A summer of warm land and cold steel.
In Europe, it is common to see parks containing pieces from just one artist. These parks offer a unique opportunity to see the development of an artist, from their early works to their latest creations. We are lucky to have such a park here in Vermont: Cold Hollow Sculpture Park.
Sculptor David Stromeyer and his wife Sarah are busy preparing their 200 acres of land for the 2015 season of Cold Hollow Sculpture Park. This will be the second year of opening their land to visitors. It is a place where fields feed cows and house sculptures. The Park is located just 10 miles south of the Canadian Border, near the small town of Enosburg, Vermont, in the Cold Hollow Mountains.
The Park has nearly 50 sculptures thoughtfully placed on 35 acres of their land. These colorful steel monoliths are striking in a natural setting. Placed on five rolling meadows, hayed by a local farmer, you can meander and explore these sculptures, unbounded by walls, altered only by the ever-changing light and weather. The large-scale sculptures, some 10 feet high, seem in motion, reaching towards the sky, nearly flying.
This season at Cold Hollow, Stromeyer is showing three new, multi-colored sculptures, along with four others returning from off-site exhibitions. Seeing these giants viewed from different distances and angles offers a rare opportunity to interact with art. “I wanted to make this ‘art experience’ available to others,” Stromeyer said. “The original vision Sarah and I had for the Park’s future includes the coming together of other arts and artists, educational projects concerning art and nature, guest artists making use of the studio, and the preservation of art and land.”
Once a month during this summer and fall, Cold Hollow Sculpture Park will be offering a series of “Walking Conversations.” Stromeyer will be joined by nationally known, local experts to explore the relationships between art and craft, nature, music, and science. Each interactive talk will be held on Saturday at 2 PM. You can bring a picnic to enjoy before or after the tour. Admission to the park is always free.
June 27, Opening Day: David Stromeyer leads a strolling introduction to the Park
July 25, Craft and Art: Meetings and Divergences, with Kory Rogers
August 8, The Nature-Sculpture Partnership, with Julia Shipley
September 12, Time, Space, and Rhythm in Sculpture and Music, with Andrew Massey October 3, Science in Art; Art in Science, (guest speaker pending)
David Stromeyer’s painted steel sculpture, “Rumba,” is currently on view at West Branch Sculpture Park. The green and purple, tall and twisting walls of this soaring work invite the viewer to step inside and explore. This piece is soon to be replaced by “Shaping the Void,” 12.5′ x 11′ x 9′, 2012. Two massive curving bands of steel, one in red and the other blue, dance together. The piece is fluid, elegant and loving. “This is the second of four abstract figuratively based works,” David said. “I am interested in the spatial relationship of the two figures, the voice they create and fill, and their implied narratives.”
And, as his wife Sarah commented, “David knows steel and steel knows him. It is a 40 year relationship.”
Cold Hollow Sculpture Park, 4280 Boston Post Rd, Enosburg, VT
Thursday-Sunday, 12-6 PM, June 27-October 12 (plus inclusive holidays)