Thursday, Sept. 12
Original artwork in the exhibition as well as prints are available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Library.
Conifers and Cones
by G. Lee Boerger
20+ Years of Science and Art | Sept. – Dec.
The Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture is pleased to present an exciting new exhibit by artist and friend of the Garden, G. Lee Boerger, Conifers and Cones: 20+ Years of Science and Art. Through works in printmaking, acrylic on canvas and panels and colored pencil, Lee celebrates the venerable conifer, including images from approximately 30 specimens.
Lee draws inspiration from the artist Chuck Close, who speaks of "altering the variables," or using an image, a color, or a medium to pursue endless possibilities. "As I experimented with backgrounds and foregrounds, the cone image took on a separate life," she reports. "The layered colors can add an unexpected dimension and interpretation, often a major pleasure of print-making. Even suspended in space or shown in a rainbow of colors, I have found both mathematical symmetry and abstraction."
Lee's work has previously exhibited at the Library, and she has also exhibited at Filoli, Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, and Missouri Botanic Garden among others. She worked for many years in the botany department of the California Academy of Sciences and served on the signage committee for San Francisco Botanical Garden Society for many years.
Lee's professional work includes signage at the Garden and illustrations for The Trees of Golden Gate Park and San Francisco, by Elizabeth McClintock. She points out that the Garden has acquired and propagated many conifers, and that the "database here for these families now lists approximately 56 genera in six families." Boerger counsels exploring more about conifers in the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture. What a very good idea.
General Exhibit Information
The Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture is recognized as one of the finest horticultural resources in the nation. Its 27,000-volume collection ranges from new gardening titles to antique herbals. The Library is open, free of charge, from 10am–4pm, every day except Tuesdays and major holidays.
Exhibitions of plant- and garden-related drawings, paintings, photographs and educational displays run for four-month periods. The artwork in our exhibitions are available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Library. For more information, call (415) 661-1316 ext. 403.