“RIVER PROJECT” SCULPTURE EXHIBIT

“RIVER PROJECT” SCULPTURE EXHIBIT ON DISPLAY AT SLOCUM’S RIVER RESERVE

Contact Information

Chris Kennedy
Southeast Regional Director
The Trustees of Reservations
508.693.7662 x12
ckennedy@ttor.org

Dexter Mead
Executive Director
Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust
508.991.2289
info@dnrt.org

Dartmouth, MA – The Trustees of Reservations (The Trustees) and Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust announced today that the beautiful Slocum’s River Reserve in Dartmouth will unveil an exhibit of sculptures created for and inspired by the scenic, riverfront property. Beginning at 11AM on Saturday, August 8, “The River Project: Sculpture at Slocum’s River Reserve” will display six large-scale, site-specific sculptures for the public to enjoy as part of a exciting collaboration between the UMass-Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust, the Gustin Gallery, and The Trustees of Reservations. In addition, the Gustin Gallery, located in Dartmouth, will open a companion exhibit entitled “The Slocum’s River Project: Thoughts & Processes” on display beginning at 11AM on Saturday, August 8, with an opening reception planned later in the evening from 5PM to 8PM. All are invited to attend. 

“The River Project: Sculpture at Slocum’s River Reserve” will feature works by four fine art professors from UMass-Dartmouth including Stacy Latt Savage, Richard Creighton, Eric Lintala and Ellen Lewis Watson, along with art professor Jim Coates from UMass-Lowell, and local artist Nancy Train Smith. Each artist selected a specific location in the Slocum’s River Reserve for their work, and each sculpture was inspired by and created specifically for its setting. 

Drawings, sketchbooks, models and other preparatory work created by the artists will be shown concurrently in an exhibit entitled “The Slocum’s River Project: Thoughts & Processes” at the Gustin Gallery, located at 231 Horseneck Road in Dartmouth, just north of the Slocum’s River Reserve. The exhibition chronicles the thinking of each artist as they refined their ideas and visions for the sculptures on the Reserve.

Both The River Project and the Gustin Gallery exhibition open at 11AM on August 8 with an opening reception to be held that evening at the Gustin Gallery from 5PM-8PM. The Gustin Gallery exhibition will run through November 8, 2009 and the sculptures at the Slocum’s River Reserve will be on display through March 13, 2010.

The 50-acre Slocum's River Reserve, which protects more than 3,000 feet of shoreline along the Slocum's River, is jointly owned and managed by The Trustees of Reservations and the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust. The property was acquired by the two organizations in 2000 as part of a successful $8 million campaign that protected over 1,000 acres in the area. The Reserve has two miles of trails and is free and open to the public, sunrise to sunset, year-round. It is located on Horseneck Road in Dartmouth, 1 mile south of Russell's Mills Village.

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