D&R Greenway Land Trust invites the public to an exhibition showcasing fine art by architects as well as artists who use architecture in their work. “Coexisting Structures: Artists, Architects, and Nature” is on view in the Marie L. Matthews Galleries of D&R Greenway Land Trust from March 30 through May 29.                                                        

“We want to create a conversation about the built environment and the surrounding landscape, and how we work together to preserve these,” said D&R Greenway president & CEO Linda J. Mead. “We can make smart choices about how to build and how to maintain connecting land parcels.”

Curator Diana Moore chose the theme to highlight ways in which artists incorporate architectural elements into their work, and to reveal artistic processes through which architects create. The impact of nature on their designs is a key aspect of this show. The exhibition features architectural designs by Ford 3 Architects LLC, Michael Graves Architecture & Design, the New Jersey Barn Company, Studio Hillier and Joshua Zinder Architecture + Design.

Moore has also selected the work of trained architects who bring their professional expertise into fine art, including Marina Ahun, Fred Diseroad, George Donovan, Richard Farmer, and Robert Kear.In addition, the exhibit features work by artists Susan Hockaday and Bill Hoo and geologist Jonathon Wells who each use architectural elements in their work.                                                                 

“Co-existing Structures” includes a new work by Marina Ahun, commissioned for D&R Greenway, picturing children at play in a garden at the Johnson Education Center. Titled, “Now and for the Future,” the watercolor celebrates D&R Greenway’s mission to preserve and care for land and inspire a conservation ethic, now and for the future.

“Nature and wise development go hand in hand when builders and preservation organizations work together,” commented Moore. “This exhibit honors the art in architecture and architecture as art.”

The Artists’ Reception takes place Friday, April 17, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but guests are requested to register at 609.924.4646 or rsvp@drgreenway.org.                                                        

The exhibition will be in all Marie L. Matthews Galleries of the Johnson Education Center, One Preservation Place, Princeton. www.drgreenway.org