Spring is upon us, and what embodies the season more than beautiful blooms? Art viewers can get into the season with Native Pennsylvania, A Wildflower Walk, a collection of 36 watercolors on view at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Comumentation, located on the fifth floor of Hunt Library at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU).
The exhibit honors Richard Crist, a CMU graduate who painted the regional wildflowers of Western Pennsylvania’s Somerset County during his time there in the 1930s. Those 324 paintings were donated to the institute after his death, and his work immortalizes the beauty and variety of the area’s plant life. From common weeds to endangered flora, the chosen displayed pieces represent a broad range of local botanical specimens.
In conjunction with the exhibition, free public lectures will be resented. On March 25, Jeanne Poremski will demonstrate the process of pressing plants for preservation in a personal herbarium during her talk “Pressing and mounting specimens for a personal herbarium.” Poremski is owner of Jeanne Poremski Gardens in Uniontown, Ohio, a landscape firm that uses appropriate native plants in its designs. A member of the Botanical Society of Western Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Native Plant Society, Ohio Native Plant Society and the Northeast Ohio Naturalists, Poremski has also taught classes for the Phipps Conservatory.
Native Pennsylvania continues through June 29 on the fifth floor of the Hunt Library, Carnegie Mellon University, 4909 Frew Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890. Admission is free.