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Art exhibition inspired by Gene Stratton-Porter, Limberlost Swamp opens at Limberlost State Historic Site

GENEVA, Indiana (July 5, 2019) – Experience the beauty of Indiana nature through watercolor creations now on display at the Limberlost State Historic Site.

The exhibition – titled "The Artist-Naturalist" – includes 15 watercolor paintings by Alex Warnick, a natural history artist based in Columbus, Indiana. 

As a child, Warnick remembers taking turns reading chapters aloud on family road trips from the books of Indiana naturalist Gene Stratton-Porter. These childhood experiences inspired "The Artist-Naturalist," with each piece based on excerpts from Gene’s books and Alex’s own travels through the Limberlost Swamp. 

Warnick hopes to continue Gene’s work by sharing a love of nature, and more specifically the Limberlost Swamp, with others through creative expression and watercolors.

Warnick will share additional insights into her inspiration from Gene’s novels and tell about her own travels in the Limberlost Swamp during an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. July 14 at the Limberlost State Historic Site

Warnick also will highlight the kinship she feels with Gene as both Indiana natives and female naturalists using the arts to celebrate the landscape and bring attention to the environment during her remarks at 2:45 p.m.

The opening reception on July 14 is free to attend and open to the public.

"The Artist-Naturalist" exhibition will be on display in the Limberlost State Historic Site visitor center through Oct. 15.

This exhibition is supported by the Indiana Arts Commission.

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Limberlost State Historic Site is part of the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites is located in White River State Park in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. It is Indiana’s museum for science, art and culture, offering a place where you can celebrate, investigate, remember, learn and take pride in Indiana’s story in the context of the broader world. Even the building is a showcase of the best Indiana has to offer in architecture, materials and sculpture. Easy and convenient parking is available in the attached underground garage. 

Posted by Kelsey Kotnik at 8:30 AM