It Is All About The House At Highfield Hall

Visitors in and around Fragment House, a sculpture by Danielle Krcmar at Highfield Hall & Gardens.
PHOTO COURTESY HIGHFIELD HALL - Visitors in and around Fragment House, a sculpture by Danielle Krcmar at Highfield Hall & Gardens.

Highfield Hall & Gardens has five art exhibitions running concurrently, all centered around the theme of the house: A House for All Seasons, Ambient Light, Domestic Interiority, Fragment House and All Around the House. The spring exhibitions, on view through mid-May, are sponsored by Atria Woodbriar.

A House for All Seasons is an exhibition of new works created by Falmouth Artists Guild members and organized by Falmouth Art Center executive director Susan Bergmann. The show, which runs through May 15, consists of artworks depicting historic buildings in Falmouth Village. This exhibition also highlights a collection of handmade ceramic birdhouses, the result of collaboration between the Falmouth Museums on the Green and the Falmouth High School art department. The exhibition, called If These Houses Could Talk, is on display in Highfield’s Beebe Room through May 8.

Ambient Light consists of a series of oil paintings of the interior of Highfield Hall that artist Doug Rugh has created over the past three winters. Mr. Rugh was awarded the distinction “Copley Master” in 2006 by the Copley Society as a result of juried works and multiple major awards in each of the three areas of landscape, still-life and portraiture.

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Candice Smith Corby’s art installation Domestic Interiority is the first wall installation at Highfield Hall. Spanning across the walls of Highfield’s Billiard Room, her composition includes life-size images of precariously balanced furniture, which speak to ideas about the trappings of domestic obligations and the desire to control them. The Billiard Room was traditionally used as a space for men to retire to after dinner and is currently often used by groomsmen preparing for their nuptials. Ms. Smith Corby’s stacked paintings of furniture, women’s accessories, and domestic objects infiltrate this masculine space, becoming an extension of a woman’s mind and soul. Her work combines her love for illusion, pattern, and whimsy. The installation is supported by a 2013 project grant from the Awesome Foundation.

Ms. Smith Corby’s artwork also serves as the cover image for a small handmade book of poems “Domestic Interiors,” which was produced to complement the spring exhibitions at Highfield.
Danielle Krcmar currently serves as Artist in Residence at Babson College and has exhibited widely in the New England area. Her sculpture Fragment House is the first interactive, sculpture that has graced the lawns of Highfield Hall & Gardens. It calls attention to Beebe Woods as the backdrop for Highfield Hall and the domestic components of Highfield’s architecture and history. The house, composed of sea glass, has an incised poem on one side, and visitors may dial a special phone number to hear the poem read by its author, Mary Pinard, a professor at Babson College. 

All Around the House, an exhibition on display in the Clark Gallery, is part of Highfield Hall’s school program initiative. Images of Highfield in diverse media, including painting, printmaking, needlework, felting, photography, watercolor and the original scale model by Noah Greenberg, will all be on display. The exhibition also includes an outdoor activity, an architectural scavenger hunt, for visitors to enjoy learning about the unique features of Highfield’s Victorian architecture.

These exhibitions kick off Highfield Hall & Garden’s exhibition season. Upcoming exhibitions include a large-scale environmental art and sculpture summer exhibition Portals and Passageways, which also includes a series of ‘yarn bombed’ trees titled “Technicolor Dream Trees” that opens on June 29.

Highfield Hall is at 56 Highfield Drive in Falmouth.

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