Museum of Botany and Art Photography Exhibition at Selby Gardens

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HD Hasselbarth is included in the current 32nd Annual Juried Photographic Exhibition the Museum of Botany and Art in Selby Gardens.  Located in Sarasota, Florida, Selby Gardens maintains a living collection of more than 6,000 orchids, and is also an established authority on other epiphytes including bromeliads, gesneriads, and other plants. Selby Gardens has achieved world-wide recognition for the botanical research and plant identification programs housed in many greenhouses located on-site.

Over 250 entries were included in this juried exhibition with a theme of  "Natural Florida." To that end, Hasselbarth's 'Palm Trees of Myakka' is a  bucolic photo of palm trees reflected in the Myakka River. 'The Widgeon Duck Family Portrait' vividly captures an endangered species of Florida Widgeon duck with her nine ducklings. 'Anthurium' is a close up of a red anthurium plant and it's stamen in an almost abstract rendition of the plant.

The prints available at Selby are custom-made by H.D. Hasselbarth on archival paper with archival inks, with the Epson manufacturer offering lightfastness of 100 years. Hasselbarth's technical skill at color calibration and printmaking is the hallmark of each photograph. Each piece is available for purchase at Selby's Museum of Botany and Arts.

In her photography, Hasselbarth works magic with landscapes and natural environments. Her eye is always towards color and composition that renders her work painterly. Having vacationed in Florida since a child, Hasselbarth is well-acquainted with the landscapes and changes in environment affecting Florida. Like the subjects she studies, her pieces document the transition from wetlands to concrete in a personal, sometimes visceral point of view.

"I have lived in Florida for so long, that I feel a personal attachment to the natural beauty that is special to this place. I have spent many days wading through swampy waters, strolling along the beach at sunset, and hiking through nature trails and parks with my camera. So it seemed right up my alley to have photographs of natural Florida. It was difficult to select only three. I am very happy with the presentation of photographs and with everyone at Selby Gardens who helps put on this event." states Hasselbarth. 

The opening reception is April 26, 2012 at 5:30 pm.  The exhibition end June 3, 2012.

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