We are currently accepting proposals for expansion of Go Out Doors – Lexington, a public art project whereby local artists are commissioned to paint recycled doors with artistic designs.
Go Out Doors is a public art campaign that promotes healthy outdoor activity, environmental appreciation, and reconnection to nature during these unprecedented times of social distancing, home schooling, and telecommuting. The exhibit was installed last fall along the Minuteman Bikeway near the Lexington Town Center and comprised 4 recycled doors that were artistically painted by local artists. We seek to install a new grouping of up to four doors to be decorated by Lexington High School students at a location to be determined. We also plan to expand the original collection to a total of eight, which will be installed at a publicly-accessible location in Lexington.
Inspired by the En Plein Air exhibition on NYC’s High line, Go Out Doors extends Concord’s Umbrella Arts Center’s exhibit of artful recycled doors that were installed along the Bruce Freeman Rail Trail in West Concord’s Cultural District. Go Out Doors asks: “How can we, as artists, draw more people outside to explore nature? What happens if we leave our electronics behind and find that steps from the front doors a sensory world awaits? What might we experience if we walk or bike daily to and from school or work?”
Designs may emphasize local wildlife, environmental stewardship themes, or forms of healthy outdoor activity.
- In keeping with current guidelines, only one artist per door.
- Designs may emphasize local wildlife, environmental stewardship themes, or forms of healthy outdoor activity
- Standard Doors (roughly 30” x 80”) will be provided. Note: most doors will have a paneled surface.
- Doors must be submitted ready to install and weather proofed as needed to last the duration of the exhibit, up to 6 months.
- The exhibit will be installed in areas where there is space for people to pause and enjoy the art.
- Signage will emphasize 6 ft social distancing and mask usage, in keeping with town ordinances.
- Accepted designs will receive a stipend of $300, and will be widely promoted in regional arts, tourism and news media.
Submit via email by March 22, 2021 to firstname.lastname@example.org with a letter explaining the design and up to 3 proposed images, as detailed as possible to convey the concept. Please include a brief bio or resume, links to websites/exhibitions and/or images of previous work.
Please direct questions to Lexington Arts Council Co-Chairs Jillian Tung or Steve Poltorzycki at email@example.com
Following is information about the pieces featured in the 2020 installation:
Internal Topographies: A Kaleidoscope of the Subconscious
If you have been on the Minuteman Bikeway recently, you may have noticed the colorful painted doors that decorate the area by the Visitors Center. The doors are part of a new public art exhibit, “Go Out Doors – Lexington,” brought to the community by the Lexington Council for the Arts, in partnership with the Town of Lexington and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Go Out Doors seeks … (Read more)
As you meander through the Minuteman bike path, surrounded by the feisty fall colors, another visual treat awaits as one nears the Visitor Center in Lexington. The “Go Out Doors-Lexington,” a public art exhibit organized by Lexington Council for the Arts showcases four local artists who have interwoven their artworks around the theme of connecting the self with nature… (Read more)
Meet the artists….
Title: “Internal Topographies”
Bio: Silvina is a visual artist who is a native of Argentina and lives now in Boston. She received her degree in Fine Arts at the University of Tucuman. She has exhibited in museums and galleries all over the world, most recently in Paris and New York. She has received many awards, including: “one of the 100 most influential people for the Latino Community in Boston in 2017”, Director’s choice at Thomas Menino Center for the Arts, and Nathaniel Bushward at the Copley Society of Boston.
About the piece: “The painting on the door is an invitation to walk towards the inner world, and introspective look into our being. Our daily sensorial experiences playing capriciously in our inner landscape, an inner journey where we can escape from reality and come back from it renewed.”
Title: “Heron, Hummingbirds”
Bio: Emily is a painter from Lexington, MA. In addition to teaching oil and acrylic techniques, she encourages and teaches students to sketch. Her work is in galleries in New England and private collections internationally. After earning both a fine arts degree and a Master’s in Education, she had a successful career as an educator and graphic designer. She teaches privately in her barn-studio, and at various educational venues near Boston.
About the piece: “During Covid I have been much more aware of nature around me. We bought a beautiful bird feeder and during isolation I found it peaceful to watch the birds from a window seat in the house. My doors show birds flying in freedom, wild, healthy, and unconstrained. I hope they create a feeling of peace for passersby.”
Title: “Playful Kitsune”
Bio: Lynne was a studio art major in college and has been making art ever since. Starting over 10 years ago the primary theme in her work have been Inuit (aka Eskimo) influences which she merged with contemporary modern characteristics such as abstracted imagery and bright colors. After a trip to Japan her newest paintings have embraced Japanese motifs, mostly kitsune (mystical foxes).
About the piece: “I wanted to create a frisky, color saturated, dynamic work that would be easily taken in by cyclists and yet offered detailed interest to those strolling by. Something that would appeal to all ages.”
Title: “Gathered Beauty”
Bio: Kathleen lives and paints in Gloucester, MA. She graduated with BFA in 2000 and has exhibited paintings in many galleries and public venues since 2015. When she am not creating art, she works as a nurse in Boston with Healthcare for the Homeless Program with their addiction services.
About the piece: “This is a sumptuous and bursting arrangement. I hope it is a gift to be enjoyed in this time of uncertainty and unrest.”