RARE Imperiled Plants of Colorado 2009
RARE Imperiled Plants of Colorado
05/23/2009 – 09/30/2009
The Steamboat Art Museum was formed in December 2005 and presented it’s Opening Exhibition in the historic First National Bank building on December 23, 2006. The First National Bank Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was gifted to the City of Steamboat Springs by its owner, Helen Rehder, who was a long time area rancher and amateur artist. Mrs. Rehder had a stipulation attached to her will that the building be preserved and that the building be used as a museum to promote the culture and heritage of northwestern Colorado.
Since the Opening Exhibit, which featured the works of past and present local artists, we have presented an Intaglio exhibit featuring the work of local artists and loans from local private art collections, a western art exhibit that included traditional cowboy and native American arts as well as paintings and sculpture, an international exchange with Mexico of the work of Martha Chapa, an exhibit on loan from the University of Wyoming Art Museum of the work of E.W. (Bill) Gollings, the cartoon art of Jerry Palen, Ace Reid and J.R. Williams, a one-man exhibit of the paintings of Clyde Aspevig, and exhibits of local northwestern Colorado artists.
Routt County is known for its beautiful displays of wildflowers in the summer as well as its open space and wilderness areas. We hope that this exhibit will not only provide enjoyment of beautiful artwork, but that it will also provide an education about these precious plants and their need to be protected. Please enjoy this exhibit and take the knowledge and new perspective you gain on your trips into the backcountry of Colorado.
ABOUT RARE: IMPERILED PLANTS OF COLORADO
The RARE: Imperiled Plants of Colorado juried exhibition was organized to introduce the public to the wildflowers of Colorado that are threatebed with extinction. For centuries, botanicalartists have worked hand-in-hand with botanists to document, describe and illustrate new plant discoveries. In modern times plants are still being discovered, but mor eoften, plants are disappearing. The members of the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists (RMSBA) have undertaken this project to portray rare plamts of Colorado that are largely unprotected and face many threats to their survival. Plants portrayed in this exhibit were selected from the Master List of Rare Plants developed by the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. As part of our misson to increase public knowledge about these plants, we will exhibit artworks in four locations around Colorado during 2009 and 2010. The RMSBA is working in partnership with the Colorado Rare Plant Conservation Initiative to promote rare plant awareness at each showing.
RMSBA Exhbit Manager