Nashua carves a niche in the world of sculpture

NASHUA — Artists from across the globe will be visiting the Gate City next month to participate in the seventh annual Nashua International Sculpture Symposium.

There will be three featured artists participating in the symposium, including talented individuals from Korea, Mongolia and the Republic of Georgia, according to Hersh.

The artists will be staying with host families in Nashua as they work for three weeks to prepare a public sculpture that will be permanently displayed somewhere in the city.

“Right now we have 17 sculptures in the city,” said Kathy Hersh, one of the event organizers.

Some of those art pieces include the Latin American Bus sculpture housed at Ledge Street School, and the Family sculpture visible at Park Social at Labine.

The event will take place from May 8 to May 31, and the public is invited to watch the sculptors at work daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ultima NIMCO in the millyard.

The symposium is sponsored by the city of Nashua, the Nashua Area Artists Association, Andres Institute of Art and City Arts Nashua. Its mission is to enhance art appreciation in the city, with Nashua being the only community in the nation to host an annual international sculpture symposium.

Prior to the symposium, the 2014 Artists on Review Exhibition and Sale will take place from noon to 5 p.m. May 4 at the 30 Temple St. plaza. The exhibition is a one-day, outdoor sale of sculptures and artwork by area residents.

“Spring is the time of year when people are sprucing up their homes, offices and gardens, and what better way than by adding a beautiful sculpture or piece of art,” said Meri Goyette, director of MG Associates and organizer of the event.

While all pieces will be available for purchase, the event is also geared toward the artists, who will have an opportunity to interact with visitors, according to Goyette.

Some of the artists who will be exhibiting include Peter Dibble of Hudson, Liz Sibley Fletcher of Fletcher Pottery Works in Mason, Jeffrey Cooper of Portsmouth, Patricia Ahern, Janice Cosby, Ken Mayo, Christine Netishen, Darold Rorabacher, Julio Abuilera, Jessica Smith, Ken Gidge and John Weidman, co-founder of the Nashua International Sculpture Symposium.

Dibble, whose work is displayed throughout the region, recently completed two large sculptures for local homeowners, both over six feet tall.

“I have a fondness for interactive installation sculpture and how it relates with its environment and with viewers, without resorting to complex gimmickry,” Dibble said in a release.

In addition to traditional artwork, the exhibit will include stoneware clay sculptures, garden benches and custom wood and stone-piece furniture, according to Goyette.

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