Sculpturefest 2010 Offers Dazzling New Works

September 23, 2010 · 0 comments

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(First appeared in the September 2nd edition of the Vermont Standard)
By Gareth Henderson
Standard Staff
Sculpturefest 2010 on Prosper Road in Woodstock is bringing some impressive new work into the public eye.
Charlet Davenport’s outdoor gallery at 304 Prosper Road will have an opening reception for the artists and community on Saturday, Sept. 4 from 4-7 p.m. Attendees are welcome to bring their own picnic.

Following up on last year’s wind and air theme, Sculpturefest this year is focusing on the subject of water.
“I want to keep Sculpturefest connected to the land, to the earth,” Davenport said.

In total, 37 new pieces are at this year event for the eyes to feast upon.

“It’s fun for people,” said Davenport, who welcomes visitors to view the art on the scenic property.
The featured artists are Donna Dodson and Dimitri Gerakaris. Gerakaris has made a fountain sculpture, and already has an elegant dragonfly sculpture sitting peacefully on the property, surrounded by plant life.
In all, Sculpturefest attendees will find a wide variety of work at the 2010 event, including many new names. Davenport said a number of women are displaying their work in the gallery for the first time, such as Sal Farlow. Farlow created a 400-pound mosaic couch out of glass and other materials, called “Neptune’s Loveseat.”

“It’s an absolute knockout,” Davenport said.

Also, John Bieling has created a matinee sculpture out of steel. Davenport noted that inside the sculpture are some things that could threaten the existence of this docile animal. She said Bieling’s work is making a statement about “keeping our ancient marine life alive in the world.” Also, Lela Keen Jaacks – a Woodstock Union High School graduate living in Reading – has a sculpture featuring “mussels in concrete.” All these pieces add their own unique presence to the event.

“The water theme here is evolving beautifully,” Davenport said.

Sculpturefest has evolved into a one-of-a-kind gallery, nestled on Davenport’s beautiful Prosper Road property. Davenport first came up with the idea when she was a board member of the Vermont Arts Council. At first, it was a fundraising event for the Arts Council, but it later changed into simply a place for artists to show their work. Now, families and hikers come up sometimes and sit down on the property with a picnic, surrounded by the inspiring artwork.

“People come all year long,” Davenport said. Her husband, Peter, helps with the large maintenance effort on the land.

Davenport pointed out that the Sculpturefest idea hasn’t stayed in Woodstock. Tonight, a show modeled on Sculpturefest is opening on the Allandale Farm, the last surviving farm in Boston.

“This concept has traveled far,” Davenport said.

Davenport is one of two Vermont artists showing at the event, and the director John Lee grew up in the Woodstock area, and has a home on North Bridgewater Road.

Here is a full listing of the artists who are showing at Sculpturefest 2010: Valorie Sheehan, Herb Ferris, Charlet Davenport, Peter Blodgett, Kenneth Woodhead, Seth Callandar, Barbara Garber, Andy Moerlein, Elaine Grehl, Jon Tomson, Jeff Levinson, Jay Mead, Robert Markey, Kim Christiansen, David Colton, Phil Thorne, Seano, Margaret Sheehan, Hector Santos, Barbara Bartlett, Sal Farlow, James Irving Westermann, Li Shen, Lela Keen Jaacks, Barbara Bartlett, Shamus Langlois, Joseph Fichter, Susie Halligan Sullivan, Brooke Newsom, Linda Treasch, Norton Garber, Michael Barsanti, John Bieling, Andrew Hellmund, Charles Egbert, Margaret Jacobs and Moira Geoffrain.

Also displaying on the Sculpturefest land are: Hector Santos, Daniel Ladd, John Matusz, Anne Dean, Leslie Fry, Barbara Kaufman, Kevin Wiberg, Peter Davenport, David Tanych, Justin O’Rourke, Gar Waterman and Kerstin Nichols.

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