New pieces brought to Meredith Sculpture Walk
By ADAM DRAPCHO, LACONIA DAILY SUN
MEREDITH — The Meredith Sculpture Walk, started four years ago, has turned into an unqualified success for the village of Meredith as well as a valued opportunity for sculptors across New England. All this month, a team of volunteers has been working with artists to install their work in places where residents and visitors can get a close-up look.
When the installations are done, the walk will include 33 sculptures placed along Main Street and in Mill Falls Marketplace, Hesky Park and Scenic Park. The Sculpture Walk, an initiative of the Greater Meredith Program, is organized and facilitated by volunteers, and the artists receive a $150 stipend for displaying their work in the year-long, outdoor exhibit. Bev Lapham, chairman of Sculpture Walk Committee, and one of the founding organizers of the walk, said that the program has been a resounding success, though some pieces provoke occasional disfavor.
"Public art is like that, you get emotions going," said Lapham. Overall, though, the program gets rave reviews from community members and visitors.
"It's got to be unique. There's not many of these. When you put public art in a town, it raises the profile of a town. It says to visitors, this is a town that cares about the arts," Lapham said.
After three years of the Sculpture Walk, word is spreading about Meredith, especially within the New England sculpture community. That's a relatively small circle, said Kevin Duffy, a sculptor from Arlington, Massachusetts. Duffy had one piece featured in last year's Walk, and has had two pieces selected by the anonymous, three-person jury for the 2017 walk. On Wednesday morning, Duffy and a team of volunteers were working to install his pieces for this year, "Sun and Clouds" and "Falling Faces," both of which were carved out of granite.
Duffy said the Sculpture Walk is a "great opportunity" for artists to publicly display their work in a picturesque town visited by thousands of people each year. The chance to submit an item for a limited public display is rare, he said, let alone a year-round exhibit with room for 33 sculptures.
"The opportunity on this scale, all throughout the town, aren't available. There's not too many communities that dare to do this," said Duffy.
He continued, "I think it's a great thing ... I think the community should be really proud of it. It's an honor to place my work out here."
Volunteers for the Meredith Sculpture Walk, Bill Gartner, Dan Feddersen and Fred Huntress, install "Sun and Clouds" by Kevin Duffy, while Bev Lapham looks on. (Adam Drapcho/Laconia Daily Sun)
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