Art Shows

Current and Upcoming Art Shows

All shows are free and open to the public and on view in the Hunnewell Building at 125 Arborway, Boston. 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. See all of our tour and class listings.

Bonsai Painting by Paul Olson

Drawn to Paint

Paintings of Arboretum Trees by Paul Olson

May 10, 2019 – July 21, 2019

Opening Reception, Saturday, May 18, 1:00-3:00pm

Making Art in the Landscape: A Workshop, Saturday, July 13, 1:00-3:00pm

LocationHunnewell Building

Artist, Paul Olson, has been discovering the nuances of the Arnold Arboretum’s collections ever since he first passed through its gates in 2011. A landscape painter for decades, Olson explores the grounds with sketchbook in hand, typically in the early morning hours. His goal is to be unencumbered by any agenda and open to what the light of the day presents. In 2012, he had an exhibition at the Arboretum titled “Drawn to Woods.” The expressive ink drawings in that show were all completed en plein air – on-site in the open air. In this new exhibition, Olson brings his on-site observations into the painting studio to work in color, reflecting on his real-world experience, but searching for that delightful sense of childlike discovery found in a forest. These works on paper and canvas also feature paintings of bonsai from the Arnold Arboretum’s Bonsai and Penjing Collection.

Olson holds a degree in Illustration from Rhode Island School of Design, where he now teaches. He is also an instructor in the Illustration Department at Massachusetts College of Art in Boston. Paul Olson’s work has been exhibited in various group and solo exhibitions in the US, including the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Wyoming, the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in Washington, and the Local 37 Ironworkers Union Hall. He is a resident of Riverside, Rhode Island. He is also a potter and an avid bonsai cultivator, and sole proprietor of Clam Alley Pottery which specializes in unique containers for bonsai trees.

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.”