ELISE MORRIS EXHIBIT On View: October 1 through November 12 Elise Morris is a working artist exploring nature’s point of view, particularly fleeting moments of growth and change. Finding beauty in the unexpected, she works from a deep desire to learn her natural surroundings. Elise begins each piece with a simple line drawing, and adds layers and layers of translucent paint. The resulting paintings and drawings explore concepts of nature, at the edge of abstraction.
image @ Elise Morris
Enduring Blooms: Aimee Baldwin, Artist in Residence Solo Show Selected pieces currently on view Free with Admission
Aimee Baldwin is a self-taught artist from the Bay Area who specializes in what she calls “vegan taxidermy,“ creating botanical sculpture from crepe paper. Her work was most recently featured in the October 2015 issue of Gardens Illustrated. Her exhibit presents a herbarium of her sculpture, showing a selection of flowers and plants found in the last days of summer during an inspiring visit to Tower Hill Botanic Garden.
A selection of works by Aimee Baldwin will remain on view at Tower Hill through September. After Tower Hill, Aimee’s work will be displayed at the Petaluma Arts Center in conjunction with the traveling Hunt Institute’s 14th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration October 10-December 11.
JENINE SHEREOS ‘LEAVES’ On View: October 20–November 30 Free with Admission
Artist Biography: Jenine Shereos is a sculptor and installation artist specializing in fiber and textile processes. She has an MFA from California State University, Long Beach, and currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Shereos’ work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and included in exhibitions in France, Italy, Switzerland, Poland, Portugal, Hungary, Austria, and Canada. Her work has also been published in the Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Frame Magazine, Make Magazine, Textile Plus Magazine, and Mary Schoeser’s recent publication; Textiles: The Art of Mankind. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2015 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellowship in Crafts, first place in “Small Expressions,” at the Long Beach Museum of Art, second prize at the Triennial of Mini-textiles in Angers, France, and the Drawing Prize at the 20th Drawing Show at the Boston Center for the Arts’ Mills Gallery in Boston, Massachusetts.
Artist Statement In Leaves Series, the intricacies of a leaf’s veining are recreated by wrapping, stitching, and knotting together strands of human hair. Inspired by the delicate and detailed venation of a leaf, I began stitching individual strands of hair by hand into a water- soluble backing material. At each point where one strand of hair intersected another, I stitched a tiny knot, so that when the backing was dissolved, the entire piece was able to hold its form. Creating this work was a very meditative process for me, as I found myself lost in the detail of the small, organic microcosms that began taking shape.
The complex network of lines present in this work mimics the organic patterns found in nature and speaks to the natural systems of transformation, growth and decay. Allusions to the vascular tissue of plants, as well as the vascular system of the human body, exist simultaneously; the delicate trace of a hair falling silently, imperceptibly, from one’s head becoming the veins of a leaf as it falls from a tree leaving its indelible imprint on the ground below.
– Jenine Shereos
THE WILD RUMPUS: A STICKWORK SCULPTURE BY PATRICK DOUGHERTY We are extremely grateful to internationally acclaimed artist Patrick Dougherty, and his team of volunteers, for creating his latest towering Stickwork installation at Tower Hill Botanic Garden: The Wild Rumpus.
Patrick Dougherty bends, weaves, and flexes locally sourced saplings into architectural sculptures which are unique to the setting and dynamically relate to the landscape and built environment around them. Over the last 30 years, he has built more than 250 of these works. His award winning sculptures have been seen worldwide — from Scotland to Japan to Brussels, and all over the United States. “Here at Tower Hill we strive to show our visitors the value of plants and the impact nature can have on our lives,” said Tower Hill interim CEO Suzanne Maas. “We’re thrilled to experience Patrick Dougherty’s works up close and to see the power of plants through his unique perspective.”
ABOUT PATRICK DOUGHERTY Combining his carpentry skills with his love of nature, Dougherty uses rudimentary building techniques to experiment with tree saplings as construction material. His first work, titled “Maple Body Wrap,” was included in the 1982 North Carolina Biennial Artists’ Exhibition, sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of Art. In the following year, he had his first one-person show titled “Waitin’ It Out in Maple” at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His work quickly evolved from single pieces on conventional pedestals to monumental scale environmental works, which required saplings by the truckloads.
His sculpture has been seen worldwide and he has received numerous awards, including the 2011 Factor Prize for Southern Art, North Carolina Artist Fellowship Award, Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, Henry Moore Foundation Fellowship, Japan-US Creative Arts Fellowship, and National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Princeton Architectural Press published a major book about Dougherty and his work in 2009. For more information on Dougherty, visit www.stickwork.net.
ELIZABETH CORKERY “RUIN SEQUENCE” Exhibit on View: October 1, 2016 – May 2017 Reception with the Artist: Saturday, October 8, 2pm Elizabeth Corkery’s current practice focuses on constructed garden environments and their complex relationship to the passage of time. Elizabeth traveled through the United Kingdom during the summer of 2016, visiting and documenting specific English landscape gardens, and producing a new body of work during a month-long residency in London. Her new work will be on display from October 2016 to May 2017 in the conservatories of Tower Hill.
About the Artist Elizabeth Corkery (b. 1986, Sydney, Australia) received her MFA from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY in 2013 where she was the recipient of the John Hartell Graduate Award in recognition of excellence in graduate studio practice. She moved to the United States in 2004 after completing her BFA (Hons) in Printmaking from the College of Fine Arts, Sydney, spending two years living and working in Brooklyn, NY before commencing her graduate studies. Elizabeth has received production and research funding from The Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation, Brooklyn Arts Council, Somerville Arts Council, Cornell Council for the Arts and Australian philanthropic organizations The Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, The Ian Potter Cultural Trust and The Australia Council. In 2016 she was a part of the London Summer Intensive, run collaboratively through the Slade School of Fine Art and Camden Arts Centre, funded in full by a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. Elizabeth currently lives and works in Providence, RI.
FLOWING FLORALS May 16 – June 25 Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 17, 5–7pm
Embracing chance, watercolors are a liberated art form blurring the line between painting and drawing. Accessible, portable, and forgiving, watercolors are a medium for everyone from the skilled practitioner to the budding artist. The artists in this exhibit celebrate spring through interpretations of spring botanical forms, providing a lens to view Tower Hill’s living collection. The diversity of expression from representational to abstract demonstrates the versatility of watercolor and the range of techniques available to artists.
Barry Van Dusen
The Language of Flowers
June 27 – August 6
Opening Reception: Wednesday, June 28, 5–7pm This exhibit, exploring the long tradition of using flowers to communicate emotion and convey meaning, will feature art in a wide range of media, from collage to sculpture, by artists from the United States and around the world.
Featured artists include Stephen Eichhorn, Ben Giles, Eugenia Loli, Gabriela Ibarra, Melinda Hackett, Carlos Betancourt and Travis Bedel.
FINE ART EXHIBITS APPLICATION GUIDELINES
Although fine art exhibitions are primarily selected and curated by invitation only, Tower Hill Botanic Garden welcomes proposals for high-quality art exhibitions to be displayed on our gallery walls. Please keep in mind the mission of Tower Hill Botanic Garden when submitting. “Tower Hill Botanic Garden strives to inspire the use and appreciation of horticulture to improve lives, enrich communities, and strengthen our commitment to the natural world.” View Tower Hill’s Fine Art Exhibits Application Guidelines here.
COMMUNITY ART EXHIBITS APPLICATION GUIDELINES
The Tower Hill Botanic Garden Community Art Program invites artists living or working in Central Massachusetts to submit proposals for exhibits. Exhibitions will run for four weeks and can be proposed by people from all walks of life, including but not limited to, students, artists, designers, groups, and classes. Exhibitions should be thematically curated, with a strong emphasis on plants and the natural environment. View Tower Hill’s Community Art Exhibits Application Guidelines here.