Art Exhibitions

Awbury Arboretum regularly hosts free public art exhibitions featuring local artists, both within the parlors of the Francis Cope House and outside in the Arboretum’s landscape. 

The galleries of the Cope House are regularly hung with revolving shows and are open Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM and Fridays 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

The grounds of the Arboretum are open ever day, dawn to dusk.

Are you a local artist interested in featuring your artwork at Awbury?  Contact Heather Zimmerman at

Current Exhibitions:

The Mythic Moth Menagerie and A Night in the Enchanted Woods by Richard Metz

The Mythic Moth Menagerie

Outdoor Exhibit in AdventureWoods

Visit Awbury’s new AdventureWoods Natural Materials Playground to view Metz’s outdoor exhibit – a series of site-specific works created by applying natural, non-toxic pigments directly to the bark of living trees. Metz’s unique, ephemeral creations draw out the magic and mystery present in Awbury’s woodlands and invite viewers to re-envision the natural world as a mythic and storied landscape.

LocationAdventureWoods Natural Playground, in the Arboretum’s Secret Garden.

AdventureWoods is free and open to the public Wednesdays from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM and Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  (Weather permitting)  Click here for more information about visiting AdventureWoods, including directions.

A Night in the Enchanted Woods

Indoor Exhibit in the Cope House Galleries

This new series of small-scale gouache paintings was inspired by Metz’s exploration of Awbury and his ongoing investigations of the natural world. “Many of the images are forest-stages. They are taken from some photos I took at Awbury Arboretum. The woods becomes a stage where I can play – imagine and dream what might take place there. I can envision magical interactions that take place between the forest and the animals that live there. The single figure paintings began as designs for my original idea for the tree paintings in the Arboretum: guardian figures such as the Minotaur, Centaur, and Harpy.” – Richard Metz, 2018

Location: the Cope House at Awbury Arboretum, 1 Awbury Rd, Phila, PA.

Galleries are open Monday-Thursday 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM and Fridays 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.


Richard Metz is a Philadelphia-based artist, father, husband, art teacher, writer, and activist with a focus on environmental and social issues. He lives just outside Philadelphia, in Erdenheim, PA and has been showing work in the Philadelphia/NY area and beyond for more than thirty-five years. Metz graduated from Tyler School of Art in 1980 and received an MFA from Maine College of Art in 2000. His artwork since then has included paintings on non-traditional materials, sculpture, installations, performance and street theater, printmaking, and illustrated stories. His recent paintings on paper focus on the idea of re-enchanting nature. Much of his work can be viewed on his website:

Coming soon:

Photographs by Iman Jones (November 2018 – January 2019)

Garden Life Through a Lens Photography Show, hosted by the Awbury Pollinator Habitat Garden (November 2018 – December 2018 in the Reception Room)

Past shows:

Botanically Inspired and Found: Pollinators at Awbury Arboretum – with Karen Singer

Nature Transformed – with Carol Philips (2017)

Northwest POST Artists (2017)

Creature Comforts – with Arcadia University and Wissahickon Charter School (2017)

Botanical Illustrations – with Marlyn Waltzer (2016)

Cathy Hozack (2016)

Centennial Shine – with Jared Wood and Rachel Ehrgood (2016)

A Retrospective – with Lucretia Robbins (2015)

Curious Creatures – with Arcadia University and Project Learn School (2015)

Flora Fantastica – with MF Cardamone (2015)

Meditative Mediations – with Carole Loeffler & Maryann Worrell (2105)