Art & Exhibits
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is proud to present many art exhibitions throughout the season. From contemporary art to historical illustration, you can always see something new in our diverse line up of exhibitions. Experience how artists interpret our annual theme or explore the relationship between nature, culture and place. There is something for everyone to be inspired by! Artists’ receptions, talks, tours and workshops, are all part of the wonderful art-related experience we offer.
Coastal Summer by Caren-Marie Michel
April 15 – October 31
The Market, Café
Michel’s main interest is color in the landscape. She is inspired by nature and the effects of light, time, season, place and color. In summer, she travels around Maine painting favorite locations and finding new ones. This group of paintings shows how she saw the scene as I was painting; sharing a sense of excitement of discovery and a feeling of peace in the moment.
TRANSFORMATION: A Bronze Sculpture Exhibition
Curated by June LaCombe SCULPTURE
June 6 – October 14
In the gardens
The bronze casting process can transform a sculpture in wood, clay or wax into a unique, durable piece suitable for the outdoors no matter the season. Ten sculptures will be sited in gardens surrounding the Great Lawn in this elegant exhibition.
Sweet Symbiosis: Butterflies, Moths and the Plants They Love
June 9 – October 31
Story Barn, Children’s Garden
Students from Boothbay, Edgecomb and Southport will depict butterflies and moths and the plants they rely on for survival.
From My Garden: Plein Air Flower Paintings by Sharon Yates
July 17 – October 31
Resource Room, Café
The decision made years ago to paint her neighbor’s peonies “unarranged” in a vase began a practice that Sharon Yates continues to this day. Done all in one sitting, these pieces feature flowers from her garden and are painted outside en plein air. Interest in the nuances of color and form, bloom and decay are apparent in these engaging, immediate paintings.
Interior Maine by Marguerite Lawler
July 17 – October 31
Kitchen Garden Café, Café
Marguerite Lawler received a Project Grant from the Maine Arts Commission in 2017 to create a new body of work focusing on the impact of shadows and light on Maine’s interior landscape. These exhibited oil paintings are a part of her ongoing series.
The Lepidopterist: Selections from the Photography Club
September 7 – October 31
Bosarge Family Education Center
Exhibition Opening: Friday, September 7, from 5 – 7 p.m.
The most successful photographers become intimately familiar with their subjects. This year, members of our Photography Club get closer than ever to butterflies and moths, learning what plants they require for food at various stages in their development. From caterpillars to adults, see these remarkable creatures interact with their environment.