Exhibition Lagniappe: Looking at “Late Bloomers”

February 13th, 2013 by Elaine Smyth

The LSU Libraries invites you to “Looking at Late Bloomers,” a gallery talk and reception in Hill Memorial Library on the LSU campus, Wednesday, February 20, at 5 p.m. The event marks the end of the current exhibition, “Late Bloomers,” featuring Margaret Stones’ watercolor drawings of fall and winter blooming plants from the “Native Flora of Louisiana Collection.”

Beginning at 5:15, LSU Chancellor Emeritus Paul Murrill will speak briefly about the Native Flora project, which began during his administration, and introduce Lowell Urbatsch, LSU professor of botany and chief scientific advisor for the project. Urbatsch will share stories of collecting plant materials, talk about the plants, and discuss how the Stones drawings are useful to botanists, contributing to the body of scientific knowledge.

Artist Margaret Stones spent 51 years working as a freelance artist with Kew Gardens, London, and their botanical publication “Curtis’ Botanical Magazine.” In addition to the “Native Flora of Louisiana, ” she created the monumental “Endemic Flora of Tasmania” on a private commission for the Baron de Malahide during her tenure at Kew. She is a member of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and the Order of Australia and was the recipient of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Veitch Silver and Gold Memorial Medals as well as the Eloise Payne Luquer Medal sponsored by the Garden Club of America. Many of the watercolor drawings in the Louisiana collection have been loaned for exhibitions at the Smithsonian Museum, museums in Great Britain, and at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.

To reserve parking near the library for this free event, please call 578-6552 or 578-2217 before noon on Feb. 18.

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