Liz Sibley Fletcher
288 Marcel Road
Mason, NH 03048
Summer 2017 began June 3 with my Art Sale in the front yard of my old home in Gloucester MA, to raise funds for two local charities -- Maritime Gloucester and Pathways for Children. Thanks to family, friends, and supporters, this fun event raised $2,000 to split between these two great groups that do much good in my home town!
Sculpturefest 2017, Prosper Road, Woodstock, VT.
sculpturefest.org Through early October.
The air-swimming fish of "Symbiosis" glide among the greenery around the vernal pond in the lovely landscape of Charlet and Peter Davenport's sculpture garden. "Symbiosis" shows the interdependence of all forms of life. Like fish, we too depend on forested watersheds for clean waters.
Schools of "Symbiosis" fish, average size 3" by 7"
20th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at The Millbrook Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Concord, NH.
themillbrookgallery.com Through October 15th.
"Inhabited" converses in the ancient wisdom of the trees among the flower beds of this beautiful sculpture garden.
Inhabited, two tree forms 34" tall by 18" wide each. $1,400 for the pair. Closeup showing interior. Texture is from a fallen tree.
Musketaquid Arts Ramble 2017, Hapgood Wright Town Forest, Concord, MA. Through the October 1, 2017 Closing Reception with the artists at 2pm.
Sponsored by The Umbrella Arts theumbrellaarts.org
In honor of Thoreau's 200th birthday, 16 artists have created works for the trails of this forest park where Thoreau used to ramble. Knotholes are my medium for "Lovers of Life" -- a pond-bank portrait galley of people from around the world who devoted themselves to protecting nature and encouraging people to live in harmony with it. Knotholes on trees show where branches once grew out from the trunk -- they make fine frames for these natural leaders whose ideas have branched out across the world.
Thoreau (Darwin is in smaller knothole), Wangari Maathai, Kenyan environmentalist
Lao Tze, Chinese philosopher, founder of Taoism; Black Elk, Lakota spiritual leader; Rachel Carson and Aldo Leopold
Sublime Mud! NH Potters Guild Biennial Show at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle Street, Portsmouth NH. Through October 1, 2017. portsmouthhistory.org
The rich clay creativity of Guild members shows well in this handsome museum in downtown Portsmouth.
"On Down", clay, glazed. 46"H x 24"W x 18"D $2,000
"Tidal Influence", wood-fired in Sharon Arts Fushigigama smoke chamber, 23"H x 10"W x 8"D $650
Journey of the Strange Beasts
The 2016 election reminded a friend of Yeats’ poem “Slouching toward Bethlehem”. So I brought out some strange beasts I made 20 years ago into the light of day.
The resulting outcry was sent to friends and family: StrangeBeasts.pdf (1.3 MB)
This inspired Barbara Zolli Albert, President of NH Art Association, to have the Strange Beasts Pop-Up at Prescott Park Art Festival in Portsmouth for one day July 22, 20i7. This thought-provoking event was accompanied by Barbara's clay sculpture workshop, inviting visitors to make their own strange beasties. seacoastonline.com
The Beasts rose up beside the Piscataqua River in the grey morn.
Then the afternoon became sunny and they basked... Beasts range in height from 5 feet to 6 feet tall.
Next the Strange Beasts journeyed to Harvard, MA, where they range in the wildflower field at Old Frog Pond Farm for the 2017 Sculpture Walk. Through Columbus Day weekend. oldfrogpondfarm.com Many thanks to Garth Fletcher, arts enabler extraordinaire, for hauling the massive beasts hither and yon.
Flying Horse Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at Pingree School, 537 Highland St. South Hamilton, MA. September 3 - November 5, 2017. pingree.org I'll be among 40 sculptors showing a wide variety of work at the gardens and grounds of this 100-acre campus on the North Shore.
"Cry of the Sky", glazed stoneware clay 62" tall by 29" wide. $3,000
High Risk High Reward:
Wood-fired Work from the Fushigigama Kiln. Sharon Arts Gallery, 30 Grove Street, Peterborough NH, August 18 through September 17, 2017. I've been fortunate to participate in three of these tremendous firings, with surprising, wonderful results!
"Rise/Dive" wood-fired stoneware, glazed. Rising fish is 14" tall, diving fish is 18" tall. $1,400 for the pair.
"Encounters" Solo Exhibition at AVA Gallery and Art Center, Lebanon, NH. June 10 through July 13, 2016
Gallery Talk Saturday June 18th, 4pm.
All the large multimedia works in this show extend a hand (or hoof), inviting an encounter, each in their own way.
The “Thicket”s baby mitten opens the door to the variety of humanity – we’re all camping out here on Earth. What do we make of it? What does it make of us?
Offering his cloven hoof, the goat’s ready to make a deal – he’s “In Business”. Beware the wasteland he stands on. Is he a scapegoat?
Both “Bearing” and “Blessing” are formed with surviving parts from the mold-making process for the bronze statue of the young enslaved African Bode, Mason’s first colonial inhabitant. “Bearing” and “Blessing” are a tribute to the African American people, who for centuries have persevered with strength and grace despite the wrongs that were and continue to be perpetrated upon them.
I also have sculptures in Kira's Garden at AVA. What a vital and vibrant center for the arts AVA is, growing from strength to strength! Construction of their new 3-D Studies Center has now begun. avagallery.org
Sculpturefest 2016, Woodstock, VT.
Liz with Sunny Dancers, 23" tall by 16" wide each
Such a joy to be back at Sculpturefest 2016, with my work gathered in a lovely grove near Charlet Davenport's studio. Sculpturefest 2016 opens July 2, 4-7pm at Prosper Road.
Through early October.
Eye of the Storm 23" tall by 27" wide Inhabited, two clay trees 34" tall by 18" wide each
19th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at The Millbrook Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Concord, NH.
"Cry of the Sky" rises beside the pond in this beautiful sculpture garden.
Through October 23rd.
Cry of the Sky 62" tall by 29" wide
2016 Art Ramble, Hapgood Wright Town Forest, Concord, MA June 2 through Sept. 5, 2016
Sponsored by The Umbrella Arts theumbrellaarts.org 15 artists have installed works along the trails of this historic parkland where Thoreau used to play with Emerson's children. My two works are “Brister Freeman Comes Home” and "Symbiosis". Brister Freeman, who once owned part of this parkland, strides home carrying the meaty payment for his work in the local packing plant. His sturdy figure acts a trail marker pointing the way to his former home near Brister's Spring - a reminder of the people who lived here. African Americans have been a vital part of New England’s life since colonial times.
"Symbiosis" means living well together. Three dozen fish swim among the trees along the trail to Brister's Spring, to show they depend on the forest for a good life! Forested watersheds clean the rainwater as it runs into ponds and streams, so fish can be healthy. These schools of arboreal fish make a lively connection between forests and water.
“Brister Freeman Comes Home” 10” tall by 6” wide Schools of "Symbiosis" fish, average size 3" by 7"
Around the Pond and Through the Woods - Old Frog Pond Farm Sculpture Walk 2015, Harvard, Mass.
Artist and Organic Farmer Linda Hoffman greets "Rana Catching the Ragged Moon" leaping from the water at Old Frog Pond Farm in Harvard MA. Such fun I had creating this lively amphibian from laurel wood! Twenty-three New England artists have made works for this beautiful landscape. Sculpture Walk 2015 begins September 5th, and runs through Columbus Day. Artists' Reception September 20th, 1-5. Old Frog Pond Farm Sculpture Walk 2015
Featured Clay Artist at Sculpturefest 2015, 509 Prosper Road, Woodstock, VT.
So happy to be invited back to Sculpturefest as a featured artist! At the Davenport's glorious setting my work is around the vernal pool, under the apple tree, and in the pasture's shelter. Created especially for Sculpturefest is "Cry of the Sky", the waterfall accompanying the "Emerging Fish" series. Sculpturefest's website has great photos of my work along with many other artists in a wonderful variety of media -- well worth a visit! Through early October.
In 2015 I'm honored to have two works at Kira's Garden at AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH.
AVA is a tremendous hub of creativity, growing with the upcoming addition of a new sculpture building! avagallery.org Through May 2016
18th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at The Millbrook Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Concord, NH.
Always a pleasure to have work in this beautiful sculpture garden. themillbrookgallery.com Through October 18th.
"Friends and Fellow Travelers" A Tribute to Gerry Williams by New Hampshire Potters Guild, at League of NH Crafts Gallery, 49 South Main Street, Concord NH. June 26 - September 18, 2015. NH's first Artist Laureate, Gerry was one of the founders of the NH Potters Guild and a mentor to many Guild members. A splendid collection of Gerry's pottery and sculpture is featured along with that of 30 Guild members who've been inspired by his work, his life, and his thinking. My works below, "Same Boat" and "Order", arose from that source. www.nhcrafts.org
"Force of Nature - Exploring the Power of the Feminine" Women's Caucus for the Arts, Karl Drerup Gallery and Silver Center for the Arts, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH. July 6 - August 14, 2015. Reception July 18th, 5 - 7PM. This national exhibit, juried by Judith Brodsky, includes 80 artists from all over the country.
Outdoor Sculpture Thrives in New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts
This lovely summer and autumn of 2014 my sculptures are featured at four beautiful gardens and farms, joining work of a wonderful variety of sculptors creating in many media. All of it adds up to some fascinating strolls around delightful places of New England.
"No Away", Kira's Garden at AVA Gallery, Lebanon, NH, through May 2015. "http://avagallery.org/
"Fruit", 17th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit at The Millbrook Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Concord, NH, through October 26, 2014. http://themillbrookgallery.com
"Sunny Day Dancer" embraces Charlet Davenport's "Floating in Time" as the wings of "Hope" rise at the King Farm hillcrest. At Sculpturefest 2014 at King Farm in Woodstock, VT. http://www.sculpturefest.org
Sculpture Walk 2014 at Old Frog Pond Farm, Harvard, MA, through October 5th. Check their website for a lovely photo of "Prayer of Rana", happy in his habitat beside the Old Frog Pond. Here Linda and Blaise, hardworking farmers and artists, grow delicious organic fruits and vegetables. http://oldfrogpondfarm.com/sculpture-walk-2014
"Speaking Volumes" Solo Show at NH Art Association, Portsmouth, NH. April 28- May 30, 2014
Thanks to the prize-winning mighty foot "Where We have Been", I've been granted a month-long show at NH Art Association headquarters. All these creations are works for the wall. Eloquent clay speaks of open books whose stories stretch from past to future, masked faces holding secrets, the flow of life in patterns of tree growth. A multi-media work,"Finding a Long Grey Hair" embodies a poem by Jane Kenyon. The interplay of visual images and their mental associations can be fascinating. May these works spark surprising connections! Pictures of the works can be seen here.
"Art in Nature" Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition at Fruitlands Museums, Harvard MA - May 11 through October 31, 2013 Fruitlands web site
"Prayer of Rana" looks to the heavens from his site near the Shaker Museum at Fruitlands. This beautiful cultural center in Harvard MA commands a spectacular view over the vast sweep of the Nashua River Valley with Mount Monadnock on the far horizon. Standing tall as a fellow being, Rana prays that people can act to protect the natural world that supports us all, frogs and humans alike. Chris Bergeron, reporter for the MetroWest Daily News, wrote "Not far from the Shaker house where members of the religious sect once prophesized the Second Coming, Liz Fletcher's skyward-gazing frog... cups its webbed hands in its own benediction."
"Hard Ware", National Ceramics Exhibit at Hill Country Arts Foundation, Ingram TX - May 24 to June 22, 2013
Venturing far afield, the brave fowl "NOT Chicken" visits the Hill Country of Texas. I was drawn to apply to this show being familiar with the work of the exhibition juror Juan Granados, clay sculptor and art professor at Texas Tech University, whom I met some years ago. Juan Granados' web site
Second Prize "For One Night Only: NHAA Best of the Best" NH Art Association Special Exhibition at the French Gallery, NH Institute of Art, Manchester, NH - April 13, 2013
Stepping into the elegant atrium of this NHIA gallery, the mighty foot of "Where We Have Been" speaks of the heavy human footprint. Surrounding the loud mouth within its foot are volumes of old calendars, stained with age. At the lively show reception, some laughed to see a backwards visual pun (mouth in foot), one saw the red mouth as a bloody bone, others read the work as signifying our carbon footprint -- a wonderful variety of insights! Many thanks to juror Nick Capasso, long-time curator of DeCordova Sculpture Garden and now Director of Fitchburg Art Museum, for awarding Second Prize. This prize is a 2014 solo wall exhibition in the Gerry Frazier Gallery at NH Art Association Headquarters in Portsmouth NH - a good challenge to create wall works!
Sculpture Walk at Old Frog Pond Farm, Harvard, MA - September 5 through October 15, 2012
In autumn the woods and fields of this beautiful organic fruit farm,
home of artist Linda Hoffman, become a sculpture garden inhabited by
remarkable works of numerous artists. My sculpture "Angel" appeared near
the raspberry patch, its ancient clay trees weaving threads of water and
sky. At their crossing point hangs an angel of life, born as a fishbone.
"Angel", 6' tall, 6' diameter
Return to "Art in the Heart of the City", Ithaca, NY - June 29 to mid-November 2012
I'm honored to be featured again in this wonderful outdoor art exhibition!
This year we brought a playful pup "Ready to Play" and turtle island
"Determined to Stay". They're happily settled in the playground area at Ithaca
Commons mall, friendly and approachable for kids to pat and even sit upon.
"Ready to Play" expresses youthful energy, while "Determined to Stay" is a
wise old creature, bearing a mountainous island ringed with roads and cities
through a deep blue sea.
Many thanks to Garth Fletcher for his assistance with installation.
Downtown Ithaca web site
"Ready to Play", 22" high x 28" long x 15" wide
"Determined to Stay", 21" high x 32" long x 20" wide
"A Shared Source - 4 Sibleys 2 Generations"
Adolf I. Matz Gallery, Sawyer Free Library, Gloucester, MA June 26 - July 26, 2012
A spirited multi-media collaboration of four Sibley family artists -- my sister Annie Horsley Sibley of Wales, her daughter Rosie Horsley of Scotland, and my daughter Nome Graham of Gloucester, and myself. Clay is the medium of both Annie and me; Annie also does painting, prints and collage, and fabulous crocheted jellyfish and wall hangings. Rosie paints bold portraits in acrylic. Nome makes beautiful encaustics, dyed silk and felted wall hangings featuring sea life. Life in all its forms and especially sea life is our shared source, as descendants of Sibley men who earned their living from the sea: George W. Sibley, builder of schooners, and Bill Sibley, fisherman. Many thanks to Garth Fletcher and Dan Graham, skilled arts enablers, for their help installing this show.
The Sawyer Free Library has more photos of the exhibition on its Facebook page.
"A Shared Source - 4 Sibleys 2 Generations"
"15th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition, Millbrook Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Concord, NH
June 24 - October 21, 2012
Benny and Bessie the Dreaming Dogs are enjoying the summer and fall at this
beautiful garden of fascinating sculptures on Route 202 in Concord.
Millbrook Gallery web site
Spring and Summer 2012 at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire
"Art Beyond Vision", a collaboration between NH Association
for the Blind, NH Art Association, and the Children's Museum, invited
visitors to touch the artwork to fully experience it. My sculpture "Many
Ways of Being - How Many Creatures Am I?" was much enjoyed. "...its
surprises come from challenging first impressions" notes "The Wire" in
Hands-On, its March 22, 2012 web article on this unusual show. "It turns
out that touching art, at least when the art is made for it, gives
insight into how art can touch you." (March 9 - May 22, 2012)
"Many Ways of Being" & "Skunk Cabbage Habitat"
"A Sense of Wonder", in tribute to Rachel Carson's children's book of this title, runs from June 5 through Labor Day. Invited artists were asked to encourage kids on a path of discovery through expressing their own sense of wonder at New England's natural beauty. My paper sculpture "Skunk Cabbage Habitat" is inhabited with strange bugs of polymer clay for kids to discover among the foliage.
The Children's Musuem of New Hampshire at 6 Washington Street, Dover NH, a former mill on the Cocheco River, is a great place for families to visit with many interactive exhibits. www.childrens-museum.org
Art in the Heart of the City, Ithaca, NY - July 1 to November 1, 2011
Great fun to be a part of "Art in the Heart"! As one of 6 artists chosen for this outdoor sculpture show, I created two Dreaming Dogs, Benny and Bessie, very pat-able. Deep in sleep, Benny and Bessie re- live the excitement of the chase. In their waking moments, these plump pups may not be swift -- but we can all dream, can't we? They doze near the playground in the pedestrian mall at the center of beautiful downtown Ithaca. With interesting culture and spectacular scenery, Ithaca is well worth a visit.
"Dreaming Dogs: Benny and Bessie" 14"H x 16"W x 33"Long
Millbrook Gallery and Sculpture Garden 14th Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit,
236 Hopkinton Road, Concord, NH June 26 to October 16, 2011
Fascinating artworks fill this lovely garden. My work "Peaceful Pair" basks in this delightful landscape before traveling to their new home. Many thanks to Pam Tarbell, gallery owner and artist.
"Peaceful Pair" 22"H x 16"W x 24"Long each
25th Annual Omer Lassonde Juried Exhibition - April 1 through April 29, 2011
"Bearing" wins First Place!
Juror Daniel Fuller, Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, chose a fascinating assemblage of works. His Juror's Statement is most engaging: "... what was abundantly clear was a “plugged-in” feeling. Politically relevant and provocative, inter-disciplinary, the utilization of found materials, and of course, the impeccably painted and crafted, I was treated to a wide range of aesthetics and traditions, but one constant was an obvious knowledge of contemporary trends and practices. ... Ranging across genre and media, my encounters with certain works in the review phases ignited a series of visual and conceptual connections, prompting numerous narratives."
The Lassonde Exhibition is showing at NH Art Association's Robert Lincoln Levy Gallery, 136 State Street, Portsmouth NH through April 29th. (603-431-4230)
Exhibition - March 4 to April 1, 2011
My work will be in the "5 Potters & Sculptors" exhibit sponsored by
the Kimball-Jenkins Estate, School of Art. March 4 through April 1, 2011 .
The Kimball-Jenkins Estate is a grand Victorian mansion on Main Street in Concord near Rte 93 Exit 15. Kimball-Jenkins director Ryan Linehan and crew arranged the great variety of claywork with wonderful skill.
Artist of the Month at Exeter Fine Crafts - July 2010
I'm honored to be featured as Artist of the Month for July 2010 at Exeter Fine Crafts, the beautiful gallery at 61 Water Street in downtown Exeter, NH. I'll be showing new forms made with a variety of clays -- stoneware, earthenware, and polymer clay creatures.