Spring Pops Up in Colorful Sculpture at Cahoon Museum Drive-by Show

Alfred Glover, Garden Grove
Photo: Paul Rifkin

The Cahoon Museum of American Art announces a new drive-by exhibition, Garden Grove, featuring colorful sculpture by Cape artist Alfred Glover. The exhibition is part of the Museum’s ongoing Streetside series and remains on view throughout the year.

Garden Grove consists of a series of whimsical “trees” with giant ginkgo and philodendron leaves that are inhabited by baby birds in blue nests, spotted dogs, exotic flowers, and other creative creatures. The artworks are clearly visible from the street along Route 28 in Cotuit.

A lifelong artist and Cataumet resident, Glover is well known to regional audiences for his fanciful, enchanting sculptures created in wood and metal. His inspiration comes from exotic flora and fauna he has seen on his international travels, as well as stories and memories from his childhood. Two of his espalier trees, on view by the Museum’s front door, were inspired by time spent in Rockport Maine when he was a small child, fascinated by wrought iron espalier frames he saw on antique buildings.

“Most of these works on display at the Museum have stories,” Glover explains. “Some are inspired by my childhood; others emerge as I work on the pieces. Sometimes the animals inspire me after the work is finished.” One of the pieces on view illustrates the story of a spotted dog who travels on an adventure that leads him from the ground all the way up to a bird nest at the top of the tree.

The aluminum sculptures are constructed using metal from old fuel tanks that Glover purchases and recycles. The artist uses a band saw to cut organic, curvilinear shapes and then welds the forms together. He colors the sculptures using highly durable etching primer -which eats into the aluminum- or old-fashioned sign paint, which is available in a vibrant palette of colors and stands up to outdoor weather without fading.

As a working artist for over four decades, Glover’s artwork has taken many forms, always with his signature joyful take on nature. Most recently he has been working on metal trees, trellises, and garden gates. His sculpture is widely collected and exhibited in museums and botanical gardens throughout the East Coast.

“We selected this group of sculptures to display, because Alfie Glover’s whimsical, colorful work offers so much joy and beauty,” says Museum Director, Sarah Johnson. “His artwork really speaks to this cultural moment by offering inspiration and hope at a difficult time. It is an important part of the Cahoon Museum’s mission to showcase the creativity of local artists and to have public art available and accessible to the community.”

The Cahoon Museum initiated the Streetside series in order to offer art on the Museum grounds that could be seen from the street. Streetside presents public art for the community as part of the Museum’s mission to make art accessible for everyone. Other outdoor works currently on view include the environmental art installation “Blue Trees” by Konstantin Dimopoulos and the bronze sculptures, “Head of the Cod” and “Tail of Fish” by Hilary Hutchison.

The Cahoon Museum of American Art is located at 4676 Falmouth Road (Rt. 28) in Cotuit, MA. For more information, visit cahoonmuseum.org, email info@cahoonmuseum.org or call (508) 428-7581.

The Cahoon Museum of American Art presents historical and contemporary art exhibitions in the landmark Crocker House in Cotuit, MA. The Museum welcomes visitors of all ages to learn about art and art history, to enjoy fun, family friendly events, to delight in creative programming, and to embrace the enduring story of the important folk artists Ralph and Martha Cahoon. The Museum is committed to its mission to celebrate American art in ways that expand knowledge, enrich the spirit, and engage the heart.

Author: Mashpee Chamber of Commerce

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