MAPS 2023 Nature Photography Exhibit Recap

The 2023 Annual MAPS exhibit concluded on May 7 after several months of planning and preparation.  The Exhibit committee worked for months to secure the venue, send pertinent emails, continuously update the MAPS website, collect images, compile and print artist statements, create the postcard, design the exhibit poster, print art tags, write publicity materials, organize volunteer assignments, work various tables at drop off night, hang the exhibit, greet members and guests at the reception and during exhibit hours, sell raffle tickets, monitor and sell bin art, coordinate flower arrangements, buy candy and batteries, capture meaningful images of people enjoying the exhibit, create beautiful baskets for the raffle, set up lights and hangers, and disassemble and repack all the exhibit supplies when the exhibit ended. 

  • Countless MAPS members sold bin art, cards, plaques and books.
  • 52 artists exhibited 154 beautiful images, the largest exhibit in MAPS history.
  • Over 30 members volunteered, many for the first time.
  • Several MAPS members worked multiple, consecutive shifts during the weekend.
  • 900 people visited the exhibit, making it one of the most attended MAPS exhibit ever.
  • Many artists exhibited for the first time.
  • Numerous visitors expressed interest in purchasing artwork and made arrangements with the artist to acquire the artwork following the exhibit.

Our thanks to Megan Dunning, our MAPS liaison to The Arboretum, to the employees who worked the desk all weekend outside the Cudahy Room, to the staff who set up the panels and hung the wall art, The Arboretum website/marketing designers and the IT personnel who helped everything run smoothly.  The final product was accomplished through the collaborative efforts of scores of individuals—each person contributing their expertise and energy to create the successful 2023 MAPS Nature Photography Exhibit.  Thank you to everyone who exhibited, attended and volunteered!

Here are some images of the opening reception.

Mary Mehl and Dulcey Lima
Exhibit Co-Chairs

Past Exhibits