The N2 Innovation District, in partnership with Studios Without Walls, will launch its 2019 sculpture exhibit on June 13 with a neighborhood celebration filled with art, fun, food, music and activities. The celebration runs from 4:30 p.m. through 7 p.m. on the Upper Falls Greenway, which can be accessed on the corner of Oak Street and Chestnut Street, or through the Newton Nexus shopping center on Needham Street.
Curated again by Studios Without Walls, this year’s exhibit called Reverberations features sculptures from 15 artists, including those from Newton and Needham, all exhibited along the Upper Falls Greenway. The Greenway is one of Newton’s hidden gems, stretching a mile from the Charles River, paralleling Needham Street and ending on Easy Street.
“Last year we had a great time and we want to do that again, to celebrate how the local Upper Falls community can come together with the business community that we’re developing around the N2 Innovation District. These things are intertwined and we need ways to celebrate as a single community.”
The launch event will feature a welcome from Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller, and ice cream from JP Licks, sweets from Farm Grill Rotisserie, beverages from Central Café and The Depot, music from The Conservatory at Highlands. There will also be creative activities, face painting and discussions with the artists themselves.
Two of the artists, Gail Jerauld Bos and Anneloes van Beek, plan workshops to that will bookend the launch. Bos will conduct a workshop helping visitors build totems for people they admire, while van Beek’s workshop will be held close to their sculpture located by the Boston Ski and Tennis store.
This year a community raising effort secured more than $10,000 from 44 separate individual and corporate donors, ranging from $18 up through $4000, all to support the arts. The support means that all the artists are paid for their time and effort in putting on this show.
Built on an abandoned railroad bed that once served the industrial mills in the area, the Upper Falls Greenway is a mile-plus linear park terminating at a scenic overlook of the Charles River. Development was a community effort that that resulted in the opening in 2016. The trail surface itself is rolled stone dust, a nice surface for walking and bicycling.
The exhibit will be available for viewing through September 3.