Beautiful But Deadly

An exhibition of works by the Botanical Art Society of the National Capital Region

What dark secret does that sweet little buttercup conceal?  Beautiful But Deadly leads you down a twisted path into a shadowy world whose plants have poisonous effects ranging from the mildly irritating to the venomously lethal. Be they common garden varieties, native wildflowers, or hot-house exotics, enter the exhibit at your peril! 

 

Thirty works by sixteen members of the Botanical Art Society of the National Capital Region were chosen by the jurors as representative of an array of unusual as well as familiar native and exotic plants with toxic effects. The labels that accompany the exhibition explain the specific properties that make the featured plants poisonous and dangerous.

 

This exhibition was juried by two members of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA): Lara Call Gastinger from the Botanical Art Society of the National Capital Region and Elena Balmaseda Scherer from the New England Society of Botanical Artists.

Click here for brief artist bios.

  

Double click the image area to the right to see each image in the show and to get details and learn about toxic properties

© 2019 The Athenaeum/NVFAA   201 Prince Street

Alexandria, VA  22314   703-548-0035

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