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Artful ways with native plants benefit habitats

Nancy Cerny, Untitled–'Botanical'


Western New York is lucky to have a Land Conservancy. Over the past decade, it has been making great strides to protect the natural environment and restore habitats through the region.  Some of the most important efforts include Restore the Gorge, a Greenway-funded effort to improve forty-three acres of the Niagara Gorge between the railway bridge and the Discovery Center. Other recent initiatives include creating the Owens Falls Sanctuary in Aurora and the Stella Niagara Preserve in Lewiston. In all these projects, a crucial element is the replacing of invasive plant species with native trees, shrubs, perennials, and wildflowers.


Kateri Ewing, Eastern Cottonwood, Knox Farm


We’re also luck to have Meibohm Fine Arts in East Aurora. In addition to regular shows of thoughtfully curated historic and contemporary art, Meibohm has long been a supporter of the WNY Land Conversancy and its mission. Meibohm’s lastest effort begins this weekend, with The Art of Native Plants, an exhibition of fine art in all media that depicts native plants, their context, and the wildlife that they support. A generous portion of all sales supports the Western New York Land Conservancy.


Sarah Roelofs, South Street Park

The styles employed by the various artists—particularly the painters—emphasize how plants we take for granted assume startling and intriguing aspects out of their natural context. Artists in the show include Nancy Cerny, Kateri Ewing, Thomas Kegler, Fran Noonan, Sara Baker Michalak, and many others.


This exhibition opens with a special Saturday reception June 10, from 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m. at the gallery. Call 692-0940 or visit Miebohm Fine Arts.

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