Outdoor Sculpture Show opens June 29

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NORTH BENNINGTON — The 22nd annual North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show will host an opening party for the exhibition this year from 4 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, June 29. The reception will take place rain or shine at the Vermont Arts Exchange campus, 48 Main St., and throughout the village.

There will be a toast to the sculptors and opening remarks at 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served. A guided tour will follow with opportunities to meet the artists and learn about their sculptures. The opening will also feature live music by The Ransom Notes. Additionally, The Train Depot Gallery will be open featuring paintings by Walter Dunnington and glass sculpture by Michael Scupholm.

The outdoor show will remain on view to the public, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, throughout the summer and fall, concluding on Saturday, Nov. 3. It is a wonderful addition to the regional art trail with such important destinations as Bennington College, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, the Clark Art Institute, Williams College Museum of Art, the Bennington Museum, Art Omi, Chesterwood and The Mount.

NBOSS is one of the area's longest running consecutive outdoor sculpture exhibitions. The 22nd anniversary show will feature over forty internationally recognized and emerging artists from the surrounding area.

There are many changes in store this year.

In addition to showing seasoned and celebrated artists' work, one of the aims of the show is to make art accessible. NBOSS is featuring some remarkable collaborative community sculptures that were created as part of a workshop with school-age children from the Village School of North Bennington, Bennington College sculpture professors Jon Isherwood and John Umphlett, Bennington College students and Matthew Perry from Vermont Arts Exchange.

Another important addition this year will be a $500 prize from the Village of North Bennington. It will be awarded to one sculptor whose work will remain in front of the train station for one year. It will be chosen by the trustees of the village.

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Later in the summer, there will be an indoor show of NBOSS artists at the Left Bank Gallery. The dates for this show are Aug. 9 through Sept. 27, with an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Aug. 9. Hours at the Left Bank are generally Monday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and by appointment by emailing leftbanknorthb@gmail.com

Left Bank Gallery hours can be also found at leftbankcalendar.org

Sculptures are available for purchase. Work this year is by Lisa Barthelson, Peter Barrett, Michael Biddy, Bill Botzow, Jo-Ann Brody, Raneece Buddan, Dave Carrow, Cameron Chalmers, David Channon, Joe Chirchirillo, Charlet Davenport, Denise Dorr, Walter Dunnington, Walter Early, Gary Humphreys, Brian Johnston, Bob Keating, Justin Kenny, Darryl Lauster, Peter Lundberg, Phil Marshall, Jay Mead, James Payne, Chris Plaisted, Michelle Post, Sam Rathbun, Angelina Radocchia, Andrew Hamilton Reiss, Chantel Schultz, Michael Scupholm, David Skora, Mariam Shah, Gregory Smith, Phil Thorne, Michael Tillyer, Jackson Tupper, Bob Turan, miChelle Vara, Griffin Sinclair- Wingate, Max Yawney, Zac Ward and students from the Village School of North Bennington.

For the seventh consecutive year, the show is curated by local artist Joe Chirchirillo. NBOSS is sponsored by the Fund for North Bennington, Sage City Syndicate, Paran Recreations, Bennington College, Kevin's Restaurant, Marigold Kitchen, Powers Market, Pangaea Restaurant, Art Whitman, Joe McGovern, GVH Studio, Stuart Aldrich and the Vermont Arts Exchange. It is a Vermont Arts 2019 Event, a project of the Vermont Arts Council highlighting the stunning array of arts events; concerts, festivals, exhibits, and openings that take place all across the state.

Maps are available on site.

Ototcast, which is an audio tour of art and sculpture parks, will again be part of the engagement tools available at NBOSS. It is an app available for cell phones and is another great way to learn more about the artists and their work. It is free and can be found on iTunes and google play for smartphones.

For more information, visit nbossvt.org, call 802-442-3328 or email jrc373@comcast.net


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