Juried Exhibition Calls Attention to the Life-Giving Properties of Trees on Lands Preserved by D&R Greenway

Painting by Helen Meyers, "Autumn Mist"

D&R Greenway Land Trust’s juried exhibition, Lovely as a Tree, includes the work of more than 80 artists responding to the words of poet Joyce Kilmer: “I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.” The artwork is on view November 19, 2018 through January 25, 2019 at D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center.

Standing sentry to watch over the Garden State, the trees of New Jersey benefit the environment and the creatures that inhabit it. From the state tree, the Northern red oak, to the memorial tree, the flowering dogwood, this exhibit celebrates their contribution to cleaner air, higher water quality, and a healthier, happier community.

Since 1989, D&R Greenway Land Trust has been preserving New Jersey land, ensuring bountiful local crops and protected streams. Through its increasing success in preservation and stewardship, remarkable New Jersey landscapes remain, sustaining native species and inspiring regional artists.

“This is more of an immersive visual forest than an exhibition,” said D&R Greenway Curator Diana Moore. “Surrounded by many expressions of trees in many different mediums, one feels both the individual talent of the selected artists and the collective impact of a shared passion for the trees that punctuate our landscape.”

Exhibiting artists include: Jim Amon, Kathleen Amon, Danielle Austen, Hana Aviv, Laura Beard, Kristen Birdsey, Aida Birritteri, Gail Bracegirdle, Linda Bradshaw, Deb Brockway, Lonna Buinis, Jean Burdick, Peter Burt, Glenn Cantor, Larry Chestnut, Fred Gardner, Christopher DeGrezia, Connie Dierks, Wayne Domkowski, Sean Edwards, Renee Egan, Daniel Gluibizzi, Catherine Gowen, Dee Gozonsky, Donna Gratkowski, Ann Hoffenberg, Susan Hogan, Mary Hrbacek, Eve Ingalls, William Jersey, Joe Kazimierczyk, Armor Keller, Catherine Kuzma ,Deborah Land, Mary A Leck, Robert C Lowe, Byron Lum, Frank Magalhaes, Barbara March, Dominic Martelli, Helene Mazur, Joyce McAfee, William McCarroll, Lucretia McGuff-Silverman, Karen McLean, Helen Meyers, Arlene Milgram, Florence M. Moonan, Jo-Ann Osnoe, Tasha ONeill, Heather Palecek, Paula Pearl, Elizabeth Peck, Doris Peltzman, Jennifer Petrino, Dallas Piotrowski, Bill Plank, Charles Plohn, Janet Purcell, Jack Quinn, Roy Reinard, Karen Repka, Laurie Rubinetti, Joel Rudin, Sandra  Eliot, Kristopher Schoenleber, Donald Schoenleber, Beth Schoenleber, Sandra Shapiro, Aurelle P. Sprout, Pia St. Onge, Lucia Stout, Nishant Thelakkat, Tess Fields, Roger Thorpe, Diane Tomash, Jennifer Tungol, Sharyn Van Glahn, Kazaan Viveiros, Mary Waltham, Ray Yeager and Anne Zeman.

“The mission of our Marie L. Matthews Art Gallery,” explained Linda Mead, D&R Greenway President and CEO, “is to create reflection about the value of the natural world and inspiration to protect it.”  She continues, “I am excited for visitors to experience what can only be imagined as a ‘virtual forest bathing’ adventure. Breathe deep, and come on in!”

The artwork is on view November 19, 2018 through January 25, 2019 at D&R Greenway’s Johnson Education Center. 1 Preservation Place, Princeton. Opening reception: Friday, November 30, 5:30-7:30pm. Please phone (609) 924-4646 or rsvp@drgreenway.org to register for reception. Gallery hours Monday-Friday,10 a.m.-5 p.m. www.drgreenway.org. Call to be sure galleries not rented at time of exhibition.

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