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June Issue 2010

North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, NC, Features Works by Margaret Scanlan

The North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville, NC, is presenting the exhibit, Balance and Beauty: A Visual Celebration of Rural Life, featuring works by Tennessee artist Margaret Scanlan, who has been painting color fields for more than 35 years. The exhibit will be on view at the Baker Exhibit Center through Aug. 22, 2010.

"I return to them over and over, aiming for perfect balance and images in which you can become lost," Scanlan says. Her paintings are rich and strong in color and technique, yet provide a place for calm contemplation.

Scanlan's focus on the quiet beauty of the pastoral rural landscape is just one reason why the Arboretum chose to host the exhibit. The North Carolina Arboretum is a natural treasure that cultivates connections between people and plants, and Scanlan's work entices viewers to have a personal relationship to the rural scenes. Personal connections with nature resonate throughout the Arboretum's exhibits, programs, and research.

Scanlan holds a bachelor's of arts degree from Webster University and a graduate degree from the University of Tennessee. She has won numerous awards over her career and has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally. A signature member of the American Watercolor Society, National Watercolor Society, and the Watercolor USA Honor Society, Scanlan has work in numerous private and corporate collections.

Visitors to the Baker Exhibit Center Greenhouse will have a chance to learn about color in a unique living exhibit planned in conjunction with Balance and Beauty. Living Color: A Color Study Illustrated with Plants will feature a color wheel created out of flowering plants and provide opportunities to study color theory through plant combination vignettes. Color studies continue immediately outside the exhibit greenhouse in the newly planted Baker Exhibit Center landscape featuring container gardens, the Green Gardener's shed and fabric sculptures by artists Jason Brown and Elizabeth Scofield.

Admission is free with the parking fee of $8 per personal vehicle; parking is always free for members.

The mission of The North Carolina Arboretum is to cultivate connections between people and plants.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings, call the Arboretum at 828/665-2492 or visit (www.ncarboretum.org).

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