Adriane Grimaldi Butterfly Photos
Exhibited July - August, 2018

       Vivid colors and bold patterns make butterflies seem more like works of art than insects. The Summer exhibition in our Visitor Center Gallery allows viewers to appreciate butterfly ecology and artistry simultaneously with a display of macro photography by Scottsdale resident and Arboretum volunteer Adriane Grimaldi.

       "As a volunteer at the Arboretum I have been amazed at the wondrous journey butterflies take just to become butterflies," says Grimaldi. "From egg to caterpillar, then to chrysalis and to the finished product: a beautiful butterfly. With all the predators and obstacles that these little creatures face -- birds, lizards, spiders, rain, and even cars -- I find it amazing we ever see them at all."

      The artist has lived in Arizona since 1988. As a girl growing up in California, she raised caterpillars and observed as they metamorphosed into Mourning Cloak butterflies.... each of them earning the same name: "Buttercup." Her passion for the colorful insects may be genetic; the interest is echoed by her aunt, who collected everything embossed or emblazoned with butterflies: cups, dishes, napkins and curtains.

       Then came a field trip with butterfly expert and field guide author Jim Brock to southeastern Arizona, where she learned about butterflies and the amazing migration stories of species such as the Monarch, which crosses mountain passes and national boundaries on seemingly flimsy wings. In recent years she has photographed hundreds of butterflies and polished her field identification skills to help guide monthly interpretive butterfly walks here at Boyce Thompson Arboretum.
      "September and October are two of the best months all year to see and photograph butterflies at the Arboretum," said Grimaldi. "I hope visitors will enjoy learning about some of the various Arizona butterflies from photos in my exhibit, and then enjoy seeing them live and 'on the wing' out in the lovely gardens."

      Prints are available for purchase; to order a custom enlargement, please contact Adriane by phone at 480-489-1052 or via email to

Boyce Thompson Arboretum is located at Highway 60 milepost #223, just three miles west of the town of Superior - a drive of about one hour east of Phoenix or two hours from Tucson. Monthly exhibits may be seen in the Visitor Center art gallery daily from 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. during Summer months. The Arboretum is an Arizona State Park and daily admission must be paid to enter the Visitor Center where the gallery is found. Admission is $12.50 for adults and $5 for ages 5-12. Annual memberships at the Arboretum begin at $60, and include a year's access, guest passes for your friends and family, along with many other benefits. A membership may be purchased in the gift shop on the day of your visit. To review other recent gallery shows from...

Review exhibits 2015 through 2018

Sonoran Outdoor Painters Pleir Air Group - May-June 2018

Tucson Pastel Society April 2018

Lisa Langell March 2018

Tony DeNunzio February 2018

Kimberly Harris January 201

Bud Heiss December 2017

Darrell Sheppard October 2017

Jill Cockrum September 2017

Roger Degler July - August 2017

Sarah Slocum And Bill Brooks - June 2017

Paul Gill - May 2017

Mary Isham - April 2017

Preston Cox - March 2017

The Ateliers Group

Burdell Moody

Sue Cullumber

Miriam Mladinov

Anthem Camera Club

Nancy Romanovsky

Julie Stubbs

John Aho

Heather Coen

Rimgaudas Vidziunas

Michael Madsen & Heidi Golden Hearts-Rock Photos

Elaine Dube

Becky Joy

Christine Debrosky

Then And Now BTA Photography

Paul Landau

Preston Cox & Tammy Knight

Legumes of Arizona

Paul Kinslow

Rick Cameron