Art on the Trails 2018: Call for proposals and guided tour of trails on Sunday and Wednesday (Updated)

Above: The 2017 Art on the Trails exhibition inspired this installation. I’m looking forward to see what the 2018 exhibition will inspire. (image from Facebook)

Organizers of last summer’s Art on the Trails were clearly happy with the outcome. The opportunity to exhibit art on Southborough Open Land Foundation trails will be repeated this year.

The exhibition will be installed in Beals Preserve for public display from June 13 – September 23.* Organizers will accept proposal for submissions to the juried exhibition March 22 – April 22.

In preparation, interested artists are invited to join guided tours of the preserve this Sunday, March 18th, 3:00 pm and Wednesday, March 21st, 5:30 pm.

The exhibition will be juried by Jean Mineo, former Director of Boston Sculpture Gallery. This year’s theme is “Unexpected Gestures”:

How does it feel to encounter art in an unexpected place? How does that gesture change the visitors’ experience of nature? Artists are encouraged to consider materials and methods that integrate with and contrast to the setting of woods, meadows, trails and ponds that make up this special property. We are seeking work that interprets this theme for a natural environment in ways that will surprise and delight the hundreds of visitors at Beals Preserve for four months in 2018.

Once again, art must leave no permanent trace to the environment and be installed without harm to surrounding trees or vegetation.

If you are creative, or know someone who is, you can check out the full details here.

Updated (3/16/18 9:45 am): I just located some key details on the site walks that I had misplaced when I wrote the post:

  • Site walks will begin begin at the trail head at the end of Red Gate Lane. Click here for the map.
  • To RSVP for the site walks, email Catherine Weber at

Updated (3/19/18 10:55 am): The exhibit opening will be June 14th (not 13th.)

*Updated (4/25/18 8:53 am): Scratch that. The exhibit opening was moved to the evening of June 13th.

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