Avy Claire, Ryan Cobourn, Fletcher Copp, Brian Cypher, Deborah Freedman, Michael Goodwin, Doug Holst, Eric Holzman, Kerry Law, Patrick Neal, Susan Post, Marilyn Turtz, Rachael Wren. The thirteen emerging and mid-career contemporary artists in Yearning Upwards come from several areas of the United States including New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Maine and Washington State. Exploring trees, either directly or as source and inspiration, their approaches range from expressionistic to naturalistic to abstract, from illusionary perspective to flatness, from layered patterning to atmospheric space. Each of them displays a deep and personal connection to the tree. The work in Yearning Upwards may be seen as part of the romantic tradition, an expression of the feeling of transcendence nature can impart. But the air and light we reach for is not only symbolic of the sublime; it is necessary to our lives. We identify with the tree in its rootedness to the earth, and also its vulnerability.