AE21 The Enveloping Landscape Exhibition Opening Celebration: Virtual Walk-Through

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Sunday January 17

3:30 PM  –  5:30 PM


The Enveloping Landscape Exhibition Opening Celebration 
Virtual Walk-Through with Participating Photographers

ONLINE*  Sunday, January 17; 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Instructor: Susan Patrice and participating photographers

Free to members | $10 Non-members

“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”


Rachel Carson, Silent Spring


Opening January 16th in the Baker Exhibit Center Gallery, “The Enveloping Landscape: A Contemplative Photographic Journey” will bring together documentary photographer Susan Patrice’s photographs shown alongside students who participated in Contemplative Photography workshops offered through the Arboretum's Adult Education Programs during all four seasons of 2020. This stunning and expansive exhibition shows the breadth and depth of our region through the eyes and hearts of 24 regional photographers.


The Enveloping Landscape workshops combined documentary and contemplative photography, earth-based mindfulness practices, and traditional ecological wisdom to inspire each participant to develop new ways of seeing and responding to nature. Designed as a year-round workshop to be offered each season at the Arboretum, the contemplative photography project was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of photographing together onsite at the Arboretum or in the Bent Creek Experimental Forest, participants joined Patrice online and turned their cameras towards their most familiar surroundings. For some, neighborhoods and yards became an oasis of beauty, rich with photographic opportunities. For others, photography became a way to befriend creative solitude, connect with place, and ground during a chaotic and uncertain time. 


Join Adult Education Programs Manager Rebecca Caldwell in conversation with artist educator Susan Patrice and a panel of participating students as they reflect on how their practice of photography changed and, in the journey, deepened their ways of seeing, knowing and loving a place. 


Exhibit support for The Enveloping Landscape: A Contemplative Photographic Journey is provided in part by The North Carolina Arboretum Society; Asheville Citizen-Times; The Laurel of Asheville, Travel Guide; Smoky Mountain Living Magazine; and Henco North Creative Imaging.


*Instructions for joining via Zoom will be included in your confirmation email following registration. A recording of the class will be made available to registered participants for a limited period following the session for review and to provide access to those with scheduling conflicts.



Susan Patrice is a documentary photographer, community artist, and founder of Makers Circle. She recently launched the Six Feet Photography Project, a community project that encourages photographers to make and share images of their lived experiences of confinement and social distancing. Susan's own photography and public installations focus primarily on the Southern Landscape and its people and feature intimate images that touch deeply into the questions of place, gender, and belonging.


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Donations are always welcome and appreciated. All proceeds go to support intergenerational education at the Arboretum.