Sculpture Embraces Horticulture Exhibit at Blithewold

Published on Tuesday, July 22, 2014

For Immediate Release: Bristol, RI - July 17, 2014 - This summer, six internationally known sculptors have created original pieces inspired by Blithewold's Gardens. Each artist was challenged to incorporate wind, sun or water in their work. Board President Noreen Ackerman, Executive Director Karen Binder and Curator, sculptor, and RISD graduate Allison Newsome officially open the three month outdoor exhibit on Saturday August 2nd at 9:30 am with a reception on the Terrace at Blithewold. Ms Newsome along with artists Charissa Brock, Kit Clews, Peter Diepenbrock, Mags Harries, Judit Kollo and George Sherwood will tour the exhibit giving us a glimpse into the process of creating a large- scale sculpture installation at 10am. For high resolution images and to read more visit the exhibit web page.

Exhibit Tours and Artist Workshops begin July 24th Curator Allison Newsome and artists Charissa Brock and Judit Kollo invite the community to an up close and, in some cases, hands-on access to the creative process.

Jul 24th Artist Workshop:
Allison Newsome - Shell Grotto Tile Workshop, 6-8pm
Jul 29th Artist Workshop:
Judit Kollo - Music of the Winds, 9am - noon
Jul 30th Artist Workshop:
Charissa Brock - Light up the Night, 10am - 4 pm

An Intimate Tour with Curator Allison Newsome, each Thursday afternoon in August (7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th) at 3:00pm.

About Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum
Ranked by Yankee Magazine as one of the five best public gardens in New England, Blithewold, formerly home to the Van Wickle family, is a 45-room English-style manor filled with family heirlooms, framed by a series of lovely gardens and arboretum on Narragansett Bay. Blithewold's mission is to preserve New England's finest garden estate through excellence in horticulture and historic preservation, and by our example to teach and inspire others. For more information please visit

About Curator Allison Newsome
Allison Newsome, sculptor and SEH curator, was raised in California in the heart of the Redwoods. After studying in England, she received her BFA Sculpture from Chico State University in California and her MFA in Ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design. Allison's work creates intricate bronze and ceramic sculptures and has been called a "Plein Air Sculptor". Read more about Allison and see her work at

About Charissa Brock
Charissa Brock grew up in New Mexico surrounded by adobe brick architecture, pottery, landscapes and cultural riches, which continue to inspire her work and teaching today from her studio in Portland Oregon. Since 1994, she has used natural materials including Bamboo, fused glass, stone, and waxed linen thread to create one of a kind sculpture. Read more about Charissa and see her work at

About Kit Clews
Kit Clews work has always been driven by a desire to understand how things work. As a child living in Rio de Janeiro, he discovered that he could build nearly anything he wanted using bamboo and native vines as twine. The feeling of making something from nothing has always driven me to create. For Sculpture Encounters Horticulture at Blithewold, Kit plans to re-invent a Tide Powered Sea Level Clock by creating a new sculpture that moves with the motion of the adjacent Bay. Read more about Kit and see his work at

About Peter Diepenbrock
Peter Diepenbrock a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, where he earned two degrees Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Industrial Design, Peter Diepenbrock has achieved a distinguished record of accomplishment as one of the region's most prolific and up-and-coming contemporary sculptors. Read more about Peter and see his work at

About Mags Harries
Through objects, drawings, photographs, installations, and performances Mags Harries celebrates and transforms the humble object, the unnoticed, and the left-behind. Her artwork brings life and humor to even street sweepings. The work asks people to look at something familiar in a new way, creating interaction and engagement between the viewer, the artwork, and life. Read more about Mags and see her work at

About Judit Kollo
Judit Kollo, as a Hungarian artist, culturally Judit has always been very close to nature. Most of her inspiration has been taken from natural forms and phenomena. Today's technology opened up an opportunity to explore the possible combination of craft and technology. Through my experimentation she assigned a great significance to the transformation over the surface and within the form. Read more about Judit and see her work at

About George Sherwood
George Sherwood an award-winning American sculptor, lives and works in Ipswich, MA, and he holds degrees in both art and engineering from, respectively, the Hartford Art School and the University
of Vermont. Sherwood's sculpture explores aesthetic systems of space, time and the dynamic relationships of objects in motion. The choreography of each piece is governed by a set of basic movements, facilitated by an arrangement of rotating joints and aerodynamic surfaces. Wind speed and direction, shades of light, time of day, precipitation, and seasonal color transform the qualities of light and movement. Read more about George and see his work at

Blithewold Contact
Tree Callanan
Director of Communications and Visitor Experience
101 Ferry Road
Bristol, RI 02809
401.253.2707 x 23

Artist's Contact Allison Newsome


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