Poetry Walk marks closing of Art on the Trails – September 23

by beth on September 13, 2018

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Above: The closing ceremony for Art on the Trails is a week from Sunday. (image of My Heart Hurts by Nick O’Hara from Art on the Trails gallery)

If you haven’t explored the Art on the Trails exhibit at Beals Preserve, you have ten days left to do it. The exhibit will be closing on Sunday, September 23rd. For the second year, the end will be marked with a Poetry Walk.

A call for poems inspired by exhibits on the trail went out this spring. The result is another poetry book with photos. During the September 23rd closing ceremony, poets will read their poems at the “Unexpected Gestures” art installations that moved them.

If you haven’t checked out the exhibit you don’t have to wait for the ceremony to enjoy the art. You can always head there by yourselves to enjoy exhibit embedded along the Beals Preserve trails.

Enjoy an unguided walk before the 23rd for an unfiltered experience. Then go back for the guided walk to meet artists and hear the poets’ reactions. (Just don’t use the “event parking” before the event. Field parking is only available for special occasions.)

Below are a couple of pics I snapped this summer.

Entelodont by Robert Shannahan Hope Sticks by Denise Johnson and Neary Middle School students Bittersweet Nest by Pamela Esty The Waders by Martha Winston

For much better photos, you should check out Southborough Wicked Local and the Art on the Trails website’s gallery. (There’s also a great story about the effort behind the exhibit in the Community Advocate.)

Here is the announcement on the closing ceremony:

Art on the Trails poetry 2018

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Join Us For the Closing Reception and Poetry Walk

Sunday, September 23rd
4-6 pm

Raise a glass in celebration.
See the art one more time.
Hear poetry inspired by the art.

RSVP on Facebook.

Poetry books with beautiful photography by Chelsea Bradway will be available for sale.
We can’t wait to see you there.

The Elaine and Philip Beals Preserve
144 Main Street, Southborough, MA

Download the map with parking and directions.

To register for the event, click here.

For non-event parking details, click here, but use the above linked map to see where exhibits are on the trails.

1 Karen Muggeridge September 18, 2018 at 1:00 PM

One year and nine months ago today, Caitlin O’Hara received the lung transplant she had waited years for, being so debilitated by her cystic fibrosis that at the end, she was bed ridden. Tragically, she did not live long past her surgery Caitlin was a bright light and gifted soul who touched many. My Heart Hurts, the sculpture pictured above is by her father, Nick. I have known her mother Maryanne for years. I hope the sculpture is able to stay. Here is a little more information about it. Please consider organ donation as it can save a life. https://9livesnotes.com/2018/06/26/26-june-for-hurting-hearts-everywhere/

2 beth September 18, 2018 at 1:08 PM

Thank you so much for sharing that.

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