Friday, May 22, 2009

Flora: Growing Inspirations

May 23 – October 12, 2009
Reception: Thursday, May 28, 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

The Washington Sculptors Group Artists in the exhibition include: Christian Benefiel, Mary Early, Pattie Firestone, Barbara Kobylinska, Laurel Lukaszewski, Dalya Luttwak, James Mallos, Donna McCullough, Wendy Ross, Foon Sham, John Jayson Sonnier, Laura Thorne, Novie Trump, and Millicent Young.

Other artists selected to be part of the exhibition are: Betsy Alwin (Brooklyn, NY), Jessica Broad (Pamplin, VA), Micah Cain (Micaville, NC), David Eisenhour (Port Hadlock, WA), Stephen Fabrico (Bloomington, NY), Arthur Fata (Zimbabwe), Jim Gallucci (Greensboro, NC), Janet Gohres (Falls Church, VA), Mary Anne Hensley (Richmond, VA), Richard Herzog (Tulsa, OK), Tamara Laird (Takoma Park, MD), Allen Linder (College Park, MD), Chris Mahonski (Richmond, VA), Julie Ann Nagle (Richmond, VA), Anne Percoco (Fanwood, NJ), Justin Shull (Piscataway, NJ), David Silverman (Silver Spring, MD), John Thigpen (Decatur, GA), Jim Tisnado (Greenville, NC), and Lenny Wilson (Wilmington, DE).

Following a national competition, more than 30 sculptures by artists from across the United States and Zimbabwe were selected by a jury as art that best celebrates the symbolic and aesthetic role of plants in culture. The artists chosen have drawn on the diversity of plant form, and the fundamental strength of plants’ life force to create powerful metaphors that comment on both modern society and individual human existence.

A complement of lectures and special events will accompany the exhibition, including a stone-carving workshop; sculpture, music, and culinary festivals; and a special exhibit tour with Matt King, Assistant Professor in Art Foundation and Sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University, and one of the exhibition jurors.

East Gallery of the United States Botanical Garden (USBG).
Outdoor garden rooms spanning the Conservatory Terrace.
100 Maryland Avenue, SW, at the foot of the U.S. Capitol.
Open to the public, free of charge, every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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