July 22, 2021 – TurnPark – Massachusetts

Yesterday Wilma, Gus, and I adventured to TurnPark in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts. TurnPark is an open-air museum and sculpture park, which also has performances at the outdoor amphitheater. It highlights three main artists and is located on approximately sixteen acres of land.

We had a wildflower-filled adventure to TurnPark. I was excited to visit TurnPark as I have not been to a new sculpture park in some time. The admission was $10 to enter, and thankfully the dogs were allowed in the building to purchase tickets. We began our walk at the former marble quarry, huge boulders reflecting into the water below. There were sculptures throughout our walk. Although we received a map it was a little confusing, and we found several areas blocked off so just followed our eyes, and noses (haha) to make sure we did not miss any of these creative sculptures. There were lots of wildflowers on the grounds, sometimes framing the paths. These wildflowers were difficult to catch up camera however were quite lovely. We found few other visitors, and besides the nearby highway, it was quite peaceful. The sculptures ranged from objective to subjective, and varied in size and shape. Each sculpture had a label, and although I did not read all of them I particularly loved the one that I believe was titled “eyeball”, and one that appeared hammock-like in my mind. The Park was quite small, which surprised me , however definitely a unique location. It was starting to get warmer out on our visit so Wilma appreciated some lounging in the grass on this adventure. Gus does not often stop moving on our adventures, although occasionally will lounge with big sister Wilma, or to eat a tasty stick. So glad we could adventure to TurnPark today (This blog will not be rated).

May 9, 2020 -Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds – Connecticut

Yesterday Wilma, and I Adventured to the Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds in Old Lyme, Connecticut. As expected Studio 80+Sculpture Grounds is a Studio and outdoor Sculpture Ground, dedicated to arts education and appreciation. The Studio is open by appointment while the Grounds are open 365 days per year. The Sculptures on the Grounds are available for purchase.

We had a colorful Adventure to the Studio 80 + Sculpture Grounds on a breezy May day. I was excited to discover a new Sculpture Grounds to explore. We wandered through the woodsy section of the Grounds, appreciating sculptures in many directions. The Grounds were small, but had no shortage of sculptures to admire. The Grounds abutted a “waterfront” which I am guessing was the Lieutenant River. We wandered over to the water’s edge, and Wilma enjoyed posing on a bench, intently watching the fisherman from afar. It was a simple yet beautiful scene. One aspect I appreciated about the grounds were signs pointing to different locations identifying sections of the Sculpture Grounds (example: secret garden, waterfront…). I thought this was a fun, and artsy way to add character to the lovely display of artwork.

Throughout our visit Wilma was thrilled to roll around in the grass, and eager to explore. I had many flashes of our Shadow, as he would have been rolling alongside little Wilma, bittersweet!  Wilma appeared curious about some of the sculptures but had no moments of fear to these unexpected structures. We sauntered throughout the property several times to ensure we did not miss one of these special creations. We really loved our Adventure to the 80 + Sculpture Grounds and thank them for allowing dog-friendly guests (Rating: 4).

Throwback Adventure – Andres Institute of Art – New Hampshire

I will have sections of my blog that I will title “Throwback Adventure”, and will plan on posting them every Thursday. These are journeys we have taken before I started the blog, but are well worth sharing. Many of these Throwback Adventures will include our Buster, who was known for his crazy tail, his happy howl, and his zest for life. We miss him dearly…he is forever in our hearts!

In June 2015 Shadow, Buster, and I Adventured to the Andres Institute of Art in Brookline, New Hampshire.  The Andres Institute of Art is reported to be New England’s largest sculpture park.  It was founded in 1996 by supporter Paul Andres and sculptor John Weidman.  The Park is a public park and is free of charge, although donations are appreciated.

We had a unique Adventure to the Andres Institute of Art, one of our first sculpture park adventures.  We enjoyed hiking in the woods, the terrain a little overgrown, and uneven.  I remember finding some sculptures, but also thinking there were few available for viewing.  However, in reading more about it to create this blog I would guess if I had located a map beforehand my thoughts may have been different.  However, we enjoyed a warm walk, searching for the sculptures between the trees, and photographing those we located.  I should have been more prepared, but still glad we could visit this distinctive New England Park (Throwback blogs will not always be rated).

 

October 20, 2019 – West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Park – Vermont

This past weekend we had a getaway to Vermont, which involved many Adventures, most of which I will blog about.  We stayed in a cabin in the woods, and due to no wifi I am far behind on my blog, therefore posting much later then preferred.  However, definitely some amazing locations that I am excited to share.  I now will continue our Vermont Adventures from the weekend…in no particular order.

This weekend Shadow, Wilma, My Parents, and I Adventured to the West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Park in Stowe, Vermont.  The West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Park is located along the West Branch River.  It has an indoor gallery with a diverse selection of paintings and sculptures, while the outdoor grounds displays a variety of sculptures.  The Gallery also provides art services, and is available for private events.

We had an entertaining Adventure to the West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Park.  Shadow and Wilma were not allowed indoors, as expected, so we just explored the outdoor sculpture park.  The grounds were quite small, but had an interesting, and creative variety of sculptures.  The sculptures created good conversation, some laughs, and of course lots of posing.  I think my favorite sculpture was the feline, while I also appreciated the face sculpture, and numerous other symbolic sculptures.

Though I generally do not consider myself one with the arts, I have really grown to love outdoor sculpture gardens, allowing my two best friends to join me.  It was just perfect to have my parents on our Adventure to the West Branch Gallery and Sculpture Park, another fun memory from our fabulous getaway (Rating:  3.5)