At outdoor sculpture exhibit, much for kids to take in
Good news for little twerps and boring old fuddy duddies alike. The Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Garden has planned a special Kids’ Art Opening for its Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit, where admirers of fine art and admirers of good cookies can find common ground. On Aug. 22 at 10 a.m. sculptor Andy Morlein will lead a tour of the sculpture grounds, offering commentary designed for the “Mom, I’m bored,” demographic. Free refreshments will follow.
“Andy is a great, energetic person and very knowledgeable,” said Pam Tarbell, owner of the Mill Brook Gallery. “He leads a very interesting tour of the sculptures we have here.”
Many of those sculptures have kid appeal in their own right. John Kemp Lee’s “Traveler” is a horse constructed of weathered wood and rusted steel and looks like the sort of thing a kid might cobble together from items found in his granddad’s barn on a rainy day.
Dale Rogers’s “American Dog and Cat” is a big, playful piece that practically begs for attention. And Bob Shannahan’s “Diatryma” looks, from a distance, like it’s ripped straight from a Pixar movie. Up close, it’s almost more fun, with trees for legs and bark and seed pods for feathers.
Kids may also get a kick out of nosing around the flowerbeds looking for the many smaller sculptures tucked alongside the plants. All told, there are dozens of sculptures spread out across the grounds, fenced off from Tarbell’s horses and frequented by a flock of geese. Tarbell said she always loves to see young people at the gallery, but this is the first year she planned an event especially for them.
“I think it’s really important to have parents bring their kids to see art,” she said.
There is plenty for adults to enjoy as well. Herb Ferris’s “Bow,” constructed of maple saplings, brass and steel, casts a lovely shadow along the grass, its elegant curve mimicking the curve of the shoreline. And Alan Steinberg’s “Unknown Goddess” embodies mysterious beauty.
If you’ve visited the sculpture exhibit in the past, don’t shy away: There are 30 new pieces this year, including one of Morlein’s own pieces, a striking sculpture featuring huge handmade boulders cradled in a tangle of metal. The piece is situated at the top of the long driveway that leads to the gallery and has attracted quite a bit of attention. “I find so many people with their phones taking pictures . . . even the garbage men,” Tarbell said.
The Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit is on display through Nov. 3. For information, call 226-2046 or visit themillbrookgallery.com.