Sculpture at Maudslay Showcases Local Artists in a Picturesque Setting

By Caitlin Dowling, Correspondent
Caitlin is a freelance editor/writer and former news producer for CNN. As a local mom of three, her family can be found enjoying all Newburyport has to offer, from strolling downtown to biking the rail trail to swimming at the beach.
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Sculpture at Maudslay 2023 returns to Newburyport for visitors to enjoy from Sunday, September 10th through Sunday, October 1st at 2 pm when the show closes. The event features the work of up to 50 local North Shore artists—all displayed in the picturesque Maudslay State Park home to stunning views of the Merrimack River, hiking trails, beautiful gardens, meadows and more. A Celebration and Photo Show will be held on Saturday, September 16th starting at 6 pm at Riverwalk Brewing and the Sculpture at Maudslay Reception & Tour has been moved to Sunday, September 17th at 2 pm.

The show’s 2023 theme is “Fracture“. Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay organizers point out that it’s a word that has many possible meanings and artists were invited to let the word inspire their creations. This show is site-specific—meaning the sculptures on display were designed specifically for the site they are installed at. So participating artists were also encouraged to use the beauty of the location as inspiration.

Outdoor Sculpture at Maudslay is a free event open to visitors of all ages. Stroll the park in search of exhibits on your own or if you’re looking for a specific sculpture, bring your phone to use the Maudslay sculpture app which includes a map of each artist’s location. While the event is free, regular Maudslay parking fees still apply.

The Maudslay sculpture show is in its 24th year and has featured hundreds of local area artists who have created over 900 sculptures. The program is supported in part by grants from the Amesbury, Georgetown, Merrimac, Newbury, Newburyport, Rowley, and West Newbury Cultural Councils, local agencies which are supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. Sponsors of the event are mentioned in both the app and on a signboard at Maudsley as a thank you.

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