Group Art Tours

Gallery director patricia Purdy welcomes and directs the art group tour to the demonstration area at DeVries Fine Art international.

Welcoming a group art tour

Group Art Tours

Group art tours

Are you looking for a unique, exciting and educational group art tour experience in western Massachusetts for your institution, school or organization?

That’s exactly what you’ll find here at DeVries Fine Art International located in Middlefield, MA., a pastoral hilltown that borders both the Berkshires and the Pioneer Valley. Easy to reach and a scenic destination!

An on site bronze casting demonstration at the Clark Art Institute by sculptor Andrew DeVries in 2010.

On site at the Clark Art Institute in 2010

Bronze casting demonstrations

Andrew has wowed audiences with bronze casting demonstrations beginning with his first Open Studio in 1987 to the present day. The metal is heated to a temperature of 2100 degrees Fahrenheit in a crucible then lifted out and poured into molds. This inspiring moment is rarely seen by the average art enthusiast and the casting of molten metal always thrills spectators.

Two young visitors in rapt attention as sculptor andrew DeVries explains one of the steps in the lost wax proceaa at DeVries fine Art International.

Andrew explains a step in the lost wax process.

Lectures

In his talks, Andrew explains cire perdue, in English called the lost wax method, for transforming the original clay or wax sculptures into bronze. This is an ancient process going back 5000 years in history. It's a fascinating technique captivating both the young and old. As a master sculptor/founder Andrew engages people with his knowledge and passion for the art form sprinkled with some humor from his forty year artistic journey.

One of the casting demonstrations at Chesterwood Museum during his residences from 1996 to 2003.

Chesterwood Museum artist in residence 1996 to 2003

Past demonstrations

Andrew’s casting presentations during his tenure as artist in residence at the Chesterwood Museum are legendary. These demonstrations/lectures took course over the weekends each summer from 1996 to 2003 giving Andrew a vast experience in interacting with the public. Other appearances have included the Berkshire Museum, Springfield Museum, Rockwell Museum and the Clark Art Institute. School slide presentations have dazzled students at Bentley College, the Grove School and Andrew’s personal favorite, William’s Elementary school in Pittsfield, MA.

Andrew welcomes an art group tour from the Gardner Museum at DeVries Fine Art International.

A group tour from the Gardner Museum

Art group tours at the studios

Museums that have brought group art tours directly to the studios for this experiential event include the Gardner Museum, Nelson-Atkins Museum, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Renwick Museum and the Berkshire Museum. Other organizations have also come to see the gallery and studios for a remarkable encounter with art.

A collector examines one of andrew's bronze sculptures during a lecture at DeVries Fine Art gallery

A collector examines a sculpture

The Gallery

DeVries Fine Art International is located in the Barn Studio where indoor sculptures and paintings are available for sale. This studio is also where the castings are cleaned, welded and finished. It has an ambience like no other gallery for this is where all the works come to life as finished sculptures!

This man who Flies, a sculpture by Andrew DeVries on the Sculpture Trail at River Studios in Middlefield, MA

The Sculpture Trail

The Sculpture Trail

An added feature of the property is the Sculpture Walking Trail that winds its way through shady groves along the middle branch of the Westfield River. There are over thirty works sited along the trail with ten more slated for installation in 2021!

The studios are handicap accessible; however the walking trail is not at this time.

An group art  tour watches the pouring of bronze at DeVries Fine Art International.

Contact us for your own Group Art Tour!

Your Group Art Tour

As you can see there is a lot to experience here at DeVries Fine Art International. Please call Andrew or Patricia at our studio’s office (413) 238-7755 or email us at andrew@andrewdevries.com to discuss a time for your own organizations' group art tour. Andrew and Patricia will work with you to develop an exciting visit for you and your members!