About the Trail

Gear up for a one-of-a-kind outdoor art experience! Ski or snowshoe at your own pace, and on your own time, in and through artwork by Vermont artists. The 1.8-mile trail begins at HCA and loops to the neighboring Wilson Farm, offering various paths for all ages and abilities. From the majestic to the comical, delight in diverse works throughout the trail.

Open Air Café

The HCA Café will be open from 11 AM – 2:30 PM Saturdays and Sundays for light lunch fare, delicious treats and warm drinks. Relax by the warming fires, take in the beautiful winter landscape and enjoy refreshments in the open air.

Thank you Wilson Farm for opening up your property for this trail and exhibit. Learn more about their year-round operation at: https://www.wilsonherbfarm.com/

What you need to know:

  • There is no cost for using this trail, but please consider donating so we can continue to offer free arts events. Donate here.
  • Trail is open from dawn to dusk.
  • Visit the equipment library for skis & snowshoes. First come, first served.
  • Do not touch the artwork.
  • Please remember your mask and follow all current state COVID-19 restrictions when using this trail. 
  • View all Visitor Policies

Curator Statement

Where Are We Going? 

We invite you to contemplate Where Are We Going? through winter recreation, the stark snow covered landscape, and the works of 11 Vermont artists.

The journey begins at the Highland Center for the Arts windswept stone patio by the icy metallic Forth Confluence by Phil Thorne and looking up at the kinetic red-orange Cloud Hands by Judith Wrend. Near Tolman Corner you will see Lamentation Road, the first of three iconic exhibits by Peter Schumann and Bread and Puppet Theater. Out of the trees, the rust covered Celestial by Gerald Stoner is in high contrast to its snowy white backdrop. After crossing the “festival field” with bright work created by HCA’s Scene Shop and Peter Schumann you then cruise downhill and encounter the profile of 540-million-year-old Cheshire Quartzite in Christopher Curtis’s Where Do We Come From? Why Are We Here? Where Are We Going? At the high point of the trail, just past Thomas Douglas’s Aloft, you will have the opportunity to reflect on the recent human impact on the land for sustenance (entertainment, food, recreation) through the eyes of Harlan Mack’s Giraffe. With the blank canvas of snow, what does the future hold? Choose your own adventure through the fields with work from Christofer Curtis, Judith Wrend, Cindy Blakeslee, Harlan Mack and pop out at Blue Bonfire, a collaboration between Blakeslee and the HCA Scene Shop. Trek through the rustic Cedar Arch built by Brian Gluck and observe Harlan Mack’s Granilla–who is watching whom? In the southern most field, the trail makes a lollipop and gives the opportunity for a panoramic view as well as a close up with each banner in Domestic Resurrection Services Bedsheets by Peter Schumann. The return trip will warm you and, perhaps, offer a new perspective on the landscape and thoughts on where we go from here.

When you’re toasty and refueled, visit our website for behind the scenes, trail-inspired videos and compositions by Greensboro’s own Roy MacNeil.

The Open Art Gallery in the News!

The Times Argus
‘Where Are We Going?’: Art and Skis in Greensboro

Seven Days
Highland Center for the Arts Adorns a Snowy Trail With Sculpture in Greensboro

NBC
Outdoor Art Gallery on Vt. Ski and Snowshoe Trail

About the Artwork

Most artwork is for sale. Please contact Keisha Luce at keisha@highlandartsvt.org for more information.

Brian Gluck
Cedar Arch, 2020
Peter Schumann, Bread & Puppet Theater
Domestic Resurrection Services, 2020
Christopher Curtis
Gnomon II, 2014
Cindy Blakeslee
#182, 2020
Judith Wrend
Say Something Nice, 2018
Gerald K Stoner
Celestial, 2020
Christopher Curtis
Where Do We Come From? Why Are We Here? Where Are We Going?, 2018
Harlan Mack
Bear Suit, 2020
Thomas Douglas
Aloft, 2017
Judith Wrend
Cloud Hands,2015
Harlan Mack
Giraffe, 2006
Harlan Mack
Granilla, 2006
Ted Donlon & HCA Scene Shop
Wonderland Wickets, 2020
HCA Scene Shop
Clothesline, 2020
Trina Grier & HCA Scene Shop
Festival Flags, 2020
Phil Thorne
Forth Confluence

For your safety, we have implemented the following guidelines:

  • This is an outdoor trail on snow. The trail may not always be groomed. Follow the artwork and the skis.
  • Maintain physical distance on the trail.
  • Please follow Vermont’s Travel Restrictions
  • Only use the trail if you have no symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Dogs are not allowed on the trail.
  • No smoking on HCA or Wilson Farm property.
  • Do not touch the artwork.
  • Do not climb on the artwork.
  • We encourage you to take photos but no commercial photography is allowed.
  • Please stay on the trail.