The Fort Collins Museum of Discovery is excited to announce the opening of RARE II, an exhibit coordinated by the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists, on Saturday, May 6th. The display of 40 meticulous botanical illustrations is designed to introduce the public to the most imperiled plants in Colorado and educate them on the importance of protecting them.
In RARE II, visitors will see forty of the hundred and twenty one globally imperiled plants from the Colorado Master Plant List prepared by the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. All artwork was required to be reviewed while in the working stage by a botanist and a nationally known botanical artist, to aid the artist in botanical accuracy and aesthetics. These artworks are realistic portrayals of plants, their flowers, fruiting bodies, seeds, roots and pollinators. Each piece is scientifically accurate, ensuring all aspects are true reflections of the plant portrayed. Modern elements of light, depth, composition and increased 3-dimensionality grow the tradition. The resulting renderings are exquisitely detailed, able to illustrate far more detail than found in photographs.
This new exhibit will be included with your general admission to the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery.