During the month of April, the city of Lenexa will feature this plant based art in celebration of the beauty plant life offers.

Displayed as framed wall art, the graphic and abstract form of a variety of plant material, including seedpods, thorns, lichens, fronds, leaves, roots and more is shown in a way we just can’t see or appreciate normally.

The presentation allows people to connect with the plant world in a way that haven’t been able to before.

The Galleries at Lenexa City Hall: 12350 West 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa, Kansas  66215
Galleries throughout, open during regular business hours.

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Visiting the studio will give  you a feel for how things are created, and you’ll be able to see pieces that won’t ever be at a gallery.  

Along with many finished pieces, you’ll see presses drying plant material, work in process, and my own collection of preserved plants – also known as an herbarium. Most universities and some botanical gardens have herbaria associated with them. It’s rare an individual has one.


Send an email to schedule a visit:
brigg @ sprynet.com

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There’s a certain beauty soybean fields have, like corn or wheat fields. Where I live, they’re often surrounded by rolling hills, and might be in that rich loamy soil right next to the Missouri River. 

These images are all soybean plants preserved as art. The first three are framed, 16″ x 18″

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And a series of five larger pieces, 24″ x 28″:
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Bringing nature into your everyday living or work space creates a peaceful environment: it evokes a sense of connection to  life and the planet, and we feel good.

In ritual, art and myth, people have long expressed their reverence for the world of nature. Today, it’s the universal antidote for the stress of everyday living.

Papaya Leaf Framed

Papaya, 24″ x 28″, Matted,  Framed
$365

Monstera Framed
Monstera, 24″ x 28″, Matted, Framed
$365

 

Call to schedule a visit to my studio gallery space to see more items for sale or to pick up your purchase.

The human attraction to plant life is undeniable.  It seems mere visual contact with plants reduces stress and enhances our well being.

I present plant form as it naturally occurs as wall art. I think there are other ways to use the forms or images from them, and am wondering about  partnerships with artists in other media….aside from matted and framed art, I’ve tried sandblasting glass, bookends, glass coasters, book covers, breakfast tray surfaces, decoupage with Durwin Rice…. I’d like to see what else could be done with these images.greensburg modified

I love herbs, but I use them more to admire visually than to improve my food, which might be a more appropriate use of herbs.

We have some areas of wilderness in my nieghborhood that seem to be a perfect growing environment for a kind of wild onion. They grow and change quickly – beautiful to watch.

Savory and Wild OnionWild Onion on the right
Both are 5″ x 7″  and are sendable ($14)
Reclaimed wood frames ($12)

Three HerbsL to R: Lemon Grass, Savory, Oregano
all 5″ x 7″ Sendable ($14 ea.)

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12″ x 12″ ($75)

Framed TamarindFramed Tamarind
12″ x 12″ ($75)

There couldn’t be a better place to display local art than Justus Drugstore Restaurant in Smithville, MO. Their much acclaimed food is created from scratch with painstaking care, using local small farm producers.

While both the owners have backgrounds as chefs, Johnathan also trained as a fine artist. A few of his pieces are on display around the restaurant and are not for sale.

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 The only other artwork on display there is mine. Everything on display was collected locally, even the papaya, first in the picture above, which comes from a friend’s two story solarium. Also above, left to right, is Canna, something unknown, Marjoram, and Squash.

Other pieces on display throughout are surprisingly pretty Watermelon,   Tobacco, Sage, Bamboo, Pitcher Plant, and Kale.

Below is Rumex, Watermelon and Kale (left to right).

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