The Art of Seeing

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Jean Emmons painting

Emmons Exhibit
For centuries, the artist’s eye remained the only means by which the common man interpreted the natural marvels of a world in discovery. Although the titillating first glimpses of continents and cultures captured on canvas more than just a novel botanical inventory–newly discovered birds and animals shared the limelight—it was the dexterity and prowess of the observant botanical illustrator that assisted the academic deciphering of a massive archive of newly discovered plant species.

Though modern technologies have in most cases annulled the alliance between the arts and sciences, talented illustrators gladly continue to capture highly detailed moments of plant physiology polished with aesthetics.

Heronswood Garden’s inaugural exhibit in its newly designated Art Gallery, the former home of Heronswood founders Daniel Hinkley and Robert Jones, will include the best of contemporary botanical artists from the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Featured will be the work of Vashon Island master, Jean Emmons, who illustrated many editions of the Heronswood Nursery catalogue. In addition, you will have the opportunity to study the work of many legendary botanical artists including Kevin Nicolay, Hemlata Pradham, Wendy Walsh and Siriol Sherlock. The ‘Oak Project’, the intricate wood carvings of Vietnam’s Nguyen Xuan Nha, will also be on display.

Garden admission includes entry into this exhibit. (Please note that although dogs on leads are allowed in the garden, they are not allowed in the Garden House.)