For its first exhibit of the new decade, Danville’s Museum of the San Ramon Valley will feature artwork demonstrating how local wildflowers native to California are being affected by climate change.
Entitled “Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change,” museum officials say the exhibit -- which is set to open on Sunday -- will be produced by Exhibit Envoy and will feature stunning photographs and information about the challenges of climate change on a micro-level.
“For over 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,” museum organizers said of the exhibit’s featured artists.
Museum officials added that all geographic regions found in California will be highlighted in the show, “from the high alpine ‘rock gardens’ above 11,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Death Valley National Park's below-sea-level environment.”
The exhibit is underwritten by the Lesher Foundation and brought about through partnerships with the Bancroft Gardens, the East Bay Regional Park District, the Mount Diablo Interpretive Association and the San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District.
To complement the exhibit museum officials say special programs on climate change (Jan. 23 at the Danville Veterans Hall) wildflower photography (February) and wildfire preparedness (March) will be announced at a later date.
“Beauty and the Beast” is set to run Jan. 12 through March 29. Tickets can be purchased in person, $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, students and children. Members can visit the exhibit for free.
The museum is located in the restored Southern Pacific depot, 205 Railroad Ave. in downtown Danville, Winter hours are Tuesdays through Fridays 1-4 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sundays noon to 3 p.m.
Learn more about "Beauty and the Beast" and other upcoming exhibits online at www.museumsrv.org.