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Artist's Reception
Thursday, January 10

Original paintings and giclée prints are available for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Library.

Upcoming Art Exhibit

Tree Portraits, Golden Gate Park

Pastels by Heath Massey

January 3 – April 29, 2019

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society presents Tree Portraits, Golden Gate Park, a new exhibition featuring original pastel paintings by Heath Massey.

Trees are the heart and foundation of Golden Gate Park, though they often go unnoticed as part of the natural backdrop. We are pleased to exhibit Heath Massey's Tree Portraits, artwork that draws our attention to and sharpens our appreciation of the wonderful variety of trees in our park.

Artists' Statement

"My aim in these portraits," Massey says, "is to convey the charm, beauty, and character of individual trees, as well as to show a range of landscapes in Golden Gate Park. The park's rich urban forest offers so many possibilities for painting, I doubt I will ever tire of it as a subject."

The trees selected for this exhibit are identified by both common and botanical name and the location of each pastel is shown on a map of Golden Gate Park.

About the Artists

Heath Massey studied landscape architecture at Rhode Island School of Design in the 1970s, where she fell in love with drawing and developed a lifelong sketchbook habit. As a practicing landscape architect, and while teaching landscape architecture at UC Davis, she relied on drawing as an essential tool for communicating about design with clients and students.

Now retired and living in San Francisco, she fills sketchbooks at a much faster rate and takes frequent walks in Golden Gate Park, often with sketchbook in hand. A few years ago she started working with pastels and the trees in the park became a favorite subject. This exhibit is a result of many rambles throughout the park.

As an academic landscape architect, Massey has always been interested in how designs for gardens and parks reflect the ideas that are also represented in landscape paintings and photographs. In 1999 she developed an exhibit at the Haggin Museum in Stockton about the history of landscape representation in California's Central Valley and edited the catalog for that exhibit: Picturing California's Other Landscape: The Great Central Valley (Berkeley: Heyday Press, 1999).

Another academic interest has been the social and cultural history of public parks like Golden Gate Park, which appeared in cities around the world in the nineteenth century. Massey is the author of Melodramatic Landscapes: Urban Parks in the Nineteenth Century (Charlottesville and London: University of Virginia Press, 2009).

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 holidays.

Exhibitions of art related to botany, horticulture and the natural world run for four-month periods. The artworks 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.

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