Chesterwood, the former summer home, studio and gardens of sculptor Daniel Chester French, will open for the season on Saturday, May 24, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring the reopening of French’s studio that showcases his plaster models for monumental sculptures.
The studio was closed in late 2012 for extensive repairs.
The new exhibition, "An Oasis of Beauty: Photographs by Julie McCarthy," Chesterwood’s 2013/2014 artist-in-residence, will be on view in the residence through Oct. 13. The exhibition features McCarthy’s photographs and photomontages of the possessions and surroundings of Margaret "Peggy" French Cresson, the only child of Daniel Chester French.
Eleven large-scale abstract sculptures by New York sculptor Albert Paley will be exhibited on Chesterwood’s grounds from June 14 through Oct. 13 in "Contemporary Sculpture at Chesterwood 2014: Selected Works by Albert Paley." A lecture and reception with Paley will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 19.
At 6:30 p.m. Fridays, July 11 through Aug. 29, Chesterwood will present "Chesterfest," a new Americana music festival series held outdoors.
Chesterwood is located at 4 Williamsville Road, off Route 183. Information: www.chesterwood.org or call (413) 298-3579, ext. 25210.