A master of botanical accuracy


columbineJust in time for local wildflower season (finally), the Burchfield Penney Art Museum is mounting a show of Charles Burchfield’s early botanical drawings. Along with them, they have the models made by another artist, Paul Marchand, who specialized in dioramas and other 3D displays for the local science museum’s Hall of Plant Life and internationally.

It’s perfect that these are just the flowers that are beginning to emerge now: columbine, bloodroot, violets, erythronium, and other spring/early summer flowers that are common both to Western New York, and Ohio, where Burchfield grew up. And even more appropriate, this is the show that will be up during Garden Walk Buffalo.

Above you can see a columbine I just picked up from a local IGC next to one of Marchand’s models. Marchand was so meticulous that he tested his works by placing them among real flowers to see if anyone could pick out the fake. I wouldn’t have been able to.

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Elizabeth Licata

Elizabeth Licata has been a regular writer for  Garden Rant since 2007, after contributing a guest rant about the overuse of American flags in front gardens. She lives and gardens in Buffalo, N.Y., which, far from the frozen wasteland many assume it to be, is a lush paradise of gardens, historic architecture, galleries, museums, theaters, and fun. As editor of Buffalo Spree magazine,  Licata helps keep Western New Yorkers apprised about what is happening in their region. She is also a freelance writer and art curator, who’s been published in Fine Gardening, Horticulture, ArtNews, Art in America, the Village Voice, and many other publications. She does regularly radio segments for the local NPR affiliate, WBFO.

Licata is involved with Garden Walk Buffalo, the largest free garden tour in the US and possibly the world,and has written the text for a book about Garden Walk. She has also written and edited several art-related books. Contact Elizabeth: ealicata at yahoo.com


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