Artwork by Richard Metz

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Artwork by Richard Metz

Artwork by Richard Metz at Awbury Arboretum

Featuring Indoor and Outdoor Art Exhibits

Join us for an Opening & Artist’s Talk on Sunday, September 23rd from 3:00 – 5:00 PM.

Admission is free; no registration required.


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.

Location: AdventureWoods 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: www.mistermetz.com