When: July 5, August 5 & September 13
Location: The Downs at Santa Fe
Community Lecture on August 7
Viva Flora! – Treasured Plants of New Mexico
David L. Witt, Curator, Seton Legacy Project, Academy for the Love of Learning
The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission, in partnership with Santa Fe Botanical Garden, will present a series of programming in affiliation with the current Community Gallery exhibit, “Viva Flora,” which focuses on the treasured plants of New Mexico. All events take place at the Community Gallery, 201 West Marcy Street, inside the Santa Fe Community Convention Center and are free and open to the public.
August 7, 6–8pm, The Other Environmentalist, David Witt, lecture (to be held in the Community Gallery)
The genesis of environmentalism at the beginning of the 20th century came from the efforts of several remarkable men. So diffuse and pervasive was the influence of one of them, Ernest Thompson Seton, that in a paradox of history, he is little known today. As a founder of today’s environmentalism, Seton was as important to wildlife conservation as Roosevelt was to land preservation and Muir to National Parks.
Art historian and naturalist David L. Witt, has overseen the Seton Legacy Project at the Academy for the Love of Learning for the past eight years. Working as a museum curator in New Mexico since 1972, he is the author of several books including one on Ernest Thompson Seton.
The Community Gallery promotes, sells and exhibits the work of New Mexico artists and artisans, with the emphasis on Santa Fe, through exhibitions, professional training and community involvement in the arts. Community Gallery programming provides a range of services, exhibitions and activities that engage the public as well as support the efforts of local artists and artisans. As a result, the gallery is a hub for viewing and exhibiting exciting artworks and brings the community to art as well as art to the community.