The Enveloping Landscape: A Contemplative Photographic Journey is a visual celebration of the transformative power of place-based education. In this first-ever collaboration between the Arboretum’s Exhibits and Adult Education departments, images from award-winning documentary photographer Susan Patrice join those of 24 student photographers in a breathtaking exhibit that explores the ways that we are indelibly shaped by place. Through their images, these photographers reveal not only the rich biodiversity of Southern Appalachia, but a renewed sense of kinship with their local landscapes found through photography.
What began as a documentary photography project launched by Patrice in 2016 became a collaborative Arboretum workshop led by the artist in early 2020. The project invited photographers of all levels to return each season to focus their gaze on what called to them in the landscape — deepening a contemplative practice of seeing, knowing and caring for a place. When everything abruptly changed in March of last year, this photographic community wasted no time in moving online. What seemed like an unnatural distance imposed by technology became a path into both familiar and uncharted places. This exhibition chronicles these photographers’ year-long journey, inviting viewers to step into an intimate world where the landscape is alive, waiting to be met, understood and entered.
The Enveloping Landscape: A Contemplative Photographic Journey is on display daily January 16 – May 2, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., inside the Baker Exhibit Center. Face coverings are required for visitors ages 5 years and older.
Exhibit support for The Enveloping Landscape: A Contemplative Photographic Journey is provided in part by The North Carolina Arboretum Society; Asheville Citizen-Times; RomanticAsheville.com Travel Guide; Smoky Mountain Living Magazine; The Laurel of Asheville; and Henco North Creative Imaging.
Image: Susan Patrice, Enveloping Landscape #3, archival pigment print, 45 x 45 inches, © Susan Patrice
Interested in Learning More?
The journey continues! Begin a contemplative practice in your own enveloping landscape with the following offerings from Adult Education Programs.
The Enveloping Landscape: Exhibit Opening Celebration
Online | Sunday, January 17; 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Join us for a virtual exhibition walkthrough and panel discussion with participants from The Enveloping Landscape.
The Enveloping Landscape: Artist’s Talk
Online | Friday, January 22; 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Nature enthusiasts and photographers of all levels are invited to attend this artist talk with Susan Patrice to learn more about the power of everyday photography to animate love, encourage meaningful dialogue, and most importantly, inspire an increased commitment to caring for our common home.
Contemplative Photography and The Enveloping Landscape in Winter
Online | Fridays, January 29, February 5, 12 and 19; 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Deepen your intimacy with your surroundings and the natural world through photography. Four Zoom-based class meetings led by Susan Patrice include photographic assignments, rich sharing and discussion and supportive critiques.
Coalescence, Contemplation and Creation: Nature-Inspired Practice
Online | Sunday, February 14; 3:30 – 5 p.m.
Join us for an online series of conversations on coalescence — crossing mediums and bridging disciplines — to discuss a nature-inspired practice of creating, community, building and healing.