The North Chatham Free Library invites you to join sculptor Matt Bua on “A Field Trip to b-home, an Open Air Museum of Inhabitable Sculptures” at 3:00 pm on May 16 (rain date, May 23). Located near Catskill, Matt’s art inhabits a natural setting with deep archeological roots, including lithic remains from cultures of the past, where revelations spring from the ground. Participants will explore the grounds, learn about his sculptures, and try hands-on techniques, as Matt says, to “talk with the stone walls and dust them off to bring back their former glory, digging into the past with an open sense of wonder.”

Matt Bua makes small scale improvised buildings, hand-built people’s museums and roadside attractions. His recent work takes the form of mystical spaces that redefine and re-imagine found objects – and sustainable resources – as functional elements in his building process. In creating b-home, his fantastical sculpture park, Matt wonders, “What if all potential building materials discarded in the trash could be utilized for the creation of new public spaces? After thirteen years, this work – forever a work in progress – is being prepared to serve as an educational destination location for any students, artists, families, and others interested in learning the art of intuitive building while also having retreats, studying living off the grid, and talking about/with indigenous stonework.”

This program is limited to thirty participants. To register, visit the website: northchathamlibrary.org or call the library at 518-766-3211. 

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered in Columbia County by the Greene County Council on the Arts dba CREATE Council for Resources to Enrich the Arts, Technology & Education.