NORTH BENNINGTON >> The 19th Annual North Bennington Sculpture Show will open July 23 with a reception and party from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the North Bennington Sculpture Park at 48 Main Street adjacent to the North Bennington Post Office and next to the new home of the Vermont Arts Exchange. The show will be on view throughout the village of North Bennington at various locations until October 23. In addition to the sculpture park, works will also be on view at the North Bennington Train Depot, and at other locations on Main Street.
This year's show will feature works by 37 nationally known and local area artists, many coming from Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania to participate. The show is also sponsored in part from the Fund for North Bennington, Sage City Syndicate, Paran Recreations, and the Vermont Arts Exchange, and has been curated by Joe Chirchirillo for the past four years.
This year's show has also been recognized by the Vermont Arts Council as a Vermont Arts 2016 Event.
The show had its beginnings when local mason, Joe McGovern, asked Willard Boepple, local sculptor, to install a few works on open land next to his shop and garage. Willard was also a sculpture professor at Bennington College and thought it would be a great opportunity to showcase the works of his students. Anthony Cafritz, founder of Salem Art Works, was a student at the time, and took over curating duties for several years. The students brought a sense of fun to the exhibit, siting experimental sculpture and performance pieces. Other local sculptors involved during the early years included John Uphlett, Fred X Brownstein, and Stephan Fowlkes. The openings were typically big and raucous affairs with students past and present and local artists showing their work, enjoying hot dogs and cheap beer.
The show has since evolved to include artists from all over the country and has been gaining national attention. Works are now sited throughout the Village of North Bennington and installation will take place during the week before the opening on July 23rd. Expect to see some heavy equipment while the various pieces are being installed in time for the opening party.
Some of the local area sculptors participating this year will include Michael Biddy, Kristen Blaker, Bill Botzow, Fred X Brownstein, Joe Chirchirillo, Rita Dee, Autumn Doyle, Matthew Marks, and Gregory Smith. Artists from Salem Art Works, which has a long history with the show include Michael Bonadio, Zac Ward, and Chase Winker.
Other sculptors from Vermont, New England, and other states include Ethan Ames, Taylor Apostol, Freedom Baird, Peter Barrett, Patrick Camut, Jodi Carlson, Dave Channon, Charlet Davenport, Drew Goerlitz, Michael Guadagno, Bruce Hathaway, Stephen Klema, Eric David Laxman, Lin Lisberger, Peter Lundberg, Philip Marshall, Evan Morse, Nick Santoro, Mariam Shah, Christopher Spinozzi, Jamie Townsend, Bob Turan, miChelle Vara, John Wilkinson, and Bernie Zubrowski.
For more information, contact Joe Chirchirillo at 201-983-9062 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Information about the show can be found on the show's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/NBoutdoorsculptureshow