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INSIDE OUT: CREATIVITY GROWS IN CONCORD

Bob Shanahan, Wooly Mammoth, cranberry branches, stone, raspberry cane.

Bob Shanahan, Wooly Mammoth, cranberry branches, stone, raspberry cane.


REVIEW
20TH ANNUAL OUTDOOR SCULPTURE EXHIBIT
MILL BROOK GALLERY AND SCULPTURE GARDEN
236 HOPKINTON ROAD
CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE
THROUGH OCTOBER 15

by Greg Morell

When I headed out to the Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Garden, I had no idea what I was in for. I soon discovered an arts paradise featuring a fascinating expression of gardens and outdoor sculpture situated in an expansive bucolic landscape where horses run wild in Concord, New Hampshire. The 2017 incarnation of their annual showcase of monumental fabrications in polished steel, marble, bronze, lacquered glass, and a plethora of natural materials including stone, fiber and clay – now in its 20th year – continues through October 15.

It’s a show with many highlights.

Nancy Reilly’s “Wedding Dress” offers a glimpse of the studied integration of garden and sculpture that well illustrates the unique exhibition focus and philosophy of the Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Garden. Reilly’s fabrication of matrimonial attire is composed of supple strands of bittersweet, the hated scourge of our regional gardeners and landscapers. This invasive species literally strangles trees, bushes and prize plants with its boa constrictor arms and is an environmental disaster similar to its cousin, the cursed kudzu, that plagues the southeast U.S.

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