Denver Botanic Gardens’ New Fall Exhibitions

Ghost Forest: Works by Melanie Walker
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Date(s) - 09/26/2020 - 12/06/2020
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Denver Botanic Gardens


Denver Botanic Gardens’ Freyer – Newman Center is scheduled to open to the public on September 26, at which time exhibitions will also open in its galleries. Dates are subject to change due to COVID-19. All exhibitions are included with Gardens general admission. Timed tickets must be reserved online. No tickets sold onsite. Visitors must wear masks that always cover the mouth and nose. Gallery capacity will be limited to allow social distancing.

Exhibition #1
From the Vault: Wonders and Oddities from the Gardens’ Collections
September 26 – November 8, 2020

From the Vault presents some of the most interesting and unique objects in the Gardens’ collections, most exhibited for the first time. The Gardens is home to much more than living plants; its collections also include paintings, pressed plants, rare books, dried fungi, historic photos and other objects. As a result of state-of-the-art facilities in the Freyer – Newman Center, these collections can be researched, displayed and cared for to a degree never before possible. Highlights include a giant puffball fungus named Fred and a botanical illustration created during the time of Shakespeare.

Exhibition #2
Garden & Haven: Botanical Art and Illustration
September 26 – November 8, 2020

In honor of its 40th anniversary, Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art and Illustration highlights gardens as places of sanctuary and renewal through a special juried exhibition of works created by the school’s students and graduates. Gardens have long been places of refuge, healing and solace. From the flowers nodding in city parks to the vegetables harvested in back yard plots, gardens offer a tangible affirmation of the resiliency and tenacity of both nature and the human spirit. Garden & Haven celebrates the capacity of the natural world to remind us that even through times of sadness and fear, spring and renewal will always return.

Exhibition #3
Pink Lemonade Hope: Works by Koko Bayer
September 26 – December 6, 2020

Denver artist Koko Bayer installs printed images throughout Denver’s urban landscape with wheat paste, making them naturally ephemeral. Pink Lemonade Hope is part of Bayer’s “Project Spread Hope”—a series of installations created in response to the COVID-19 crisis as a reminder of the power of hope. Bayer uses her distinctive “pink lemonade” palette of magenta and bright yellow to reinforce her message through an aesthetic that’s warm, uplifting, and like its namesake drink, deliciously sweet. Like the adage about making lemonade from lemons, Pink Lemonade Hope celebrates the tenacity of optimism, featuring multiple hearts pasted in the gallery. Born in France, Bayer moved to Colorado at age seven. She studied design and printmaking at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts and filmmaking at the New School in New York. Bayer has installed thousands of pieces throughout Colorado, ranging from poster-sized prints to murals spanning across walls, and has collaborated with artists and organizations including Meow Wolf and street art festivals CRUSH Walls and Babe Walls.

Exhibition #4
Ghost Forest: Works by Melanie Walker
September 26 – December 6, 2020

Melanie Walker’s works on fabric are a contemplative reverie on our origins in nature and the landscapes that continue to sustain us. Ghost Forest offers a space to reflect on the memories that connect us to wild places, and to one another. Walker is a Colorado-based artist whose work draws on analog photographic processes, digital art and mixed media. She earned a BA from San Francisco State University and an MFA from Florida State University and has received numerous awards including an NEA Visual Arts Fellowship, Colorado Council on the Arts Fellowship and an Aaron Siskind Award. In addition to creating smaller scale artworks and larger public art installations, she currently teaches media arts at the University of Colorado, Boulder. This exhibition is organized in collaboration with Walker Fine Art, Denver.
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