Native plants — from decorative to edible — depicted in new Red Deer exhibit

For the Love of Nature is showing to Aug. 15 in the Kiwanis Gallery

Drying Onions #6, a watercolour by Elaine Funnell, can be seen in the For Love of Nature exhibit at the Kiwanis Gallery in the Red Deer Public Library. (Contributed image).

Drying Onions #6, a watercolour by Elaine Funnell, can be seen in the For Love of Nature exhibit at the Kiwanis Gallery in the Red Deer Public Library. (Contributed image).

From onions to wildflowers, an array of natural wonders are represented in colourful detail in the latest art exhibit at the Red Deer Public Library.

For the Love of Nature: Paintings by Elaine Funnell and Cindy Barratt shows watercolour paintings that complement each other in style and and educate viewers about native plant life.

The summer show, presented by the Red Deer Arts Council in the Kiwanis Gallery, uses the structure and style of traditional botanical illustration to highlight the intricacy of flora — from the decorative to the edible.

Funnell’s works depict typical crops that could be pulled from a traditional Alberta vegetable garden, such as onions, carrots, and beets.

Residing on six acres of old-growth forest, Funnell is inspired by nature – especially native Alberta plants. She hopes her paintings draw attention to the importance of native plants to our survival, and the need to save and protect this carefully balanced ecosystem.

Some of Barratt’s work focus on the Alberta wild rose before it’s been clipped from the stem. She explores various seasonal stages of the wild rose in a variety of habitats.

Using strong colours to form dynamic lighting effects, Barratt tries to uncover the “souls” and personalities of these flowers, allowing viewers to tap into their own love of nature and connect to our provincial emblem.

For the Love of Nature runs from Wednesday to Aug. 15 in the Kiwanis Gallery.

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