The Arboretum hosts an ongoing exhibition series of artwork on natural themes by regional artists, as well as an annual juried show held in February of each year and an outdoor sculpture show during the summer.
Art exhibitions are displayed in the Visitor's Center gallery.
Matthew Moore, “Coachella Valley,” pigment print, 24" x 30"
July 31-September 29
Easton photographer Matthew Moore will exhibit works from his Terra Incognita series in the Visitor’s Center through September 29. Shot while he was an artist-in-residence at the Joshua Tree Highlands AIR program in Joshua Tree, CA, his striking photographs explore the powerful beauty of the desert landscape and the paradoxical ways humans interact with it. Used as a training ground for soldiers bound for Iraq and Afghanistan, its stark and stunning topography also draws artists looking for inspiration and others seeking retreat from the pressures of our current cultures. There will be a reception to meet the artist on Saturday, August 18 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Clockwise from left: "Guardians," Bridgette Guerzon Mills; "Modern-Day Fossils," Melissa Burley; "Tumble," Marcia Wolfson Ray
Outdoor Sculpture Invitational
Artists in Dialogue with Landscape
June 1-September 30, 2018
Sculptures by ten artists hailing from around the Mid-Atlantic region are on view in the Outdoor Sculpture Invitational—Artists in Dialogue with Nature. Continuing a series inaugurated in 2002, this is the ninth biennial outdoor invitational of work directly inspired by the Arboretum’s varied landscapes and created on-site using primarily natural found materials. There will be a reception and guided sculpture walk Saturday, June 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. in conjunction with Lee D’Zmura’s reception.
Featured artists are Ben Allanoff, Susan Benarcik, Julia Bloom, Melissa Burley, Ashley Kidner, Elizabeth McCue, Bridgette Guerzon Mills, Marcia Wolfson Ray, Eliezer Sollins, and Diane Szczepaniak.
At a mere six inches square, Diane DuBois Mullaly’s plein air oil paintings are like tiny bursts of energy. For her show Light and Life, on view in the Visitor’s Center October 2 through December 1, this Easton artist came to the Arboretum day after day throughout the year to paint outdoors, capturing intimate glimpses of its landscapes from its wetlands and nearby meadows to its forested paths. Her paintings are flooded with light and surprising color, and there’s a palpable physical energy created by the brisk movement of her palette knife as she troweled the paint on, sometimes scraping it back, sometimes adding layers on top. There will be a reception to meet the artist on Saturday, October 20 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Strikingly elegant, the seedpods and dried leaves and petals in Washington artist Paige Billin-Frye’s photographs reveal and celebrate the end stages of the life cycle of individual plants. For her show Small Worlds, on view December 4 through February 2 in the Visitor’s Center, she printed gentle, sepia-toned close-up studies of fading botanical specimens onto softly textured paper. Some are digitally printed, while others use historical printing processes such as cyanotype or gum bichromate. Each image is a distinctive portrait of an individual plant, as well as a meditation on discovering the ravishing beauty of imperfection and decay. There will be a reception to meet the artist on Saturday, December 8 from 3 to 5 p.m.
If you are an artist interested in exhibiting at Adkins Arboretum, please email 6-12 digital images of your work and a resume or letter of introduction to the attention of the Art Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail this information to Adkins Arboretum, P.O. Box 100, Ridgely, MD 21660.