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12/26/12 01:58PM

Florida Fantastica by MF Cardamone to Debut at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Science inspires art in colorful mixed media show, Florida Fantastica by Philadelphia native MF Cardamone. Her clear and insightful artwork illuminates people’s relationship with plants.

December 26, 2012 – Sarasota, FL – Science inspires art in colorful mixed media show, Florida Fantastica by Philadelphia native MF Cardamone. Her clear and insightful artwork illuminates people’s relationship with plants. The exhibition is included in Selby Gardens admission and will be on display in The Museum of Botany and the Arts January 9 – March 3, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm. Guests will have the opportunity to meet Cardamone at the free public opening on January 10.

In this unique form of art, Cardamone records a plant’s life history, ecology, folklore, wildlife value and medicinal uses by combining specimens with digital imagery, inks and hand drawn touches that playfully modernize the traditions of plant specimen mounting and botanical illustration. Like Selby Gardens, Cardamone has a passion for the education and preservation of plants, but above all, her artwork strives to express the connections between plants and people. She explains, “I like to create visual puzzles with my work and try to evoke a sense of mystery and wonder in the viewer because that's the way I feel about the natural world. I'm in awe of its power to sustain and heal us - and its beauty!”

Together with Selby Gardens’ Botany Director, Bruce Holst, Education Director, Jeannie Perales, and Horitculture Director, Mike McLaughlin, Cardamone developed a list of plants representing both the Gardens and Florida.  Many of these selections will be featured in the Florida Fantastica exhibition which coincides by design with statewide celebrations of Florida’s 500th anniversary.

Special  Programming:
Public Opening Reception – Museum of Botany and the Arts     
January 10, 5:30 pm

Associates’ Luncheon Lecture by Jeannie Perales – Mattison’s Forty-One                            
January 21, 11:30 am

“The Art of Plants” – Plant & Garden Festival, Selby Gardens      
February 23, 24, 10:00am–5:00pm

Free Noon Lecture: Of Plants &People with Dr. Matthew Mclendon                                                       
February 26, 12:00pm – 1:00pm

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About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a leader in the display and study of orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads, epiphytes and tropical plants with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. The mission of Selby Gardens is to provide an oasis of inspiration and tranquility, while furthering the understanding and appreciation of plants, especially epiphytes. For more information, please visit www.selby.org.

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas, regular admission $17 (ages 12 and up), ages 6-11 $6, Members and children 5 and under enter free. Contact us at (941) 366-5731 or selby.org.  Get social at www.facebook.com/selbygardens or www.twitter.com/selbygardens.