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Upper Valley sculpture garden prepares for opening

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A huge sculpture garden in the Upper Valley is preparing to officially open for the season.

Hector Santos is a stone mason by trade, but he also has a passion for art. Santos, who is from Brownsville, is one of a half dozen sculptors displaying their creative side on a property in Woodstock.

"I feel very fortunate to have this opportunity to be here on this land," said Santos.

Santos's piece called "Fitting In" will be complete in about a week, just in time for the official opening of the outdoor museum. Other sculptures, on display here, have been up for several years.

"I have just put seven up around the vernal pond. There are some things that are permanently here. Three new ones there. Probably 30 or 40 pieces," said Charlet Davenport, Sculpture Fest organizer.

The sculpture garden was created by Charlet and Peter Davenport 25 years ago as a way to raise money for the Vermont Council on the Arts and Sculpture Fest, as it is known, has taken on a life of its own.

"It's become a word-of-mouth gallery. A lot of the artists here have sold. There are a lot of patrons now locally. You go to people's houses around here you will see similar kind of pieces by these artists," said Charlet.

The pieces generally rotate in and out every two years and each Labor Day the Davenports hold an open house to introduce the public to the new artists on display, but Sculpture Fest is a year-round attraction.

"I see people out here in the winter walking around with snow shoes," said Charlet.

"To have art in a community it is very powerful. It adds culture, it adds things for people to do and like I said, I think it is very good for community," said Santos.

It's a community garden focused on art that anyone can appreciate.

Click here for more information on Sculpture Fest.


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