Trees are the foundation of forests, yet there's so much more than what simply meets the eye when walking in the woods (or the Arboretum). There is an underground world, a world of infinite biological pathways that connect trees and allows them to communicate and behave as a single organism. Forests are therefore a complex social community and trees, "conversing" in a language of carbon and nitrogen, send information, such as defense signals, to one another. wood wide web: trees as tonic, explores a bit of this massive underground communication network, and artist Stair uses clay impressions of tree bark, which can be read as Braille, to reveal the story of race, age, damage, and survival of her tree portraits. Stair has worked extensively in the U.S. and Asia exploring the landscape, using textile, mixed-media collage, clay, and mosaics in the creation of her work.
wood wide web: trees as tonic will also showcase nature-themed photographs and installation sculptures from eleven featured installation artists from as nearby as Summit to as far away as France and England, whose works will be sited in the Wisner House Gallery and on the grounds of the Arboretum. Those artists include Joe Freeman Jr., Sunil Garg, Peter Hoffer, Tom Holmes, Insun Kim, Rodrigo Guzman S., Jim Smith, Charlie Waite, and Sue Zwick.
This exhibit can be viewed when Wisner House is open. Please click here for weekday and weekend hours.
All art is for sale, and the artist will donate 30% of all purchases to Reeves-Reed Arboretum.
Artists reception will be held on Wednesday, June 28 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.
Please click here for a video of Sunil Garg's WSSF Tree.Please click here for the thumbnails of this exhibit.