By Christine Triantos
The Mount, Edith Wharton’s spectacular home in Lenox, MA, draws tens of thousands of visitors each summer for house and garden tours, lectures, author interviews and readings, musical performances, outdoor theatre, and other programs. Now there’s yet another reason for visitors to add it to their Berkshire itineraries: for the second consecutive summer, the historic Mount is the setting for a remarkable exhibit of large-scale contemporary sculpture.
Presented by SculptureNow, the “Common Ground: Where Art Meets Nature” exhibit features 25 visually provocative sculptures created by regionally and nationally recognized artists. It’s a striking unity of bold, fresh art and storied history: the Common Ground exhibit lends an invigorating aesthetic to the restored buildings, gardens, and landscaped property of The Mount, which evoke the early 1900s when the Whartons enjoyed a 10-year summer residency in their beloved Berkshire home.
The Common Ground show is organized by sculptor Ann Jon, who, in her role as SculptureNow executive director has created annual outdoor exhibits in the Berkshire region for 17 years.
“The ‘Common Ground’ exhibit has come together beautifully,” said Jon. “It showcases the riveting work of some of today’s most richly talented artists, and we couldn’t be happier about our collaboration with The Mount. With its gorgeous property and many cultural programs, The Mount is one of the region’s most treasured and most visited sites.”
In a review of the 2013 exhibit “Confluence,” which marked the first collaboration between The Mount and SculptureNow, the internationally prominent Sculpture magazine deemed The Mount the “…most spacious and appropriate site yet” for the annual Berkshire-based show. “Some of the boldest work was the simplest, showing up best in the landscape,” wrote the reviewer.
Artists whose work is featured in the Common Ground exhibit include:
Taylor Apostol, Peter Barrett, David Boyajian, Jamie Calderwood, William Carlson, Fay Chin, Gene Montez Flores, Mary Annella Frank, Anthony H. Garner, Fritz Horstman, Ann Jon, Nicholas Kantarelis, Elaine Lorenz, Philip Marshall, Lydia Musco, Gary Orlinsky, Barry Parker, Chris Plaisted, Laura Reinhard, Henry Richardson, Susan Ferrari Rowley, Konstantin Simun, Robin Tost, John Wilkinson and Allen Williams.
Visitors can take self-guided tours of the exhibit during The Mount’s regular operating hours. Guided tours of the sculptures are scheduled at 11:30 am on July 13, August 17, September 14, and October 12. The Mount is located at 2 Plunkett Street in Lenox, MA. Visitors can purchase either a grounds pass for $12 or full admission for $18, which includes access to the main house. Visitors 18 and under are admitted free. For more information, including operating hours and special events, visit EdithWharton.org. For more information about the exhibit and SculptureNow, visit SculptureNow.org.