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2014 Features Four Acclaimed Botanical Artists in Monsanto Hall


(ST. LOUIS):  Monsanto Hall located in the Ridgway Building at the Missouri Botanical Garden will feature four talented artists in the year 2014:

Artist Statement: Barbara Elliott Martin is a nationally recognized photographer whose transformational work over the years has resulted in a renowned portfolio of landmark architectural and interior images. Her work has taken her across the United States and overseas. Starting as a black and white photographer, she honed her skills in countless hours of archival printing in the darkroom. This skill and the spontaneity of the creative process are the foundation of new digital color imagery which is transforming the way one looks at orchids.  Barbara lives in St. Louis. Her works will be on display now through March 7. 

Artist Statement: Charles Dana retired from the police department two years ago and has been pursuing his long avocation of photography. He is a self-taught photographer who shows his work at art fairs and in galleries. His images are predominately close-ups of insects and flora. It is his goal to interpret the often unseen beauty of nature by using light, color and form with clarity and simplicity. His images may exhibit sharpness or a touch of softness, be dark and somber with mood or sing with washes of color and light.  It is his goal to find, capture, distill and communicate those elusive sparks of life he refers to as soul. His work will be on display March 14 – May 30.

Artist Statement: Jack Curran
While I have been making photographs at the Missouri Botanical Gardens since my twenties, it took me years to avoid being overpowered by the lush green tropical plants and see that these same plants can be transformed to their simplest and expressive abstract form - black and white defined by highlights and shadows. I’ve used this simple approach throughout my photography, whether mountains, skies, waterfall, slot canyons, flowers or abstracts. Today, I continue to look through the camera with an eye toward discovery. It is this discovery that I hope translates to you through my photographs. His work will be on display from June 6 – August 22.

Artist Statement: Betty Moore I've always loved trees As a Camp Fire Girl, I planted a row of trees at my grade school that are still standing today, nearly sixty years later, providing shade and comfort for the playground. When I became a Master Gardener in 2009, I came to appreciate even more how important it is to protect the trees in our urban parks for future generations to enjoy. Through this exhibit entitled "Portrait of St. Louis Parks", I hope to share my love for trees with images of sunlight dancing through the fall maple leaves at Tower Grove Park; the bright yellow leaves of the Ginko trees against a brilliant blue sky at Citygarden; and the bare branches of a dogwood covered in frost at Forest Park. Her work will be on display September 5 – November 14.

Installation viewings are included with Missouri Botanical Garden admission of $8 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under. St. Louis City and County residents enjoy discounted admission of $4 and free admission on most Wednesday and Saturday mornings until noon. Missouri Botanical Garden members are free.

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More than 45,000 households in the St. Louis region hold memberships to the Missouri Botanical Garden. Memberships begin at $65 ($60 for seniors) and offer 12 months of free general admission for two adults and all children ages 12 and under, plus exclusive invitations and discounts. Members help support the Garden’s operations and world-changing work in plant science and conservation. Learn more at


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The Missouri Botanical Garden’s mission is “to discover and share knowledge about plants and their environment in order to preserve and enrich life.” Today, 155 years after opening, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a National Historic Landmark and a center for science, conservation, education and horticultural display.


The Missouri Botanical Garden is located at 4344 Shaw Blvd. in St. Louis, just south of I-44 at Vandeventer-Kingshighway (exit #287B). Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed Christmas Day. Grounds open at 7 a.m. most Wednesdays and Saturdays (exception: special admission rate events). Admission is $8; free children ages 12 and under and Garden members. St. Louis City and County residents are $4 and free most Wednesdays and Saturdays until noon (exception: special admission rate events – third weekend of May, Memorial Day 2012, Labor Day weekend and first weekend of October). Park for free on site and two blocks west at the Shaw-Vandeventer intersection. The Garden is accessible via public transportation by taking the MetroLink commuter rail line and picking up a Metro bus ( For general information, log on to or call the 24-hour recording at (314) 577-5100 or 1-800-642-8842. For membership information, visit call (314) 577-5118 during weekday business hours. For volunteer opportunities, visit or call (314) 577-5187. The Missouri Botanical Garden is a tobacco-free environment.