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“From Mountain Roots….” Exhibit at WV Folklife Center
September 9, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Featuring examples from the FSU Botany Department’s Herbarium, 23 plants from the collection have been selected for exhibition using standing panels to create a giant herbal, a medieval compendium of plants. Viewers will see how the first such volumes were organized and used. In many respects these early collections of plant images and information were the pharmacopeia of the ancient and medieval worlds.
Three-dimensional models of basic plant parts, preserved (jarred) specimens and selections of material culture from the Folklife Center’s numerous individual collections that show the use of plant forms in their design and execution. Included are textiles, toys and other art forms, together with “tools” of the botanist’s trade: a vasculum for gathering plants and plant presses.
Artist Claudia Giannini, will be on hand for the Sept. 9 opening.
The exhibition will be on view through mid-February 2017.