Lexington’s Division of Environmental Services is offering a new way for the public to relax and enjoy nature: through the eyes of artists. The Paint By Nature: Trees exhibit offers 59 depictions of notable Lexington trees by 43 artists in an online gallery, found at lexingtonky.gov/pbn2020. Virtual exhibition visitors are able to vote for their favorite work.
The inspiration for this year’s Paint by Nature is trees. Artists, both amateur and professional, were invited to select from 23 trees throughout the city.
The purpose of this year’s Paint by Nature showcase is to highlight the importance of "right tree, right place" and to inspire Fayette County residents to take these guidelines into consideration when planting their own trees. Different species of trees do well in different types of environments. Planted in the right place, a tree can thrive for a lifetime.
“The importance of planting the right tree in the right place is multifold. It’s important for the homeowner so they aren’t wasting their money and time spent nurturing a tree, and it’s important for the tree so it can live its full life,” said Heather Wilson, LFUCG Arborist. “When you’re planting a tree, take into consideration how it grows naturally: its light, space and moisture requirements. Knowing what your trees require to grow will help you have the healthiest tree you can get.”
Works in the exhibit are available for purchase; a portion of the proceeds will go to the Hickman Creek Conservancy.
The Paint by Nature: Trees exhibit is located in the upstairs community gallery of the Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center through Friday, February 26. However, since the Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center is closed until further notice due to red zone status of COVID-19, the gallery is only virtual at this time.
This marks the third year for the Paint by Nature series, with a different area of emphasis highlighted each year. The inaugural year focused on local greenways and streamside restoration projects, and 2019 featured native plants in medians, easements and mailbox strips.
For more information, including photos of the artwork and a map of the trees used for inspiration, visit lexingtonky.gov/pbn2020.
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