Sense of Place Multi-Town Exhibit Opens September 1
Artist reception at The Groton Inn September 26, 2 to 5 p.m.
This two-month-long exhibit will bridge the history of this beautiful region we call home with the present through the work of 25 artists from Littleton, Groton, Pepperell and Harvard.
By Barbara Scofidio
What is it about this special place you call home that speaks to you? That single question, posed to artists from Littleton, Groton, Pepperell and Harvard, sparked a multi-town art exhibition, “Sense of Place,” running from September 1 through October 31 at the Groton History Center, The Groton Inn, the Groton Library, and Old Frog Pond Farm in Harvard, MA.
“Around the world, there are places that exude a certain energy…perhaps it’s a spiritual energy radiating from deep in the earth, or the vibrancy of the souls who have settled in that same spot through the ages,” says the Introduction of the accompanying coffee table book, a compilation of art and essays from the exhibit. “Different places inspire us in our own individual ways and lay the foundation for our inimitable journeys on this planet.”
For Groton painter and NOA Gallery owner Joni Parker- Roach, sense of place meant the vistas not far from her home—Gibbet Hill, General Field and Indian Hill, which she captured in striking detail in a trio of pastel paintings. For Pepperell woodturner Charles Faucher, it was about the ancient trees, including a felled apple in a meadow near his home, from which he turned a set of 6 bowls for the show. Alexia Rosoff Wilber focused her exploration on the many beings—snakes, squirrels, owls—that she spotted while in quarantine on her Pepperell farm—and captured them in collagraph prints and pastel on paper. Other well-known artists represented in the curated 21-person show include Groton’s own Paul Matisse, creator of the Kalliroscope and owner of the gallery of the same name, and Mary Minifie, a Groton portrait painter who studied under the Boston School of Painting’s Paul Ingbretson.
The exhibit was the idea of Bobbie Spiegelman, former President of the Groton History Center, whose goal was “to find the connections between history, place and art and to capture the talents in our community in the 2020s.” The history center is home to a portrait by Edmund C. Tarbell, a leading member of the Boston School, and works by Groton’s Harvey Sargisson, who is best known for his bird carvings, all of which will be on display during the two-month show.
Admission to the Sense of Place exhibition is free. It will take place during the months of September and October at three walkable locations on Groton’s Main Street—The Groton History Center, The Groton Inn and the Groton Public Library—AND at an additional location in Harvard at Old Frog Pond Farm. There will be an artist reception September 26, from 2 to 5 p.m. at The Groton Inn. The Inn is also home to two J. D. Poor murals and a working gallery, NOA Gallery at The Groton Inn, featuring 60 rotating works by New England artists. A coffee table book featuring the works on display and stories of the artists’ inspirations will be launched at the reception and available for sale at several locations around Groton. All proceeds from the exhibition will go to the Groton History Center.
The Groton Inn, the centerpiece of this charming, historic New England town, is offering exhibit-goers the chance to turn the Sense of Place experience into a weekend getaway with a reduced rate on September 25 and 26. Space is limited; call the Inn directly to make a reservation.