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Pawlet Artists Create Pandemic-Era Outdoor Art Gallery in a Hayfield

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Steve and Eve Schaub with their first piece - COURTESY OF EVENSTEVE 2020
  • Courtesy Of Evensteve 2020
  • Steve and Eve Schaub with their first piece

With many indoor businesses still under coronavirus-related restrictions, two Pawlet residents have created an outdoor art gallery for all to enjoy.

Eve and Steve Schaub wanted to provide a screen-free experience for people who've been stuck inside. The couple erected the first piece earlier this month in the six-acre hayfield near their house at 671 River Road.

Steve shot, and enlarged to 10 feet, a photograph that features Eve holding a basket and walking through woods. Across the image Eve painted: "My heart is very big. Sometimes I wonder if it is big enough."

"We really did this piece as sort of a love letter to our town, our friends, our community and our state," Steve said. "We want to engage people during this difficult time."

The couple plans to put up a new piece every week or so this summer. Most will be visible from the road, though they'll mow a path through the grass as the gallery grows.

"Seeing artwork in person is a unique experience and something I think that everyone can benefit — especially right now — from," Eve said. "We use art to make sense of the world and to help us in times of crisis."

Steve, a photographer, and Eve, an author and blogger, have each pursued individual artistic pursuits in the 23 years they've been married. Only recently have they worked together; the plein air gallery is their first.

The art won't be protected from the elements, so when the wind, rain, humidity and sun have had their way with the images, the show's over. The couple expects each piece will last four to six months.

Many bicyclists pedal their road, and some U-turn back to get a better look. Drivers often honk and give a thumbs-up, the artists said.

"The response has been amazing," Eve said. "It's a really gratifying experience to watch people enjoy it."

The original print version of this article was headlined "Eyes Over Here"

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