Art exhibit shows nature up close
Within nature’s sweeping landscapes, life’s little wonders are often lost.
That truth is the inspiration behind An Eye for Detail, a December Wilton Library art exhibition featuring the works of celebrated botanical artist Dick Rauh and Wilton photographer Joyce Seymore.
Images that make observable the otherwise imperceptible anatomies and intricacies of botanicals, Rauh’s detailed watercolors and pen-and-ink drawings, along with Seymore’s intimate, close-up photography, will be on display at the library during regular library hours through Tuesday, Dec. 29.
Wilton Library will kick off the exhibit on Saturday, Dec. 12, with a free reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at its 137 Old Ridgefield Road location. The majority of Rauh and Seymore’s works will be available for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Wilton Library Association. Refreshments will be served.
Dick Rauh began botanical painting — or plant painting — in retirement, after a career in motion picture special effects.
In 2001 he received his doctorate in plant sciences from the City University of New York. Rauh also earned a certificate in botanical illustration from the New York Botanical Garden.
Rauh’s work earned him the Gold Medal and “Best in Show” awards at the 2006 Royal Horticultural Society Show in London, England.
His paintings and drawings are featured in the permanent collections of the Lindley Library in London, the New York State Museum and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at Carnegie Mellon University.
Rauh is a member of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium Society, as well as a past president of both the American Society of Botanical Artists and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators.
Additionally, he has since 1994 been an instructor in the New York Botanical Garden’s botanical illustration certificate program, where he was named “Teacher of the Year 2010.”
The Wilton community might recognize Rauh’s pieces from his participation in a number of Wilton Library Wilton Artists’ Summer Shows, as well as from the library’s Mixed Talent exhibition in January 2011.
Joyce Seymore is an artist and photographer who lives in Wilton.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in art history with a minor in photography and studio art from the University of Florida, where she studied with famed photographer Jerry Uelsmann.
After completing her studies, Seymore returned to her birthplace, New York City, and worked there for 20 years in the photography departments of various Time Inc. publications, also studying at Hunter College in pursuit of an art history master’s degree.
In the winter of 2011, Seymore spent seven weeks as a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome. For her residency, she photographed the graffiti, tattered posters and peeling accretions on the ancient city’s walls, and 40 of those photographs were exhibited in her open studio at the academy.
The following year, a number of those works were included in her exhibition From the Walls of Rome at the National Arts Club in New York City. They may also be seen in Seymore’s recently (2015) published book, The Walls of Rome: Portals, Messages, and Cancellations.
According to a library press release, “Seymore’s work has been exhibited nationally and is in many private collections.”
A member of the New York Fern Society since 1998, Seymore grows the many varieties of ferns she uses for her art.
Information: WiltonLibrary.org or 203-762-3950, ext. 213.