Current Exhibit

Illustration of birds and pine branches.

Art From the Edge of the Boreal Forest: Reflecting Biodiversity

January 18 – June 21, 2020

For the past 10 years, a group of traditionally trained botanical artists has explored the effects of a warming climate on the iconic boreal forest in northern Minnesota. Working with climatologists, naturalists and other specialists, they have identified 10 trees that are most vulnerable to climate change.

This exhibit features dozens of works that focus on specific aspects of each of the 10 trees. Those trees include the balsam poplar, balsam fir, black spruce, white spruce, jack pine, red pine, paper birch, quaking aspen, black ash and tamarack. 

The centuries-old tradition of botanical art blends scientific observation with artistic rendering. Focusing on painstaking accuracy and aesthetic composition, botanical art provides a unique view of the natural world.

Artists included in this exhibition are Vicki Barth, Wendy Brockman, Marj Davis, Kathy Franzen, Nancy Gehrig, Debra Greenblatt, Julie Martinez, Mary Anne O’Malley, Kathleen Reeves and Bruce Wilson. Joining this group is wood turner, Bob Carls who crafts vessels from wood harvested from these trees.