POSTED: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 6:00am
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 - 6:04am
Baton Rouge, La — Rendered with exquisite precision and beauty by botanical artist Margaret Stones, Louisiana’s fall flowers – from roots to seeds, leaves to flowers – spring to life in the original watercolor drawings on display in Hill Memorial Library at LSU.
“Late Bloomers: Fall Flowers from Margaret Stones’ Flora of Louisiana” will be open from December 3, 2012 through February 16, 2013. The exhibition is sponsored by LSU Libraries’ Special Collections.
Stones was originally commissioned in 1976 to create six watercolor drawings for LSU’s bicentennial celebration.
Those original six drawings produced such an enthusiastic response that the project grew rapidly, generating support and funding from every area of the state.
Over a period of 20 years, Stones completed more than 200 drawings, creating a unique collection dedicated to the native plants of Louisiana. Lauded for both their scientific accuracy and extraordinary artistry, these drawings are accompanied by information about each plant written by LSU professor of botany Lowell Urbatsch, who collaborated with Stones on the project. The exhibition offers visitors a chance to learn more about the native plants, both common and rare, that are found in woodlands and swamps.
Stones’ drawings are part of the E. A. McIlhenny Natural History Collection that features examples of scientific illustration from the last five centuries. Also on display are works she created for Curtis’ Botanical Magazine and “The Endemic Flora of Tasmania.”
Hill Memorial Library is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturdays. The library is closed on Saturdays when the LSU football team is playing at home. When classes are in session, the library is open Tuesday evenings until 8:00 p.m. During weekdays, parking for a nominal fee is available at the Visitors’ Center, Memorial Tower and near Mike the Tiger’s Habitat. For more information, visit the Special Collections’ website at www.lib.lsu.edu/special .