Dawes Arboretum hosts two artwork displays: Sala Bosworth, Lyman Whitaker

NEWARK — Two distinctive displays, really distinct from each other, can be noticed indoors and outdoor at Dawes Arboretum, the nearly 2,000-acre nonprofit “living tree museum” about 35 miles east of Columbus.

Indoors, in the arboretum’s modest Record Center, is a selection of paintings — oils and watercolors — by Sala Bosworth, a 19th-century Ohio painter with family members ties to the arboretum-founding Dawes spouse and children.

Outside are 60 kinetic wind sculptures established by Utah artist Lyman Whitaker. These graceful steel buildings that utilize the breezes are put together the paved Parkwoods Path, creating for a pleasant, less-than-a-mile-extensive stroll of discovery.  

“Lotus” by Lyman Whitaker

Dawes Arboretum was launched in 1929 by Bertie and Beman Dawes whose uncle, Ephraim Dawes, was married to Frances Bosworth, daughter of painter Sala Bosworth. The paintings in the show had been all component of the Dawes household selection.

Sala Bosworth, born in 1805 in Massachusetts, moved to Marietta in 1816 and grew to become finest-regarded as an artist for his portraits of distinguished Ohioans. He married the daughter of a person of his topics, merchant Charles Shipman of Athens. Yet another of his topics was Decide Ephraim Cutler, whose property alongside the Ohio River also caught the eye of the painter who captured it in just one of the loveliest paintings in the exhibit. “House of Ephraim Cutler” was featured in David McCullough’s e-book “The Pioneers: The Heroic Tale of the Settlers Who Brought the American Ideal West,” which prompted Dawes Arboretum Historian Leslie Wagner to build the exhibition.

"House of Ephraim Cutler" by Sala Bosworth

Bosworth, Wagner reported, “definitely has his location in early Ohio art. This is the 1st serious deep-dive into his art, and is specifically centered on his connection to the Dawes spouse and children.”

Sala Bosworth

Bosworth’s portraits are stylish depictions of users of the higher course, and his landscapes, together with “River Landscape” and “Fishing Scene,” capture serene rural and woodland locations of early Ohio.

Later on in his lifetime, when Bosworth was not earning his key profits from portray, he served as Washington County auditor and as Marietta’s first postmaster, appointed by President Abraham Lincoln. He continued to paint, almost certainly a lot more for enjoyment than income, and turned to the medium of watercolor. The quite a few examples of his watercolor landscapes in this exhibit are refined and very well-crafted.