Downtown North Bennington throws this18th annual event starting with a party. Shown is Wendy Klemperer’s ‘Fierce Wolf.’
North Bennington’s 18th annual Sculpture Show will open Saturday, July 11, with a reception and party from 4 to 8 p.m. in the North Bennington Sculpture Park, 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 25. Works will also be on view in Veterans’ Park, North Bennington Train Depot and in front of the McCullough Library. Featuring works by 40 national and local artists and curated by Joe Chirchirillo, the show was recognized this year by the Vermont Arts Council as a Vermont Arts 2015 Event. It had its beginnings when local mason Joe McGovern asked local sculptor Willard Boepple to install a few works on open land next to his shop and garage. Boepple, a sculpture professor at Bennington College, thought it 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. Other local sculptors involved during the early years included John Uphlett, Fred X Brownstein and Stephan Fowlkes. For more information, contact Joe Chirchirillo at 201-983-9062. or firstname.lastname@example.org.