Opening Reception “Microcosms” Paintings by Lucy Martin
Lucy Martin’s botanical paintings in gouache focus on the mysterious beauty of mushrooms and lichens found in the forests in all seasons. Lucy paints from life whenever possible. A new painting begins with a walk in the forest. Lucy collects her subjects and their surroundings - fungi, lichen, moss, ﬁr cones, bark, decaying leaves, twigs - and brings them to her studio. She uses reference photographs for backgrounds or for objects too large to bring home. Her paintings reflect her lifelong connection with nature and her devotion to close observation. They express her love of the beautiful and surprising life forms found in the forests she explores. Her hope is to awaken in the viewer a feeling that there are myriad tiny worlds to be discovered right at our feet, if we only stop and look. On display May 7 through August 29, 2018.
The Heron Hall Art Gallery at the Laguna Environmental Center exhibits multiple shows per year of nature-themed art, sales of which supports the educational and conservation efforts of the Foundation. Heron Hall is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Because of the various uses of the hall, please call in advance to ensure it will be open for viewing the art, 707-527-9277, ext. 107.