Botanical Art Exhibit

When Anna Harding was awarded an art show at Adkins Arboretum in Ridgely, she decided to use her botanical art as a form of education. In the 25 pieces she presents in her show “Wake Up…we need everybody,” Anna features plants, animals, amphibians and insects that have been classified by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources as threatened, endangered, extirpated or extinct.

Rendered in colored pencil and graphite, these pieces can alert people to the impact that human-induced climate change is having on the survival of various species here, in our own back yards.

“I am hoping to inspire curiosity about our role in this environmental challenge; maybe ask ourselves how can we each do something, even something small, to work towards the preservation of individual creatures and plants.

“It’s not too late for some of these species. We need to reconnect with the small things outside our doors and become involved in their survival. Someday you might glimpse the fleeting movement of a small colorful salamander, a tiny tree frog or an endangered butterfly and you can rest in knowing that your efforts have welcomed them back.”

The show opens in the gallery at Adkins Arboretum on July 5. A reception, open to the public, will be held on Saturday, July 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information about Adkins Arboretum, visit www.adkinsarboretum.org.

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