For Immediate Release
Media Contact: Benjamin Ibarra
California’s Wildflowers and Climate Change
Rob Badger and Nita Winter’s Photographs on Display in
San Francisco Main Library’s Jewett Gallery
Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change
A 17 Year Journey Documenting Our State’s Vanishing Beauty
San Francisco Public Library, Jewett Gallery
January 23—March 27, 2016
Dec. 16, 2015 — El Niño storms are expected to bring large amounts of much needed rain to California. In years past this weather event has also produced magnificent explosions of color across the state. The 1997-98 El Niño rains produced an unexpected “100 Year Bloom” that inspired Rob Badger and Nita Winter to begin their 17 year documentary art project, Beauty and the Beast: Wildflowers and Climate Change. The exhibition opening and Meet the Artists event will be on Jan. 23, 2 p.m., in San Francisco Main Library’s Jewett Gallery, 100 Larkin St., San Francisco.
The artists have selected 40 exquisite photographs from their unique and impressive collection of fine art images. Spectacular wildflower landscapes, and intimate floral portraits created on California’s public lands highlight our states vanishing treasures. Badger and Winter have documented wildflower environments from below sea level in Death Valley National Park to the high, alpine rock gardens above 11,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The exhibit features wildflowers, some exclusive to the Bay Area, like the exotic Tiburon Mariposa Lily found only on Ring Mountain in Marin County.
The project is a visual story about the diverse and delicately balanced ecosystems supporting spectacular explosions of color on our public lands. These protected habitats are being altered by climatic conditions alien to their region, and invaded and replaced by both non-local and non-native species.
Visitors to the San Francisco Main Library’s Jewett Gallery will enjoy the beauty of wildflowers and learn more about them through the exhibit’s educational programs. Speakers will discuss climate change and other important wildflower/conservation issues, and how to become a citizen scientist. Informative maps and text will offer the visitor more insight into this magical and vulnerable world. Behind-the-scenes photos will reveal how the artistic images were created.
Meet the Artists
Join Rob Badger and Nita Winter for a slideshow and lively discussion about their wildflower project.
Saturday, Jan. 23, 2 p.m., Main Library, Koret Auditorium.
The Beauty of Natives: Photography Tips from a Garden Photographer
Photographer and author Saxon Holt shares tips about native plants and photography
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 6 p.m.
Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room
Native Plants in our Local Landscape
Desmond Murray, Presidio Nursery Community Coordinator, discusses the beauty and role of native plants in our landscapes and ecology. Hands-on activities will include a close up view on a variety of seeds, plants to touch and fun games. Appropriate for all ages.
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 6 p.m.
Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room.
San Francisco, City of St. Francis
Margo Bors talks about San Francisco’s great variety of unique remnant natural areas and the many native plants and animals that call San Francisco home. This program will explore wildlife throughout the different seasons of the year.
Wednesday, March 2, 6:30 p.m.
Main Library, Latino Hispanic Community Room.
About the Photographers: Rob Badger and Nita Winter
International award-winning photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter have been life partners, and creative collaborators for 29 years. They work to create and protect healthy communities, both human and natural.
Rob Badger has focused on nature and conservation and environmental issues for 45 years. He has worked on assignment for the Audubon Society, National Forest Service, Nature Conservancy, American Land Conservancy, Save the Bay, The Trust for Public Land, Mineral Policy Center, and other organizations.
Nita Winter’s 33-year focus on people and nature celebrates diversity and healthy communities. She has received international recognition for her work and been featured in the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as magazines and television shows.
Rob and Nita are currently working on their first book Impressions of Spring: Wildflowers of the West on our Public Lands, a project embodying the unique perspectives and visions of two distinctly different photographers creating a body of work dedicated to the delicate and ephemeral beauty of the natural world.
Artists’ Contact Information:
Nita Winter and Rob Badger:
This exhibition is sponsored by the Wallace Stegner Environmental Center, San Francisco Public Library, Blue Earth Alliance, Exhibit and Project supported by Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Marin Clean Energy, California Native Plant Society and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.
Note to Editors: Higher resolution photographs available upon request