Opening Reception: Sat., Jan. 12, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Free printmaking demonstration at the Arboretum open to the public Sat., Feb. 9, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Artist Jodi Reeb is exhibiting mixed-media paintings using photographs of pollinator-friendly plants taken at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum “from the bee’s perspective”. These paintings are created with Encaustic paint (molten beeswax with pigment added) and photographic collages with have the luminosity of wax while maintaining the graphic nature of photography. Jodi developed this new body of artwork after researching how to support bees in Minnesota.
“Working with beeswax as my primary painting medium has me very concerned about the recent decline of the pollinator population. There are over 400 species of native bees in Minnesota and pollinators are declining at alarming rates due to lack of habitat and pesticide use.”
This installation of paintings is a way to celebrate our region’s unique pollinator diversity and our individual and collective responsibility to ensure that future generations get to experience fields of wildflowers abuzz with pollinators.