A Delicate Art

Artists, Wildflowers and Native Plants of the West

By (author): Mary-Beth Laviolette
ISBN 9781927330050
Hardcover | Publication Date: March 29, 2012
Book Dimensions: 5 in x 7 in
160 Pages

About the Book

A Delicate Art highlights the paintings and photography of six artists in Alberta who with passion and long moments of observation have made an inspired contribution to wildflower art. Covering a period of one hundred years to the present, the story behind these creators Mary Schäffer Warren, Mary Vaux Walcott, William Copeland McCalla, Annora Brown, Robert Sinclair and Carole Harmon is also told.

A blend of biography, botanical and regional art history and commentary by the artists themselves about their treasured subject, A Delicate Art is intended for the lay reader and is accompanied by sumptuous reproductions of the artwork and an alluring overall design that will appeal to anyone interested in art, mountain-life and gardening.

About the Author(s)

Mary-Beth Laviolette is an avid hiker, independent art writer and curator based in Canmore, Alberta, who specializes in Alberta and western Canadian art. She is the author of An Alberta Art Chronicle: Adventures in Recent & Contemporary Art, 1970-2000 and co-author of Alberta Art & Artists: A Survey. Recent exhibitions she has curated include Reckonings: Michael Cameron & Karen Maiolo (Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff AB); Pulse: Alberta Society of Artists at 80 Years (Triangle Art Gallery, Calgary) and the forthcoming Alberta Mistresses of the Modern: 1935 to 1975 (Art Gallery of Alberta, Edmonton AB). Mary-Beth is also a public speaker and enjoys engaging with the public about art whenever and wherever possible.