Art & Soul at Chesterwood
Chester French actually worked on some (not all) of the Lincoln Memorial while living at Chesterwood, along with many other pieces of his work. The grounds of Chesterwood are uniquely set up so that you can visit French's studio gallery, his barn, his gardens and home ~ but what is so cool is that the space also has a natural way of incorporating both the architectural structures with the natural surrounding landscape that makes The Berkshires so unique. I took these photos back in the fall of 2012 during a bit of construction that was taking place on the property, but even on a cloudy day you can still get a feel for it's beauty...
Aside from the buildings, there are well groomed trails that loop the property and offer a peaceful spaces for guests to stroll and ponder the art...or whatever may be on their minds.
I've been to Chesterwood before ~ on a middle school field trip, to look at it as a potential wedding space for my own nuptials...but this specific trip was to see my friend Leslie's art which was on exhibit as a part of the "Boston Sculptors Gallery at Chesterwood 2015".
According to Caroline Bagel, this exhibit, featuring the works of 23 Boston Sculptors, was created to show "sculpture that responds in imaginative ways to the natural and cultural landscapes at Chesterwood. Some are playful and humorous, some historical, some ecological, a few architectural, while several take advantage of the existing trees and landscape features."
And it does just that. Because this particular exhibit sits along the winding trails that I mentioned earlier, it has a way of taking you on your own little adventure...a nature walk through art; allowing the viewer to have their own journey to think inward ~ or to have a shared experience and evoke lively conversation (at least if you are with my husband & mom like I was).
Chesterwood is open all year long and always offers something unique to its visitors, but this particular exhibit runs through the end of October. Go there and check it out for yourself ~ it is sure to be a vibrant experience...exploration, art and nature always seem to do the spirit good. Check out more about the Boston Sculptor Gallery on Facebook or by checking out their website: http://www.bostonsculptors.com. And before you make the trip to Chesterwood, make sure to visit their site to see what is going on: http://chesterwood.org.
Three cheers for the creators and the thinkers!