Art Shows Return to the Harris Center

March 7, 2022

The Harris Center is excited to once again host local, nature-inspired art shows after a pandemic-related hiatus! In April, see Peterborough photographer Laurie McGowan’s ethereal images of trees, with an opening reception on April 2. In May, take flight with Rosemary Conroy’s vibrant bird portraits in honor of Harris Center Naturalist Emeritus Meade Cadot, with an opening reception on May 6. A portion of the proceeds from art sales for both shows will benefit the Harris Center.

Allegory in Light: Photographs by Laurie McGowan

On Exhibit: April 1 to 29

A black-and-white photo of a tree with the shadows of leaves silhouetted against the bark. (photo © Laurie McGowan)Trees communicate. They nurture and care for each other. Inspired by writer Peter Wohlleben (The Hidden Life of Trees) and daily wanderings through the woods, Laurie McGowan captures this in her photographs, celebrating trees and the interplay between nature and light. Falling shadows, beams of light, bark patterns — none of it escapes her eye.

Allegory in Light will be on exhibit from April 1 to 29 at the Harris Center, and is available to view during regular business hours. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, April 2, from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Artist Bio: Laurie McGowan is the director of the Conant Gallery at Lawrence Academy in Groton, MA, where she teaches photography. Unable to attend artist residencies she had planned for her sabbatical in Italy, Portugal, Costa Rica, and Arizona when COVID-19 shut down travel, she found herself looking for new subjects to photograph. In her own backyard, she discovered the communication of trees. Laurie lives in Peterborough, and exhibits throughout New England. She hopes her love of and connection to nature is resonant in these photographs.

Into the Wild: New Paintings by Rosemary Conroy

On Exhibit: May 4 to June 1

A colorful painting of a Great Blue Heron by Rosemary ConroyNearly twenty years after her first show at the Harris Center, contemporary wildlife artist Rosemary Conroy returns to once again celebrate the beauty and wonder of our local wild beings. It will be peak birding season, which will complement the show’s focus on the favored feathered friends of Meade Cadot. A longtime mentee and long-ago student of his, Rosemary is dedicating this show in Meade’s honor.

Into the Wild will be on exhibit from May 4 to June 1 at the Harris Center, and is available to view during regular business hours. An opening reception will be held on Friday, May 6, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Artist Bio: Rosemary Conroy is a contemporary wildlife artist with a long connection to the Harris Center — having been an Antioch student who attended courses at the Harris Center, a Wol’s Nest summer camp counselor, a workshop leader, and a two-term Board member. She is thrilled and so honored to be finally celebrating the Harris Center’s 50th anniversary with an exhibition of her art. For more information on her work, visit