New Exhibit by Erdenheim Artist Defies Pandemic, Can Be Enjoyed by Both Art and Nature Lovers

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Richard Metz, an Erdenheim resident, has created a unique art exhibit perfect for the pandemic by painting birds on trees at Awbury Arboretum in Germantown. Image via Chestnut Hill.

Richard Metz, an Erdenheim resident, has created a unique exhibit that is perfectly suited for the pandemic that can be enjoyed by both art and nature lovers, writes Len Lear for the Chestnut Hill Local.

The 61-year-old artist painted around 30 birds on trees in the Adventure Woods area of Awbury Arboretum in Germantown. “The Aviary” is open to the public – in person, not virtually – from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends.

Metz was an art teacher at Abington High School for 29 years. He has been displaying his art in Philadelphia and New York for nearly four decades. He started doing tree paintings a few years ago by sneaking into the woods in eastern Montgomery County and using materials he made himself from natural non-toxic pigments and eggs.

“I do not want anyone to get the idea that the paint is hurting the trees,” said Metz. “The paintings will gradually fade away for the next two to three years, depending on weather conditions. I did similar tree paintings there two years ago which are still visible, although somewhat faded.”

Read more about the exhibit at the Chestnut Hill Local by clicking here.

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