Art on the Trails is a annual juried outdoor art exhibition and poetry program founded and directed by Catherine Weber, and hosted by the Southborough Open Land Foundation in Elaine and Philip Beals Preserve in Southborough, Massachusetts.
While an informal exhibition was mounted in 2012, the inaugural juried program, Finding Solace in the Woods, was mounted during the summer of 2017. The exhibition was juried by Southborough resident Mary M. Tinti, Former Curator of the Fitchburg Art Museum and featured art by 15 regional artists. The second annual Art on the Trails: Unexpected Gestures was held in 2018 and featured art juror Jean Mineo. In 2019, Fruitlands Museum Curator Shana Dumont Garr juried Marking Territory.
Plein Air Poetry
A juried poetry program, juried by Maura Snell, poetry editor and founder of The Tishman Review, and Hopkinton Poet Cynthia Franca, attracted over 25 poets in 2017, who wrote poetry in response to the art installations. A catalog/poetry chapbook was published by The Tishman Review and is available for purchase. In 2018, the poetry program again was coordinated and juried by Maura Snell and Cynthia Franca, with a final prize awarded by poet Didi Jackson. In 2019, the same poetry team was joined by Zachary Bos, publisher of Pen & Anvil Press, and editor of the New England Review of Books to choose poetry prizes.
Two films were made about the project in 2017
Watch this video, recorded by Southborough Access Media, featuring poetry readings from the closing event.
A 30-minute film about the program, produced by Catherine Weber in collaboration with filmmaker Radek Jaster is seen below: