by Colette M. Armijo
RATON — On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, the Raton Museum began hosting the Second Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists Rare Plants travelling exhibit.
RARE II – Imperiled Plants of Colorado is currently hung in the upper loft of museum. Many were present at the exhibit’s opening reception on Saturday, April 30
Martha Narey, Communications Editor of the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists, shared with those in attendance a presentation on the process entailed in creating the pieces displayed. The presentation, called the Botanical Artist’s Program, was prepared by exhibit organizer Sharon Garrett.
This exhibit is the second in its series, and forms an important part of the society’s goal of promoting public awareness of contemporary botanical art, honoring its traditions, and furthering its development. Through RARE II, artists are supported to create these works and pieces help to engage the public’s focus towards the environmental challenges that exist for endangered plants.
The artwork displayed can be summarized as creations born out of the merger of science and art. Pieces vividly and accurately display realistic portrayals of plants, their flowers, fruiting bodies, seeds, roots, and pollinators. Whilst modern elements of light, depth and composition are detailed in the renderings, they are able to capture much more features of the plants and flowers that cannot be found in photographs. Artists present their pieces in 2-dimensional media which include ink, watercolor, gouache, scratchboard, acrylics, oils, graphite, carbon and color pencil, but photos and computer generated images are excluded.
RARE II has been travelling since 2015 and its display at the Raton Museum continues until Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Persons interested in viewing RARE II Imperiled Plants of Colorado can visit Raton Museum’s website www.theratonmuseum.org for details.