Kennard Park Sculpture Trail 2016

Kennard Park and Recreation | Newton Parks and Recreation | MA


Curators’ Note

Allison Newsome  / Kennard Park Sculpture Trail

Our exhibition, Kennard Park Sculpture Trail is 'Site Specific' and influenced/inspired by the environment, landscape, history and circumstance of  the site the new home office of Newton Parks and Recreation.  We have the unique opportunity to work intimately within a community  whose mission is to provide traditional and innovative Recreation,  and Cultural Activities in a quality environment for all residents of Newton, as well as managing the preservation, maintenance, and enhancement of the natural resources of the City.

This puts us in company, to name a few, with Urban Forestry, Conservationists, Historic Preservationists, and Horticulturists.   Rather than present a traditional historical or art exhibition, we will be creating new works in response to Kennard Parks  grounds and history. 

By placing the artwork in the site from which it was conceived, the artists' work offers the viewer an expanded or new context for seeing, interpreting or experiencing  not only the sculpture but the  environment where it is placed,  the history of the site as well as the way we perceive a milestone era in  Newton and the Boston area, , whose citizens, including Fredrick Olmsted,  have a rich history of preserving open space dating back to the 19th century with the founding of The Newton Centre Improvement Association (est. 1878).  

I believe the spirit of the past will be moved by the works that will be created on the park grounds.  For those visiting Kennard Park  Sept-Oct 2016.  Our contemporary artworks will  act as a catalyst to heighten the viewer’s contemplation of this particular time in American history and our need for open space in urban areas. Most importantly, we need to connect to the natural environment for our wellness mentally, physically, and spiritually. Kennard Park Sculpture Trail leads our visitor down a path of self discovery , contemplating  their own personal history, or, even our society's future at large. I have chosen eleven artists that reflect these sensibilities, reaching internationally as far as Mexico , and regionally New England Artists. Together these artists will navigate and explore the diverse  micro environments  that Kennard Park has to offer the community.

Allison Newsome MFA Ceramics RISD 83 Newsome , a full time studio artist, Her has curated and organized, several site specific sculpture exhibitions . Most recently : NCECA 2916 Arabia Steamboat Museum, Clay Landmarks,  Kansas City MO., NCECA 205 Fired and Inspired, Roughpoint,  home of Doris Duke,, Sculpture Embraces Horticulture' , Water Wind and Solar driven sculpture at Blithewold Mansion Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Allandale Farm in Boston, Boston Globe review (view here), Wentworth-Coolidge Historic Mansion State Park, Portsmouth NH. Art and Perception magazine review 

     Quote  John Muir  

"One is constantly reminded of the infinite lavishness and fertility of Nature - inexhaustible abundance amid what seems enormous waste. And yet when we look into any of her operations that lie within reach of our minds, we learn that no particle of her material is wasted or worn out. It is eternally flowing from use to use, beauty to yet higher beauty; and we soon cease to lament waste and death, and rather rejoice and exult in the imperishable, unspendable wealth of the universe, and faithfully watch and wait the reappearance of everything that melts and fades and dies about us, feeling sure that its next appearance will be better and more beautiful than the last."

Visit The  Kennard Park Sculpture Trail September 1st - November 11th