Exotic Adventures - Myth and More Exhibit at Selby Gardens

Take an exotic botanical journey through the art of two Selby botanists/artists, Stig Dalström and Karen J. Schunk.  The exhibit will begin on January 9 through February 24, 2009, at Selby Gardens in the Museum of Botany and the Arts from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   There will be an opening reception on Sunday, January 11, 2009 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.  R.S.V.P. to Marilynn Shelley at 941-366-5731 extension 239 by Friday, January 9.

Stig Dalström, curator of the Orchid Identification Center (OIC) at Selby Gardens, holds degrees in civil engineering and horticulture and is a self-taught watercolor artist and botanical illustrator as well as an experienced orchid taxonomist.  He has published 47 new species of orchids for science and has had 23 plant species named in his honor.  Dalström assists with the identification of orchid specimens, provides popular and scientific articles and lectures, conducts fieldwork to inventory and classify orchids, and helps to continue building the world-class resources of the OIC.
 
Karen J. Schunk is a botanist and artist who creates bold, expressive botanical paintings reflecting her intense interest in both science and art.  She holds a degree in Botany from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and has attended classes at the Art Academy of Cincinnati in Ohio.  Under an NSF grant, Schunk served as the Assistant Curator of the Selby Herbarium in 2006 and 2007 and has now returned as a volunteer at the herbarium–a perfect location for her pursuit of botany and art.

In the pursuit of understanding the role of plants in the interconnectedness of nature, these botanist/artists have explored the role of plants beyond the scientific.  Ancient to modern-day civilizations have revered and perceived plants as part of their cultural beliefs.  Plants have always been recognized for their capacity to stir in us a sense of beauty and a priceless sense of psychological wellness!  This exhibit will address that interconnectedness between plants and civilizations, and, hopefully, serve as a visual reminder of the importance of conservation.