The Suffolk University Gallery presents the exhibit TreeMuse June 9-July 7. The six artists in the exhibit view the tree as an iconic and endless font of inspiration—as image, raw material, or a source of sound.

A reception and gallery talk will be held from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 9. Marjorie Greville, a landscape architect and member of the Emerald Necklace Conservancy Board of Directors, will speak on "Caring for Emerald Necklace Trees."

The artists in the exhibit are:

Sandra Allen, whose graphite-on-paper drawings depict minimal yet intricate trunks and branches, eliciting an iconic presence that speaks metaphorically of life and the capacity to withstand challenges.

Anthony Apesos. His paintings, while indebted to the American realist tradition, are informed by a fascination with mythology and archetypical themes. In this respect, his work exhibits striking parallels with the visual art of the poet William Blake.

Ellen Band, who uses the time-honored technique of field recording to collect the source material she uses for works that reflect the imagistic, mnemonic, and psychoacoustic properties of sound. When Trees Speak has been created specifically for the TreeMuse exhibit.

Stacey Cushner, who creates a meditation on the quality of trees and their labyrinth-like qualities through the practice of drawing. Drawing trees in blue hues taps into notions of wonder, daydreaming, and contemplation.

Mitch Ryerson. He has been working with wood for more than 40 years and uses the natural shape of the tree in his work. “It is interesting to me the way this approach can bring the presence and spirit of the forest into an object, whether it is very large or very small.”

Jessica Straus, who works in carved and painted wood and incorporates found objects, explores the poetry of unexpected juxtapositions between recognizable and invented forms. Her well-crafted sculpture is infused with subtle humor and a finely tuned sense of aesthetics.