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.

Arboretum Inspiration: Image and Word

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Photographs, Philip McAlary; Poetry, Holly Guran

June 5-September 13, 2015
Sunday, August 2, 1-3pm, Arboretum Poetry Reading: Poems and Poets of Nature,
A Reading from the Jamaica Pond Poets with Holly Guran

“…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.


Artists in the Arboretum


Location: Hunnewell Building
September 17-October 18, 2015

Twenty-four artists were selected by jury for an exhibition at the Arboretum in conjunction with Jamaica Plain Open Studios.  A wide variety of media and styles will be represented in art inspired by the plants and landscape of the Arnold Arboretum. Photography, oil, collage, watercolor, stained glass, and more will be on display for Arboretum visitors during this annual show.

JP Open Studios weekend is September 19-20, 10:00am–5:00pm at the Arnold Arboretum. The Artists in the Arboretum exhibition will be in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall from September 17-October 18, 2015 with an opening reception on September 17, 5-7pm. The public is welcome to attend.


Turning Wood: The Art of the Woodturner

Vertical Evolution by Nigel Howe

Location: Hunnewell Building
An Exhibition by the Association of Revolutionary Turners (ART), Central New England Woodturners, and Massachusetts South Shore Woodturners
October 24-October 25, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, October 23, 5:00-7:00pm
Select work will also be on display in the Hunnewell Visitor Center, Oct 9-Nov 8

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.