Hespera Stones on the New England National Scenic Trail

Christopher Frost: Hespera Stones on the New England Trail

Exploring the role of art in the New England landscape, sculptor Christopher Frost’s Hespera Stones illuminate shaded paths along the New England National Scenic Trail (NET) in Skinner State Park in Hadley, Massachusetts. Each of the three solar-powered stones glows with a stanza of Emily Dickinson’s “The Mountains Stood In Haze.”

Frost’s previous work includes art in national and state parks in Massachusetts, including Boston National Historical Park, Bradley Palmer State Park and Maudslay State Park. In consultation with park and trail managers at the Appalachian Mountain Club, Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation and the National Park Service, Frost chose the scenic Holyoke Range as the site for the installation.

The project was funded by the Fund for the Arts, a restricted fund of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible by generous support from anonymous donors. One of the goals for the NET is to be a national model for using art in the interpretation of National Scenic Trails. The 215-mile, volunteer-maintained New England Trail was designated as a National Scenic Trail in Connecticut and Massachusetts in 2009.

New England Trail AIR–Barbara Bosworth: artist profile video

Photographer Barbara Bosworth talks about taking photographs of the New England National Scenic Trail as the first artist-in-residence for the trail. This project was financed in part by the National Park Service’s Connect Trails to Parks program, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System in 2018. Her photographs were shown in the exhibition “To Be at the Farther Edge: Photographs along the New England Trail” fall 2013.

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Featured Gallery – Marilyn Feather

featherThis how Marilyn Feather ( @feather05 ) describes her experience. “As an Artist-In-Residence at Agate Fossil Beds National Monument, I was able to immerse myself totally in my photography enjoying the solitude and open spaces of the Niobrara River Valley home to the globally famous 19.2 million-year-old bonebed in Carnegie and University Hills.  My project entailed creating images to share and showcase what Agate is really like.”  View it here

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Featured Gallery – Lisa Grossman


In addition to this gallery from Rocky Mountain National Park, Lisa Grossman has uploaded three more galleries of artist in residence work — Mesa Verde, Petrified Forest and Agate Fossil Beds. I have a weak spot for this one though, since RMNP was also my first residency, and I also painted Specimen Mountain, mainly because it has such a cool name! Check out her other galleries and add your own at

Featured gallery – Siri Beckman

Sod Table / Badlands NP

Siri Beckman – Wood engraving, 3.75″x 4″ Edition of 100

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