*The Alcatraz Florilegium

Artwork From the Gardens of Alcatraz
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Alcatraz Island has a long and colorful history in California. Situated in San Francisco Bay, it was the ideal location for the U.S. Military to establish a Fortress to protect shipping during the 1848 Gold Rush then a Fort and Military Prison in 1850 and during the Civil War and finally a Federal Prison in 1930.

During decades of change there was an unexpected constant--the gardens of Alcatraz. In 2003, the Garden Conservancy initiated a ten year restoration project and found many of the long neglected plants had survived. This remarkable discovery became the focus for members of the Northern California Chapter Society of Botanical Artists in 2012. Seventy seven artists painted “portraits” of the flowers. The Alcatraz Florilegium project resulted in framed prints that will be on display in the Skylight Gallery until March 19.

Sponsored by the Northern California Chapter Society of Botanical Artists, National Park Service, Golden Gate Conservancy, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy,  Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

Related Programs:

January 22, 1:00, Opening Event: Alcatraz Gardens – A Testament to the Human Spirit with Shelagh Fritz, Main Library, Koret Auditorium

February 9, 6:30, The Story Behind the Alcatraz Florilegium, with Sally Petru, Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Room

March 2, 6:00,The Rock: Alcatraz in Hollywood Movies, lecture with Jim Van Buskirk, Main Library, Koret Auditorium

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 6:30 pm
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Thursday, January 25, 2018, 6:00 pm
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Saturday, January 27, 2018, 2:00 pm
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Saturday, February 10, 2018, 2:00 pm
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Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 6:30 pm
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 4:00 pm
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Through Wednesday, February 28, 2018
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Through Thursday, February 1, 2018
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Through Sunday, March 4, 2018
Main Library, Jewett Gallery

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*Funded by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

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