Fruitlands Museum, home to the eclectic collection of Native American, Shaker, and American art, celebrates its 95th season with the much-anticipated opening of The Nature of Apples: Art & Memory. This new exhibition of thematic paintings drawn from a private collection, features the enduring beauty of this American icon and its role in the farming economy of Central Massachusettsâ€™ Nashoba Valley. Continuing through November 2009, the exhibit shows artists ranging from Currier & Ives to renowned Provincetown contemporary painter Karl Knaths. A fascinating enhancement to the exhibit, Farmers Voices is a collection of compelling recorded oral histories by local farmers and orchard growers, collected and produced by exhibit cosponsor Freedomâ€™s Way Heritage Association.
Continuing at Fruitlands is sculptor Joseph Wheelrightâ€™s astonishing Tree Figures installation, featuring eight monumental, lifelike figures, created from actual trees. With their own distinct personalities the figures are carefully sited throughout the property and greet the visitor in grand style. Wheelwright has exhibited at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA and the Boston Sculptors Gallery. Also on view is Branching Out, a thirty-year retrospective of Wheelwright’s smaller sculptures in the Ell Gallery at Fruitlands Farmhouse.Â 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard, Massachusetts. For more information, log on to www.fruitlands.org.