Hopkinton – The public is invited to the grand opening of Art on the Trail along the Hopkinton Center Trail Sunday, Aug. 2, from 2-4 p.m. The event includes the unveiling of nine new sculpture installations created by residents of Hopkinton and nearby towns. At 2:15 p.m., speakers will deliver introductory remarks at the Center Trail entrance across from Hopkinton Lumber, and at 2:45, the artists will accompany the group on a walk to visit each installation. The exhibition will be on display through Sept. 26, and is made possible through a collaboration of the Upper Charles Trail Committee, Hopkinton Center for the Arts, the Hopkinton Area Land Trust, sculptor Michael Alfano, Cheryl Perreault, and Polly Brown.
During the exhibition, nearly 20 local poets, led by Polly Brown and Cheryl Perreault, will respond to the artwork with original poems they will compose en plein air. On Sept. 19, at 2 p.m., a poetry reading along the trail will feature these pieces, adding another dimension to the Art on the Trail.
Lauren Scheuer will construct an elegant natural carpet design over 50 feet long using small colored pebbles and landscaping sand. Reminiscent of Tibetan mandalas, the piece will be created over three days; it will slowly disintegrate over the eight weeks of the exhibition.
A giant nest, being designed by Geri Holland and the women of Serenity House, explores ideas surrounding home and nurturing. Carol Mecagni, leading a group of Senior Center ceramic sculptors, will place along the trail a series of ceramic tiles they are fashioning for this project.
Cathy Howe and Peter Glenn, with the help of residents of the Respite Center, are building a large, whimsical birdhouse. Local Girl Scout Troop 85290, led by Sherri Galego and Robin Batchelder, are bridging the generation gap with residents of Golden Pond for their installation. Cathy Weaver Taylor, using colorful recycled nets, will be suspending mobile mandalas. “Sky Warrior,” a shimmering dress by Virginia Fitzgerald, will float above the trail.
Two participatory sculptures by Michael Alfano will include elements that can be rearranged by the public so each composition becomes a new piece of art. Everyone can participate in making a unique sculpture!
For more information, visit the Hopkinton Center for the Arts at www.hopartscenter.org/exhibits.