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Gallery Talk: Portraits of American Trees

October 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Fall color comes to Pine Cobble and the stacked cobbles of the Ledges in Williamstown.
Photo by Kate Abbott

Photographer and tree specialist Tom Zetterstrom will offer a Gallery Talk on Portraits of American Trees: Notes on art, horticulture and forest habitat.

Since the 1970s, Tom Zetterstrom has photographed trees throughout the Northeast and from coast to coast. Learn more about seeing trees in black and white, and the art of tree photography. Through October 31, he will exhibit three-dozen gelatin silver prints from his Portraits of American Trees portfolio in the Garden’s Leonhardt Galleries.

Zetterstrom’s photographs appear in the collections of more than 40 museums nationally, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Getty Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery, and in the Library of Congress “Changing American Landscape” holdings, as well as in numerous private and corporate collections.

In his forty-year quest across North America, Zetterstrom has gathered images of innumerable species from a wide range of topographies and ecosystems. As forests ecosystems decline, he continues to search for the most memorable trees, those “curious survivors slowly rising like giants through the centuries”.

“Zetterstrom’s portraits of trees partake in a tradition whose roots lie deep in nineteenth-century photography and painting,” wrote Charles S. Moffett, former director of the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC. “(His) images reflect moods and ideas that are at least indirectly related to British and American Romantic traditions. He has both built a bridge to the past and created a body of work that fully reflects a particular late-twentieth century sensibility.”

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October 10
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Berkshire Botanical Garden
5 West Stockbridge Road
Stockbridge, MA

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