In the lobby of the Nevin Welcome Center, works of art and plant-focused displays change throughout the year.

Art Displays

"What lies beneath:" Wood art by Lisa M. Narloch

Lisa M. Narloch’s recent work includes a variety of local woods from her own property and around Central New York. Drawn to the imperfect, unusual, weathered and broken, her unique, natural art embraces the idea of giving a new life to a fallen tree and showing us “what lies beneath.” 

She has recently created some pieces from wood from a big leaf magnolia and northern catalpa she received from the arborists at Cornell Botanic Gardens, which will be on display.

Lisa is very careful to determine the state of each tree before it is gifted to her. Most of them have storm, rot or ant damage, and are already down. Some trees needed to be removed to expand a road, or were too close to buildings. She also uses 100% food grade hemp or walnut oils and beeswax (a gift from a local beekeeper) for natural finishes for the majority of her work.

Meet the artist at an opening reception on Wednesday, March 22 from 4:30- 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

This exhibit will be on display until the end of August, 2017 and is made possible, in part, with the funding from The Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County. CAP Brings Creativity to Life!

Spring Wildflowers: A Third Grade Art Show

Each year, area third-grade classes visit the Mundy Wildflower Garden as part of the Kids Discover the Trai! program. This program provides curriculum-based field trips to the eight Discovery Trail sites. Following their field trip to the wildflower garden, students from Northeast Elementary School in Melissa Tesoriero’s class took their experience across disciplines—from science to art.

Guided by Beth Olshansky’s research and her book “The Power of Pictures: Creating Literacy through Art,” each student created a detailed drawing of a wildflower, using a watercolor wax-resist painting technique with Crayon. Each then wrote an acrostic poem using letters in the wildflower’s name. These expressions of the students' visit to the wildflower garden are on display in March and April 2017.

Please join us for an opening reception on Saturday, March 11, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Nevin Welcome Center.