Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change Art Exhibition

US Army Corps of Engineers Bay Model Visitor Center

2100 Bridgeway · Sausalito, CA

How to find us

From 101 take exit 445A to Marin City/Sausalito. Turn left onto Bridge Blvd. Turn right onto Bridgeway Blvd. Follow signs to the Bay Model Visitor's Center.

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Sponsored by our chapter, this exhibition of stunning images by local photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter reveals the incredible beauty of California’s wildflowers and their varied habitats. The exhibition emphasizes Marin’s landscapes, but also includes diverse geographic regions of California, from Sierra alpine rock gardens to Death Valley’s desert scenery. We’re adding additional interpretive panels that will make the connection between the wildflower imagery and the specific habitats for these plants here in Marin.

Everyone loves wildflowers, and the spring bloom season finds most residents out on the trails of Mt. Tam, Ring Mountain, Point Reyes, and other county hot spots for wildflower bloom. By making the connection between the land we all love and the threats it faces, we hope to create greater awareness of the potential for environmental damage that can occur with climate change, and offer ways to get involved to address it.

For more than 20 years, international award-winning photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter have worked to capture California’s vanishing wildflowers, bringing awareness to the beauty of the Golden State as well as to the dangers facing our natural habitats from climate change. They will be publishing a hardcover book this fall by the same name as the exhibition. It will contain more photography from their extensive travels throughout the state, accompanied by numerous essays from well-known environmental writers. This exhibition originated at the San Francisco Public Library and is being traveled by Exhibit Envoy. More than 40,000 people have seen it during the first year.

This meetup is for the opening reception on Saturday April 6 from 1 to 3 p.m.; however, the exhibition will be open April 2 through June 1, Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. At the reception there will be light refreshments and a chance to meet the artists, so please plan to join us!

In addition to the exhibition, we’re sponsoring a number of wildflower hikes throughout the county, led by Marin CNPS members and by Marin County Parks Naturalist Shannon Burke. Look for details in upcoming field trip listings. We’ll be focusing on California wildflowers at our spring plant sale, and also sponsoring a number of special events in May in conjunction with the exhibition.

The Marin chapter is extremely grateful for the support we have received from the Buck Family Fund of the Marin Community Foundation and from Marin Municipal Water District, which has made these events possible. We also thank the Bay Model Visitor Center for their support and the use of their lobby gallery at no charge.