If you are heading down to the Cape this summer, you can catch the work of Watertown artist Paul Angiolillo at an outdoor exhibition at the Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich.
For years, Angiolillo made rustic furniture and some primitive figures as a hobby. He began sculpting more seriously around 1999, after taking an eight-week wood-carving class at the DeCordova Museum & Sculpture Park in Lincoln taught by master sculptor Joe Wheelwright.
He rented a studio in Somerville in 2002, while holding a full-time job as an editor at M.I.T. Angiolillo has since left his job and his studio, and does most of his work in his garage and basement.
Along with art pieces, Angiolillo also makes more functional pieces, such as tables, stands and clocks.
In recent years, Angiolillo has had his work featured in outdoor exhibits, and participated in temporary shows in Pittsfield, Worcester, Andover, Medfield, Somerville, Concord, N.H., North Bennington, Vt., and Ithaca, N.Y. He has also had pieces displayed at libraries around the Boston area, and at a CVS in Porter Square and a Cambridge Trust Bank in Weston. He also sold work from a show at Watertown’s Room 83 Spring Gallery.
His latest work will be on show in Sandwich, as part of the Heritage Museums & Gardens’ outdoor exhibit installation, Natural Threads. Some of the pieces on display on the Cape were made from wood salvaged from a landscaping project at Mount Auburn Cemetery, Angiolillo said.
Other artists featured at the Sandwich exhibition are Elizabeth Knowles and William Thielen, both of New York City, according to the museum.
“This outdoor installation features the imaginative works of artists who link their work to the Museums’ varied terrain. Rope, cord, textiles, branches, and other materials encourage visitors to pay close attention to the landscape,” according to the Heritage Museums’ announcement. “Visitors are encouraged to find each installation, which has been thoughtfully sited to create a dialogue between the artwork and its surroundings as well as provide an opportunity for dialogue among visitors about what they see and feel when they experience the artworks.”
The exhibit will run through Oct. 10, 2016.
Heritage Museums & Gardens are set on 100 acres of gardens, nature trails, and open spaces. Along with the artwork, visitors can fly through the trees on a zip line, see iconic antique automobiles, explore Hidden Hollow – an interactive outdoor discovery area for kids of all ages – and take a ride on a vintage carousel.