Sea Life, 2002
On view October 9, 2004 to September 18, 2005
Located in the: Art & Nature Center
The natural world has been an inspiration for artists throughout time. In Nature's Company explores this connection, drawing on the work of more than 20 Massachusetts artists for whom nature is a rich source of creativity and subject matter.
The exhibition features a wide variety of works including paintings, photography, sculpture, furniture, and quilts. Through these works, the artists reflect on their own experiences and interpretations of nature. Sandy Litchfield uses nature walks as inspiration for her fascinating, layered paintings, which blend digital images, oils, and watercolors. Judy Kensley McKie’s brass Monkey Chair combines whimsy and functionality. Sally Dillon reflects the vibrant colors and wonders found in the ocean in her quilt Sea Life. Steve Hollinger’s Bat uses sunlight and heat to make a bat skeleton move in its glass case. Some works echo the vital forces of nature, while others convey the fragility and delicate balance of the natural environment.
The Art & NatureCenter
The Art & Nature Center is an innovative space for families and K?6 school groups featuring dynamic, interactive displays and activity stations that highlight the connections between art and nature. Rotating theme-based installations and an exploration zone celebrate this region’s unique natural heritage while referencing the global influences nature has had on artists, art, and culture.
Stop by the Maker Lounge to Meet David Yann Robert, our newest maker-in-residence. Robert is currently an exhibiting artist in Branching Out: Trees as Art in the Art & Nature Center and co-founder of the Center for Children's Speculative Design. At the Open House, he and a few youth designers will talk about the Speculative Lifeforms project they are working on during Robert's residency.
Also, learn about:
- upcoming low-cost workshops for adults
- events for all ages
- the equipment and materials in the space
Share your feedback and suggestions for programs you'd like to see in the Maker Lounge. You'll also meet other makers, tinkerers, technologists, creatives and crafters here in Salem!
Included with museum admission
Spread your branches to celebrate the return of spring and join our Earth Day festivities!
The Leaf Men
10:30-11 am | meet at information desk
Who are the mysterious Leaf Men and can they save the backyard from the evil Spider Queen?
COLLABORATIVE ART MAKING
10:30 am-1 pm | outside the museum
Join Branching Out artist Kyle Browne to create a forest mural along the front of the museum.
DROP-IN ART MAKING
11 am-2 pm | Create Space
Decorate a seedling pot and be ready to plant for spring! Early participants also get an evergreen tree seedling to take home.
1-3 pm, | outside the museum
Meet Branching Out artist and Maker Lounge Artist-in-Residence David Yann Robert and learn how to eavesdrop on the inner life of a tree, then create an original artwork.
DROP-IN ART MAKING
1-4 pm | Atrium
Compose patterns and original designs with laminated leaves, inspired by the work of Branching Out artist Joan Backes.