Scarlet runner beans wind up the feet of the iron arch. A ring of curves form a trellis, a dome open to the sky. In the heart of a Shaker garden, Pinaree Sanpitak has made an affirmation of life and force in a woman’s body and a Buddhist sacred space.
I’m walking through Hancock Shaker Village and soaking in the calm. The sun comes out from behind a cloud, and the tansy is golden and as high as my collarbones, and a monarch butterfly is drinking from a zinnia.
Ben and Scarlet will meet me here in a few minutes, and we’ll walk through the village in search of summer artists. Three international makers have created work here now. Sanpitak looks toward us from Thailand as she is representing her home in the Venice bienale.
Yusuke Asai of Japan paints bright-eyed creatures in earth-toned ink. In the two brick rooms of the poultry house, they spill across the walls and floor like the merganser ducklings I saw on the Hoosic a couple of weeks ago, charging after their mother, so fast and light they ran on the surface of the water.
And I’ll have to come back to see Korean artist Kimsooja and her threads of fiber art. The three of us walk around the circle of the round stone barn and out into the farmyard to watch the chickens bathing in the dust and the kid goats nuzzling at the water trough.
This weekend …
Events coming up …
Find more art and performance, outdoors and food in the BTW events calendar.