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Sculpture Walk artists discuss their works

August 01, 2019
MEREDITH — Each of the sculptures on the Meredith Sculpture Walk are the result of the inspiration, innovation, and hard work of many different artists. A number of those artists shared their stories during the annual Meet the Artists celebration.

Artists joined Sculpture Walk organizers and supporters for the Meet the Artists celebration on July 22 at the Chase House. Eight artists talked about their works, that are now displayed in the village.

Vivian Beer of Pembroke created "Low Rider," a large chair in Scenic Park. She said she enjoys doing furniture as a form of art.

"You become part of the story of the work," Beer said.

She said that is one of the things creators are hoping for with their works.

Peter DeCamp Haines of Cambridge, Mass., created "Two-sided Head" which sits on Main Street, and "Acrobats" in Hesky Park.

"One can feel the community spirit that Meredith has, you all are amazing," Haines said.

Haines said he was impressed with the quality of work in this show and is proud to be a part of this. He said he especially appreciated the level of integrity the show has.

"In the art world beauty is almost a dirty word, but not in Meredith," Haines said.

Adam Pearson of Barrington created "Red Alert" that now sits on the corner of Main and Lake Streets.

"All the other participants elevated the entirety of the show," Pearson said. "I think it's always an honor to be among such good artists."

Sandra Sell of Little Rock, Arkansas, created "Water Fowl," which is located on Main Street by the Meredith Historical Society. Sell was born and raised in New Hampshire and now lives in Arkansas.

An artist and an Army veteran, she has wanted to be an artist since she was young.

Sell said her work is usually derived from something she experienced sometime in life, "Water Fowl" was influenced by her time at the lake.

"My art's a learning experience, and we just keep trying to do it," Sell said.

Steve Hayden of Meredith contributed "Fish" at the Courtyard on Main and "Palo Escrito Vase" in Hesky Park. Hayden has been part of the Sculpture Walk since the beginning and also serves on the committee.

"(I) want to make a big fish with a big vase, so I did," Hayden said.

"Palo Escrito Vase" was inspired by the pottery work he did while growing up in California. He grew up around Palo Escrito Peak, which he said has a gorgeous view of the Salinas Valley. He would incorporate the shapes and outlines of the views into his pottery pieces.

"I just remembered how much I loved making these pieces," Hayden said.

He said he wanted to revisit this part of his career in an eight-foot metal form.

Chris Curtis of Stowe, Vermont, created "Gnomon I" that now sits in Community Park and "Paso Doble II" in the Courtyard on Main. He said he did his first municipal show 20 years ago.

"One of the things I try to express is the relationship between humankind and the natural world," Curtis said. "Many times, I'll use boulders and leave part of the stone in its natural form without altering it."

A gnomon is the central stick of a sundial and "Gnomon II" is a large version of that.

"I hope when people see my sculptures they wonder, 'What does it mean?'" Curtis said.

"Paso Doble II" was designed with a CAD program with computer controlled wires carving into the boulder. He said this falls into an artistic gray area.

Scott Cahaly of Somerville, Mass., created "New Nazca Stone" that sits in Scenic Park.

The sculpture started as a 5,000 pound block of Vermont marble he got in 1999. He said he tried to find a use for it for years, but could never figure out what.

"It wants to be up north, it wants this background," Cahaly said.

He finally carved it, carving through the middle of the stone. Cahaly said a fellow artist told him the center of the stone was fascinating because it is the oldest part of the stone. Opening up a space like that is like unleashing its chi.

Cahaly said he felt the strong community in this area. He said he is grateful for the positivity an is always impressed by the enthusiasm of committee chair Bev Lapham.

Gary Rathmell of Newton created "Stepping Out," now located at the corner of Main Street and Dover Street, and "Guardian" in Scenic Park.

"My work is mostly made from recycled materials," Rathmell said.

"Stepping Out" was made from pieces of old boilers, propane cylinders, and exhaust pipes. "Guardian" was made from boilers that came out of an old tannery in Newburyport, Mass.

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