Look What's Blooming in the Yard at the Jackson Homestead

It's Not Spring Flowers, It's Art!

Sculpture Exhibition, Newton MA Energy Necklace at Jackson Homestead, Newton, April 3-July 18, 2014
And companion Poetry Walk, June 1


CONTACT: Susan Israel of the Energy Necklace Project: curator and producer; www.EnergyNecklace.com;  EnergyNecklace@gmail.com; 617-276-2490

Sculpture curated by Susan Israel -- Artists: Gail Jerauld Bos Mary Dewart Linda Hoffman Susan Israel Milan Klic Peter Kronberg Peter Lipsitt John Powell Margot Stage Gabrielle White Jeanne Williamson   

Poetry curated by Susan Edwards Richmond -- Poets: Zachary Bos Polly Brown Cheryl Perrault Linda Fialkoff Lynn Horsky Neil Horsky Terry House Lila Linda Terry Joanne Reynolds Susan Edwards Richmond bg Thurston

Check back after June 1 to read the poets' work -- it will be posted here!

Partner Organizations: Historic Newton, Green Decade

Overview: Energy Necklace at the Jackson Homestead in Newton is a three-month exhibition of sculptural installations that promote/teach sustainability.  Three receptions will feature artist talks and sculpture-making activities hosted by Green Decade, and a family vacation workshop.

A companion Poetry walk, organized by poet Susan Richmond of the Concord Poetry Center, will be held June 1st, and the poems will be published on Historic Newton’s website.

Opening reception: April 6, 3-5; artist talks April 13, 3:30; May 10, 2:00; Poetry Walk June 1, 2:00. Beer-tasting fundraiser, April 13, 6-8pm, at Craft Beer Cellar in Newton.

The Jackson Homestead is owned by Historic Newton, and home to Newton’s historic preservation activities. The historic property, once a stop on the underground railway, sits prominently on Washington Street in Newton, and houses a teaching museum of history and art. Many school and family programs are held at Jackson Homestead.

Curatorial Themes: The installations will embody messages of sustainability to support Historic Newton’s preservation advocacy, and to teach that historic preservation conserves resources. Artists will examine themes such as reuse of familiar objects; use of traditional (green) technologies such as wind power and land use; and preservation of place.

Energy Necklace This exhibition is part of the larger Energy Necklace Project which uses art in service of sustainability and public engagement. The name is an homage to the Emerald Necklace, Frederick Law Olmsted’s vision of environmental stewardship, community, design and inspiration. More at EnergyNecklace.com. This Energy Necklace Exhibition at the Jackson Homestead is the first ENP exhibit.  Following this exhibition, the project expands to a large scale exhibit of Energy Necklace Sculptures on the Emerald Necklace in Boston in collaboration with the Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Fenway Alliance and City of Boston’s Greenovate.

Calendar Listings for Energy Necklace Exhibition at Jackson Homestead:

Sunday, April 6, 3:00-5:00 PM EXHIBITION OPENING RECEPTION
Meet the artists and hear them speak about their work during the opening of this outdoor exhibition of sculpture installations addressing sustainability. Themes include: reuse of familiar objects; use of green technologies and land use; and preservation of place. Artists: Gail Bos, Mary Dewart, Linda Hoffman, Susan Israel, Milan Klic, Peter Kronberg, Peter Lipsitt, John Powell, Margot Stage, Gabreielle White, Jeanne Williamson. Curated by Susan Israel – Sculpture- making activity hosted by Green Decade, all ages, free.  www.EnergyNecklace.com. At the Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, April 13, 3:30 PM SCULPTURE WALK AND ARTISTS TALK
Stroll with the artists and hear them speak about their work at this outdoor exhibition of sculpture installations addressing sustainability by local artists. Themes include: reuse of familiar objects; use of green technologies and land use; and preservation of place. Sculpture- making activity hosted by Green Decade, all ages, free. Produced and curated by the Newton-based Energy Necklace Project by Susan Israel – www.EnergyNecklace.com. At the Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 23, 2:00 PM ENERGY NECKLACE SCULPTURE-MAKING WORKSHOP
A Vacation Week Family Program
Join light artist John Powell in a family workshop to build Energy Necklace Sculptures that will generate renewable solar energy when they are done. We will tour the exhibition of sculptures on site, talk about themes of preserving and renewing resources to steward our planet, and then build a sculpture that powers its own lights! Cost: $25 per family, $5 for members. Includes museum admission and materials. Prepaid registration is required, ages 9 and up.  Limit 25; call 617.796.1450 to register. At the Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street.

Saturday, May 10, 2:00 PM SCULPTURE WALK AND ARTISTS TALK
Stroll with the artists and hear them speak about their work at this outdoor exhibition of sculpture installations addressing sustainability by local artists. Themes include: reuse of familiar objects; use of green technologies and land use; and preservation of place. Sculpture- making activity hosted by Green Decade, all ages, free. Produced and curated by the Newton-based Energy Necklace Project by Susan Israel – www.EnergyNecklace.com. At the Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, June 1, 2:00 PM POETRY READING
Listen to poets from the region read their original work inspired by the themes of sustainability, preservation, and place in the historic setting of the Jackson Homestead. Meet the poets after the reading and enjoy the temporary sculpture installation on the museum grounds. Sculpture- making activity hosted by Green Decade, all ages, free. Hosted by Susan Edwards Richmond in conjunction with the Energy Necklace Project Exhibition, curated by Susan Israel. At the Jackson Homestead and Museum, 527 Washington Street. Free and open to the public.   Contact: Susan Israel, 617-276-2490, EnergyNecklace@gmail.com

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