The new Anna and Frederick Henry Leonhardt Galleries will host its first exhibition, “Wonder World: Three Artists Define Nature’s Magic,” bringing to the new gallery space three distinctly unique artistic interpretations of insects, plant life, and nature.
“BUGS!” a collection of paintings in pen and ink with acrylic by Susan Merrill, focuses on beneficial bugs and insects — the monarch butterfly, praying mantis, soldier beetle, dragonfly, green lacewing, and nematode. Susan’s work has been exhibited at many venues, especially in the Berkshires. Her exhibition includes both original paintings and prints.
John MacGruer and Jane McWhorter each bring their signature photographic styles to the exhibition with their collection, “BOTANICALS.” McWhorter, best known for her large, elegant and evocative images of plant life, focuses on the form and texture of her organic subjects, while MacGruer’s background in film is evidenced through a visually infused sense of motion, particularly in his stunning photographs capturing milkweed seedpods dispersed by wind.
The exhibition opens with a gallery reception Friday, October 6, 5-7 p.m. The galleries are located in the original, C 1700s section of the renovated Center House, considered to be one of the oldest structures in Stockbridge. The exhibition will be open from 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. during the Garden’s 83rd annual Harvest Festival October 7-8. Beginning October 13, the galleries are open Saturdays, 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. and Sundays, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. and weekdays by appointment by calling 413 298-3926. The exhibition runs through November 24.