Yoko Umeda, Flower Illusion XII

2018 Art Exhibitions Preview:


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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 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.  Curator 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.

Click here for information on docent led tours of the print show, Wednesdays at 10am, June 27 – August 22,
except July 4 and August 8.

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 Barry Bartlett, Jonathan Cross, Perry Haas, Jan McKeachie Johnston, 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.

Click below for more info on participating artists:
Chris Gustin
Barry Bartlett
Jonathan Cross
Nancy Train Smith
Arnie Zimmerman
Perry Haas
Jan McKeachie Johnston
Matt Long
Dan Molyneux

The Dome at Highfield
June 15 – October 15

The Dome at Highfield is 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 introduces the local and regional community to original programming in contemporary arts which The Dome at Woods Hole will offer following rehabilitation. 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 Quilt Associates MA/ RI Regional Exhibit
September 8 – October 31

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

Live in each season as it passes; breathe in the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influence of the earth.

– Henry David Thoreau, Walden

We spend our lives moving from building to building, often focused on our destination, overlooking the beauty of the natural world that surrounds us.  This exhibit requires that artists step outside, literally, to observe this natural environment and then share the textures, colors and patterns as well as the emotions it evokes using fiber as the medium to communicate their vision.

Tapestry in New England & Beyond
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 and selected works from around the country. 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: New Artwork by 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. The exhibit will include topical bas-relief embroidered pieces, as well as her Wee Folk Players, who act out witty parodies of current events in photographic scenarios and stop-motion animation, all brought to life in her beautifully rendered style and techniques.


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


Fragment House by Danielle Krcmar

Located in front of 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!

A Wind in the Door by Angela Tanner

Located in the West Garden

A fairy tale gate that announces the presence of things unseen. When open, it allows humans and other earthly creatures to pass. When closed, fairies, spirits, and other wind-borne creatures can still move through it, and the sounds of the gate panels are the only evidence that they were here at all. The gate is not only inspired by things that dwell in Beebe Woods, but also by the fantastical creatures in some of the artist’s favorite childhood stories. Books are portals to the imagination, and their pages are passageways to other realms. The panels of this gate are filled with illustrations of benevolent creatures that have transported the storybook characters to other places or have transformed them in some way.

Highfield Hall & Gardens: Installations and Exhibitions

Please click below to see images of installations in and around the hall and gardens by location.

Inside Highfield Hall

Outside and around the gardens

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