Current Show: The Science of Beauty in the Gardens
November 5, 2013 - January 5, 2014
Featuring Three Botanical Artists
7th Annual Arboretum Photographers Society Juried Show & Sale
Best of the Arboretum: Through the lens of the Arboretum Photographers Society
January 8 - April 4
Immediate past exhibit:
In creating this exhibit, multi-media artist Laura Hallen was inspired by her recent residency at the Millenium Seed Bank in West Sussex, United Kingdom. Ex-Situ, meaning "off-site conservation," is the process of protecting an endangered species of plants outside its natural habitat. In the earth's delicate biosphere, a seed bank is a crucial resource for providing security for thousands of plants against human-induced destruction. Observing the Millennium Seed Bank's process of conservation provided Hallen visual and scientic information for her artwork.
About the Artist
Pursuing a non-traditional abstract route to plants, multi-media artist Laura Hallen brings a gardener's passion in her art practice of more than 20 years. Starting as a traditional oil painter on canvas, she always had a botanical twist, due in part to her training as a Master Gardener through the University of Minnesota Extension program. Currently, Hallen makes art with acrylic and pigmented shellac on Plexiglas, working with found objects, articial plant material--and inspried by her experiences in nature. She has a BFA in Painting from the University of Minnesota and has been featured on Twin Cities Public Television MN Original series.
Laura Hallen is a fiscal year 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature; and by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Millennium Seed Bank Project is an international conservation project coordinated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Launched in the year 2000 and housed in the Wellcome Trust Millennium Building situated in the grounds of Wakehurst Place, West Sussex; its purpose is to provide an “insurance policy” against the extinction of plants in the wild by storing seeds for future use. The storage facilities consist of large underground frozen vaults preserving the world’s largest collection of seeds.
Find more information on the Millennium Seed Bank.
About the Restaurant Gallery
A second exhibit space adjacent to the Arboretum Restaurant featuries exhibits of photography by the Arboretum Photographers Society, and special exhibits throughout the year ranging from individual artists to prints presented by the Andersen Horticultural Library from their collection of seed catalog covers or botanical prints, etc. Check this more intimate and informal space for delightful interpretations of Arboretum seasons, fanciful prints and other photography exhibits in conjunction with Arboretum seasonal exhibits and displays. All artwork is available for sale through the Arboretum Gift Store. A portion of proceeds benefits the Arboretum.
Current Exhibit: The Science of Beauty in the Gardens, Nov. 5, 2013-Jan. 5, 2014