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Friday, Sept. 5: "ETHNOBOTANY: An Artists' Study of Plants" opening

W.W. Seymour Conservatory

“Ancestor Figure” by Clarence Deming (1912-2003). Seymour Conservatory permanent collection.

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Plants were here before us, and they will survive us. Silent partners in our evolutionary endeavors, they may also make fruitful creative companions. Moss + Mineral gallery and store knows this, and will spread the green word through October 12 at the W.W. Seymour Conservatory in Wright Park. ETHNOBOTANY: An Artists' Study of Plants shines sunlight on 12 regional and national artists who venture into the world of ethnobotany through art installations made from a variety of organic and non-organic media. According to pre-show hype, "The scientific field of ethnobotany aims to ‘describe and explain complex relationships between cultures and (uses of) plants, focusing primarily on how plants are used, managed and perceived across human societies.' These uses include as food, clothing, currency, medicine, hallucinogenics, and shelter. The works in Ethnobotany: An Artists' Study of Plants make often surprising connections between botanical life, art, contemporary circumstances, and science." Two green thumbs up. An opening reception Friday features the wonderful indie music of Alex Tapia.

ETHNOBOTANY: AN ARTISTS' STUDY OF PLANTS, Sept. 5-Oct. 12, opening reception 6-8 p.m., Sept. 5, W.W. Seymour Conservatory, Wright Park, 316 S. G St., Tacoma, 253.591.5330

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