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The Aidron Duckworth Art Museum in Meriden opens for its 11th season Saturday, April 27, with a showing of constructed wood sculptures by guest artist Paul Bowen of Williamsville, Vt. The exhibit, in Gallery II at the museum, will run through June 9. An opening reception is set for 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, with a gallery talk by the artist at 4 p.m. For 30 years, Bowen has lived on Cape Cod, where he created sculptures made from wood he found along the beaches. Now a resident of Vermont, he continues to work with materials he finds along the riverbanks and dams near his home. His worn and battered wood sculptures, ranging from hand-sized to monumental in scale, has been collected by the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, among others. Also unveiled at Saturday's reception will be "Exhibition XXI, Forms in Space," featuring paintings by Duckworth in Gallery I, through July 28. The showing features paintings from a 1970 exhibition in South Africa, where Duckworth was head of the Department of Fine Art at the University of Natal. For more information,call 469-3444 or go aidronduckworthmuseum.org. 

Meriden museum unveils wood sculptures


MERIDEN - The Aidron Duckworth Art Museum opens for its 11th season Saturday, April 27, with a showing of constructed wood sculptures by guest artist Paul Bowen of Williamsville, Vt.

The exhibit, in Gallery II at the museum, will run through June 9. An opening reception is set for 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, with a gallery talk by the artist at 4 p.m.

For 30 years, Bowen has lived on Cape Cod, where he created sculptures made from wood he found along the beaches. Now a resident of Vermont, he continues to work with materials he finds along the riverbanks and dams near his home.

His worn and battered wood sculptures, ranging from hand-sized to monumental in scale, has been collected by the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, among others.

Also unveiled at Saturday's reception will be "Exhibition XXI, Forms in Space," featuring paintings by Duckworth in Gallery I, through July 28. The showing features paintings from a 1970 exhibition in South Africa, where Duckworth was head of the Department of Fine Art at the University of Natal.

For more information,call 469-3444 or go aidronduckworthmuseum.org.