New Hampshire Landscape Association, November 14, 2017, 5 -8 pm
Puritan Conference Center, Manchester, NH. Details at the NHLA website.
From Practical to Fantastical
Loose, natural stone is an abundant resource in New England. Why is it then, when building a stone wall, that the piece you want is so hard to find, and the one you don’t is right underfoot?
Making peace with available stone can be the most satisfying part of building a dry stone wall. By matching potential to placement, every stone is weighed for worth and given a good home in the construction. At its most rudimentary, dry stone work is simply “picking and plopping”. By following three basic rules, a sturdy structure can be fabricated from almost any collection of rocks.
Beyond the humble border wall that divides field from forest lies a world of stone work that’s as vast as the imagination can conceive. From an archive of work spanning four decades, Dan will present a spectrum of projects that include private, public and institutional installations. Included in his body of artworks are arches, amphitheaters, globes, ziggurats, shrines, boats, and even a seventy five foot long shark. His presentation is visually stimulating, thought provoking, and peppered with anecdotes from his long pursuit of making art in the environment using the best that nature has to offer – loose stone. The presentation format is a slide-lecture/talk with audience questions and discussion welcome.
The Cultural Landscape Foundation Garden Dialogues 2017: Vermont Dialogue with Robin Key of RKLA Studio in conversation with Dan Snow, Jul 15, 2017, South Londonderry, VT
Springfield (VT) Library & Garden Club Lecture, Dry Stone Art in Nature, April 11, 2018, Springfield Town Library, 43 Main Street, Springfield, VT 05156.
Contact: Kathy Emmons, firstname.lastname@example.org
The presentation format is slide-lecture/talk with images of works that illustrate design concepts and practical knowledge/use of working with stone in the landscape. Style & format of lecture welcomes Q&A and interactive discussion.
From serviceable retaining walls to gravity-defying landscape features, Dan Snow has designed and built hundreds of site-specific, dry stone constructions. His two, widely acclaimed books have helped spark a recent renaissance in American stone work. In his presentation, Snow will lead the audience through the process of bringing a dry stone art piece to life in the landscape. From conceptualizing a design in modeling clay to creating an arresting experience in the natural environment, every aspect of constructing a unique land form will be covered. A timeless space embraced by natural stone is Snow’s goal in making art that is of, and for, its world place.
Woodstock Garden Club Annual Fall Luncheon Lecture, Woodstock, VT.
Reflecting on the Woodland Fences at Stone Hill. Essay & voice recording for exhibit Sensing Place: Reflecting on Stone Hill. The Clark, 225 South Street, Williamstown, MA, July 4 – October 10, 2016
Horticultural Alliance of the Hamptons, Dry Stone Art in the Landscape, Bridgehampton, NY.
Eyes on the Land, Exhibit, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT, October 3, 2015 to January 3, 2016
Eyes on the Land, PechaKucha Night, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT.
Dry Stone Art in the Landscape: Fleeting Thoughts and Works of Friction, Visiting Artist Lecture, Boise, ID, USA
Built to Last: Dry Stone Design and Construction, NJ ASLA Annual Meeting, Atlantic City, NJ.
Garden Inspirations Workshop & Film Screening: Stone Rising, Brattleboro, VT.
Readings from Gardening on Granite, with Gordon Hayward, Rice Mountain, Walpole, NH.
The Garden Conservancy’s Open Days Program, Borderline Farm, Winhall, VT
From Practical to Fantastical, Dry Stone Walling Workshop evening slide-talk, Turtagrø, Norway.
Working with Stone: Creating Connections in Time, Vermont Flower Show, Essex Junction, VT.
Stone and Art in Nature, ET Modern Gallery, 547 West 20th Street, New York, NY.
Authors of Dummerston Exhibit, Dummerston Historical Society Schoolhouse, Dummerston Center, VT.
TICKON Art Park, Stone Art Building in Nature: Creating a Connection with the Spirit of Place, lecture, Sukkerfabrikken, Slottsgade 76, Tranekær, Langeland, Denmark.
Why do I Make Art?, Exhibit Opening and Symposium Lecture, 2011 Reikaa Avaruudessa, Hole in the Universe, Kerava Art Museum, Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland.
Art and the Working Landscape, Earth Day Celebration, lecture, Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT
Working With Stone: Creating A Connection With The Spirit Of Place, Gardens and Spirit Series, lecture, co-sponsored by Trinity Church and the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Trinity Church, Boston, MA.
Artscaping: The Design and Installation of Land-Made Sculptures, lecture, New England Grows Conference, Boston, MA.
Landscaping and Art Making: Two Sides of the Same Coin, lecture, National Green Centre, St. Louis, MO, January 9th
Lecture and Book Reading, Dry Stone Conservancy, Lexington, KY.
Evolving as an art maker through the medium of dry stone, lecture, Still Mountain Center, Washington, CT.
LIMITS = POTENTIAL: Dry Stone as a Medium of Expression, Lee A Bryant Lecture Series, Kansas State University, Beach Art Museum, Manhatten, KS.
Panel discussion, talk, slide presentation Photography: The Key to Getting your Project Published, ALA, Chicago, IL
Guest waller, artist in residence and presenter for “Real-Work” studies program, Harley School, Rochester, NY.
Book reading and slide presentation, Phoenix Books and Vermont Department of Agriculture, Essex, VT.
Book reading and slide presentation, Briggs Carriage House, Brandon, VT.
Book reading and slide presentation, Brown Dog Books, Hinesburg, VT.
An Introduction to Building Dry Stone Walls, lecture, Traditional Building Conference, Boston, MA.
Art and the Working Landscape: Shaping our Environment Today, Rockingham Free Library, Bellows Falls, VT.
Interview, “Word of Mouth”, host Virginia Prescott, NHPR, Concord, NH.
Book reading and slide presentation, River Run Books, Portsmouth, NH.
Book reading and slide presentation, Longfellow Books, Portland, ME.
Lecture and book reading, Hardy Plant Club and Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, VT.
Book reading and slide presentation, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester, VT.
Lecture, Monadnock Writers’ Group, Peterborough, NH.
Book reading and slide presentation, Village Square Books, Bellows Falls, VT.
Book reading and slide presentation, Toadstool Books, Keene, NH.
Book reading, Vermont Bookshop, Middlebury, VT.
Book reading, slide presentation and screening of “Stone Rising”, Phoenix Books, Essex, VT.
Book reading, Yankee Bookshop, Woodstock, VT.
Book signing, Verde, Brattleboro, VT.
Book reading, Book Cellar, Brattleboro, VT.
Lecture, the 8th Annual Gathering of the Stone Foundation, Barre Granite Museum, Barre, VT.
Talk and tour, Maze of Walls, sculpture installation, benefit Town Hall Theatre and GRAI, Cornwall, VT.
Stone Sculpture Tour, benefit Great River Arts Institute, various installation sites, Southern Vermont.
Featured Speaker, “The Creative Process”, Springfield School District Opening Day, Springfield, VT.
Lecture, Stone Seminar, Koli, Finland
Stone Sculpture Tour, Benefit Great River Arts, various installation sites, Southern Vermont.
James Otis Follett, master arch stone bridge builder, lecture, Hooker-Dunham Theater, Brattleboro, VT.
Stone Sculpture Tour, benefit, Great River Arts Institute, various installation sites, Southern Vermont.
Fermentation, Workshop and Seminar in Environmental Art, lecture, University of Art and Design. Helsinki, Finland.
Walling Workshop, Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center. Brattleboro, Vermont
Spirit & Vision, In the Future of an Imagined Past, guided tours of contemporary and traditional dry stone structures.; lecture: “Stone Unknown”, Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, VT.
Norwegian Dry Arch Bridges and Irish Lace Walls, lecture, Stone Foundation Symposium, Santa Fe, NM.
Lecture, Management Clinic, Dry Stone Built Landscape Features, American Nursery and Landscape Association, Louisville, KY.
Facing the Elements, Landscape Design Symposium, lecture, School of the Chicago Botanic Garden. Chicago, IL.
Guest lecture, Dry Stone Conservancy, Lexington, KY.
Featured speaker, fall meeting of NEARA (New England Antiquities Research Association), Stratton, VT.
Dry Stone Generated Designs for the Landscape, lecture, New Hampshire Landscapers Association, U.N.H., Durham, NH.
New Forms and Uses for Dry Stone Walls in the Landscape, lecture, Educational Sessions, New England Grows Conference, Boston, MA.