2018 Art Exhibitions Preview:


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Art Ability: Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital’s Celebration of Art by Artists with Disabilities
April 15 – June 17

Artist reception: May 6, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This national exhibition features the work of 29 exceptional artists who work in a diversity of media including printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, metalwork, drawing and painting.  The exhibition’s goal is to foster a better appreciation of people with disabilities through their artistic achievements and extraordinary stories. As art enriches their lives, expect their creativity, talent and exuberant spirit to enrich yours. Art Ability at Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital is a year-long program which serves as a showcase for, and celebration of, artists with disabilities. Through art, the program inspires patients to reach beyond their limitations, and encourages people with disabilities to explore their own creativity.

Debra Hope Colligan Healing Horses

Artistic Trails of Healing: the Paintings of Debra Hope Colligan and Her Students
April 15 – May 13

Artist reception: May 6, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Debra Hope Colligan is a graduate of the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and a lifelong artist.  She began her career in New York City in the music industry while also painting portraits of the famous rock stars who became her close friends. She left city life and continued her painting career in upstate New York, where she was an avid equestrian.  After a riding accident in 2014, she received a traumatic brain injury that required her to spend years in recovery. Horses remain a constant source of inspiration in her art and healing for soul.  Along with her art career, Deb has now dedicated her life to teaching art and art therapy to students from a wide range of backgrounds. The exhibition includes her equestrian paintings as well as the work of her students.

Delicate Armor: Drawings by Deborah Coolidge
April 15 – June 17

Artist reception: May 6, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This exhibition of drawings and photographs explores Deborah Coolidge’s profound connection with trees, particularly old growth trees and Witness trees in New England.  Her drawings begin with graphite tree bark rubbings, which she transforms in the studio by polychromatic applications of oil stick, pastel, and graphite into a personal aesthetic statement. Most recently, inspiration has come from her detailed photographs of tree bark. In this exhibition, Thin Places, the artist explores transcendent experiences with “locales where the distance between heaven and earth collapse.”    The exhibition includes a spectacular 15-foot tree bark drawing created from the circumference of a century-old Beech Tree, much like the trees that grace Highfield’s grounds.

For the Love of Wood: Carved and Turned Vessels
April 15 – June 17

Artist reception: May 6, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This exhibition explores the work of five local artists bound together by a shared passion: woodturning and woodcarving.   Inspired by the texture of wood, the gorgeous colors, and the intriguing grain, the artists make each piece a personal artistic expression while preserving the wood’s natural beauty. Exhibiting artists are Sue Beardsley, Bob Beardsley, Mike Grady, Toby Lorenson, and Gary Tabor.

The Continuum of Now: Photographs by Jon Moore
April 15 – June 10

Artist reception: May 6, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This series of photographs, taken near the Punch Bowl in Beebe Woods, explores Jon Moore’s artistic intent not to “capture or copy” nature, but rather for his photographs to stand as “records of elusive instances in time interpreted through the device of the camera.”  These impressionistic photos of a winter’s walk around a snowy pond, printed in sepia tone, capture “the waving sunlight of a winter’s day,” however they encourage us to consider both how art moves and the nature of photography itself.

Out of the Box! Art and Science Walk
June 24 – September 3

Artist reception: June 24, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This exhibition of 15 sculptures and environmental installations offers the viewer an intriguing opportunity to view and interact with the art, while also considering the connection between science and artistic expression.  The exhibition, located on the grounds around the estate, is available for viewing during daylight hours.

Earthly Delights: Selections from the 61st CWAJ Print Show
June 20 – September  3

Highfield Hall showcases 50 prints from the CWAJ’s 61st annual contemporary Japanese print show.  Director of Programs and Exhibitions Annie Dean traveled to Japan to help jury the CWAJ show, and has selected 50 prints that celebrate the whimsical, wondrous creatures of the earth. From tiny mischievous rabbits, to an oversized dandelion on the cusp of a seedpod explosion, the prints will delight and inspire during Highfield’s Year of the Garden as we celebrate all things natural and beautiful.

CrossCurrents: Movements in Contemporary Ceramics
June 24 – September 3

Artist reception: June 24, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Internationally renowned ceramic artist Chris Gustin has curated this exhibition, which, along with his own works, includes Jonathan Cross, Perry Haas, Matt Long, Dan Molyneux, Nancy Train Smith and Arnie Zimmerman. All of the exhibiting artists have a connection to Gustin through their ceramics network as well as through the firing of their work in community anagama kilns.

Participating artists:
Chris Gustin
Nancy Train Smith
Arnie Zimmerman
Perry Haas
Jonathan Cross
Matt Long
Dan Molyneux

The Dome at Highfield
June 15 – October 31

The Dome at Highfield will be a collaborative project between The Dome at Woods Hole and Highfield Hall. Following The Dome at Wood Hole’s mission to function as a space for interdisciplinary collaboration and to provide a forum for innovative thinking and creative making, The Dome at Highfield will introduce the local and regional community to the sorts of programs The Dome at Woods Hole will offer. Through exploratory educational programs, social events and communal gatherings The Dome at Highfield will create opportunities for visitors to experience our vision for how the interaction of art, environment, design and technology will come together at The Dome’s future permanent home in Woods Hole.

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Stepping Inside the Outside: Studio Art Quilters Association Exhibition
September 8 – October 31

Artist Reception: Sunday, September 9, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tapestry in New England
September 9 – October 31

Artist Reception: Sunday, September 9, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This exhibition features artworks by nationally recognized tapestry artists working in New England. Curated by Marcia Young, editor in chief of Fiber Art Now, the exhibition is a comprehensive presentation of the remarkably wide range of style, subject, and vision evident in contemporary tapestry weaving.

Liberty and Justice: The Political Artwork of Salley Mavor
September 9 – October 31

Artist Reception: Sunday, September 9, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Fiber artist and national book illustration award winner Salley Mavor takes a step in a new direction with this exhibition.  Her current works make a thoughtful commentary on some of the most significant issues facing our world today.  Also on display will be her Wee Folk Players who have a striking resemblance to our President and other world leaders and political players.  Her new stop-action film will also be on view, so come see the Players in action!


Around The House and In The Gardens - Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall


Fragment House by Danielle Krcmar

Located behind the mansion

Danielle currently serves as Artist in Residence at Babson College and has exhibited widely in the New England area.  Her extraordinary sculpture, Fragment House, is the first interactive, environmental artwork that has graced the lawns of Highfield Hall & Gardens. It calls attention to Beebe Woods as the backdrop for Highfield Hall and the domestic components of Highfield’s archtecture and history.

Alfie Glover_ spiritns in garden

The Spirits of the Garden by Alfred Glover

Located in the Sunken Garden

The life that inhabits the branches of the tree is protected and watched over by spiritual entities, fairies, angels, good doer. So the tree represents the portals and passageways between the spiritual, and the living. These sprites are represented by the glass inserts in some of the branches! These spirits often seek the cover of trees and wooded areas. They are sometimes mistaken for lightning bugs, or even shooting stars! They can be found wherever life exists!

5DMERKABA by Ben Silva

Located on the trail behind the mansion

The MERKABA is an ancient symbol based on the 6 sided star that is used by practitioners of meditation as a  visualization tool: imagine at the point between your eyes two intersecting pyramids rotating oppositely…  This piece is intended to be a five dimensional representation of the form,  loosely resembling other forms in nature; the unfolding of lotus pedals or structures in molecular organization. My work is continually driven by this mystery of sacred geometry; that unifying force which crosses time, culture, and nature and what I believe to be the structure which organizes consciousness.


Thrown Rope by Peter Hutchinson

Hibernating for the winter, coming back in the spring

Highfield Hall & Gardens: Installations and Exhibitions

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Outside and around the gardens

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