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July 23, 2010

Art Grows Here

Hamilton, Wenham artists make a big statement with outdoor tour

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The artists created a map for the Art Grows Here tour, which runs through July 25. It's available at their website, www.artgrowshere.com.

"We want to put ourselves on the map, literally," said Herrick-Lee, who has lived in Hamilton nearly 25 years. "We live in these two towns, and we want to make art more visible here and make art fun."

The installations are a departure for many of the artists, who typically work in other media, including clay, paint, photography and more. Brockenbrough, who creates traditional paintings and portraits, said his inspiration for "Stick Ball" stemmed from a pile of branches he collected after a violent storm.

"I also like taking conventional materials and using them in unconventional ways," said Brockenbrough, who lives on Cutler Road in Hamilton.

"It's going to be really cool to see everyone's installation up," Herrick-Lee said, "and we've been supporting each other through the process."

Art Grows Here can be enjoyed on foot, by bicycle or even by car.

Susan Quateman's triptych silk painting, titled "Memorial," will be on display in her front yard on Cherry Street in Wenham.

"I see this as a way of integrating art into the landscape," said Quateman, whose training is in planning and landscape design.

"I think public art is very important, and there's not enough of it, and absolutely not enough of it in Hamilton and Wenham."

The artists hope that Art Grows Here will evolve into an annual event and will grow to include more artists around the two towns.

"We want to engage the community," Herrick-Lee said, "and have them look and sort of ask the question, 'What's that?'"

The other participating artists are Deb Barnwell, Elissa Della-Piana, Mark Klobucher, Alissa Mead and Dan Sklar.

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Staff writer Amanda McGregor can be reached at amcgregor@salemnews.com.

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