WOODBURY — An exhibit entitled Travel Deeply into the Wild: Aquatic Plant Pressings and Botanical Drawings will open Wednesday, July 3 at the Woodbury Public Library, 269 Main St. South. Mieke Schuyler and Phil Stone combine their artistic talents for this joint show, which will be on view in the library’s gallery space through the end of July.

Mieke Schuyler’s pressed collection includes plants that are found in Lake Quassapaug. 

The exhibit draws attention to the plant species’ individuality and strives to encourage area residents to paddle silently, move gently, be quiet and travel deeply into the wild parts of local lakes and ponds with calm, open hearts.

David Bibbey of the Arts Alliance of Woodbury produced a short documentary about the process of collecting and pressing aquatic plants that will cycle on the smart TV in the gallery space during the exhibit.

Complementing Ms. Schuyler’s work will be representational botanical drawings by award-winning artist Phil Stone. 

Working in colored pencil, watercolor and oil, he produces pieces rich in detail, movement, form and color.

Mr. Stone’s work requires a strict focus on the individuality of his subjects and his discipline brings to bear subtle details that whisper life right through the paper.

An opening reception is planned for 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 13. 

Phil Stone will be in attendance; Mieke Schuyler will be in Alaska and plans to discuss her work via Skype.

Those seeking additional information may call 203-263-3502 or visit www.woodburylibraryct.org

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