AFCC Exhibit: Balancing Act

Cotuit Center for the Arts

January 9 to February 14

The Arts Foundation of Cape Cod will host its 9th Annual Member Winter Art Exhibit January/February 2016 at the Cotuit Center for the Arts. The 2016 exhibit is titled Balancing Act, and will feature 54 artists’ interpretations of that theme – literally and figuratively. All Cape Cod established and emerging artists submit art for consideration and are selected by jury. The exhibit will open with an invitation-only reception on January 9, 2016 at 7 p.m.

Balancing Act: Interpretation of the theme.

Chesterwood is the former Stockbridge, MA summer home, studio, and gardens of sculptor Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). It is also the venue for large-scale abstract, conceptual and figurative sculpture in an outdoor setting. Last summer twenty-four artists from The Boston Sculptors Group exhibited their work in the landscape French designed himself. As I strolled through the woods, stopping at each marked location, I noted the imaginative concepts tying (sometimes literally) sculpture to nature and the wide range of materials used including copper Lincoln pennies (a nod to French’s Abraham Lincoln for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.).

It was, however, this composition captured on my iPhone of growing and decaying tree trunks, sunlight and shadow, abstract and figurative forms— balanced in nature—that might have been listed “#25 on the walking map.”

Chesterwood: Balance in Nature, Archival pigment print