alexander, and SOLF President Whitney Beals.
Sarah in front of her sculpture on installation day.

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