My goal now is to get the word out about a wonderful way to get away, though this temporary exhibit in Concord’s Hapgood Wright Town Forest won’t let you get away from the issues of climate change. I went once last week and hope to return as often as possible before the last day, November 8. I should post again with more photos and reflections on water, but here are quotes and links to lead you into the forest, around the pond, with art and poetry.
“The Art Ramble is an outdoor public art installation in the Hapgood Wright Town Forest in collaboration with the Concord Natural Resources Division. Work in this exhibition responds to this year’s theme of water in the context of climate change.”(quote from The Umbrella, Arts and Environment, Art Ramble 2020)
Joanne DeSimone Reynolds wrote a poem for each of the sixteen installations to read while viewing. Read them also in a composite pdf that presents each poem with a deftly focused photo of the corresponding artwork.
“On display from September 1-November 8 in the Hapgood Wright Town Forest, the 5th annual Art Ramble Exhibition explores the social justice issues of climate change and water. Water Change: Where Spirit, Nature, and Civilization Meet is presented by The Umbrella Arts & Environment Program and curated by Susan Israel,* who asked artists to explore three themes in connecting their work to place and climate: Spirit… Nature… Built Form..” ( quote excerpt from Living Concord, event October 2020 )
The Umbrella site includes a map, images of the installations, bios and artist statements by the fifteen participating artist: Anne Alexander, Paul Angiolillo, Laurie Bogdan & Kimberley Harding, Joanne DeSimone Reynolds, Sally Fine, Barbara Fletcher, Jen Fuchel, Liz Helfer, Linda Hoffman, Susan Israel, Janet Kawada, Sarah King, Madeleine Lord, Rebecca Tuck, Bill Turville
*“I founded Climate Creatives to use art and design to engage people because data alone doesn’t do it: behavioral change begins with an emotional commitment.” (quote excerpt from statement by Art Ramble 2020 curator Susan Israel on Climate Creatives website)