ATTENTION: Exhibit changeover will be taking place April 15-19. The ground floor of the museum will be impacted but the museum will remain open. Thank you for your patience as we bring you a new exhibition.

Art that Matters to the Planet: Interconnectivity

Inspired by the emerging science and insights of Suzanne Simard (Finding the Mother Tree) and Peter Wohlleben (The Hidden Life of Trees), Art that Matters to the Planet 2023: Interconnectivity, explores the underground network of tree roots, and how communication and nutrient sharing helps trees to thrive. Highlighting the connectivity of trees serves as an analogy for interconnected relationships in creating strong communities. With anthropomorphic roots, paintings of lively underground societies, and reflections on the important role of trees in our lives, the exhibition will encourage us to discover connections between our own relationships and those within the natural world.

Artists featured in this exhibit include George LorioJack Elliott, Brendan Quirk, Sallie Lowenstein, Pamela CasperKelsey GilmoreGayle Fichtinger, Cynthia Martinez, Susan Martin MaffeiMargaret LeJeuneMichele BrodyIan Campbellelin slavickEllen DriscollLaura Ahola-YoungPamela SloanMeredith NemirovNeshama RoashAudrey DowlingWendy BaleNoah DiRuzzaCyrena NouzilleTrine BumillerBette Kauffman, Kaycee Colburn.

Healthy tree cover creates many important benefits for cities, including cooler temperatures, cleaner air, higher property values, and healthier residents. For the past 42 years, Jamestown’s commitment to maintaining the city’s tree cover has been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation through designation as a Tree City USA. This demonstrates the city’s commitment to growing and tending to these valuable public assets and prioritizing the long-term health of the tree canopy. As part of Art that Matters to the Planet: Interconnectivity, the Roger Tory Peterson Institute is accepting donations for a special project to plant trees in our community. The area where Roger Tory Peterson grew up has been identified for neighborhood revitalization by the Jamestown Renaissance Corporation (JRC). Funds raised by RTPI will support tree planting in Roger’s old neighborhood. To make a greater impact, donations to RTPI in support of this project will be matched by the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation’s Urban Forestry Fund. To donate to this project, click here, and make sure you designate your gift with the word Trees.

Thank you to Shults Auto Group and Cummins Inc. for sponsoring Art that Matters to the Planet.




Past Exhibition Programs