Wildflowers on display at the California State Library
Poppies and Scarlet Monkeys,” the California
State Library’s exhibit in the Library and
Courts II Building, celebrates California
wildflowers with a “bouquet” of original
watercolors, prints, volumes of pressed flowers,
rare books, fine press publications, and ephemera.
The exhibition calls attention to the many ways in
which the wondrous bounty of the state’s
wildflowers have been portrayed since first
observed and described by European explorers.
Particular highlights include the original
watercolor wildflower portraits of A.R. Valentien
and Cornelia Cunningham, the incomparable
botanical prints of Henry Evans, and a spectacular
collection of ephemera (playing cards, postcards,
fruit crate labels, and even a beer tray) devoted
to the Golden Poppy.
Document Repair Technician, Gerrilee Hafvenstein,
stands before a "Golden Poppies and Scarlet
Monkeys" case and exhibit poster, all curated
by CSL Principal Librarian, Special Collections,
exhibit was curated by Gary Kurutz, Principal
Librarian, Special Collections, and beautifully
prepared and installed by Gerrilee Hafvenstein,
Document Repair Technician. The Library and Courts
II Building is located at 900 N Street,
Sacramento. The exhibit hours are 9:30am to
4:00pm, Monday through Friday. The exhibit will
run through September 6, 2005.