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The Dotty Brown Art & Nature Center

The Dotty Brown 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 family-friendly center features changing exhibitions, hands-on displays and art-making spaces.

Sculptor Elizabeth Keithline modeling wire on a live tree from PEM’s campus.
The Pod

Come experience our living world anew in The Pod! Grow your awareness of nature, try on new ways of being, and tap into your own creativity. Discover a life-size wire tree by sculptor Elizabeth Keithline modeled on a live tree from PEM’s campus. Watch dancer Laura Kathrein move as different animals and embody local habitats. And create your own imaginary creature inspired by real animals and fantastical beasts from around the globe. What creative sense will be sparked in you on your visit to The Pod?

Rebecca Saylor Sack, Presence | Läsnäolo from Shadow Fliers series, 2022. Acrylic on muslin. Courtesy of the artist. Photo by Karen Mauch.
Changing Art & Nature Exhibitions

These revolving shows explore timely topics at the interface of human experience and the natural world. Our current interactive show, Bats!, is inspired by the wondrous world of these night flyers and our multifaceted connections with them. Explore our evolving understanding and growing appreciation of bats through science, art and hands-on stations. You can even meet a small colony of live bats!

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Art-making Spaces

Exercise your creativity at PEM! Visit the Create Space for a wide range of drop-in programs and art-making workshops.

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Related events for families

There's always something amazing for families to do at PEM. Check out What's On today!

Events \\ In-person

Immersive Watercolor Workshop with Nadine Mazzola in the Ropes Mansion Garden

Saturday, September 16, 2023 from 2-3:30 pm

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