Naples Botanical Garden Reopens with Contemporary Art Exhibition

Paul Arsenault's plein air paintings will be on display at Kapnick Hall through November.

Paul Arsenault. Photo courtesy of Naples Botanical Garden. 

Contemporary impressionist Paul Arsenault has always been drawn to gardens — particularly Naples Botanical Garden, in the heart of his adopted city. He’s been involved with the organization since its early fundraising days and visits frequently to paint its ever-changing vistas.

Orchid Garden, Naples Botanical Garden, 2018. Arsenault Studio & Banyan Arts Gallery

Now, Arsenault has tackled this favorite subject again for a solo exhibition, “The Impressionist’s Garden: Plein Air Paintings by Paul Arsenault“, presented by BNY Mellon Wealth Management. The exhibit in the gardens’ Kapnick Hall features more than 25 original works. The exhibition’s ambitious centerpiece is a series depicting some of  Arsenault’s favorite scenes, like the garden’s famed Roberto Burle Marx mosaic or a subtle pair of tucked-away palms lining a strip of sand.

The exhibit, culminating the botanical garden’s tenth anniversary season, celebrates more than the garden’s own maturation; it traces the development of the artist himself. “The Impressionist’s Garden” includes exclusive samples of Arsenault’s earliest works, painted when the young Massachusetts man first discovered Florida. The paintings capture a lush, verdant landscape in a simple, beautiful way.

Water Garden View, River of Grass, 2020. Arsenault Studio & Banyan Arts Gallery

The exhibit will be on display through November 8 and is included with general admission (admissions costs $20 for adults, $10 for children younger than 14, and is free for members and children younger than 3). To maintain safety protocols, general admission tickets must be purchased online for a specific time slot. Members must reserve a time for their visit. For complete information and purchase instructions, visit

Guests can stay connected with the Garden through the new interactive resource, Viewers can follow DIY videos, craft locally inspired cuisine in the kitchen with the team at Fogg Café, discover the flora surrounding you through our citizen-science initiatives, and more.

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