Sunday, October 11 at 11:00 am

The Stockbridge Library and Chesterwood Invite You to A “Pop-Up” Program and Sculpture Tour

The Stockbridge Library and Chesterwood Invite You to A
“Pop-Up” Program and Sculpture Tour
October 11, 2020
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Meet the Artists at The Stockbridge Library
3:00 p.m., Artists Led Tour of Outdoor Sculptures at Chesterwood

The Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives, in collaboration with Chesterwood, invite you to an afternoon with artists Rick and Laura Brown on Sunday, October 11th. The artists will present models of their work and describe their process on the front lawn of The Stockbridge Library from

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. This portion of the “Pop-Up” Program is free and open to the public.
Beginning at 3:00 p.m., the artists will meet visitors on the grounds of Chesterwood for a tour of their exhibition in the woods. General admission to this event is $20 per car, Chesterwood members are free. Per Massachusetts government guidelines outdoor gatherings are limited to 50 people and advance tickets are required at www.chesterwood.org. Sturdy walking shoes recommended. Funding for this event is provided by Mass Development Commonwealth Places COVID-Response Round: Resurgent Places Projects.
Rick and Laura Brown are the artist-duo of the 2019 annual outdoor contemporary sculpture show at Chesterwood which was held over to another season due to COVID-19. The exhibition, “One Impulse from a Vernal Wood,” features nine large site-specific installations constructed by the artists using carefully selected distressed or standing dead trees located within Chesterwood’s forest trails.
The sculptors, who share a passion to create monumental shapes and forms out of wood, were invited for a month- long residency at Chesterwood in June 2018 in order to prepare for a solo show the following season. On their frequent walks with sketchbooks and cameras in hand, the Browns were inspired by the natural beauty of the landscape and captivated by Chesterwood’s aging New England forest. The sculptors cut and assembled three-dimensional models, and then placed them in front of large photographic prints of specific places in the woods to mark their future locations. During their residency, the Browns began to curate this site-specific exhibition as an expression of their wonderment in not only the size and variety of the trees themselves, but also how the trees are connected below the surface in an unseen world.
“Over the years, our large outdoor environment installations have been informed by our determination and interest in working in nature,” states Rick Brown, “We are inspired by Daniel Chester French’s love of the outdoors—particularly the forest surrounding his country home and studio at Chesterwood—so our intention for this exhibition was to provide direct connections between the sculpture, the environment, and the site to timeless nature, eternal cycles of life, and a recognition that “the end” marks a new beginning. These works are a willful collaboration with nature and through our choices of medium, process, and expression become part of the greater continuum.”
“We believe that trees are perhaps our most important partners on the planet,” continues Laura Brown, “Trees are noble symbols of strength and the spirit of life. These installations provide distressed trees with a new life as a transformative expression between the natural life of the tree and our human intervention.”
“Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood” is generously supported, in part, by the Artist’s Resource Trust (A.R.T.) Fund of the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation; the Lillian Heller Sculpture Endowment; and the Upper Housatonic Valley National Heritage Area.
About Rick Brown and Laura Brown
Rick and Laura Brown met in art school at the University of Georgia in 1970. They have been on a collaborative creative journey ever since, working with a wide range of materials, tools, and techniques on large-scale environmental installations. They are both on the faculty at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston. In 2002, they co-founded Handshouse Studio, Inc., a non-profit educational organization that initiates hands-on projects to explore history, understand science, and perpetuate the arts. The Browns have received numerous grants and awards, and have traveled and exhibited works locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.
About the Stockbridge Library, Museum & Archives
The mission of the Stockbridge Library Association and its Procter Museum & Archives of Stockbridge History is to be a vibrant center of community life in Stockbridge. The Library serves the needs of the residents of Stockbridge and the surrounding area by supporting lifelong learning, strengthening community, and preserving the historical record of the town. The Library is located at 46 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA 01262. For more information, visit www.stockbridgelibrary.org or call 298.551.7646.
About Chesterwood
Now celebrating over 50 years as a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Chesterwood is the former summer home, studio and gardens of America’s foremost sculptor of public monuments, Daniel Chester French (1850-1931). French is best known for his sculptures of the Minute Man (1871-75) and the seated figure of Abraham Lincoln (1911-22) for the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Chesterwood is notably one of the earliest venues in the United States to showcase large-scale works in an outdoor setting. Since 1978, more than 600 emerging and established artists’ works have been exhibited at Chesterwood. Situated on 122 acres in the idyllic hamlet of Glendale near Stockbridge, Mass., the property and its buildings were donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation by French’s only child Margaret French Cresson (1889-1973). Chesterwood is recognized as both a National Historic Landmark and a Massachusetts Historic Landmark. 4 Williamsville Rd., Stockbridge. For more information, see chesterwood.org. 413-298-3579.
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