CORNISH — With a title change that reflects preeminent sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens’ reach throughout the United States, the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Park opens for the season Saturday.
More than 100 works are on display on the grounds, which includes the home and studios of Saint-Gaudens, a sculptor known for his heroic monuments, such as Boston’s Shaw Memorial, to gold coins and portrait reliefs.
Earlier this year Congress passed legislation redesignating the Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site as a national historical park. This change reflects the increased breadth of the property and the more expansive story it tells — including not only Saint-Gaudens, but also the renowned Cornish Colony and a diverse range of arts-related programs and activities.
This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the Saint-Gaudens Memorial, a nonprofit group that acts as a partner and advocate for the park in Cornish. There will be special gatherings, awards, exhibitions and music over the course of the season.
Memorial Day Weekend brings the unveiling of “Fresco,” an exhibition by the 2018 Saint-Gaudens Memorial Fellow Ruby Sky Stiler, which runs from Saturday through July 7. (A reception and artist’s talk will be held in the Picture Gallery at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22.)
In her work, Stiler refers to various movements throughout the history of art, including relief sculptures and fresco techniques of the Greco-Roman period. In “Fresco,” intricate carved wooden frames allude to those used by Saint-Gaudens in his own work.
The park also plans to offer contemporary and historical exhibitions, concerts, educational and interactive arts opportunities in coming months. Visitors also can take in the notable views along trails. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily through Oct. 31.
For more information, visit nps.gov/saga.