Art in the Gardens
The art you’ll find at the Gardens, in both seasonal exhibits and our permanent collection, celebrates the synergy of artwork and nature. Artists’ talks and tours, along with receptions for the exhibits, are all part of the wonderful art-related experience we offer. Our annual Plein-Air Painting event welcomes artists with free admission.
Most of the art in our temporary exhibits is for sale, and proceeds benefit the Gardens. Information is available at the Front Desk in the Visitor Center.
Pollinators in the Gardens by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens 2014 Photography Club Members
August 5 - September 30
The spectacular display of the flowers at the Gardens is really all for the pollinators (in the biological sense!). Revel in the intricate relationship between flower and pollinator in this engaging presentation by CMBG Photo Club members.
This exhibit is in the Resource Room in the Visitor Center.
From the Mountains to the Sea: A juried exhibit of native New England plant portraits
August 1 - September 30
Come enjoy the intricate beauty of original botanical artworks depicting New England native plants, a juried exhibit of plant portraits from the New England Society of Botanical Artists, NESBA. From the Mountains to the Sea: Plants, Trees, and Shrubs of New England is designed to promote public appreciation of the art and science of botanical art and illustration and to celebrate the diversity and beauty of plants from our own backyards. Learn more about NESBA and From the Mountains to the Sea
This exhibit will be in the Bosarge Family Education Center.
Project Monarch: Rearing Butterflies for Release, a Living Exhibit
We had a butterfly habitat in the Children's Garden greenhouse this summer where we observed the life cycle of a Monarch butterfly up close. Raising these beautiful creatures from egg to caterpillar to butterfly and releasing them here in the gardens through the summer months was an effort to raise awareness about the fragile state of the migratory Monarch.
Now until September 30
The 2014 sculpture show, “Pollinators,” curated by June Lacombe, will be at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens from June 19 through September 30.
June LaCombe specializes in sculpture and shows the work of more than 40 artists from the New England region, including #2 Beetle Bug by Judy O'Donnell. June LaCombe's exhibitions demonstrate how sculpture can animate the land and celebrate place. For 25 years she has helped clients build their art collections as she oversees selection, delivery, placement and installation of sculpture. Visit the June LaCombe SCULPTURE website.
The exhibit is primarily outdoors at the Gardens; the free, public reception will be in the Visitor Center.
Now until October 31
Stop by the Story Barn in our Children’s Garden to enjoy the imaginative ways, including the "Moth Mosaic" by B.R.E.S., in which students from all five of the Boothbay peninsula’s schools interpret pollinators, the “superheroes” of our natural world.