RMSC Cumming Nature Center's annual closure is scheduled from Sunday, November 13 through Tuesday, December 13. Trails and buildings will be closed to the public.

Lichens as Muse

Lichens as Muse

Hurst Gallery
September 7 - November 6

In this vibrant exhibit, artist Gloria Betlem explores the brilliant colors and curious shapes found in the world of lichens. After taking note of some colorful lichen specimens while hiking in Central Florida, Betlem became fascinated with the diversity of these symbiotic organisms and began to incorporate them into her artwork. The resulting paintings are striking pastel renditions of magnified photographs, with each work offering an up-close view of the vivid colors, textures, and structures found in lichens. Visitors will love this peek into an often-overlooked corner of the natural world!

From the artist's statement:

"Pastels, my long-time medium of choice, are the perfect texture and colors for representing lichens, so, driven as artists are, I went to work creating pastel paintings of these worlds I was discovering. Along the way, I began studying about the various species (more than 40,000 currently identified globally) and lichens' role in our environment, thus learning their importance, not only as contributors to a healthy ecosystem, but also a helpful source of scientific knowledge about our changing climate, pollution levels and so much more."

This exhibit will be on display in the Hurst Gallery from September 7 until November 6. A reception will be held on September 18 from 1-4pm.


Lichens as Muse Reception

September 18 | 1- 4pm

A reception for Lichens as Muse will be held on September 18 from 1-4pm. Visitors will be able to meet the artist, Gloria Betlem, while they view the show. This reception will be held during Myco Mania, the Nature Center's annual celebration of fungi, and visitors will be able to attend mycology-focused hikes, presentations, and other activities in addition to seeing the show.

Please note that this reception takes place indoors and fragrance-free attendance is requested.


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