Wednesday July 10, 2013

ELIZABETH CONKEY

Staff Writer

NORTH BENNINGTON -- This Saturday marks the opening of the 16th annual North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show, which will be held on Route 67, in the area of the post office and train station.

The outdoor art show first began with an affiliation to Bennington College but has since grown into a widespread community event, to include whimsical, colorful, and unique pieces crafted by artists both local and not.

"Everything in the show has to be able to survive the elements," said Joe Chirchirillo, show curator. "There will be water-based, pieces, found objects, kinetic bicycle sculptures, steel and stone sculptures, and outdoor photographic pieces."

Featured works include those of Bill Botzow, Stephan Fowlkes, Paula LaPorte, Forrest MacGregor, Fred Brownstein, the North Bennington Yarn Bombers, and Joe Chirchirillo, just to name a few.

This is Chirchirillo’s first year curating the event. He is excited for it to be open to the public.

"I feel like it’s a great way to advertise what a nice town North Bennington is," he said. "My goal is to build this into something bigger, maybe get on an art tourism map."

The event will kick off with an opening celebration beginning at 4 p.m., running through 8 p.m., and will include free hot dogs, beer and snacks.

During the celebration, there will be musical performances featuring the Vermont Arts Exchange Jam Band, a belly dancing performance by Sisters of the Shawl and a pyrotechnic sculpture event.


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Admission to both the party and the show are free to the public. The sculpture show will close in the fall and can be viewed at any time throughout the season.

To learn more about the NBOSS, visit Facebook.com/NBoutdoorsculptureshow or call 802-442-3328.

Contact Elizabeth Conkey at econkey@benningtonbanner.com. Follow her on Twitter @bethconkey.