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Library Shows Works of Botanical Artist
Friends of the Bulverde/Spring Branch Library
Wednesday, August 12, 2009 • Posted August 11, 2009

Some of the works of Artist Lotus McElfish are currently on display at the Bulverde/Spring Branch Library. McElfish is self-taught and focuses on native and endangered species of plants and flowers. She is one of a growing community of artists dedicated to the revival of botanical art that was historically significant in documenting plant discoveries of the New World. In the days before modern photography, artist drawings were a valuable tool in the science of botany. Through their works, the artists are now educating people on the importance of conserving rare and endangered species of plant life.

McElfish loves the wildflowers that bloom in the Texas Hill Country but she is concerned that rapid population growth and land development will encroach on their natural habitats. Her technique is to work with graphite after documenting each plant drawing with its location, the date, specifications of growth, and identification, working with live specimens if possible. Additional information about McElfish can be found on her website:

The McElfish exhibit can be viewed at the library until mid to late September. For further information, please call the library at (830) 438-4864.

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