2017 Calendar of Programs & Events

Chesterwood is open daily to the public on Saturday, May 27 (Memorial Day Weekend) to Monday, October 9 (Columbus Day), 2017. The site is open daily from 10am-5pm and offers xtended hours in July and August from 5-7pm with some public programming planned on these nights. Due to unforeseen construction delays, the new sculpture gallery funded by the Henry Luce Foundation will open in mid-October 2017; Chesterwood will be extending its weekend visitation hours during the month of October.

July

Thursday evenings Chesterwood is open until 7pm.

Thursdays from July 13-August 17, 9:30am-12:30pm. Painting on the Prowl, a Plein-air painting class with Arthur Yanoff in association with IS 183 art school. Registration required and fee charged through the Art school.

Fridays from July 7 – August 11 at 2pm, walking tour of the contemporary sculpture show with Maggie Mitts, Chesterwood intern. Free with museum admission. Members free.

Saturday, July 8, 11:30am, From Concept to Construction with artists Roger Bisbing and Matt Crane. Roger Bisbing and Matt Crane have worked in a variety of materials throughout their careers and will discuss how they develop large – scale projects, welding and casting processes and their experiences as fabricators working with other artists. Both artists will bring molds and castings from their projects in this year’s exhibition.

Thursday, July 13, 5:30pm. Join us for a conversation and book signing with internationally recognized sculptor Murray Dewart as he reads from his new book Poems About Sculpture.  This anthology, which includes a preface by poet laureate Robert Pinsky, is a unique collection of poems from around the world and across the ages about our most enduring art form.  Selections include John Keats’ well-known Ode on a Grecian Urn as well as contemporary offerings about Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial.   The event will be followed by a wine and cheese reception underwritten by Everyman’s Library, an imprint of the Knopf Doubleday Group, Penguin Random House, Ltd.  This event is free with museum admission and is free for members of Chesterwood. Books will be available for purchase on-site. Please RSVP to lreynolds@savingplaces.org.

About Murray Dewart:
Mr. Dewart has built large public and private sculptures in China, Israel, Peru and across the United States in his forty-five-year career.  In Sculpture Magazine, he was called “one of Boston’s premier sculptors” and he has work in more than thirty permanent collections, among them the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, The Boston Athenaeum, and Harvard University.  He has been a frequent guest speaker at Harvard University and a visiting artist at M.I.T. He has served on the Fine Arts faculty of Saint Anselm College, teaching Sculpture and Ritual.  A co-founder of the Boston Sculptors Gallery, he is a graduate of Harvard College and Massachusetts College of Art.

Thursday, July 20, 5:30-7:00pm, Wine Seminar sponsored by Nejaimes Wine Cellars. Fee charged and registration with Nejaimes. Studio Piazza.

Saturday, July 22, 11:30am, Daily Arrangement with artist Portia Munson. The flower garden and woodlands surrounding Portia Munson’s Catskill home provide source material for most of her two – dimensional work. She collects flora and fauna on walks around her studio to use in mandala – like arrangements on her flatbed scanner — that result in magnificent color prints. She will mine the gardens of Daniel Chester French and make a one–of–a–kind print from whatever is in bloom on that day.

August

Thursday evenings Chesterwood is open until 7pm.

Wednesday, August 9, 5pm, “Lincoln Speaks” with Harold Holzer and special guests. $40 members; $50 non-members. Reception following on the Studio Piazza. Seating is limited. Studio and Studio Piazza.

Thursday, August 17, 5:30-7:00pm, Wine Seminar sponsored by Nejaimes Wine Cellars. Fee charged and registration with Nejaimes. Studio Piazza.

Saturday and Sunday, August 19 and 20, 10am-1pm, The Figure in the Landscape, a photography class with Bill Wright in association with IS 183 art school. Registration required and fee charged through the Art School.

Saturday, August 26, 11:30am, Physical Collage with artists Brian Kane and Michael Oatman. Brian Kane and Michael Oatman have collaborated intermittently for over 30 years. The 8th Wonder — their inflatable sculpture on display at Chesterwood — was not a breeze to make. Its troubled beginnings include pole dancers, the U-Haul Corporation, the former Mayor of Toronto and Peter Paul Rubens. Using drawings, video and hazy recollections from 2014, the artists will discuss the sometimes hilarious/sometimes frustrating process that led to the creation of The 8th Wonder — out of thin air.

September

Thursday, September 7, 5:30-7:00pm, Wine Seminar sponsored by Nejaimes Wine Sellers. Fee charged and registration with Nejaimes. Studio Piazza.

Saturday, Sept 9, 11:30am, Stages of WHIPLASH with artist Amy Podmore. Amy Podmore often uses figurative elements in her sculptures. She will discuss the development and fabrication processes involved in the making of WHIPLASH, her work included in this year’s sculpture exhibition. Amy will share small, early versions of this work as well as test drawings and images of the work in different stages

Thursday, September 14, Daniel Chester French Lecture Series, National Arts Club, NY. 8pm Free program.

Saturday, September 16, 2-4pm, The Cultural Landscape Foundation’s tour of Artists’ Gardens: Chesterwood with Executive Director, Donna Hassler and a Landscape Architect. Fee charged. Wine and cheese reception to follow.

Saturday, Sept 23, 11:30am, The Camp, From the Homestead with artist Matt LaFleur. Matt LaFleur is a fifth – generation caretaker of his family homestead in Taborton, NY, which is the inspiration for his installation and two – dimensional artworks. He also spent the last decade as a professional chimney sweep and wood, in various forms, is the dominant material he utilizes in his art practice. LaFleur will discuss his piece in the exhibition titled, The Camp, the trees on the grounds at Chesterwood and their unique characteristics, and his own family’s land history.

Monday, September 25 – Friday, September 29, Modeling the Self-Portrait in Clay, 1-4pm with Amy Podmore in conjunction with IS 183 Art School. Registration and fee charged through the Art School. The Morris Center.

Saturday, Sept 30, 11:30am, Home Sweet Home with artist Amelia Toelke. Artist Amelia Toelke will draw on her training in jewelry and metalsmithing to discuss her piece in the exhibition, titled Home Sweet Home, and the significance of jewelry and how it represents its time in history. She will bring materials so that visitors can create their own monogram charm using brass and metal letter punches.

October

October. Chesterwood will open a new gallery showcasing 150+ never-before-exhibited objects from its collection and with the support of a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. The installation is designed to illuminate the development of French’s work over time and provide a window into the artist’s working methods, techniques, and creative processes.

Monday, October 9, 10am-5pm, Last day of the 2017 season and Out of Site: Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood.

Monday, October 9, Noon-5pm. Fall into Chesterwood featuring a variety of music, local craft beer/cider, pumpkin carving, family activities and more. Fee charged. $10pp; children 13-18 $5; children 12 and under free. Sponsored by the Friends of Chesterwood and Advisory Council as well as area businesses.

 

 
 

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