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Nature and Art: Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden

By Elisha Neubauer

Many artists will cite nature as one of their inspirations for their work, so combining nature and art seemed like a natural concept to Pam Tarbell. The owner of Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, Tarbell says her outdoor space "combines nature and art in a peaceful setting of perennial gardens, fields, woodlands, and ponds." The Gallery was opened with the intention of offering a larger selection of visual arts to the New Hampshire area and of giving children and adults alike the ability to experience art in an up-close and first-hand way.

A single sculpture can introduce many emotions and meanings to its viewerssuch as being serious, funny, inspiring, moving, or entertaining. Sculpture can alter the mood and ambiance of the surrounding landscape.

"Placing sculpture in your garden can add much to your outdoor enjoyment; it brings beauty, a focal point, conversation, and contemplation to a special spot," says Tarbell. She goes on to say, "If we look back at art history there are numerous examples from the Egyptians, Greeks, and onward to all major cities. Art has been a major element defining the space, and creating identity for a location."

The Gallery is comprised of three indoor rooms plus the sculpture garden. The upstairs room contains exhibits that change approximately every six weeks, while the two remaining rooms contain artwork from over seventy different artists from the New Hampshire and New England area, with occasional pieces from artists located further away. The outside gallery/sculpture garden was designed to give visitors a tranquil setting to view the artwork.

When asked about the concept for the outside gallery, Tarbell replies, "It is only natural to put the sculpture in the perennial gardens, on the grass, in the trees, and in the pond. Art and nature are the perfect combination for a New Hampshire rural setting, where wildlife is often seen."

Tarbell encourages families to visit the gallery. "The gallery is here for people to enjoy, and while not everyone can afford to purchase art, they are encouraged to visit; although the main purpose is to support the artists," she explains. A visit to a sculpture garden may be a more accessible art experience for youngsters than a trip to a museum. "Children are encouraged to come," says Tarbell." They can run around and often get their first art gallery experience. They can touch the sculpture; enjoy the shapes, medium, and the shadows it casts as the day moves on."

All events at Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden are free and open to the public, so as Tarbell says, "Bring your friends, neighbors, children, and family!"

April 1st-December 24th, Tuesday-Sunday 11-5 www.themillbrookgallery.com

"Glimpse, Boat III" by Patrick McCay acrylic
"Red Toreador Rhythm #" by Rob Lorenson Painted Aluminum

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