LSU Museum of Art Presents “Margaret Stones’ Flora of Baton Rouge: In Bloom” at the Museum and Hilltop Arboretum

04/03/2014 03:40 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Museum of Art and the LSU Hilltop Arboretum present a series of collaborative tours highlighting the watercolor drawings of South Louisiana’s native flora, which inspired Australian botanical artist Margaret Stones, currently on exhibit at the museum.


The program begins Sunday, April 13, from 3-5 p.m. and continues in June, July and August.  Join locally celebrated horticultural expert Neil Odenwald and botanist Lowell Urbatsch for a series of tours, which begin with an investigation of Stones’ watercolors on view at the LSU Museum of Art, followed by a walking tour on the grounds of the LSU Hilltop Arboretum to experience the plants in nature that Stones rendered in her botanical paintings.


Space is limited for this event. Tickets are $10 for the exhibit and walking tour and are available at the LSU Museum Shop or by calling 225 389-7210.  Participants are responsible for travel from the museum, located in downtown Baton Rouge on the fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., to the LSU Hilltop Arboretum, 11855 Highland Road.


“Margaret Stones’ Flora of Baton Rouge: In Bloom” continues on June 15 and July 20, from 3-5 p.m. each day at the LSU Museum of Art, followed by visit to the LSU Hilltop Arboretum for a tour of 17 plants collected by Hilltop’s donor, Emory Smith, and painted by Margaret Stones.


The LSU Museum of Art store currently carries portfolios of four limited-edition prints of watercolor drawings by Stones depicting Louisiana flora. The flowers are the blue Celestial Lily, the pink Southern Crabapple, the white Alligator Bonnet water lily and the orange Carolina Lily. Each print measures 15 in. by 22 in., and has been individually numbered by Stones. A brochure about the series, autographed by the artist, accompanies each set. They are sold as a set for $400 and benefit the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections and the LSU Museum of Art. Museum member discounts do not apply. Watercolor prints of the Bigleaf Magnolia – or Magnolia macrophylla – painted by Stones, and one of Emory Smith's favorite Hilltop plants, will be available for sale at the Hilltop Gift Shop after the walking tour for $35.  The program will be approximately 2 hours in length.  


For additional information call Lucy Perera, LSU Museum of Art Coordinator of School and Community Programs, at 225-389-7207.





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LSU Museum of Art


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Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014