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Resilience: Art in the Time of COVID-19

Happy Place, 18" x 24" Lois Cremmins
artwork, collage and paint, grass with flowering trees in background

Art of the Arnold Arboretum by Lois Cremmins

Like many in the early days of the pandemic, our exhibiting artist, Lois Cremmins, sought solace in the Arnold Arboretum. Fortified by experiences of what she describes as “transcendent beauty here,” she created a series of works in direct response to COVID-19.

Resilience is defined as “an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.”  Looking at Cremmins’ art—vivid combinations of paint and collage on paper—one senses an uplifting of her spirit. While exploring rich and attentive observations to detail, she chooses an overall application of colors, forms, and textures that bring a resounding cacophony of life to the surface. It is life in the Arboretum, vibrant and enduring, where Cremmins found her expressive vision of resilience and hope mirrored in the strength and grandeur of trees.

“As spring unfolded into summer, I could sense that the plants and animals, sun and sky, were carrying on in spite of the pandemic. And I wanted to make artworks that are as triumphant and defiant in the face of COVID-19 as I felt the entire Arboretum was being.”

Lois Cremmins

Wishing to share her belief that art can offer optimism and comfort, Cremmins posted her images on Instagram. The full series of works can be viewed on her website.

Lois Cremmins has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in the U.S. and Japan including Atlantic Gallery, Eyebuzz Gallery, Chashama, and Creative Space Hyashi. She is a grant recipient from the National Endowment for the Arts, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and the Barbara Deming Fund. She holds degrees in both Visual Art and Landscape Design and Maintenance.

All of Lois Cremmins’ artworks are paint and collage on paper.


artwork collage and paint, bare trees and path
Fork in the Path, 24″ x 18″ Lois Cremmins
artwork, collage and paint group of spring bushes
Sprouting with New Life, 24″ x 18″ Lois Cremmins
artwork collage and paint path with trees and flowers
Into the Forest, 24″ x 18″ Lois Cremmins
artwork, collage and paint, spring flowering trees
Sunshiny Day, 24″ x 18″ Lois Cremmins
artwork, collage and paper, road with grass and flowering tree
Country Road, 18″ x 24″ Lois Cremmins
artwork, collage and paint, grass with flowering trees in background
Happy Place, 18″ x 24″ Lois Cremmins
Artwork, collage and paint, road, trees, sky
Past the Pavement, 24″ x 18″ Lois Cremmins
Artwork, collage and paint, landsape with trees and sky
Beautiful Day, 18″ x 24″ Lois Cremmins
Artwork, collage and paint, foliage overhanging a pond
Clear Blue Pond, 24″ x 18″ Lois Cremmins
Artwork, collage and paint, trees in grass with sky
A Place in the Shade, 18″ x 24″ Lois Cremmins
It’s a Good Day, 24″ x 18″ Lois Cremmins
painting and collage of a tree in the grass
Dappled Sunlight, 24″ x 18″ Lois Cremmins
Artwork collage and paint field with trees and sky and birds
In the Distance, 18″ x 24″ Lois Cremmins
Artwork, collage and paint, trees and meadow
Dancing Grove, 24″ x 18″ Lois Cremmins
Artwork, collage and paint, large bare tree
Majestic, 24″ x 18″ Lois Cremmins
Artwork, collage and paint, close up of tree trunk with trees, sky, grass behind
Stand Strong, 24″ x 18″ Lois Cremmins