Millennium Kesa, South America (detail), 1999
On view December 16, 2006 to June 3, 2007
Located in the: Art & Nature Center
This exhibition presents seven large hand painted textiles by contemporary artist Betsy Sterling Benjamin. The textiles, each representing a continent, celebrate the diversity and interconnections in nature and among cultures around the globe. Objects from the museum's permanent collection are also featured in the exhibition, plus hands-on interactive stations and other activities for families. Benjamin's textiles, originally made to celebrate the millennium on each continent, reveal the unique perspective artists bring to global issues such as biodiversity and cultural awareness.
Stop by the Maker Lounge to Meet David Yann Robert, our newest maker-in-residence. Robert is currently an exhibiting artist in Branching Out: Trees as Art in the Art & Nature Center and co-founder of the Center for Children's Speculative Design. At the Open House, he and a few youth designers will talk about the Speculative Lifeforms project they are working on during Robert's residency.
Also, learn about:
- upcoming low-cost workshops for adults
- events for all ages
- the equipment and materials in the space
Share your feedback and suggestions for programs you'd like to see in the Maker Lounge. You'll also meet other makers, tinkerers, technologists, creatives and crafters here in Salem!
Included with museum admission
Spread your branches to celebrate the return of spring and join our Earth Day festivities!
The Leaf Men
10:30-11 am | meet at information desk
Who are the mysterious Leaf Men and can they save the backyard from the evil Spider Queen?
COLLABORATIVE ART MAKING
10:30 am-1 pm | outside the museum
Join Branching Out artist Kyle Browne to create a forest mural along the front of the museum.
DROP-IN ART MAKING
11 am-2 pm | Create Space
Decorate a seedling pot and be ready to plant for spring! Early participants also get an evergreen tree seedling to take home.
1-3 pm, | outside the museum
Meet Branching Out artist and Maker Lounge Artist-in-Residence David Yann Robert and learn how to eavesdrop on the inner life of a tree, then create an original artwork.
DROP-IN ART MAKING
1-4 pm | Atrium
Compose patterns and original designs with laminated leaves, inspired by the work of Branching Out artist Joan Backes.