How is the Plants of the James River Project honoring the legacy of Newton Ancarrow?

Published on July 10th, 2019 by Judy Thomas

A blog series by Plants of the James River Project

Blog 6: How is the Plants of the James River Project honoring the
legacy of Newton Ancarrow?

We hope these blog posts have provided you with a better understanding of the story of Newton Ancarrow and his environmental activism. We hope you have also gained an appreciation for the fact that he was an avid wildflower photographer, who took over 35,000 slides of plants in the present-day James River Park Systems. The members of the Plants of the James River Project are all botanical artists who want to honor Ancarrow’s legacy by illustrating the native plants depicted in his slides. In cooperation with our community partners, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and VCU
Libraries, we are hosting two exhibits of botanical art by regional artists this fall.

Our first exhibit will be hosted at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in the Lora M. Robins Library, October 1st through the 31st. We will have an opening reception and presentation on Ancarrow and the artwork on Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 5-7 pm in the library.

On November 4th, our exhibit will open at VCU’s Branch Cabell Library and will close on December 21st. The VCU Library Foundation will sponsor a reception and an additional presentation on Newton Ancarrow and the artwork on Sunday, November 10th from 3 to 5 pm. Exhibit guides should be available for a donation at both receptions.

We will be reposting this information on the Enrichmond website. Please “like” us on Facebook to get more information and reminders at: Plants of the James River Project.

Read more in this series:
Blog 1: What in the World is the PJRP?
Blog 2: Who is Newton Ancarrow?
Blog 3: Newton and the Wildflowers
Blog 4: Were these just pretty pictures?
Blog 5: What effect did Newton Ancarrow have?

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