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If Trees Could Talk: Work of Susan Stair, Eleven Other Artists Featured in Summit Arboretum Exhibition Opening June 10

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Landscape Sung, 2015, Clay Drawings and Mosaic Credits: Susan Stair
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SUMMIT, NJ - Reeves-Reed Arboretum's annual garden party and fundraiser, 'ART in the Garden', will also mark the opening of a four-month long art exhibition and installation at the Wisner House Gallery and on the Arboretum grounds entitled 'wood wide web: trees as tonic.'

The exhibition, opening June 10, will showcase the mixed-media work of artist, Susan Stair, and will also feature nature-themed photographs and installation sculptures by eleven additional artists. There will be a special meet-the-artists reception on Wednesday, June 28, from 6 - 8 p.m.

Artist Stair uses clay impressions of tree bark, which can be read as Braille, to reveal the story of race, age, damage, and survival of her tree portraits. Stair has worked extensively in the U.S. and Asia exploring the landscape, using textile, mixed-media collage, clay, and mosaics in the creation of her work.

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'wood wide web: trees as tonic' will also showcase nature-themed photographs and installation sculptures from eleven featured installation artists from as nearby as Summit to as far away as France and England. Those artists include Denis Folz, Joe Freeman Jr., Sunil Garg, Peter Hoffer, Tom Holmes, Insun Kim, Rodrigo Guzman S., Eric Schultz, Jim Smith, Charlie Waite, and Sue Zwick. 

All works are for sale and the participating artists will donate 30% of each purchase to the Arboretum. The exhibition continues through October 29.

For more information, visit reeves-reedarboretum.org. Reeves-Reed Arboretum is located at 165 Hobart Avenue.

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