Sculpture Walk


The Connecticut River Artisans Group (CRAG) Sculpture Walk project is a multi-year effort headed up by the CRAG Sculpture Committee to acquire outdoor sculptures for display on the grounds of the Great North Woods Center for the Arts (GNWCA) in Columbia, New Hampshire. This public art project began in 2020 with the acquisition and installation of three sculptures by local artists and the inauguration of an annual CRAG Sculpture Competition – an open call for sculptural design submittals with a competitive selection process.

Our vision is to create and gradually expand a serene public venue featuring sculptural artworks by regional artists on the grounds of the GNWCA. For the first two years, a prize of $1,500 acquired through a combination of private and public funding was offered for the winning entry.  Multiple exciting entries were received each year, and the winning sculptures (“Happy Hunting” by Liz Helfer installed in 2021 and “Winding Walk” by Gillian Christy installed in 2022) are truly outstanding works which are now on display along the Sculpture Walk.

The prize was increased to $3,000 in time for the 2023 competition, however none of the design proposals submitted that year earned the final approval of the Sculpture Committee. Still CRAG was able to install two new sculptures in 2023 (a supersize chime and timber supporting arch and “Late Bloomer” by Keith Hopps) through private donations. CRAG eagerly anticipates new acquisitions in the coming years, through the annual Sculpture Competition and through private donations as this exciting and unique North Country public arts project continues to grow.

Annual Sculpture Competition

OPEN CALL: Requests for Proposals for inclusion in CRAG’s Sculpture Garden and Walk at the Great North Woods Center for the Arts (GNWCA).  Media Requirements: Submissions must be at least 3’ in height and be designed for outdoor display. All media that can withstand Northern New Hampshire weather extremes is admissible.

Submission Requirements:
• Cover Letter describing submission proposal
• 3 to 5 images of proposed submission
• Artist resume including biography, educational background, and exhibition history
Entries Due Date: Submission must be sent no later than March 15, 2024

Installation Timeline:  This will be decided by the artist and committee with a target date of around August 15th. An opening reception and possible artist talk will also be decided in consultation with the artist.

Accepted work:  Artist must deliver the piece between the dates provided above and have the ability to install the sculpture with assistance from CRAG members. The winning sculpture will be displayed permanently outdoors along the CRAG Sculpture Walk located on the grounds of the GNWCA in Columbia, NH.  The installation site will be determined by CRAG with input from the sculptor. Existing sculptures and more than one submission from the sculptor are acceptable and encouraged.

Prize: $3000 payable to the artist on delivery and installation of the work.

Jurors: A specially appointed committee of four board members of CRAG will be responsible for choosing the winning sculpture.

Contact: Proposals should be emailed to Michele Johnsen at [email protected]. For questions please contact Bette Guerin at [email protected], Nancy Smith at [email protected] or Michele Johnsen at [email protected].  You can find out more about the Great North Woods Center for the Arts at


The Connecticut River Artisans Group (CRAG) is pleased to announce that two new additions are planned this summer for our growing Sculpture Walk located at the Great North Woods Center for the Arts in Columbia, NH.  On Thursday, June 20th a new sculpture by New Hampshire artist Markus Weinfurter entitled, “Wind in the Willow” will be installed.  The public is invited to see this latest addition to the Sculpture Walk and attend an artist talk by Mr. Weinfurter about his work at 3:30pm at the Center.

Mr. Weinfurter’s work draws on his wide-ranging and unusual artistic background – he has over 20 years experience in the dramatic arts as a set designer and builder, dancer, stilt walker, performer, and documentary film director and producer in addition to his success as a metal sculptor.  His dynamic metal creations made from recycled materials were recently featured on Channel 9’s New Hampshire Chronicle.  “As a metal artist, I am passionate about creating unique pieces using reclaimed materials.  My background in theater design inspires me to think outside the box and create pieces that are not only beautiful but also functional.  Each piece I create is one-of-a-kind and tells its own story.”  We are indeed fortunate to add one of his creations as a permanent addition to the growing CRAG Sculpture Walk and urge the public to come see this latest acquisition and hear Mr. Weinfurter give a brief presentation about his sculptures.

On Saturday, July 13th the second new sculpture will be installed this summer at the Center.  “World Wide Web” by New Hampshire sculptor Blaze Konefal is another exciting and imaginative metalwork.  Mr. Konefal takes every day objects and creates whimsey.  His creations are often dynamic and intriguing. “They remain dormant until some outside force, such as invisible wind, disturbs their static equilibrium.  Some art moves with no obvious force being applied, however it is your mind that is supplying the motion.”  Mr. Konefal will also give an artist talk at 12:30pm following the installation of World Wide Web, and the public is invited to meet the artist and enjoy his presentation.