Meredith Sculpture Walk Brings Art to Outdoor Spaces

Jan and Roger DiTarando stand by the heron sculptures Roger created that were erected in Meredith Bay as part of the Meredith Sculpture Walk. (Photo: Tom Caldwell)

Jan and Roger DiTarando stand by the heron sculptures Roger created that were erected in Meredith Bay as part of the Meredith Sculpture Walk. (Photo by Tom Caldwell)

Downtown Meredith is really getting artsy! In addition to the creative architecture, several art galleries, and unique shops selling beautiful hand-crafted items, this lakeside village is now home to the Meredith Sculpture Walk, an outdoor exhibit that is bringing art to Main Street and the parks along Lake Winnipesaukee. The first pieces have recently been installed around town by the Greater Meredith Program, and folks are already enjoying the new landscape!

Installations for the Meredith Sculpture Walk began at the beginning of June, with 13 pieces now on display. By the end of summer, 24 sculptures will be featured in high visibility areas along Main Street, on the grounds of Mill Falls at the Lake, and in the Hesky and Scenic lakeside parks. The Sculpture Walk is set to be a year-round outdoor exhibit featuring work by artists primarily from New England. A jury selected among exceptional works from artists who applied by April 15th, and the pieces will be on display for up to two years, being replaced on a rotating basis each year until the town’s 250th anniversary in 2018.

“We think this will be a terrific energizing draw to the downtown area,” said Elizabeth Lapham, Executive Director of the Greater Meredith Program. Lapham’s husband, Bev Lapham, added, “In the summertime, Meredith grows in population from 6,000 to about 35,000 people. It’s a win-win for the town, it’s great for artists and it’s great for us. It should bring more attention to our beautiful downtown.”

"Red Wing" by Hugh Gibbons. (Photo courtesy of the Greater Meredith Program)

“Red Wing” by Hugh Gibbons. (Photo courtesy of the Greater Meredith Program)

Program officials developed the idea for the Sculpture Walk after being inspired by two art exhibits that were installed by businesses downtown two years ago. “We realized there was a place for more public art in Meredith,” Bev Lapham said.

A Greater Meredith Program “jury” chose the art works carefully, explained Bev Lapham. “The jury was very cautious to avoid anything too controversial, and we made sure not to have too many sharp edges on the sculptures for safety reasons,” he said. Each piece will have a plaque that includes the name of the sculpture along with the artist’s name and contact information.

Brochures with a walking map will be available when all the sculptures are installed within a few weeks. Visitors can find the brochures at the GMP office, local shops, Meredith Town Hall, and Mill Falls at the Lake, with the possibility of having a kiosk at the beginning of the trail. The Greater Meredith Program also hopes to be able to offer docent tours later in the summer. For now, an opening ceremony and walk are planned for July 28th. The Greater Meredith Program intends to eventually expand the walk to more areas of Meredith, as well.

Artists are welcome submit work during the next application period in late 2015. For more information, please visit the Greater Meredith Program’s website at www.greatermeredithprogram.com or check out the latest installations on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MeredithSculptureWalk.

For additional information on Meredith and some of the great events happening around the Lakes Region, visit www.meredithareachamber.com and www.lakesregion.org. And don’t forget to stop by the Mill Falls at the Lake website, too, at www.millfalls.com.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

sources:

http://www.concordmonitor.com/community/12455403-95/heron-series-installed-for-the-meredith-sculpture-walk

http://www.newhampshire.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20140604/NEWHAMPSHIRE01/140609516/0/NEWS0605

http://www.laconiadailysun.com/index.php/newsx/community-announcements/78232-061914meredithsculpturewalk

http://thelaker.com/sculptures-arriving-for-downtown-meredith-attraction

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