Beatrice Wolert is a mixed media artist, living and working in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

TouchStones Created For Wolf's Lane Park, Pelham, NY

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I have been invited by Pelham Art Center to do an outdoor installation at the newly renovated Wolf's Lane Park. This exhibition launches the new sculpture garden and introduces the public to the park's recent renovations. My exhibition, "TouchStones" opens Saturday, October 7th from 12:00-1:30pm, followed by an a demonstration of the process from 1:30-2:15pm. 

Installation view at Wolf's Lane Park, Pelham, NY Left: TouchStone #14: For Wolf's Lane Park, 2017 Acrylic, beads, ethylene vinyl acetate, leather, silicone, mesh and metal, , 25" x 72" x 45" Right: TouchStone #13, For Wolf's Lane Park, 2017 Acrylic, mirrored beads, silicone, mesh and metal, 18" x 77" x 46"  

Installation view at Wolf's Lane Park, Pelham, NY
Left: TouchStone #14: For Wolf's Lane Park, 2017
Acrylic, beads, ethylene vinyl acetate, leather, silicone, mesh and metal, , 25" x 72" x 45"
Right: TouchStone #13, For Wolf's Lane Park, 2017
Acrylic, mirrored beads, silicone, mesh and metal, 18" x 77" x 46"
 

A touchstone is a reference point from which other things can be evaluated. This work was inspired by the way people interact with their community and public park space. The work is meant to highlight how Wolf's Lane Park is a touchstone for the community. The two large-scale “TouchStones” use materials of various textures intended for the participant to interact with by viewing and touching the textures and experiencing the different temperatures. I am interested in how the reflective nature of the materials will engage with the existing natural elements and the changing light. The colors will be in dialogue with the changing seasons; the surface will change over time; the public will engage and refer back to the stones once the sculptures are removed – and the memory of the installation will serve as another form of touchstone. 

The work is installed across from the Metro North Railroad Pelham Station, at 1st Street and Wolf’s Lane in the Village of Pelham. The exhibition will remain on view through January 6th, 2018. The opening coincides with the center's weekend long festival, "Artsfest"Click here for more details on the event schedule.

Public Art in the Park is Pelham Art Center's newest program to promote free arts access for the public, and is an extension of its established Public Art in the Courtyard, a series of 3-4 sculpture and installation exhibitions annually.  Located at the corner of Wolfs Lane and 1st Street, and adjacent to the Metro North Pelham train station, Public Art in the Park is a component of the newly renovated Wolfs Lane Park. The sculpture garden area, with signage and attractive seating, will allow the public to enjoy the works of various artists throughout the seasons.  As well as providing another reason for visitors and residents to visit the park, the public art program will bring the works of many artists to the public eye. The specially designated arts area will also allow Pelham Art Center to expand its impact in providing more free arts access and experiences to the public. Artists interested in proposing a site-specific piece can check out this link