Head to the Hills this Autumn and Explore Sculpture
If you’re planning an afternoon out to enjoy the foliage this fall, consider visiting SculptureFest 2016 in Woodstock, VT!
by Karen Rodis, Arts Programming Coordinator
Sculpture, anyone? Whether you prefer subtle or bold, organic or angular, miniature or monumental, SculptureFest 2016 has something to engage everyone.
SculptureFest is an annual outdoor sculpture gallery established by artist Charlet Davenport. Initially located only on the Davenports’ Prosper Road property, SculptureFest later added an extension at nearby King Farm, creating two sites connected by a footpath. SculptureFest invites artists to show their work in a picturesque rural setting.
You can explore SculptureFest from the summertime well into the foliage season. This year, the Prosper Road location opened its gallery on July 2 and the King Farm extension opened its site-specific themed exhibition Grounding on September 3. Grounding is curated by artists Jay Mead and Edythe Wright.
I visited SculptureFest with my daughter on a crystalline and crisp September day. We brought a picnic lunch from the Farmer’s Market and started our exploration at the King Farm location. Traversing the hills and dales, we were happily surprised to encounter a sculpture at nearly every turn. Several farm structures have been themselves transformed into sculptures. The colors and forms of the artwork were striking in our early autumnal landscape.
My daughter and I headed up the short and pleasant wooded path to the Prosper Road site. Along the way, my daughter delighted in noticing various artworks tucked in and amongst the trees and along the babbling brook. Once at Prosper Road, we enjoyed both the permanent works as well as new sculptures installed for the 2016 season. With so much to see, we were happy to have time to stretch our legs and amble about under a blue sky.
landscapes, interesting and inspiring artwork: what’s not to like?
Pack a lunch, bring your camera, and head to SculptureFest this fall
season. For more information about SculptureFest, and for directions to
the two sites, visit http://www.sculpturefest.org