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SculptFest23 at the Carving Studio is a Walk in the Woods
September 26 at 9:00 am - October 22 at 5:00 pmFree
WEST RUTLAND, VT- The new Walking Trail at The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center leads visitors through a journey of imagination for SculptFest23. Responding to the theme of “Communing With Nature,” ten artists were chosen by guest curator Gabe Strader-Brown to participate in the annual site-specific exhibition.
Beginning in the Gordon Marshall Coping Shop, viewers are greeted by “… to be continued,” a video by Margaret Wiss reflecting on the impact of Covid-19 on creative dance. The first of three installments of “Weathermaster: with An Eye on the Sky” by Jill Magi appears at the entrance to the woods, followed around the bend by Maya Murphy’s “Symphonia Naturae,” amplifying the harmonies of birdsong.
Isa Dray has created a “Skin of Stone” for an ancient marble boulder, while Bill Botzow’s “Re:-Extraction, 2023” turns a stand of invasive buckthorn upside down. In “A Beautiful Question,” Lee Williams responds to events or happenings in his environment by manipulating, distorting or reinventing the context of simple materials, natural and manmade. Florian Okwu’s intricately carved sculpture in wood, “Isna,” celebrates the discovery and exploration of the unknown.
A larger-than-life size human figure made out of carved wood, dirt, moss, sticks, and other found materials by Brigitte Grenier examines the connection of the human body to the earth, the passage of time, and the cycles of life and death. “To/From” by Jonny Farrow involves communications by the mysterious Glue Banta, documented on a website. The architecturally influenced sculpture “Arcade #1” by Robert Aiosa interacts with the surrounding natural landscape as both a frame and a portal.
SculptFest23 is scheduled to close Sunday, October 22. The outdoor exhibit is open to the public during daylight hours with a self-guiding map, weather permitting, and the Carving Studio and Sculpture Center buildings are open Monday through Friday, 9 AM-5 PM. For more information about arts education programs, please contact [email protected] or (802) 438-2097. Website: https://www.carvingstudio.org.