Millennium Kesa, South America (detail), 1999

Betsy Sterling Benjamin

A Sense of Place, An Artist's Tribute to the Seven Continents

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 Benjamin's textiles, originally made to celebrate the millennium on each continent, reveal the unique perspective artists bring to global issues such as biodiversity and cultural awareness.

Related Events

Maker Lounge Open House ›
Sunday, March 29, 2015 from 2pm - 4pm

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!


Dawn Chorus: Birdsong before Sunrise › For preteens through adults
Friday, April 10, 2015 at 7:45pm
Reservations not required


Join the author of The Singing Life of Birds for a special art and science acoustic tour of some of the finest and most intriguing dawn performers among North American songbirds.

listen to sparrows

Don Kroodsma's recording of male Brewer's Sparrows all singing madly in the dark, well before sunrise.

Let it Grow – School Vacation Week ›
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 10:30am - 4pm

Included with museum admission

Spread your branches to celebrate the return of spring and join our Earth Day festivities!


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Who are the mysterious Leaf Men and can they save the backyard from the evil Spider Queen?



Bark Building
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.



Seedling Pots
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.



Tree Eavesdropping
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.



Leaf Carpet
1-4 pm | Atrium

Compose patterns and original designs with laminated leaves, inspired by the work of Branching Out artist Joan Backes.