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General News: Art in the Wild

Giant Praying Mantis with a bobbing head by Otisville sculptor Najim Chechen. Entirely made from recycled odd parts. Photo by George Potanovic, jr.
Giant Praying Mantis with a bobbing head by Otisville sculptor Najim Chechen. Entirely made from recycled odd parts. Photo by George Potanovic, jr.
July 09, 2014

from The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum

The Hudson Highlands Nature Museum is holding a celebration of Art in the Wild, Naturally Inspired Trailside Creations, an outdoor art exhibit, on Sunday, July 13 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road, Cornwall. Come meet a few of the artists!

Art in the Wild is 12-artist installations around the Museum’s Pond Trail. The theme is Cycles and the artists have interpreted this in many engaging ways from large over-size insects to spare porcelain flags, hidden birdbaths, mysterious deer heads to an inviting circle of hand-painted stumps to rest on. There are performances and a dance event scheduled during the four-month duration. The purpose of the project is to help people deepen the appreciation of the relationship between art and the natural world.

Rustic artist Daniel Mack of Warwick is the curator. “An art exhibit, outdoors at a Nature Center is that magic combination of the man-made object in contact with the relentless forces of weather, light, rain, animals. It takes art from the prison of the gallery and plunges it into the turmoil of everyday life. The exhibit is never the same from visit to visit.”

Participants include: Tim Gallagher, Najim Chechen, Jim Caufield, Cary Baker, Charnan Lewis, Hildreth Potts, Riva Weinstein, Linda Byrne, Jean-Marc Superville-Sovak, Philip Monteleoni, Amy Lewis, Julie Lyon and the Friends of Dirt Charter School. Most are from Orange County, some from Ulster, Dutchess, one from Putnam, Manhattan and Harrisburg, PA Details at www.danielmack.com/AITWDescriptionsMap.htm

Art In The Wild runs through August 31, 2014 at the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum’s Outdoor Discovery Center, on Muser Drive, across from 174 Angola Road in Cornwall, NY.

This program is funded, in part, by Orange County Tourism and the County of Orange through its 2013-14 County of Orange Grant program. “We are pleased that the County is helping to celebrate art and nature through this unique project,” says Jackie Grant, Executive Director of the Museum.

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