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 Art of Woody Plants

wild blueberries Stephanie Whitney

New England Society of Botanical Artists: The Art of Woody Plants

July 8 –  October 11, 2016
Location: Hunnewell Building

With 150 members, the New England Society of Botanical Artists (NESBA) brings a strong, artistic presence to the Arnold Arboretum this summer. Thirty-three works are exhibited ranging from watercolor to pastel. The Society has recently shown at the Brush Gallery in Lowell, Massachusetts, participated in the New England Flower Show, and includes many artists within the group who have received prestigious awards from the national organization— the American Society of Botanical Artists, as well as the British counterpart—The Society of Botanical Artists. The focus of this show, woody plants of New England, offers a unique, artistic interpretation of many of the plants included in the Arboretum’s collection. The New England Society of Botanical Artists last exhibited at the Arnold Arboretum in 2007, and now brings fresh faces and new art for our visitors to enjoy.

See a great local review of The Art of Woody Plants exhibition at the Arnold Arboretum

Art shows and demos are free and open to the public.
Note: The Hunnewell Building lecture hall is often used for meetings and classes. Please call 617.384.5209 for exhibition availability, and refer to Hunnewell Visitor Center hours.


Turning Wood: The Art of the Woodturner II

Woodturners 2016_Ben Natale

Location: Hunnewell Building
An Exhibition by the Association of Revolutionary Turners (ART), Central New England Woodturners, and Massachusetts South Shore Woodturners
October 22-October 23, 2016 with turning demonstrations at 11am, 1pm and 3pm
Opening Reception: Friday, October 21, 5:00-7:00pm
Select work will also be on display in the Hunnewell Visitor Center, Sept 29-Nov 20

Woodturning: the art or process of fashioning wood into various forms and shapes by means of a lathe.

Woodturning has a long history, going back to 1300 BC Egypt. Unique in relation to most woodworking due to its use of a lathe, woodturners turn out practical, functional pieces or “turn” to the purely aesthetic. Each craftsman brings their own personal artistic vision to the objects they create, and the pieces in maple, cherry, and other wood from far and near (look for work turned from Arnold Arboretum deaccessioned trees) offer a unique look at the “personality” within the wood itself. The three woodturning associations that have come together for this very special Arnold Arboretum exhibition will bring their own creativity and technical expertise, displaying unique pieces for utilitarian use and aesthetic enjoyment. Join us as members demonstrate their skill working the lathe throughout the weekend.

This event is free, the public is cordially invited.


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.”