20th Annual North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show (NBOSS 2017)
July 8 @ 4:00 pm - October 29 @ 8:00 pm
The 20th Annual North Bennington Outdoor Sculpture Show will be hosting the opening party for the exhibition this year on Saturday, July 8th 2017. The reception will take place from 4:00-8:00 PM at the Vermont Arts Exchange campus, 48 Main Street (next door to the Post Office and across the street from the North Bennington Train Depot) and will feature music by local band Ransom Notes. Refreshments will be served. The show will remain on view to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the summer and fall, concluding on Sunday, October 29th 2017.
This year’s show has also been recognized as a Vermont Arts 2017 Event, and is sponsored in part by the Fund for North Bennington, Sage City Syndicate, Paran Recreations, Bennington College, Kevin’s Restaurant, and the Vermont Arts Exchange. Local artist Joe Chirchirillo will be curating the show for the 5th year in a row. This year’s exhibition marks an important anniversary for one of the areas longest running consecutive outdoor sculpture exhibitions. The 20th Anniversary show will feature over thirty artists from the surrounding area; over fifteen have participated for multiple years.
The show had its beginnings when local mason, Joe McGovern asked sculptor Willard Boepple to install a few works on the open land next to his shop in North Bennington. At the time Boepple was a sculpture professor at Bennington College, and considered it an opportunity to showcase the work of some of his students. The founder of Salem Art Works, Anthony Cafritz was a student at the time and took over curating the show for some years, artists in residence at Salem Art Works continue to contribute works to this day.
Some of the local sculptors participating this year are Michael Biddy, Kristen Blaker, Bill Botzow, Fred X Brownstein, Joe Chirchirillo, Tom Longtin and Gregory Smith. Artists from Salem Art Works this year include, Anika Catterfield, ,Zac Ward, Chase Winkler and Dane Winkler.
Other artists this year from Vermont, New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey are Mikael Flores-Amper, Lisa Barthelson, Peter Barrett, Gianluca Bianchino, Michael Bonadio Jodi Carlson, Dave Channon, Charlet Davenport, Denise Dorr Allen, Autumn Doyle. Stephan Fowlkes, Bruce Hathaway, Patrick Healy, Michael Guadagno, Bob Keating, Peter Lundberg, James Payne, Scott Pfaffman, Michelle Post, Andrew Hamilton Reiss, Nicholas Santoro, and Bernie Zubrowski.
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