For immediate release ‐ April 29, 2019
Contact: Jon Pishney, 919.707.8083. Images available upon request
(RALEIGH, N.C.) — The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Art Gallery presents “Garden Creatures of the Sun and Moon,” artwork by Lauren deSerres. The show runs May 3-26, with a Gallery reception Saturday, May 4, 2-4 p.m. All exhibited art is for sale.
“Garden Creatures of the Sun and Moon” is a collection of works inspired by the awakening plants and animals that emerge after the long winter. “I have a passion for medicinal plants, and often use them symbolically in this body of work, which features animals and the plants that help tell their stories,” deSerres notes. “Some animals are paired with the plants that they eat or pollinate, while others are paired with plants that communicate their spirit or nature.”
DeSerres is based at Proud Chicken Studio, located in Pittsboro. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from East Carolina University. DeSerres has been painting since she was 15 and has been an art educator for 10 years, working with children in public schools, school enrichment programs, community arts centers and at John C. Campbell Folk School. She creates narrative imagery of plants and animals with bright, saturated color and patterns made with acrylic paint, watercolor, pastel, collage and ink. Much of her artwork is inspired by her home state of North Carolina and shows the importance of appreciating and conserving our natural world.
The Nature Art Gallery is located inside the Museum Store. Hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 4:45 p.m. Admission to the Gallery is free. All exhibited art is for sale. For more information about the Nature Art Gallery, call 919.707.9854.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh (11 and 121 W. Jones St.) is an active research institution that engages visitors of every age and stage of learning in the wonders of science and the natural world. Hours: Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday, noon–5 p.m. General admission is free. For more information, visit naturalsciences.org.