Blog :: 07-2010

Art and arboretum go together: Tennessee artist Margaret Scanlan



7/11/2010 - Art and arboretum go together: Tennessee artist Margaret Scanlan
by Margaret Williams, Mountain Xpress


ASHEVILLE - Visitors to The North Carolina Arboretum through August 22 will be able to enjoy an art exhibit that celebrates rural life.

Balance and Beauty: A Visual Celebration of Rural Life, is an exhibit that features work by Tennessee artist Margaret Scanlan, who has been painting color fields for more than 35 years.

"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 through August 15 will have a chance to explore a unique living exhibit entitled Living Color: A Color Study Illustrated with Plants planned in conjunction with Balance and Beauty. Living Color will feature a color wheel created out of flowering plants and provide opportunities to study color theory through plant combination vignettes. Living Color is supported in part by the Arboretum's Community Partner B.B. Barns, The Garden Company.

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. Visit for more information or call 828.665.2492.

The NC Arboretum is located next to the Blue Ridge Parkway entrance at Milepost 393. From I-26, take Exit 33 and follow Blue Ridge Parkway signs for two miles to the entrance ramp. Arboretum grounds are open 7 days a week.

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