Clermont’s ‘Wordscape’ Adds Literature To The Landscape
By Amy Krzanik
From published poets and writing teachers to elementary school students, a huge range of submissions have come in for Clermont Historic Site’s newest exhibit, Wordscape. Laminated words (poems, quotes and other writings) have been placed along Clermont’s woodland paths, lilac walk and garden for guests to peruse at their leisure.
“We’ve had professional artist exhibitions in the past, and will continue to do so, but last year’s Yarn Burst was the first one that allowed the community to feel like they could interact and make their mark here,” says Conrad Hanson, executive director of Friends of Clermont. “They really feel engaged with the site when they can contribute to a larger effort. We had 40 knitters for Yarn Burst, but we have 400 writers for Wordscape.”
Some of the 400 entrants include a New York City woman who submitted a chest of drawers with writing inside of it; the Benedictine Hospital oncology unit who wrote about when they were young and submitted it as one piece; Germantown Central School who sent in colorful, single-word signs from its students; and a couple who presented an entry from their daughter who passed away.
Because of unpredictable weather, Wordscape doesn’t have a set end date. Hanson expects the exhibit to last at least four weeks, depending on the whims of Mother Nature.
The Sunday, June 7th opening reception at 4 p.m. will feature local writers reading in the mansion, the recognition of outstanding writing submissions, and a wine and cheese celebration. Young poets will rap their work and a 90-something poet-artist will read from his latest book. It’s free and there will be food trucks and beverages available for purchase.
Wordscape Opening Event
Sunday, June 7 from 4-6 p.m.
Clermont Historic Site
87 Clermont Ave., Germantown, NY