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International Sculpture Symposium in Brookline, NH, from Sept. 10 – Oct. 1

Andres Institute of Art, located at 98 Route 13 in Brookline, New Hampshire, is hosting its 18th annual Bridges and Connections International Sculpture Symposium from September 10th through October 1st, 2016. The Symposium Opening will be held from 4-6 pm on Saturday, September 10th, at the Big Bear Lodge, adjacent to the Andres Institute Sculpture Park in Brookline. The public is invited to come welcome the international artists to New Hampshire. Refreshments will be served.

This year’s Symposium is entitled “Perspective”, said John Weidman, the Institute’s co-founder and Artistic Director. Mr. Weidman pondered, “It relates to how we perceive the world, what we choose to see and how our imagination interprets what we see.”



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Artists invited for 2016 AIA Symposium will represent the countries of

the Carole Turner – United States, Dominika Greisgraber – Poland, and Erik Wernnerstrand – Sweden.

The Sculpture Symposium invites a handful of selected artists each year from around the world to New Hampshire for three weeks of fellowship, inspiration and collaboration. The artists will learn new techniques as they develop original works of art that will be added to the Institute’s growing permanent collection.

“Though often active participants in the international symposium circuit, past artists have reported that our New Hampshire event is in a class by itself- largely due to the open hearts and homes of the residents,” shared Board President Robin Clark. “Most of the artists are unaccustomed to living with area residents during an entire symposium or having each meal lovingly prepared by and shared with our volunteers. Seeing local small businesses donate goods and services, meeting the many visitors to the Sculpture Park during the symposium, they often express gratitude and delight in our way of doing things here in Brookline.”

Eric Doberstein, AIA Board Vice-President said, “This is really a community event. It is a chance to learn more about other cultures and more about the creative design process. The public is invited to come to our sculpture park and actually watch the artists at work from 9-5 during all three weeks of the symposium.”

“I see the world quite differently now than I did before I began to meet the artists who honor us with their presence and their art each fall at AIA,” Board President Robin Clark shared. “I am amazed both at how much we have in common as well as well as how differently our experiences have been. My heart aches with their stories of poverty and oppression and war. My heart sings when we gaze together at the beauty of their finished sculptures and when they speak of that one special person who believed in their art before they even believed in themselves. Their voices linger in my mind long after they return to their homes…and their powerful and beautiful art inspires me each time I walk the trails of our sculpture park. Listening to their stories helps me understand my own more fully.”

The public is also invited to the unveiling of the new sculptures during Closing Ceremonies on October 1.  “We invite the public to witness the unveiling of each new piece in the Sculpture Park and then to join us for celebration afterwards at the Big Bear Lodge,” shared Board Treasurer, Peter Cook. “These artists are permanently donating their sculptures to our community here in New Hampshire. We want them to know we appreciate their work.”

Andres Institute of Art has the largest Sculpture Park in New England with more than 80 sculptures spread along hiking trails winding through 140 acres of natural woodland on the slopes of Bear Mountain. The public has free, walk-in access to the park during daylight hours 365 days a year, with ample parking at the base of the mountain. As a non-profit charitable organization, the Institute welcomes tax-deductible donations of any size to help keep the Sculpture Park open to all, and is looking for grants and benefactors to help fund its plans for future growth. Details about guided tours and public events during the symposium, along with downloadable trail maps and self-guided audio tours, can be found online at