Artists bring the outside in for ‘Forest Composition’ exhibit and reception at Landmark College

PUTNEY — The Fine Arts Gallery at Landmark College will host an artist reception for the “Forest Composition” exhibit on Friday, Nov. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m.

“Forest Composition” is a multimedia exhibition with works by Brantner DeAtley, Betsey Garand, and Gina Siepel. The works by these three artists explore themes of nature and environment, our place within it, and our human connection to it.

Landmark College Associate Professor of Fine Art and Gallery and Exhibitions Director Samuel Rowlett says the exhibit is inspired by shinrin-yoku, the Japanese practice of “forest bathing.” Shinrin-yoku reportedly has health and wellness benefits of spending time interacting with the natural world and nature's ability to counteract some of the effects of the “technostress” of our increasingly digital world, Rowlett said in a news release.

“Since the pandemic, studies have shown that many of us are spending more and more time looking at screens, and less and less time outdoors in nature,” he said. “One of the goals of this exhibition is to bring a little bit of the 'outside-in,' especially as we approach the time of the year when we traditionally retreat inside.”

The exhibit will remain on display through Jan. 23, 2023. The gallery is open 10–6 p.m. daily.

The Landmark College Fine Arts Gallery is located in the Fine Arts Building on the Landmark College campus. For directions and a campus map, visit and click the Map and Directions link at the bottom of the page.

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