Highfield Hall & Gardens welcomes spring with an activity-packed Open House for the entire family on Sunday, May 5, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Admission is FREE for this fun-filled afternoon.
Guests can view two new exhibitions, explore the estate, tour the gardens, learn new ways to arrange flowers, dance around the Maypole and play giant instruments in the Music Garden along the Beech Tree Path.
A highlight of the Open House is the opportunity to meet the artists featured in the season-opening show at a reception from 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Robert Henry, Betty Carroll Fuller, Michael MacMahon and Jan Lhormer are featured in “Crossing The Bridge: A Dialogue Between Four Painters and the Cape’s Artistic Legacy”. Working in a wide variety of media, these artists draw inspiration from the environment, art history and personal narrative. The artists employ unique combinations of color, gestural brush-strokes, mark-making and figuration to create vivid and powerful works of abstract art. They follow in the tradition of notable abstract expressionists Robert Motherwell, Hans Hofmann and Helen Frankenthaler, whose work was influenced and inspired by Cape Cod’s unique landscape.
Molly Bang, a three-time Caldecott Medal winner, has written and illustrated more than twenty books for young readers. Working in a variety of media, including gouache, watercolor, collage and digital imagery, Bang brings rich illustration and compelling storytelling to her books. Bang’s work also reflects her deep interest in the natural world and advocacy for environmental issues. The Sunlight Series, co-written with Penny Chisholm, uses lavish illustrations and straightforward text to describe the universal importance of the sun to young readers. Bang will sign copies of her books from 3:00-3:30 p.m.
Open House Schedule
1:00-3:00 p.m. Artist Reception
“Crossing The Bridge: A Dialogue Between Four Painters and the Cape’s Artistic Legacy” features Robert Henry, Betty Carroll Fuller, Michael MacMahon and Jan Lhormer
“Molly Bang: When I’m 75 I Think I’ll Have an Exhibition” features illustrator and writer Molly Bang
1:30 p.m. Spring Floral Demonstrations with Anna Holmes
1:30 p.m. Garden Tour with Terry Soares, Landscape Director
2:00 p.m. Maypole Celebration (weather permitting)
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Book signing with Molly Bang, three-time Caldecott Medal winner
Highfield Hall & Gardens is located at 56 Highfield Drive in Falmouth. For more information, call 508-495-1878 or visit highfieldhall.org.