The inspiration for this year’s Paint by Nature is trees. Artists, both amateur and professional, were invited to select from these 23 trees throughout the city.
The Paint by Nature: Trees exhibit is located in the upstairs community gallery of the Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center through Friday, February 26. The Pam Miller Downtown Arts Center is closed until further notice due to red zone status of COVID-19.
View the virtual Paint by Nature gallery. Click on individual images to see a larger version of the artwork, and to learn more about the piece.
For every sale, a donation will be made to support Hickman Creek Conservancy. Trees have many benefits, including the protection of local waterways.
Take a virtual gallery tour
Navigating the virtual gallery:
+ keyboard: AWSD to move, arrow keys to look around
+ mouse: click the arrows to move, click and drag to look around, scroll wheel to zoom
+ touchscreen device: tap the arrows to move, tap and drag to look around, pinch and drag to zoom
+ Tap or click the white text bubble for info about the artwork
Different species of trees do well in different types of environments. Planted in the right place, a tree can thrive for a lifetime. Soil moisture, utility lines, pollution levels and space constraints are some of the factors that contribute to whether a tree will do well in a particular location. The purpose of this 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.
About Hickman Creek Conservancy
Hickman Creek Conservancy is focused on improving and protecting the Hickman Creek Watershed, which covers much of the southwest part of Fayette County and continues into Jessamine County. In addition to the natural connection between trees and water, Hickman Creek Conservancy was selected as the nonprofit benefactor of Paint by Nature: Trees thanks to the work of two of its founding board members:
Dawn Shroyer is the brain child of the Paint by Nature program. She is a huge advocate for native plants, and wanted to show everyone how beautiful they are. Dawn knows that Lexington has a vibrant art community, and proposed a program that would encourage local artists – of all mediums and abilities - to highlight native landscapes.
Liz Knapp brought Go See Trees to Lexington as part of her involvement with the Citizens’ Environmental Academy. She developed a program that featured a number of local trees, along with a passport that encouraged people to visit one or several as part of a county-wide tree tour. The program was so beloved that the city has relaunched the program, each time with new trees, twice since Liz successfully wrapped up the first version in the spring of 2019.