FRAMINGHAM - Inspired by photos of treasured memories, members of the Framingham Artists’ Guild are exhibiting striking works at Amazing Things Arts Center.

Guild board member Elaine Seigal invited visitors to “Photographic Memories” for a “walk down memory lane” with members of Framingham’s oldest arts group.

A guild member since 1999, the Framingham resident uses watercolors and acrylics to capture the brilliant colors of flowers, whether in a kitchen bouquet or natural setting.

She said she conceived of the premise for the show to stimulate members’ creativity and give viewers insights into what “guided their creative process.”

Seigal might have been describing Deb Larnis’ lovely collage, influenced by a photo of a landscape by Claude Monet or Brother Eugene DeLauro’s oil painting “Wagon Ride” that vibrantly brought alive a black-and-white photo taken while serving overseas as a missionary.

“Our artists found photos and other images and made them the inspiration for new creations,” said Siegal. “Come see what combinations and imaginings they stirred up for the artistic mind.”

The 36 varied works displayed in Amazing Things’ second-floor galleries reflect the breadth of guild members’ interests and skills.

After the closing of the old Danforth Art museum building on Union Avenue where the guild formerly met, the organization struck a deal with Amazing Things in 2016 to meet and share space in the art center at 160 Hollis Street.

Executive Director Jill Bennett said the center was happy to support local artists and was open to reaching out to help other local arts groups whenever possible.

Longtime guild member Tobi Hoffman created tributes to a beloved birch tree, a scenic farm and “Calvin the Cat,” in lovingly sewn pieces of fabric art.

The Ashland resident said art lets her express her love of colors and design through a craft she learned in junior high school growing up in Illinois.

“I love sewing and find I can look at strips of old fabric and think ‘This could be a beautiful landscape or even a cat with character,’ ” Hoffman said.

Her intricately crafted “Elegy for a Tree” evokes not just the white birch’s natural splendor as she watched it grow through her picture window for 30 years but its demise by using dramatically contrasting colored fabric that suggests its former vitality and eventual death.

Hoffman said viewers sometimes overlook the skill and effort fabric art requires.

“I’m not trying to sew realistic images of a landscape, a tree or a cat. Like any work of art, there needs to be balanced composition and that includes color,” she said. “I hope visitors keep an open mind when considering what is art.”

While most works on display are paintings, Doreen Smith’s deeply felt photo collages should remind viewers that bending boundaries can provide startling epiphanies.

In “Memories,” the Framingham resident has combined a black-and-white photo of her late-mother, Bertha Resnick, dressed in the avant-garde style of a 1920s flapper against a black background with swirling silver lines like musical notes that evoke the carefree excesses of the era.

A second image, “All That Jazz,” features her mother, brother and sister stylishly dressed at a family wedding against a blue-tinted background that includes musical notes from the song “Blues in the Night.”

Smith said her images convey warm thoughts of her mother in the bloom of youth long ago.

Below her photo montages, she wrote: “I see my mother’s face so soft, serene/ I see her through a misty glow/ I reach to touch her and kiss her face/ It’s all a wistful dream/ Tears run down my face/ Because we are forever separated by time and space.”

Colleen Kodjian is showing two intriguing “miniature room boxes” inspired by a Starbucks coffee shop and the Harry Potter books and movies.

Partially based on a Route 9 site, the remarkably detailed coffee shop includes croissants, a “barista promise” hanging on a wall and an outdoor table set with three cups of coffee.

Kodjian’s miniature Gryffindor Common Room at Hogwarts contains a flying broom, a white owl and numerous magical objects from the popular books.

She said creating miniature rooms and elaborate doll houses developed from her hobby as a photographer and work as a real estate agent.

The Ashland resident and her husband, Raffi, a talented painter, have been guild members for two and three years, respectively.

“I have a passion for artistic interiors. I make some from scratch, finding the pieces online or in specialty shops,” said Kodjian. “I try to picture myself living in the room.”

A 30-year member, Carolyn Colby said the support she has received from guild members has helped her achieve her childhood dream of being a painter.

“The fascinating thing about painting is when I’m doing it, I feel something else is guiding me and I’m not there,” said the Sudbury resident.

A skillful watercolorist, she depicted a deserted Michigan farmhouse built by her grandfather and a rocky seacoast that evoke nature’s raw power but her “Irish Tea” suggests the cozy comfort of a familiar ritual.

After raising four children, Colby renewed her passion for painting, taking courses at local colleges and then earning a degree in art at Framingham State University at 51.

“It’s fulfilling to be doing something creative,” she said. “I still love to paint and hope to be painting when they cart me away.”

A lifelong “doodler and dabbler,” guild president Sharon Cunningham is showing two subtly tinted acrylic paintings that evoke memories of her widespread travels.

A guild member since 2011, the Hopkinton resident has been painting for 15 years as an “outlet for my energy and emotions from anger to happiness.”

Like the images she paints from photos of her travels, Cunningham gives her work evocative titles, like “I Wish You Could Hear the Wind” of a treeless plain on the Orkney Islands off the north coast of English coast.

Using rich shades of green, Cunningham’s “Swift Water, Lake District, UK” evokes the rugged terrain that once inspired England’s greatest authors like poet William Wordsworth and the Bronte sisters.

“I like acrylics because it lets me express my experiences and feelings about places I’m visiting,’’ said Cunningham. “

She said the guild, which was founded by local artists in 1954, meets on the third Wednesday of the month when members critique one another’s work or hear lectures from visiting artists.

“We hold two exhibits every year at the Framingham Library, plus an exhibit at Premier Image Gallery in Ashland and other venues,” she said. “We’re always on the lookout for new members.”

Cunningham predicted visitors to the exhibit will see “varied and outstanding work” by local painters, photographers and mixed media artists.

“You just might pick up something you like,” she said.

Also on view now through Dec. 28 is “Framingham Artists’ Guild’s Annual December Show” at the Framingham Public Library, 49 Lexington St., Framingham.

“Photographic Memories”

WHEN: Through Jan. 5

WHERE: Amazing Things Arts Center, 160 Hollis St., Framingham

ADMISSION: Free

INFO: 508-626-8629; www.framingham.com/org/artguild.htm