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Clay Heads Informative Workshop hosted by The Sustainability Project
September 10, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Monadnock Food Co-op is sponsoring an informative workshop to view the sculptures on Saturday, September 10th, 10 to noon. The workshop is limited to 12 participants.
*Participants will meet at 26 Emerson Brook Drive, Gilsum, NH
The Sustainability Project proudly presents an extensive collection of sculptures by Susan O’Hara (1935-2015). Her remarkable body of work deserves widespread recognition and their journey to great visibility is beginning in the Emerson Brook Forest, Gilsum. This exhibit offers a delightful and informative experience that brings our attention to creativity as a force of nature.
Additional opportunities to experience the sculptures take place August 27 and 28, September 24 and 25, October 8 and 9. Two tours start each day at 10 am and 2 pm. Pre-registration is required. Each tour is limited to 36 participants. The suggested donation is $18 per person, with no one turned away for lack of funds. Proceeds from the event support The Sustainability Project’s building fund and mission driven activities. In addition to scheduled tours, private “friendraising” tours may be scheduled by members of civic, education, religious, business and family groups. For more information about the event, the artist, and to register, please visit https://emersonbrookforest.org/clay-heads/
Susan Hirschthal O’Hara was born in Belgium. Her family fled the Nazis in 1939. After relocating to France and Cuba her family settled in NYC in 1946. Art was always an important part of her life growing up. She graduated from the High School of Music and Art with a major in sculpture. It was not until her retirement in 2000 that she began sculpting full time. Mostly self-taught, her education as a clay sculptor included local art center classes and workshops. O’Hara drew inspiration from African Art, Pablo Picasso, and the English sculptor, Henry Moore. She considered her style to be primitive-modern.
Currently, the sculptures reside at the home of the exhibit curator and Director of The Sustainability Project, Valerie Piedmont, who has a family connection to the artist. In the future, the Clay Heads Exhibit will be on display at The Sustainability Project’s 1,200 square foot 4-season, low impact building currently in construction. The structure will also shelter the non-profit’s nature – based activities, workshops and retreats; provide shelter for visitors to the Emerson Brook Forest; as well as exhibitions by local artists and craftspeople.
The Sustainability Project, a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization promotes a love of nature, environmental stewardship, caring communities and ways of living that deepen our understanding of the interconnected web of life. Our guiding principles embrace diversity, inclusion and compassion as fundamental to the long-term well-being of our planet and its inhabitants.