Tarleton Castle Welcomes Public to Open House on September 8

September 9, 2018

Tarleton Castle Arts, a developing art residency facility in Bath, New Hampshire, is pleased to announce its first Open House on Saturday, September 8th. From 1-6 pm, the public is invited to tour a handcrafted 7-story castle, see the beginnings of Studio in the Woods, experience the first installations on the Sculpture Trail, and meet a few of the 2018 Pioneer Residency Program participants. Live music will be performed by regional singer/songwriter, Ana D’Leon, light refreshments will be offered, and attendees will be able to interact with a variety of hands-on art activities.

Tarleton Castle was initially conceived as a livable sculpture by Founding Executive Director, Tim Dailey. As the sculpture grew, he quickly realized that it must be shared. Construction on the castle began in 2004. In 2015, Tarleton Castle Arts became a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. Today, it offers residencies to college-level artists who learn real-world building skills by directly contributing to the construction of both the castle and its campus and assisting with community workshops.

Raised with Quaker sensibilities, Dailey has always equated his actions with their effects on society. Although he had lucrative employment in the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, Dailey was drawn to the beauty and promise of northern New England. He says art is a sensibility that he has always applied to his work and environment whenever possible.

For many years, Dailey was a commercial artist, restored antique automobiles, and designed and built custom autos and accessories, among other jobs. For the past twenty years, most of his work has been in the building trades as both a designer and builder. He states, “Architecture can be a functional form of art, lending purpose and beauty to structures and the landscape they meld with. They can and should be usable inhabitable sculpture.”

Dailey went on to say, “When I was a boy, my parents took me to many museums and historic sites. Some of these had amazing buildings and structures, sculptural forms that seemed to be formed by and for the landscapes they inhabited. Among the most intriguing were the towers. Towers of wood, stone, iron, and concrete. In 2004, the need to build a tower won me over and I started to draw a castle tower.”

Since relocating to New Hampshire, Dailey says he has seen a need for more art education in the north country and quickly recognized the immense potential of the castle. Volunteer Weekends began in 2014, and have become highly successful in not only achieving great strides in campus and castle development, but also in bringing artists, members of the building trade, and community members together. 2018 welcomed the first season of active residencies and art school participants, and now both Dailey and the board of directors are thrilled to offer the first Tarleton Castle Arts Open House.

The mission of Tarleton Castle Arts is to provide residency programs for emerging artists and designers to work with their hands and derive inspiration from the natural world. Artists will receive studio space and a supportive community to further their work. They will, in turn, provide art programming for the local community with a focus on youth. Visit tarletoncastle.org online to learn more about this facility.

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