May 22, 2024


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Dawes Arboretum hosting two art exhibits that complement the setting

“Double Spinner” by Lyman Whitaker

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“Double Spinner” by Lyman Whitaker

NEWARK — Two unique exhibits, very various from each and every other, can be observed indoors and outside at Dawes Arboretum, the nearly 2,000-acre nonprofit “living tree museum” about 35 miles east of Columbus.

Indoors, in the arboretum’s smaller History Centre, is a assortment of paintings — oils and watercolors — by Sala Bosworth, a 19th-century Ohio painter with family members ties to the arboretum-founding Dawes loved ones.

Outdoors are 60 kinetic wind sculptures made by Utah artist Lyman Whitaker. These sleek metal structures that employ the breezes are placed along the paved Parkwoods Trail, generating for a pleasant, less-than-a-mile-lengthy stroll of discovery.  

a close up of a flower hanging from a tree: “Lotus” by Lyman Whitaker

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“Lotus” by Lyman Whitaker

Dawes Arboretum was started in 1929 by Bertie and Beman Dawes whose uncle, Ephraim Dawes, was married to Frances Bosworth, daughter of painter Sala Bosworth. The paintings in the show ended up all element of the Dawes relatives selection.

Sala Bosworth, born in 1805 in Massachusetts, moved to Marietta in 1816 and became best-acknowledged as an artist for his portraits of distinguished Ohioans. He married the daughter of a person of his topics, merchant Charles Shipman of Athens. Yet another of his subjects was Judge Ephraim Cutler, whose house alongside the Ohio River also caught the eye of the painter who captured it in just one of the loveliest paintings in the exhibit. “House of Ephraim Cutler” was showcased in David McCullough’s e-book “The Pioneers: The Heroic Story of the Settlers Who Introduced the American Best West,” which prompted Dawes Arboretum Historian Leslie Wagner to build the exhibition.

a tree in front of a building: "House of Ephraim Cutler" by Sala Bosworth

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“House of Ephraim Cutler” by Sala Bosworth

Bosworth, Wagner claimed, “definitely has his area in early Ohio artwork. This is the to start with serious deep-dive into his artwork, and is particularly targeted on his connection to the Dawes family members.”

an old photo of a person: Sala Bosworth

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Sala Bosworth

Bosworth’s portraits are tasteful depictions of associates of the upper course, and his landscapes, such as “River Landscape” and “Fishing Scene,” seize serene rural and woodland locations of early Ohio.


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Later on in his lifetime, when Bosworth was not earning his principal earnings from painting, he served as Washington County auditor and as Marietta’s first postmaster, appointed by President Abraham Lincoln. He continued to paint, in all probability far more for pleasure than financial gain, and turned to the medium of watercolor. The quite a few examples of his watercolor landscapes in this show are subtle and nicely-crafted.

The Bosworth show — which delivers each audio tours and a Braille manual — will carry on as a result of Oct. 31.

Viewers have just about that exact amount of time left to see the Whitaker wind sculptures, prolonged mainly because of their attractiveness via Oct. 17.

The sculptures, built of copper or stainless steel, stand tall, usually in teams of twos and threes. 1 sculpture pairs pine tree-like forms whose leaves slowly and gradually rotate in the wind. The biggest grouping of sculptures — at least a dozen of them — is discovered close to the visitor’s centre not far from the arboretum’s entrance.

Some of the sculptures appear to be to wave like double helixes. Others rotate, finding up reflections on their spinning oval blades. All of them are mesmerizing and relaxing to watch.

Commencing June 5, some new art will be part of Whitaker’s is effective together the Parkwoods Path. “The Ribbit Exhibit” of 24 larger sized-than-lifestyle copper frogs, designed by North Carolina artist Andy Cobb, will co-routine with the wind sculptures. 

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“Ohio Artist Sala Bosworth: The Dawes Household Collection” carries on through Oct. 31 and “The Lyman Whitaker Wind Sculpture Exhibition” proceeds by Oct. 17 at Dawes Arboretum, 7770 Jacksontown Street, around Newark. Arboretum hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. day by day (opening at 8 a.m. for customers) with the Bosworth exhibit open from midday to 3 p.m. daily. Arboretum admission expenses $10, or $5 for children 5 to 15 and totally free for small children 4 and younger and associates. Connect with 1-800-443-2937, 740-323-2355 or check out

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