Banner image: Dorothy McGuinness, Displacement

2017 Art Exhibitions:

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Interwoven: Art Meets Nature
June 25 – September 6

Artist Reception: June 25, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This contemporary fiber exhibition is curated by Marcia Young, publisher of Fiber Art now, a fiber art periodical and community that explores the wide breath of fiber as an artistic medium. The show of virtuoso works by national artists includes nearly every form of fiber art, including weaving, felting, tapestry, needlework, basketry, handmade paper, silk painting, and book arts. Interwoven: Art Meets Nature will connect the natural world with the materials and techniques that are so familiar to all of us, in an engaging, nature-based show of contemporary fiber art and textiles. 

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Once Upon a Quilt: 3-D Quilts by Dominique Ehrmann
June 10 – September 4

Artist Reception: June 25, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Artist Gallery Talk: June 25, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Come by to watch Dominique demonstrate her techniques

Known for her imaginative and whimsical quilts, Dominique Ehrmann pushes the boundaries of contemporary fiber arts by using traditional techniques to create quilts with multidimensional layers and kinetic structures.  Inspired by children’s pop-up books, cartoons, and particularly her love of nature, she has invented a new form of fiber art.  A native of Quebec, Dominique will travel to Falmouth for Highfield’s June 25 Open House to demonstrate her solar powered sewing machine and explain her innovative techniques.

Read Magical Quilts, from HandEye Magazine

Storybook Fairy Houses of Highfield Hall & Gardens
June 25 – September 4

Thank you to Rockland Trust

Artist Reception: June 25, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Click here for a chance to win Salley Mavor’s Fairy Family!

Click here to see the fairy houses and read the artists’ statements 

Much to the delight of visitors young and old, fairy houses will reappear in the mansion, the manicured gardens and wooded walkways of Highfield Hall & Gardens this summer for our third biennial show. Our artists have created brand new houses inspired by one of their favorite storybooks – some will be well known, others a delightful surprise.  Fairy maps will be available with museum entry and visitors are invited to see and read the books in a cozy family reading nook in Highfield’s education room. This exhibition of 25 miniature masterpieces is destined to be one of the highlights of the season.

Keeping Up Appearances
June 25 – August 25


The Artist and the Garden: Works by Andrea Moore
September 1 – October 31

Artist Reception: September 10, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This exhibition features new artworks inspired by the gardens of the artist’s summer home in Gloucestershire, where she often paints en plein air. A life-long artist with interests in painting, sculpture, printmaking and ceramics, this exhibition explores the merging of these media, influenced by the lush plants and flowers she cares for in her English garden, where she has been participating in a garden restoration project for many years.


Conversations of Beauty: Works by Members of The Printmakers of Cape Cod
September 8 – October 31

Artist Reception: September 10, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This juried print exhibition includes works that highlight the artists’ interpretation of the natural beauty of Cape Cod. The selected prints will ‘speak’ to one another visually and thematically to create a viewer experience that encapsulates the glory of nature as it inspires us in this extraordinary part of the country.


Journey in Watercolor: The Art of Deena Gu
September 8 – October 31

Artist Reception: September 10, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This exhibition features large-scale watercolor paintings in which recognizable elements of land, sea and sky appear to merge into diaphanous and atmospheric tableaus.  Inspired by music and poetry, these introspective and contemplative compositions integrate the fluidity of Chinese painting with contemporary influences.

People Looking At Paintings: New Works by San Lyman
September 8 – October 31

Artist Reception: September 10, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Woods Hole artist San Lyman presents a new series of oil paintings that depict images of people looking at artworks, many of them very famous, in museums in New York City.  The works reflect her direct observations as well as photographs she takes on site.  The viewer’s reactions of shock, delight, amazement and perplexity uniquely inspire each painting.  San’s primary observation, however, is that they all seem transformed by the experience and she seeks to capture their expression on canvas.

Around The House and In The Gardens - Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall

Alfie Glover_ spiritns in garden

The Spirits of the Garden by Alfred Glover

Located in the Sunken Garden

The life that inhabits the branches of the tree is protected and watched over by spiritual entities, fairies, angels, good doer. So the tree represents the portals and passageways between the spiritual, and the living. These sprites are represented by the glass inserts in some of the branches! These spirits often seek the cover of trees and wooded areas. They are sometimes mistaken for lightning bugs, or even shooting stars! They can be found wherever life exists!


Thrown Rope by Peter Hutchinson

Hibernating for the winter, coming back in the spring

Kinetic Outdoor Quilt by Dominique Ehrmann

Located in front of the mansion

Queen-Anne’s-Lace by Ashley Blalock

Located in the Beech trees near the gravel lot

5DMERKABA by Ben Silva

Located on the trail behind the mansion

The MERKABA is an ancient symbol based on the 6 sided star that is used by practitioners of meditation as a  visualization tool: imagine at the point between your eyes two intersecting pyramids rotating oppositely…  This piece is intended to be a five dimensional representation of the form,  loosely resembling other forms in nature; the unfolding of lotus pedals or structures in molecular organization. My work is continually driven by this mystery of sacred geometry; that unifying force which crosses time, culture, and nature and what I believe to be the structure which organizes consciousness.  


Fragment House by Danielle Krcmar

Located behind the mansion

Danielle currently serves as Artist in Residence at Babson College and has exhibited widely in the New England area.  Her extraordinary sculpture, Fragment House, is the first interactive, environmental artwork that has graced the lawns of Highfield Hall & Gardens. It calls attention to Beebe Woods as the backdrop for Highfield Hall and the domestic components of Highfield’s archtecture and history.


A Wind in the Door by Angela Tanner

Located in the West Garden

A fairy tale gate that announces the presence of things unseen. When open, it allows humans and other earthly creatures to pass. When closed, fairies, spirits, and other wind-borne creatures can still move through it, and the sounds of the gate panels are the only evidence that they were here at all. The gate is not only inspired by things that dwell in Beebe Woods, but also by the fantastical creatures in some of the artist’s favorite childhood stories. Books are portals to the imagination, and their pages are passageways to other realms. The panels of this gate are filled with illustrations of benevolent creatures that have transported the storybook characters to other places or have transformed them in some way.

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