Andres sculptors wrap up
Symposium has turned granite into art
By Heidi Masek email@example.com
The four sculptors at this year’s Andres Institute of Art symposium (98 Route 13, Brookline, 673-8441) are on target to have their outdoor artwork finished and installed by the time the three-week symposium closes Oct. 4. Their work will join more than 60 sculptures placed along the former ski hill’s trails at previous symposia. Community volunteers help throughout.
“I think this is one of the best symposiums ever,” said long-time Andres board member Anna Szok.
All the sculptors are working in granite this year, she said. Mallory Feltz of Ohio (www.malloryfeltz.com) is building two stone posts linked with a metal archway that is “very much about the home,” Szok said. Feltz went to graduate school in Louisiana, and the piece is a tribute to the people who coped with hurricane aftermath, Szok reported. Michel Argouges of France is placing three geometric-style stones around his chosen site while Lasha Khidasheli of the country of Georgia is stacking three vertically. Jennifer Page (www.jenny-page.com) is interested in the scientific, and wants people to be able to discover her piece bit by bit, Szok said. Page is the daughter of Andres Institute director and international sculptor John Weidman.
There are more public events to come. The “Harvest Hootenanny” Oct. 3, at 7 p.m., at the Alpine Grove in Hollis features the Ballou Brothers Band, the Slakas and the Pop Farmers ($10). Szok demonstrates “feathers and wedges” rock-splitting at Beaver Brook Association’s Fall Festival on Sunday, Oct. 4, at noon (117 Ridge Road, Hollis, www2.beaverbrook.org), and there’s a closing ceremony for the 11th “Bridges and Connections International Sculpture Symposium,” themed, “Cornerstone,” back at Andres Oct. 4 at 4 p.m.
Szok has been chronicling this symposium in photos on the Andres Institute of Art Facebook page, but you can also see the work in person. It’s free to visit this nonprofit during daylight hours, all year. “We enjoy sharing what we’ve created here that belongs to the public and we don’t want them to miss out on it. And we can’t do it without them,” Weidman said.
Park at the trailhead. Those with impairments can call ahead for accomodation, 673-8441. Visit www.andresinstitute.org for a trail map, updates or information on how to volunteer.