Time is the essence of gardening and the natural world. Whether counting tree rings, or planting seeds, the passage of time marks the life of the garden. Sunflowers bend to follow the path of the sun throughout the day. Leaves turn colors in autumn as day length shortens. Common names of flowers often express the essential essence of time’s import: daylily, nightshade, four o’clock. Runs through October 28th.Download a Map of the Outdoor Artist's Sculptures
All works in this exhibit are available for purchase. Please contact the artist or their representative directly for pricing and further information. A portion of any sales that result from the exhibition will be donated back to the Arboretum by the artist.
Frank DePietro prepared for his artistic career by majoring in painting and ceramics at Bloomsburg University. In addition to exhibiting his paintings both locally and nationally, Frank teaches classes and workshops at the Delaware Art Museum and Longwood Gardens. Inspiration for his paintings comes from close observations of the natural world. The subject is portrayed in a manner true to their existence in a specific time and place, and selected based on considerations of visual relationships to formal elements of painting.
Judith Harold-Steinhauser has a background in painting and did her graduate work in photography, studying with Aaron Siskind at Chicago’s Institute of Design. Her photographic work is known for experimentation with allusion and enigma being more important than photography’s traditional role of description. Judy’s work is in many national public and private collections, including The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Philadelphia Public Library and the Woodmere Art Museum.
Cathy Hozack received a certificate of painting from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. She has broadened her education by studying both domestically and abroad, and by serving artist-in-residencies in Maine and Alaska. Cathy currently works at the Arboretum as a seasonal gardener. Drawing inspiration from her travels, Cathy’s watercolors are an abstract representation of her time spent in nature, and how she pictures her dream garden to be.
Maura Matthews is the owner of the Pigs Alley Gallery in Flourtown, PA which serves as her studio, gallery and classroom. After a career in the written word as a writer, editor and development professional, Maura now concentrates full-time on her art. Her medium is oil on canvas with a palette knife that allows her the looseness and texture of a “modern impressionistic” style. Maura’s work has hung in numerous solo and group shows throughout the Delaware Valley.
Deirdre Murphy, adjunct professor at the University of Pennsylvania, earned her MFA degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. Deirdre has been researching the effects of climate change on bird migration for several years, using the visual data that scientists share with her to conceptualize and execute her paintings. Her fascination with avian migratory patterns and the effects of global warming have led her research to Hawk Mountain Bird Sanctuary, Powdermill Nature Reserve and Drexel University’s Academy of Natural Science.
Jacquie O. Young studied art and photography at Kutztown University and the Antonelli Institute of Art & Technology. A diagnosis of multiple sclerosis changed the course of Jacquie’s life and work. Previously a portrait photographer working in film, Jacquie was inspired to take coursework in digital imaging to give her a path of therapy creating with graphics. Infrared photography has become her current passion and the medium through which she portrays the “beautiful chaos” of a cultured space being reclaimed by nature.
Ben Allanoff is self-taught visual artist based in Joshua Tree, CA, who works with plant material, found objects, steel, stone, rust, and ink. Ben makes large scale outdoor installations for parks, gardens, festivals, and institutions, as well as smaller indoor and outdoor work. In recent years he has created installations for numerous institutions, and his work is represented in galleries and private collections throughout Southern California.
Learn how to tell time using Allanoff's sculpture, Gassho.
Vanny Channal is a self-taught welder and artist who is currently employed at the Philadelphia Zoo as a metal worker. Vanny’s sculptural nature-inspired pieces are created entirely from discarded metal. His art to meant to represent the cycles of the natural world through the recycling of “worthless” materials. Vanny’s Steel Stork sculpture has recently been put on permanent display at the zoo.
Susan Hogan works from her home studio and gallery in Bucks County, PA. Originally trained as a painter, Susan enjoyed a career in New York and New Mexico as a costumer for opera and film. While living and working in Santa Fe she reconnected to the natural world and began exploring organic art forms. Her mixed media sculpture has been exhibited in numerous sites throughout the area including the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s International Flower Show.
Brad Kalin has a B.F.A. in Ceramics and Photography. While working in the landscaping industry he discovered a love for plants and gardening. As the years progressed and his welding skills developed Brad started his business, Nexus Metal Works. This allows him to weld, fabricate and create sculptures to be enjoyed in the garden.
Maria Markovich has been creating figurative sculpture with natural materials for the past fifteen years. In that time Maria has participated in numerous shows throughout the Delaware Valley. She has also completed art residencies both nationally and internationally. Her latest residency was in New South Wales, Australia where she worked with bark shed from the Sydney red gum (Angophora costata).
Joe Mooney is a Philadelphia sculptor whose works juxtapose the strength of industrial materials with the delicacy and beauty of those materials finely worked and tempered. His pieces are created from both extrinsic and intrinsic inspirations and evoke quiet yet powerful rhythms and energy. Joe’s sculptures have been exhibited and/or permanently installed in institutional and corporate campuses nationwide.
John Parker is president of The Painted Garden which hand crafts welded iron garden structures. John’s clients include the Arboretum where his company’s work can be seen along the Wisteria Walk and surrounding the Pennock Garden. Strong and durable, John’s steel plate sculptures are inspired by the hard shelled bodies of insects both real and fantastical. Trained at the Rinehart School of Sculpture in Baltimore, John has participated in exhibits and installations of his work over the past forty years.
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Roman Tybinko was trained and practiced on traditional opaque surfaces, though his recent work has been on industrial glass in vitreous enamels, the medium of medieval glass stainers. Roman was looking for a medium that he could be naive with and enjoy new pathways of thinking about and making imagery. He has adapted this strictly controlled studio medium to his plein-air practice. Roman sees his personal and professional goals as wrapped in the word ‘outside’. Where the spaces he paints are also the spaces where the work can be exhibited illuminated by natural light.
Bruce Weiner received his training as an artist and teacher at the Tyler School of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Additionally he apprenticed at the Moravian Tile Works in Doylestown, PA. Currently Bruce is an art teacher and department head at Wyncote Academy. Bruce has received commissions for his mosaic tile panels from numerous corporate and private clients. His individual tiles are available for purchase in the Arboretum’s Shop.
Elizabeth White cites making a connection to the natural world and a desire for harmony with her surroundings as a motivating force in her artistic practice. Her sculptural work ranges from ephemeral to concrete and uses natural and found objects, cement, and sometimes video, and often reflect themes of environmental or social concerns. Becasuse each piece in her Migrations installation is unique it is meant to be a metaphor representing individuals distanced from their roots.
This sculpture marks both the daily passing of the daylight hours and the annual solstices and equinoxes.
The long angled pole with the figure at the end is called the gnomon; the shadow of the gnomon crosses the center line of one of the square stones every hour on the hour. The square stone in the middle marks noon. The stones to the right of center mark the afternoon hours; the stones to the left of center mark the morning hours. As this is an astronomical device based on the movement of the earth relative to the sun, it does NOT reflect daylight saving time.
The figure at the tip of the gnomon is the oldest known written symbol for the sun. The shadow of this figure will fall on the nearest round stone on the longest day of the year (also known as the summer solstice) at noon. On December 21, the shortest day of the year, this shadow will fall on the far round stone. On September 21 and March 21 (the fall and spring equinoxes), we experience equal amounts of daylight and darkness. On both of these days the shadow of the figure will fall on the center round stone.