Art Installations Scheduled for June 15

Queen Anne’s Lace by Gints Ginbergs

The Southborough Open Land Foundation invites the general public to visit Beals Preserve to watch artists install their work for the 8th annual Art on the Trails on Saturday, June 15 from 10 am to 4 pm at Beals Preserve, located on Main Street in Southborough, Massachusetts.  This year’s theme is Legacy, in honor of the memory of Whitney Beals, the president of Southborough Open Land Foundation until his death in September of 2023.  

A juried exhibition of sculptural installations will be on view beginning June 15th and closing on September 15th. The exhibition is juried by Fountain Street Fine Art gallerist and artist Marie Craig of Natick, MA.

Thirteen projects will be exhibited this year. Artists participating are Sarah Alexander  (Sutton, MA), Pam Bonaguide (Wayland, MA), Chelsea Bradway (Southborough, MA), Molly Dee (Natick, MA), Trish Dehls (Woodstock, CT), Gints Grinbergs (Dedham, MA), Casey Hayward (Stoneham, MA), Denise Johnson and the students of Margaret Neary Elementary School (Southborough, MA), Jane McKenzie (Montreal, QC), Nilou Moochhala (Arlington, MA), Charles Smith (Jefferson, NH), Stephen Strout (Natick, MA), and Jake Walter (Southborough, MA).

Art Juror Marie Craig said of the selection process, “I was really impressed by the way so many of the submitted artworks referenced a deep love of nature and fond memories of Whit Beals and his legacy. I’m excited to see the Preserve become even more alive with these beautiful and meaningful artworks.”

Sally Watters, representative of Southborough Open Land Foundation (SOLF) said, “This year’s Art on the Trails theme Legacy is the perfect tribute to the memory of Whitney Beals as it merges two of his passions, the environment and art.”

In addition to the installations, the program will include poetry written in response to the work and will be juried by poet Maura Snell. A prize-winning poem will be selected from submissions by award-winning Welsh writer Adele Evershed.

Our Partners

We are honored to have the generous support from the following organizations: 

Southborough Open Land Foundation

The Southborough Open Land Foundation (SOLF) is a private land trust founded in 1988. The all-volunteer organization with over 300 local members and a board of 14 trustees, reserves and protects open space in Southborough, Massachusetts. SOLF manages 183 acres of open space as well as sponsoring a variety of nature-based recreational and educational activities in cooperation with the Southborough Gardeners, Arts Center at Southborough, Southborough Extended Day, Boy and Girl Scouts, Southborough Recreation, and other organizations including walks, plant lectures, trail maintenance, field trips for school children, snowshoe clinics, art shows, and Earth Day clean-ups. SOLF also collaborates with the Town of Southborough, other land trusts, and state and federal agencies to conserve open space and promote biodiversity. Visit their website at

Southborough Community Fund

The Southborough Community Fund (SCF) promotes a spirit of philanthropic giving to fund the critical needs and the wonderful wants of Southborough citizens. Established in 2014 by local residents as a fund of the Foundation for MetroWest, the SCF is a source of financial support, as well as a convening mechanism to foster innovation and collaboration across the townspeople and the organizations designed to benefit them. By providing opportunities in the areas of Family Support, Arts, Culture, and Environment, the Fund enables residents to make an immediate impact in their community. Visit their website at

Additional funding comes from Ginny Martins & Associates, Middlesex Saving Bank, and Fay School.

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