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.

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 (CNEW), and Massachusetts South Shore Woodturners (MSSW)
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. See the article in Roslindale’s Wicked Local online newspaper.

This event is free, the public is cordially invited.


Trees: Intimate Portraits


October 28, 2016-February 5, 2017
Opening Reception with the artist, Sat., October 29, 1-3:00pm, Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall
Walking tour with the artist and visitor engagement staff: Sat., Nov. 12, 1-2:00pm; Rain Date: Sat. Nov. 19, 1-2:00pm

Scars, burls, peeling bark, lichen, insect and animal markings—come explore the intimate, fascinating, up close world of tree bark as seen through the lens and sensibilities of photographer Jennifer Weigel. This Arboretum exhibition of Weigel’s photographic series, illuminates the often overlooked beauty found in the bark of trees and shrubs. As an artist, Weigel is particularly drawn to details in nature and the unique individuality of each tree. Her images are examinations of each plant’s history through the beauty, as well as the bruises, of its outer surfaces.

Jennifer Weigel has a BFA in Studio Arts from Webster University in St. Louis and has participated in a wide variety and number of solo, group, and small format exhibitions. In April of 2017, the Trees: Intimate Portraits show will travel to the Grand Opera House in Wilmington, DE.

Art shows and walks 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.


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.”