Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Poetry on the Land

The exhibition POETRY ON THE LAND is Sculpture Fest’s offering to Bookstock’s weekend 'festival of words.'

This year the annual Sculpture Fest season begins early with an outdoor exhibit of site-specific work, sculpture installations, sound pieces and poetry displays at the Vermont Land Trust property at the King Farm on King Farm Road . On Saturday, July 28th from four to seven the community is invited to join artists and poets for the official opening of the Poet’s Trail. Naming the Poet’s trail is inspired by Martha Perkins' students of poetry at Woodstock Union High School who have studied poetry along the trails and in the fields and meadows of the farm during Spring term. Poems are posted along the trails, paths and hilltops of the farm offering a unique experience of walking on the land. In addition these creative students made a digital movie which is part of the POETRY ON THE LAND exhibition.

Twenty three artists are included in the outdoor exhibition. There are site specific installations, sound pieces, sculptures created from material found in the farm buildings and on the land as well as a mini retrospective and new video and sound project in the farm's old creamery by Dennis Grady. Grady is an artist who has been involved in Sculpture Fest for throughout its history. Examples of other visual art by Dennis will be displayed throughout the season in Davenport’s studio/gallery space at 509 Prosper Road.

The Vermont Land Trust invited Sculpture Fest directors Peter and Charlet Davenport onto the land three years ago. This is the third exhibition on the site offered to the community. Artists currently participating in the "Poetry on the Land" exhibition include Lynn Newcomb, Worcester, VT (selection of new and past work at both SF sites) Ethan Ames, Brooklyn, NY Gordon Auchinchloss, Hardwick, VT John Bieling, West Windsor, VT Seth Callendar, Woodstock, VT Charlet Davenport, Woodstock, VT (site specific installation) Peter Davenport, Woodstock, VT Murray Dewart, Brookline, MA Donna Dodson, Jamaica Plain, MA Herb Ferris, West Windsor, VT (work created from King Farm fallen tree) Dimitri Gerakaris, Canaan, NH Dennis Grady, Pomfret, VT (new video/sound installation and past work sited in new locations) Bruce Hathaway, Richmond, VT Andrew Hellmund, Massachusetts Henry Homeyer, Lebanon, NH Lela Keen Jaacks, Brownsville, VT (site specific installation) Barbara Kaufman, Woodstock, VT Wendy Klemperer, Brooklyn, NY Jay Mead, Hartland, VT ( site specific installtion) Jeffrey Porter, Tunbridge, VT Margaret Sheehan, Hanover, NH Li Shen, Thetford, VT Adrian Tans, Woodstock, VT Judith Taylor, Woodstock, VT Jamie Townsend, Springfield, VT (introducing a newcomer to sculpture fest) James Irving Westerman, Morrisville VT Kenneth Woodhead, Woodstock, VT.

The King Farm show has become an important part of the annual Sculpture Fest experience which traditionally begins on the Saturday of Labor Day week end. This year the opening at the Prosper Road location at the Davenport’s will add once again to the season of viewing art on the land when it opens on Saturday , September first with an exhibition titled “Living Art”. A special living sculpture by Bonnie Gale, nationally recognized living willow artist will be featured at that time. Meanwhile visitors are welcome to observe the changes and growth of the Bonnie Gale sculpture on the north side of 509 Prosper Road location. Both exhibitions will continue through foliage season. There is no admission charge , all are welcome dawn to dusk at both locations. For a list of artists, upcoming events, directions go to SCULPTUREFEST.ORG or call Charlet at 802 457 1178.

I will be exhibiting my sculpture, Elephant Oracle at the King Farm during Poetry on the Land.

The Elephant Oracle is the wise old one to whom we turn in times of confusion, doubt and indecision. The Elephant has a memory that never forgets. Perhaps it is a paradox that one who knows so much says so little. Yet, in its presence, we find the courage in ourselves to listen.

Image, courtesy of Sculpturefest: Elephant Oracle, 8 ft tall, styrofoam & cement, 2010 by Donna Dodson

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