Naumkeag Gardens Reimagined
Artists draw inspiration from famous gardens
Naumkeag is hosting an art exhibit featuring works inspired by the famous gardens surrounding the Gilded Age cottage in Stockbridge. Naumkeag House and Gardens was once a summer retreat for the Joseph Choate family in the late 1800s and early 1900s and is now preserved by The Trustees of Reservations for the public to enjoy. More than 14 garden "rooms" were designed over a 30-year period through a creative collaboration between Naumkeag's owner, Mabel Choate, and noted landscape designer Fletcher Steele.
Over the summer, the Trustees have hosted seven regional artists, asking each to create a new work inspired by one or more of Naumkeag's several landscaped gardens. The project is a collaboration between the Trustees and IS183 Art School of the Berkshires. The project was conceived as a way to bring about new interpretations of Naumkeag's magnificent gardens which have been undergoing a transformative, multi-million restoration.
Participating artists include Adam Gudeon of Great Barrington, Tony Conner of Bennington, Wit McKay of Williamstown, Yura Adams of Athens, N.Y., Paula Shalan of West Stockbridge, Howie Philip of Catskill, N.Y., and Lucie Castaldo of Pittsfield.
An exhibit of the newly created art works by the seven artists is open to the public now through Aug. 30, from 1 to 5, in Naumkeag's Carriage House. The exhibit is free with admission.
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