In the Folly, bright panels of Modern paintings hang on the curved stone wall behind the couch, and a broad window looks out across the pond and the hayfields.
Nature and Modern art mingle at Field Farm in Williamstown. The Trustees of Reservations maintains an outoor sculpture garden, picnic tables along the pond, and 300 acres — fields for nesting bobolinks and four miles of trails along the river — open to the public from sunrise to sunset all year.
They run the house as a Bed and Breakfast, and they will open the Folly for tours of its rouded rooms and Modern paintings occasionally through the summer and fall.
Lawrence Bloedel and his wife, Eleanor, built the house in the 1940s in a Frank Lloyd Wright style, while he worked at Williams College as a librarian. Over time, the Bloedels gathered a substantial collection of up-and-coming artists.
When they died, they left half of their collection to the Williams College Museum of Art and half to the Whitney Center for the Arts in New York City. Field Farm now has about 90 percent of its original furniture and 12 sculptures on the grounds, and in partnership with Williams the artwork rotates into the public rooms of the Guest House and the Folly to share it with visitors.