This weekend, artists will be installing their exhibits on the annual Art on the Trails at Beals Preserve. The public is invited to watch the process, and the schedule has been posted.
As I’ve previously posted, the juried exhibit is hosted by Southborough Open Land Foundation which owns the preserve. SOLF and Program Director Catherine Weber have issued an invitation for the public to watch the installation of the 5th annual exhibit. They will also be live streaming and interviewing artists as they work.
This year’s theme is Mending According to the Art on the Trails website, this year they received 63 proposals for “art projects that bring people together and heal”
Art Juror Sarah Montross Senior Curator at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum selected 18 of the works:
It was such an honor to be part of this exhibition process and learn of how beloved this landscape is to many people. The artworks chosen for this year’s presentation each signaled how art has the capacity to both critique and to heal, to expose society’s wounds but also seek restoration. I hope many visitors come to the preserve this summer and experience these diverse artistic perspectives.
One of the selections is another special project by Southborough Neary School students under the guidance of Art Teacher Denise Johnson. Johnson provide me some great details on the project. I’ll be sharing those in a separate post tomorrow morning – so stay tuned.
Below is this weekend’s schedule with information on the artists selected by juror Sarah Montross, . (For the trail map, click here.)
Saturday, June 12:
- 10:00 am – Todd Bartel (of Watertown) “This is a Landview” (#14 on map)
- 10:30 am – Paul Hackett (of Marlborough) “Persistance” (#6 on map)
- 11:00 am – Donna Conklin King (of Roseland, NJ) “Monument for Healing” (#1 on map)
- 11:30 am – Samantha Lowe (of Waltham) “Circle of Healing” (#13 on map)
- 12:00 pm – Gab Duggan (of Greenville, North Carolina) “RECOHERE” (#11 on map)
- 1:00 pm – Denise Johnson and the students of Margaret Neary Elementary School (of Southborough) “Together We Mend”(#15 on map)
- 2:00 pm – Audrey Goldstien (of Newton) “The Repair Reflex – Balance Redressed #10”(#16 on map)
- 2:30 pm – Linda Hoffman (of Harvard) “Earth, Tree, Bowl”(#4 on map)
- 3:00 pm – Stephanie Garon (of Baltimore, MD) “Wring”(#3 on map)
- 4:00 pm – Jay Cadwallader and Christian Borger (of Boston)”Terra-Scope”(#17 on map)
Sunday, June 13:
- 10:00 am – Nilou Moochhala (of Arlington) “Moochhala/Views to a Restorative Self”(#7 on map)
- 11:00 am – Michele Mendelson (of Northborough) “Bound in Love”(#8 on map)
- 12:00 pm – Nicole Harris and Karen Krolack (of Malden) “Pane #3262.1 A-G”(#2 on map)
- 1:00 pm – Jason Peoples (of Southborough) “Swell”(#18 on map)
- 2:00 pm – Shannon Astolfi (of Framingham) “A Sense of Time”(#10 on map)
- 3:00 pm – Kelly Goff (of Norton) “Limb Support 2021”(#12 on map)
- 4:00 pm – Nicole Harris and Karen Krolack (of Malden) “aWays to Fathom: Worcester County Edition”(#5 on map)
Once the weekend has passed, the exhibit will be on display through September 16th. The 2021 exhibit is co-sponsored by the Southborough Community Fund.
Below are more excerpts from the press release:
Deborah Costine, Vice President of Southborough Open Land Foundation (SOLF) said, “The Southborough Open Land Foundation is very happy to host another summer of Art on the Trails at Elaine and Philip Beals Preserve. Making art in the woods; in the actual place where it will be seen is a wonderful variation from the way art is usually created and viewed. The specific location contributes greatly to the inspiration of the artists as they design and build their work. SOLF is very pleased to provide this unique opportunity to connect more people to this stunning, natural backdrop.”
In addition to the installations, the program will include poetry written in response to the work and will be juried by Route 7 Press founder, poet, and Hopkinton resident Maura Snell. A prize winning poem will be selected from submissions by Tianli Kilpatrick, editor of the Worcester Review.