Current Exhibits

            Visitors Center Gallery

Art of a Scientist: Recent works of Dr. Gopal Murti
June 7 - June 30

“My Art Show features 40+ paintings, more than half of which were painted in the last one year (during Covid-19 isolation). My Art is esoteric in terms of style, subject, medium and substrate. Consequently, my solo Art Show often looks like a multiple-artist exhibit. I am triggered into painting by many factors. The sudden bloom of flowers, or the cacophony of Canadian geese in the playground next door, or the spectacular formation of birds descending on Memphis, or the historic events like the once-in-a-lifetime solar eclipse in 2017, or the sad landmark of half a million lives lost due to Covid-19—all motivate me to paint. Most of my paintings are serious but on occasion, I introduce a comic element into my painting, like the monster hidden in the winter landscape of Pedis Grande! I sincerely hope you enjoy my show as much as I did producing it”

There will be an opening reception on June 13 from 3-5 pm. 


Color and Light - Nature's Gifts by Steve Nelson
May 1 - June 30


Steve’s interest in art began in elementary school, copying cartoons from newspapers. He majored in art at Beloit College in the late 50s/ early 60s but found the professors were more interested in “doing their own thing” than teaching. He wisely decided art probably would not be a sustainable career for him and chose to wait for retirement years to give it another try. He is now 12 years into painting and having a ball exploring a wide variety of styles and subjects. He has studied acrylic painting with Marilyn Wannamaker and Judy Nocifora at the Memphis Botanic Garden. His style is loose and impressionistic and his goal is to entice the viewer to imagine being in the scene to feel its majesty, its serenity, its contrast, or its energy.His work has been exhibited at the Memphis Botanic Garden, the Salvation Army Kroc Center, Trezevant Manor, the Jewish Home, Germantown Library, and the Women’s Exchange. He is a member of the Memphis/Germantown Art League and has been juried into several of their shows. For information please contact Steve at 901-484-3849 or More art can be viewed at

The Fratelli's Cafe Gallery monthly art exhibits are on display in Fratelli's Cafe Gallery during cafe hours. Monday - Saturday 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. We love for you to stop in and have a look even if you are not dining at the cafe! If you want to give the artist feedback don't hesitate to find the art event posting on Memphis Botanic Garden's Facebook page and post your comment. We are happy to connect you with the artist and pass your feedback along. Enjoy!


            Grand Hallway

"Folk Art" from the collection of Judy Peiser
June 10 - July 31

“Few people are able to combine their passions with their life’s work.  Judy Peiser did.  She grew up regularly going to the Brooks Museum, falling in love with art.  She also grew up listening to her father’s stories of his days as a lawyer when he regaled her mother and her at the end of each day with what he did to get his clients out of the trouble they were in.  Combining storytelling and art, she co-founded the Center for Southern Folklore and dedicated her life to preserving art of all kinds and the stories behind the art.  She learned from her father that you had to be nice to people to get them to tell you their stories, so she bought their art, recognizing the high quality and the role these artists play in perpetuating “Folk Art,” work that is often done by self-taught artists who aim to reflect the cultural life of a community.  This show is the result of lots of “Folk Art” purchases in exchange for stories preserved through the Center for Southern Folklore!”

The reception on June 10 has been canceled. 

All exhibited pieces are available for purchase, with a portion of proceeds directly benefiting the garden's art, education and horticulture programs. 


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