October 7, 2015
Contact: Carla Beasley, Chief of Interpretation, Education and Partnerships
, (570) 426-2413
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area Superintendent John J. Donahue announces that a new exhibit will be on display at Park Headquarters on River Road until October 21. “Botanification celebrates the National Park Service (NPS) Centennial by showcasing the photography of Mitzi Campbell and the 3D printing design and technology of Darlene Farris-LaBar to provide an up close and personal look at some of the plant life native to our region,” said Donahue.
The exhibit is free and open to the public during regular business hours. In 2016, the NPS will celebrate its 100th anniversary. The exhibition will continue at Peters Valley School of Craft in Layton, NJ from October 23 to November 15. An opening reception and artist talk will be held in the gallery at Peters Valley on October 30 from 5-7 pm. Additional proposed shows include the Philadelphia Flower Show in March 2016.
On October 10 at 3 pm, Campbell, Farris-LaBar, and naturalist Don Miller will offer a special program about the artists, their inspiration, the methods used to produce these works of art, and about the subjects of the works, the flowers themselves. The program will be held at Bushkill Meeting Center on Route 209 in Bushkill and is free and open to the public.
According to Farris-LaBar, who teaches art at East Stroudsburg University, “The exhibit allows people to be inspired by models and photos of some of the plants that populate our natural world so that they may consider the importance and beauty of plants that they may have otherwise overlooked.” Specimens from the historic Eve’s Herbarium, on loan from the Pocono Environmental Education Center, accompany the exhibit and show actual samples of the same plant life captured in photos and models preserved in a vintage botanical collection. For more information about the Botanification exhibit visit the artists’ website at www.botanification.com