Art Shows

Current and Upcoming Art Shows

All shows are on view in the Hunnewell Building lecture hall at 125 Arborway. The Lecture Hall is often used for meetings and classes. Please call 617.384.5209 for exhibition availability, and refer to Hunnewell Visitor Center hours.

The Invented Landscape

Paintings by Nancy Sableski

blue-white croppedFebruary 21–May 29, 2015

Join the artist for a painting demonstration with audience input on May 9, 10am-noon in the Hunnewell building lecture hall.

Just as the Arnold Arboretum is an invented landscape, so are the paintings in this exhibition. While every work of art is an invention, Nancy Sableski takes this concept a step further by painting imagined landscapes that are constructed by blending multiple images taken with her cellphone. In this way she invents places that don’t exist but which clearly refer to the Arboretum. This technique allows her to examine aspects of landscape that continually capture her imagination: the interplay of powerful verticals, unpredictable diagonals, and receding horizontals.

Arboretum Inspiration: Image and Word

Photographs, Philip McAlary; Poetry, Holly Guran

Philip McAlary wild-geranium_dawn-redwood (180x124)June 5-September 3, 2015

Opening Reception: Saturday, June 6, 1:00–3:00pm

Arboretum Poetry Reading: Poems and Poets of Nature, A Reading from the Jamaica Pond Poets with Holly Guran, Sunday, August 2, 1:00-3:00pm
“…Remember, whatever comes next, we have walked here.”
– Excerpt “On Peter’s Hill” Guran, River Tracks, 2007
Together, poet Holly Guran and photographer Philip McAlary have witnessed the continuous inspiration of the Arboretum. Their nature-focused images and words complement each other, melding sight, sound, and mind. Frequent walks in the landscape were the influence and force behind this collaboration uniting McAlary’s vibrant images with Guran’s thoughtful words.

Holly Guran, author of the chapbooks River Tracks (Poets Corner Press), Mothers’ Trails (Noctiluca Press), and the forthcoming River Full of Bones (Iris Press), earned a Massachusetts Cultural Council finalist award in 2012.

Philip L. McAlary studied at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. His photos have appeared on websites including Massachusetts Cultural Council, Wagner Society of Boston, and Carpenter Poets of Eastern Massachusetts.


Exhibition Proposals

Artists interested in mounting solo exhibits in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall should review the exhibition guidelines [pdf]. Proposals may be submitted to with the subject heading “Exhibition Proposal.”