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in the newly renovated Gainesville Library

A Bowing Acquaintance with Plants
Photographs and Encaustic Works by Lee Anne White
Now through December 2020

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"In To Know the Wild Flowers, published in 1893, Mrs. William Starr Dana extolled the many benefits of being on “a bowing acquaintance with flowers.” I love that phrase and so agree—only my interest in plants extends beyond flowers.

I find the foliage, fruit, seedpods and roots of all kinds of plants equally fascinating. The phrase also reminds me of my grandfather, who inspired my interest in plants and gardening. As a child, I often accompanied him on walks down the native wildflower trail in his garden. There he would pause, slowly bow over a plant and introduce us—always using the plant’s formal botanical name. It would be many years before I could understand Latin, but I did fall in love with wildflowers on those walks.

If you take a bit of time to get to know plants, you may be both surprised and delighted by what you discover. I often find they have almost human qualities in the way they reach toward sunlight, dance in the wind, mingle among themselves or gracefully bow their heads when fading.

A Bowing Acquaintance with Plants explores these unique characteristics that give plants personality."

-- Lee Anne White


About Lee Anne White

Lee Anne White is a fine art photographer whose work is rooted in the landscape. She creates intimate portraits of place—the terrain, plants and other indigenous elements that give a landscape character. She reveals both the unexpected and overlooked in nature’s details and is drawn by a sense of mystery and an emotional connection to place.

Lee Anne has exhibited her photographs both regionally and nationally, with 30 works on permanent display at Brenau University. She is a photography instructor for Maine Media Workshops and Madeline Island School of the Arts, has produced nearly 20 books, is the former chief editor of Fine Gardening magazine, and has photographed more than 75 magazine features. She earned a master’s degree at the State University of New York/Buffalo State and an undergraduate degree at The Women’s College of Brenau University. She and her husband, Alan, live in Gainesville.

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