Art association exhibit focuses on desert landscape

April 20, 2023

An exhibit at the Concord Art Association speaks to the relationship of man to nature. Called “This Earth,“ the show at the historic Lexington Road facility contains dozens of works in different media from photography and painting to sculpture. 

Curated by Stefan Hagen, the show is the end result of a course for artists that took place in the Nevada desert where visual artists live and work in the dramatic geographical environment. 

Hagen is the founder of the Montello Foundation Artist Residency in Nevada, described as a “solitary residency in the Nevada Desert for artists who foster our understanding of the fragility of nature and the need to protect it.”

The Concord setting is “incredibly meaningful,” Hagen noted, “to present this work near Walden Pond – near the site of the original listener and observer of nature, Henry David Thoreau.”

“Like Thoreau, these Montello artists key to understanding their subject matter is through uninterrupted observation and assimilation of experience, thus the importance of being submersed in a solo retreat.”

The exhibit is up until May 7.