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Dates: June 4 – September 17, 2022
Location: Museum of the White Mountains
Opening Reception: June 4, 4-6pm
When we think of the seasons changing, we all expect certain signs: the bright red of the sugar maple, the crackle of frozen puddles under foot, the sweet smell of fresh growth as the snow melts, the burble of the brook under a thick canopy of leaves. This pattern becomes more complicated as the markers of change disappear. The cycles we anticipate shift. As the seasons change in the Northeast, what will our autumns look like with fewer sugar maples? What will it sound like as they are replaced by oaks that hold their leaves much longer? What will winter be without frozen ponds?
This exhibition brings together a plurality of voices that span 200 years of appreciating and adapting to the seasons in the White Mountains: Abenaki basketmakers joining with foresters to protect the brown ash tree; artists immersing themselves in experimental environmental research; scientists at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, the Mount Washington Observatory, and the Appalachian Mountain Club building a robust understanding of climate change; painters traveling to these mountains to record their beauty; and beadworkers preserving and reviving traditional patterns and skills. These makers and many others are examining and interpreting our surroundings as they watch the seasons change.
Featuring artworks by:
John J. Enneking
Sherry L. Gould
Mary Brewster Hazelton
Elizabeth Galbraith MacIntyre Jewell
Benjamin West Kilburn
Edmund Darch Lewis
Edward West Nichols
Frank Henry Shapleigh
John P. Soule
Watching the Seasons Change Summer Event Series
Accompanying this exhibition is a special series of related lectures and presentations. The 2022 Summer Event Series project is supported in part by a grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts & the National Endowment for the Arts.
Events are free and open to all. Several events are being presented via Zoom and in person at the Museum of the White Mountains. If you are attending virtually, pre-registration is required.