Wells Reserve at Laudholm
In 2017, the Wells Reserve at Laudholm will deliver a “Summer of Art & Science” of cultural and nature-related activities and events that will create a “must see” destination in the Maine Beaches Region from April through October. The highlight is a sculpture show by acclaimed curator June LaCombe, who for 27 years has put on shows at destinations like the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and Maine Audubon. For it, she will gather sculptures from New England artists and creatively place them through our beautiful trails and grounds. The show will run from Memorial Day through Columbus Day.
We hope art and nature lovers will visit to discover this inspired union of art and science. In addition to the sculpture show, there will be a robust calendar of lectures, guided walks, workshop and musical events including:
- June 7th: The POWER OF PLACE Show Opening
- June 21st: Jonathan White, Reading and Signing of “Tides – The Science and Spirit of the Ocean”
- July 13th: The Windmills in Concert - July 26th: The POWER OF PLACE Talk and Tour with Curator, June LaCombe
- August 3rd: The DaPonte String Quartet, Concert in the Barn
To cap off this celebration, 2017 is the 30th anniversary of the beloved Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival, to which 5,000 attendees are expected on September 9-10.
Why here? The Wells Reserve is a four-season natural asset in a visitor-friendly area easily reachable by the Boston and New York markets. Our local York County towns abound with lodging and dining options that offer visitors rewarding options after a day or weekend of outdoor exploration at our 2,200-acre site. 2017’s new and original “Summer of Art & Science” programs will provide many more opportunities for cultural and nature-based adventures. Regionally, the “Summer of Art & Science” will complement well-respected cultural attractions including the Ogunquit Playhouse, Ogunquit Museum of American Art, and multiple noteworthy galleries. Our hope is to build on the momentum gained by these regional art partners and further promote the area as a cultural destination. There has never been anything like the “Summer of Art & Science” in York County, and we expect to set the stage for future cultural programming. We view the summer of 2017 as a launchpad for a more visible and more visited Wells Reserve for years to come.