Annual Selby Gardens Orchid Show spotlights photos – Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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As the community recovers from the destruction of Hurricane Ian, Selby Botanical Gardens is providing visitors something beautiful to look at with the opening of “The Orchid Show 2022: Capturing the Perfect Shot.”

This year’s Orchid Show continues the Gardens’ “Year of Photography” at its downtown Sarasota campus. The event, which runs Oct. 15 through Dec. 4, is built around an extensive collection of photos taken by volunteers who help Selby scientists document the organization’s living research collection. 

Those photographs will inspire some horticultural vignettes created in the Tropical Conservatory and photos will be on display in the Museum of Botany and the Arts.

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The photos “capture the glorious essence of rare orchids in our collection,” Jennifer Rominiecki, President & CEO, said in a statement. “This photography is critical to the documentation of our world-renowned collection for research purposes. But visitors will immediately see that these photos can stand as fine art in their own right.”

David Berry, Selby’s vice president for visitor engagement and chief museum curator, said the photos will tell two stories – one is about the dedicated volunteers who have captured images of Selby’s living collections and the other is about the artistic sensibility the artists bring to their work.

“Compositionally, the photographs are quite stunning,” Berry said in a statement. “They aren’t only pictures of pretty plants. They are works of of art.”

The exhibition in the Museum of Botany & the Arts will feature 15 large-format prints and highlight six volunteer photographers, who are among many who have helped Selby build a collection of more than 100,000 digital images. Some volunteers will be available in the museum to answer visitor questions during operating hours.

Selby is at 1534 Mound St., Sarasota. For more information: 941-366-5731; selby.org

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