GARDINER — The “Art in the Park” program, entering its fourth year, will feature a woven twig sculpture by artist Susan Perrine in Johnson Park, Water Street as part of the Gardiner Artwalk, and will be displayed through October. The public will have an opportunity to participate in the actual construction of the piece, which will be made from locally sourced materials from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 27.

The public can then attend a reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. at Circling the Square Fine Art Press before the unveiling in the park at 5 p.m. Friday, May 3 that will kick off the Artwalk which begins at 5:30 p.m.

Perrine’s work reflects her connection to the natural environment. She stated, “I grew up on a farm and have always spent a lot of time outdoors, walking the fields and woods near home. I try to use methods and materials to reflect the connection I feel towards the natural environment.”

Perrine uses her sculptures to teach about the art and craft of weaving at many different scales. Her twig structures are an easy way to demonstrate how simple materials, when aligned carefully can create useful and beautiful works of art.

“This year’s sculpture is incredibly unique in its form and materials. This program allows us to encourage discussion about the arts and the importance of an active downtown,” said Patrick Wright, executive director of Gardiner Main Street.

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