Open Air Art -Fall 2018

by: Kevin Stanton

Installation artist M.J. Levy Dickson feels strongly about making art as accessible as possible. The idea is to strip away the pomp and circumstance of a museum or gallery, and create an open atmosphere where people can experience art without strings attached.

“The emphasis or goal for my interactive installations is to make art that is inclusive whether indoors or outdoors,” she said.

John Evans’ “The Kiss” in the foreground, with Kevin Barrett’s “Sundance” at back left.

“I am part of what I call the eco-arts movement: making art that brings people back to nature. Exhibiting on conservation land or in a park, under a tree, on an iceberg, in the ocean, anywhere that nature and art create a unified harmony.”

She has worked with the Contemporary Art Partnerships program, a part of the Historic House Trust of New York City, which raises awareness of historic sites by exhibiting contemporary art. Nantucket Historical Association executive director James Russell has inaugurated a similar program on the island by creating a sculpture garden at the Hadwen House on Main Street.

Entitled “Juxtapositions,” it is a contemporary outdoor sculpture exhibition in partnership with the Artists Association of Nantucket. The exhibit is located in the garden of the historic whaling merchant’s mansion at 96 Main St., featuring the work of island sculptors Dickson, Billy Sherry, John Evans and the late David Hostetler, New York-based artist Kevin Barrett and Vermont’s Karen Peterson. “Juxtapositions” opened in June and will run through Columbus Day.

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