I am so honored to be curating an art exhibition at the Seymour Conservatory at Wright Park: “Ethnobotany: An Artists’ Study of Plants”, Sept. 5-Oct. 12! Ethnobotany is the study of relationships that have existed between primitive societies and plants down through the ages and around the world. Think about it: from earliest beginnings, the lives of plants have been intertwined with our human existence in the guise of food, clothing, medicine, shelter, transportation, ritual, currency, and more. In this show, 12 artists explore ethnobotany through works that make often surprising connections between contemporary circumstances, plant life, art and science. The century-old Seymour Conservatory and arboretum is one of Tacoma’s grandest gems, and a truly amazing venue for art. ~Lisa Kinoshita
Meanwhile, at Moss + Mineral, it’s your last chance to see the “Natural Spectacle” group show through Aug. 2. Featuring works by birdloft, Harriet McNamara, Claudia Riedener, Holly Senn, and Carlos Taylor-Swanson. See how art, eco-furniture, and plant terraria bliss out together in our integrated one-room environment – this show brings you the best of everything! You’ll find beautiful objects to take home and change up your own space. Also on view: contemporary jewelry by Seattle’s Di Luce Design. Open Thursday-Saturday, noon-5, and by appointment.
In the M+M plant studio we’re busting out succulents and bringing in specimen plants such as ginkgo and monkey puzzle tree (these sell out fast so call first). Tillandsia airplants perch amidst unusual objects and raw-gem jewelry. Can we bring you flowers? M+M is now offering the coolest botanical arrangements for local delivery.
On the subject of plants, in a dynamic TED talk Los Angeles artist and green activist, Ron Finley, describes his South Central neighborhood and how community gardening is changing it. Witnessing the toxic impacts of fast food, he made a defiant, ebullient response: “I planted a food forest in front of my house.” His idea has gone viral. Please watch this amazing video, and consider the benefits of growing food in your community.