Published on May 24, 2017

Wild Waters: New England’s Freshwater Wetlands

May 20–July 23, 2017

Swamp azalea © Gretchen Halpert
Swamp azalea © Gretchen Halpert
© Gretchen Halpert

Stoically stalking her prey, the great blue heron steadies on skinny legs knee deep, as a pair of dragonflies whisk past the swaying cattails. The pitcher plant waits—wide, hopeful—among soft, thick moss. Shiny four-toed salamander nestles in.

A red winged blackbird calls to his mate—skunk cabbage blossoms—Earth exhales.

Occurring in all New England states, wetlands of all types serve important purposes from holding flood waters and filtering water impurities to providing shelter and food for a dazzling array of wildlife.

The freshwater wetlands of New England include swamps, bogs, moist meadows and freshwater marshes. For this exhibit, 13 artists submitted works depicting or inspired by a New England freshwater wetland. The works feature various mediums, including watercolors, oil paintings, photography, and collage.

Participating Artists

Taylor Mortell, Darlene Bradlee, Emmi Kurosawa, Julie Stacy, Erica Nazarro, Cynthia McDonough, Janet DeLonga, Nancy Savage, Nancy Bentivegna, Gretchen Halpert, Helen Lozoraitis, Leah Romig, and Rebecca Proctor.

Gallery Information

Gallery Hours
10:00 am-5:00 pm

The Gallery is located in the Blue Hills Trailside Museum.

Museum is free for Mass Audubon members, $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $3 for children 2-12.