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June 21, 2013
Viva Flora! – Treasured Plants of New Mexico


Viva Flora! – Treasured Plants of New Mexico

An Exhibit in Partnership with Santa Fe Botanical Garden

June 21 – August 23, 2013

Exhibit Opening, Friday, June 21, 5-7 p.m.

SANTA FE, NM – The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission Community Gallery announces Viva Flora!, Treasured Plants of New Mexico, an exhibit featuring artwork inspired by the plants of New Mexico. Presented in partnership with Santa Fe Botanical Garden, and in celebration of the grand opening of the new Santa Fe Botanical Garden at Museum Hill, Viva Flora! explores the vibrancy and beauty of New Mexico’s flora. The exhibit will include the artworks of over 35 local artists in a variety of media. In the spring of 2012, artists selected a single New Mexico plant from which to draw inspiration. The results of their creative endeavors will be on display in the Community Gallery from June 21 – August 23, 2013. The exhibit schedule will include educational programming including lectures and workshops in celebration of the exhibit and the work displayed. All work will be for sale and a portion of the proceeds will go directly to the Santa Fe Botanical Garden for their continued programming. The public is invited to an opening on Friday, June 21, from 5-7 p.m.

Viva Flora! is a great opportunity for the Community Gallery to partner with a dynamic local organization while providing exposure for the fine work of participating artists,” says Rod Lambert, Community Gallery Manager. “As a function of our mission, the Community Gallery welcomes opportunities that engage the community in new and exciting ways. Working with Santa Fe Botanical Garden, this exhibit appeals to art lovers, plant lovers and the entire community. Viva Flora! has something for everyone.”

“I can’t wait to see the artistic expressions that each of the artists created for this show,” said Managing Director of Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Linda Milbourn.

Participating artists include: Laura Brink, Fionna Buck, Joy Campbell, Lisa Coddington, Jan Denton, Derusha, Pamela DiMauro, Carol Farmer, Anne Farrell, Judy Felsen, Christina Hall-Strauss, Sarah Hartshorne, Diane Inman, Basia Irland, Lauren Johnson, Vasili Katakis, Paul Murray, Donna Nova, Janet O’Neal, Deborah Paisner, Mary Parkes, Patricia Pearce, Flo Perkins, Raymond Petersen, Bettina Raphael, Adrianna Reyes Newell, Romi Sloboda, Vanita Smithey, Jacklyn St. Aubyn, Lisa de St. Croix, Suzanne Stern, JoAnne Tucker, George Vogel, David Welch, S.K. Yeatts and Bette Yozell.

The Community Gallery is located inside the Santa Fe Community Convention Center, 201 West Marcy Street, at the intersection of Sheridan Street. The Community Gallery is open Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 505-955-6705.

Santa Fe Botanical Garden celebrates, cultivates and conserves the rich botanical heritage and biodiversity of our region. In partnership with nature, they demonstrate their commitment through education, community service and the sustainable management of two nature preserves and the future public garden on Museum Hill. More information at

The Community Gallery supports local artists, promotes artistic excellence, and strengthens the local arts economy through diverse exhibits, educational and professional development opportunities for local artists, and engaging activities for the public. Through thoughtful and creative programming, the Community Gallery is a hub for viewing quality New Mexico art and the presentation of dynamic educational opportunities, bringing art to the community as well as the community to art. For more information, call 505-955-9705.




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