Meredith Sculpture Walk Revs Up for Third Year

Dragonfly, Joseph De Robertis, De Robertis Designs, site #32, Scenic Park

Dragonfly, Joseph De Robertis, De Robertis Designs, site #32, Scenic Park

Over the past two years, the Meredith Sculpture Walk has enhanced the beauty of downtown Meredith Village and enjoyed much success as tens of thousands of visitors and residents have toured the outdoor exhibit and explored the various installations around town. Now in its third year, “The Walk” promises to be just as fresh and interesting as ever with several new pieces to be chosen for this summer.

Members of the Greater Meredith Program’s Sculpture Walk Committee have begun planning for new installations for the Meredith Sculpture Walk, a year-round, outdoor, juried exhibition featuring works of New England artists. The project is committed to developing awareness and enjoyment of public art in Meredith, NH. Sculptures are positioned in high visibility areas along Main Street, throughout the Mill Falls Marketplace, and in the lakeside Hesky and Scenic Parks.

Meredith Sculpture Walk Committee members l-r  Bev Lapham, Chairman, Katheryn Rolfe, Sandy Sullivan, Monica Philbin, Lissa Goodby, Steve Hayden, Fred Huntress, and Heidi Barrett-Kitchen planning for the 2016 season. Other members of the committee not pictured are: Jodie Herbert, Mary Kahn, Nancy Rowley, and Janet Sanguedolce.

Meredith Sculpture Walk Committee members l-r Bev Lapham, Chairman, Katheryn Rolfe, Sandy Sullivan, Monica Philbin, Lissa Goodby, Steve Hayden, Fred Huntress, and Heidi Barrett-Kitchen planning for the 2016 season. Other members of the committee not pictured are: Jodie Herbert, Mary Kahn, Nancy Rowley, and Janet Sanguedolce.

While some of the current sculptures will remain, those that have been part of the project for two years will be retired and new ones will be juried in. A call to artists has been sent out to over six hundred sculptors in New England and the northeast area. The application deadline is March 31st, after which a jury will meet to select the chosen artists for the 2016 Meredith Sculpture Walk. Installations will occur in June, and the popular docent tours will begin in July.

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

A Greater Meredith Program “jury” chooses 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.

A walking map with sculpture details and artist contact information is available online at this link. Self-guided walking maps are also available in kiosks found in Hesky and Scenic Parks and the Courtyard on Main Street, at the Post Office, Town Hall, and the Meredith Public Library. The Greater Meredith Program also offers docent tours throughout the summer and fall.

Artists are welcome submit work during the current application period until March 31, 2016. For more information, please visit the Greater Meredith Program’s website at www.greatermeredithprogram.com or check out the latest news on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MeredithSculptureWalk.

The Greater Meredith Program (GMP) is a nonprofit community economic development organization seeking to enhance economic vitality, historical and cultural heritage, and town-wide beautification. For more information about GMP or volunteer opportunities, please call 603-279-9015, email GMP@metrocast.net or visit the website at www.greatermeredithprogram.com.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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