To the editor of THE EAGLE:
Don’t let the summer fly by without a visit to the enhanced Chesterwood Museum in Glendale. There is no dust settling on the sculptor’s casts and no same old, same old.
So much has been going on: Daniel Chester French’s studio has been totally restored. Inside and out the artisans have given it new breath.
This summer Julie McCarty has been the artist in residence. Her photographs, bridging time and space, are all available to be seen. On Friday nights at 6:30 Chesterfest takes place. Live contemporary music is played while the audience lounges on the lawn, picnicking or enjoying a bite provided by a local caterer. Admission is $10.
Chesterwood has for years had a sculpture exhibit that dotted the woodlands. This year it made a giant leap and invited the renowned sculptor, Alpert Paley, to exhibit 11 of his large-scale works on the property. These massive, imposing pieces may not be to everyone’s liking but to my eye they are superb. Each one holds a power and emotion that somehow isn’t juxtaposed to the environment but instead shares the space -- each enhancing the other.
So, don’t let the summer fly by without going to Chesterwood. In its evolution it is breathing new breath that is both vibrant and forward thinking.