GLENCOE, Ill. (May 30, 2013) – Celebrating the intersection of art and agriculture, Art of the Heirloom is showcasing original works commissioned by the Hudson Valley Seed Library for their annual Art/Seed Pack collection. The exhibition is taking place in the Joutras Gallery through August 18.
The exhibition features works in a variety of media and styles such as oil painting, paper, collage, encaustic painting, colored pencil, and printmaking. Each work of art has been reproduced on a unique seed pack, an image of which is displayed alongside the original work. Visitors can observe up-close the vibrant detail put into each piece, and how each reflects perfectly the aesthetic character of the corresponding heirloom plant. Collectively the exhibited works make a magnificent tribute to the importance of genetic and cultural diversity in our gardens. The actual Hudson Valley seed packs can be viewed on a display near the entrance of the gallery.
Visitors are greeted with the quote, “Artists are the world’s cultural seed savers, selecting which kernels of beauty, color, and form they hope to keep alive and to pass along to future generations.” Exhibiting artists range from the undiscovered to the world-renowned. Featured artists include April Warren (Evergreen Scallion, 2012), and Sheryl Humphrey (Rainbow Chard, 2011), among others.
The Hudson Valley Seed Library focuses on preserving the genetic diversity of plants in the Northeast region. Its seed farm specializes in open-pollinated and heirloom seeds. Their seed sanctuary nurtures non-hybrid plants throughout their entire lifecycle. Visitors can view a video detailing the project in the Joutras Gallery. Seed packets are available for purchase at the Garden Shop.
Art of the Heirloom fits with the Garden’s conservation mission. The Garden is preserving seeds of native prairie species in the Dixon National Tallgrass Prairie Seedbank in the Plant Conservation Science Center.
Partial funding for Art of the Heirloom is provided by the Harriet Kay and Harold R. Burnstein fund for exhibits. Visit http://www.chicagobotanic.org/exhibitions/art-of-the-heirloom for more information.