North Bennington’s Outdoor Sculpture Show Returns

North Bennington’s Outdoor Sculpture Show Returns

North Bennington’s Outdoor Sculpture Show Returns

Dave Channon’s ‘Steampunk Trike.’

Dave Channon’s ‘Steampunk Trike.’

The 19th annual Sculpture Show opens on Saturday, July 23, with a reception and party from 4 to 8 p.m. in the North Bennington Sculpture Park at 48 Main Street, adjacent to the 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 other locations on Main Street. This year’s show, curated by Joe Chirchirillo,  will feature works by 37 nationally known and regional artists, many coming from Vermont, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania to participate. The show began when local mason Joe McGovern asked Willard Boepple, local sculptor and professor at Bennington College,  to install a few works on open land next to his shop. Boepple 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. 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. It has since evolved to include artists from all over the country, and has gained national attention. Installation will take place the week before the opening; residents can expect to see some heavy equipment while the various pieces are being installed. For information, contact Joe Chirchirillo at 201-983-9062 or jrc373@comcast.net.

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