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A Plethora of Plants:
Real, Observed, Imagined

April 6 - July 14, 2024

A Plethora of Plants title card

Accompanying Programs: 


Opening Reception

Saturday, April 6, 3-5pm  

Free admission!

3pm: Introduction and welcome by Marcy B. Freedman, curator of A Plethora of Plants, and Elizabeth Hammer. Exhibiting artists available for questions and discussion, refreshments available.

Guild Hall

A Plethora of Plants:
Real, Observed, Imagined

A Statement from the Curator, Marcy B. Freedman


From the extraordinary botanical drawings of Leonardo da Vinci to the strange plant/human hybrids created by Odilon Redon, the flora of our planet has inspired artists around the world to create great works of art – for centuries. And contemporary artists are no different! As demonstrated by the paintings, drawings, photographs, textiles, sculptures and video works in this exhibition, it is clear that many artists of today strive to continue the tradition of closely observing the natural world, while others use nature as the starting point for an imaginative adventure of creative invention. In order to enhance the experience of our visitors, the exhibition also includes real plants, an interactive display of plant-based fragrances, and an original, plant-inspired soundscape.

Visual Artists in the Exhibition:

Lisa Breznak, Marsi Burns & Nickolas Riggs, Ivy Dachman, Loren Eiferman, Carla Rae Johnson, Natalya Khorover, Janice LaMotta, Corinne Lapin-Cohen, Rita Maas,
Mary McFerran, Linda Nemergut, Loretta Oleck,
Gene Panczenko, Leslie Pelino, Richard Rosenbaum,
Ilse Schreiber-Noll, Thomas Sarrantonio, Devin Siglock, Tom Smith

Soundscape by Skin Against Metal

Fragrance display by Nell Valentine Cote

Sakura Celebration 

Saturday, April 20, 2-4pm 

Free with museum admission 

The blossoming of the Hammond’s Kwanzan and Weeping Cherry Trees is one of our favorite spring events. This year the exhibition A Plethora of Plants: Real, Observed, Imaginary makes this celebration even richer. Join us for an afternoon enjoying these wonderful trees and the art they inspire.

Parade of the Plant People

Spring is the time when plants put on their vibrant floral fashions and fill our Japanese Stroll Garden with color. Share the beauty and joy of spring blossoms by dressing up as a plant or in your favorite floral attire and join together to create an explosion of color in the garden and exhibition. Don’t miss seeing several exhibiting artists in their floral regalia!

Plants in Performance!

Sunday, May 5, 3pm

Early in 2024, Marcy B. Freedman invited a talented group of writers and musicians to create new works about . . . plants! On May 5th at 3pm, museum visitors will be able to experience the extraordinary results of Freedman’s request, which vary from silly to solemn. This multi-disciplinary performance will delight art lovers and nature lovers, alike.

The Musicians: Skin Against Metal

The Writers: Andrew Acciaro, Jeff Fuerst, Loretta Oleck, Nina Semczuk, Ted Taylor

A Plethora of Plants Exhibition Selection of Images
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