Art & Nature Center

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Art & Nature Center

Completely redesigned, the expanded Art & Nature Center showcases original exhibitions that investigate our interconnections with nature through contemporary art, memorable objects and interactive experiences. Designed for visitors of all ages, the new family-friendly center features changing exhibitions, hands-on displays and art-making spaces.

Changing Art & Nature Exhibitions

These revolving shows explore timely topics at the interface of human experience and the natural world.

Our exhibition, Branching Out: Trees as Art, opened September 27th. Come explore art inspired by and made with trees!

Check out all of our Past Art & Nature Center Exhibitions below.

Art & Nature Displays

Discover art and natural specimens from the museum's collection that reveal stories about our evolving relationship with nature. Interactive sculptures and exploratory stations also invite you to play and invent as you investigate your own connections with the environment. The Investigate! Zone, with its fun things to do and create on low tables, shows toddlers and preschoolers there's a place here for them, too!

Art-making Spaces

Exercise your creativity at PEM! Visit the Art Nook and Create Space for a wide range of drop-in programs and art-making workshops. (See the Events Calendar for details.)


Check out the latest blog posts about the center by Meg Winikates, Art & Nature Center Programs Coordinator at Connected.

Past Art & Nature Center Exhibitions

Beyond Human: Artist–Animal Collaborations
Beyond Human: Artist–Animal Collaborations
October 19, 2013 to September 7, 2014
Ripple Effect, The Art of H2O
Ripple Effect, The Art of H2O
June 18, 2011 to July 8, 2012
Eye Spy, Playing with Perception
Eye Spy, Playing with Perception
June 19, 2010 to May 22, 2011
Trash Menagerie
Trash Menagerie
June 20, 2009 to May 23, 2010
Polar Attractions
Polar Attractions
June 28, 2008 to June 7, 2009
Origami Now!
Origami Now!
June 16, 2007 to June 8, 2008
A Sense of Place, An Artist's Tribute to the Seven Continents
A Sense of Place, An Artist's Tribute to the Seven Continents
December 16, 2006 to June 3, 2007
Owls in Art and Nature
Owls in Art and Nature
October 1, 2005 to December 3, 2006
In Nature's Company
In Nature's Company
October 9, 2004 to September 18, 2005

Related events For families

Drop-in Art Making
Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Gallery Spot
Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm Painting with Wood

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees as Art in the Art & Nature Center to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's painting Brooklyn Navy Yard.  Created using oil paint, wood and shellac, explore her mastery of marquetry, the artistic technique that uses wood pieces to create scenes and patterns.

 

Drop-in Art Making
Sunday, October 26, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.


Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, October 26, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more! Touch objects, experiment with art-making techniques and discover stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Investigations on festival days.

Gallery Spot
Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm The Medium of Wood

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees as Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard. We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the Renaissance craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Art Cart
Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands-on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more. Touch objects, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Cart on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.

Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands-on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more. Touch objects, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Cart on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.

Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Gallery Spot
Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm The Medium of Wood

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees as Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard. We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the Renaissance craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

 

 

Drop-in Art Making
Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.

Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands-on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more. Touch objects, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Cart on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Sunday, November 9, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.

Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Gallery Spot
Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm The Medium of Wood

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees as Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard. We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the Renaissance craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

 

 

Art Cart
Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands-on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more. Touch objects, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Cart on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Saturday, November 15, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.

Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Batty for Books with Brian Lies
Sunday, November 16, 2014 from 2pm - 3pm Story Trails

What does an enthusiastic pig have in common with a group of musical bats? Both grew from the pencil of local author and illustrator Brian Lies! Meet the artist behind the Hamlet books and the new Bats in the Band, discover how a book is made and pick up a few drawing tips.

Made possible by the Lowell Institute

Art Cart
Sunday, November 16, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands-on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more. Touch objects, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Cart on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Sunday, November 16, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.

Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Gallery Spot
Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm The Medium of Wood

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees as Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard. We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the Renaissance craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Woodworking Wonders
Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm Studio Discoveries

Using thin pieces of wood and special tools, work with artist Ellen Kaspern to create a large collaborative inlay.
Made possible by American Dental Partners.

Art Cart
Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands-on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more. Touch objects, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Cart on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.

Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, November 23, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands-on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more. Touch objects, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Cart on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Sunday, November 23, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.

Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Gallery Spot
Saturday, November 29, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm The Medium of Wood

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees as Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard. We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the Renaissance craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Art Cart
Saturday, November 29, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands-on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more. Touch objects, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Cart on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Saturday, November 29, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.

Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, November 30, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands-on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more. Touch objects, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Cart on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Sunday, November 30, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.

Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Chasing Ice and Birds in a Changing Climate
Friday, December 5, 2014 from 7:15pm - 9:15pm Film and Presentation

Attend a special screening of the award-winning film Chasing Ice by environmental photographer James Balog, a featured artist in Branching Out. His videos of Arctic glaciers reveal ancient mountains of ice disappearing at a breathtaking rate. Following the film, researcher and author Trevor Lloyd-Evans presents the effects of climate change on migratory birds. Chasing Ice, 2012, 75 minutes.Book signing follows. Co-sponsored by Mass Audubon and Essex County Ornithological Club. A brief business meeting of the E.C.O.C. is held 7-7:15 pm.

Gallery Spot
Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm The Medium of Wood

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees as Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard. We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the Renaissance craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Art Cart
Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands-on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more. Touch objects, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Cart on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.

Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Boxes Full of Stories
Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 2pm - 3pm Story Trails

Does a diary have to be made of words? What does a memory look like? Find out as we explore The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleischman and then create a decoupage memory box.

Made possible by the Lowell Institute

Art Cart
Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands-on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more. Touch objects, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Cart on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.

Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Gallery Spot
Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm The Medium of Wood

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees as Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard. We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the Renaissance craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Art Cart
Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands-on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more. Touch objects, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Cart on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Saturday, December 13, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.

Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands-on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more. Touch objects, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Cart on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.

Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Gallery Spot
Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 10:30am - 12:30pm The Medium of Wood

Drop by the exhibition Branching Out: Trees as Art to explore Alison Elizabeth Taylor's Brooklyn Navy Yard. We'll talk about process, materials and her mastery of marquetry, the Renaissance craft that uses wood veneer to create scenes and patterns.

Art Cart
Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands-on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more. Touch objects, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Cart on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Saturday, December 20, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.

Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, December 21, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands-on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more. Touch objects, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Cart on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Sunday, December 21, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.

Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Saturday, December 27, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands-on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more. Touch objects, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Cart on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Saturday, December 27, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.

Made possible by American Dental Partners.

 

Art Cart
Sunday, December 28, 2014 from 1pm - 3pm

Get hands-on in the galleries! Each month, look for our interactive Art Cart and explore more. Touch objects, try a related art process and discover the stories about the art around you.

Subject to change.

Please note: There will not be Art Cart on festival days.

Drop-in Art Making
Sunday, December 28, 2014 from 12pm - 2pm Art Nook

Investigate and create at our weekend art-making sessions inspired by the natural world. Each month we will explore a different scientific phenomenon or art-making process. More details at pem.org/families.

Made possible by American Dental Partners.