Becu featured in Botanical Gardens show
Boothbay — Each year, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens adds a new perspective to its plantings and pathways with an exhibit of sculpture by many of New England’s finest artists. This year’s show, “Living Wood,” is inspired by the Gardens’ 2013 theme of Trees, Timbers and Traditions.
“Living Wood,” curated by June LaCombe of Pownal, features sculpture in many sizes and styles, along with imaginative benches and a one-of-a-kind rose arbor. What all the pieces have in common is that they are fashioned primarily of wood. Among the outdoor works sited throughout the central gardens and along walkways is a sculpture by Lise Becu of St. George; a carved stone rabbit by Becu, part of the permanent collection, sits on a wall in the “touch” section of the Lerner Garden of the Five Senses.
Other artists with works outside this season are Anne Alexander, John Bowdren, Ray Carbone, Farrell and Company, Herb Ferris, Benjamin Thompson, Dan West, Melita Westerlund and John Wilkinson. Two settees of oak and maple by Wayne Hall are installed in the Visitor Center.
Although not strictly part of the exhibit, other pieces are on view outdoors including an owl by Andreas von Huene, a sleeping dove by Jim Sardonis and a huge dragonfly by Diby Veevers Carter. The Gardens also have an impressive permanent collection of sculpture on the grounds.
“Living Wood” is on view until Sept. 22. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is on Barters Island Road. For more information, visit MaineGardens.org or call 633-4333, ext. 101.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or firstname.lastname@example.org.