Butler to exhibit artist’s watercolors of palm trees

Staff report


“Exotic Palms,” an exhibition of works by artist Edith Bergstrom, will open Sunday at the Butler Institute of American Art, 524 Wick Ave., and run through June 18.

Bergstrom, a California native, will greet the public at a reception from 1 to 3 p.m. at the museum. Admission is free.

Her exhibition, titled “Exotic Palms,” is composed of large-scale paintings of various species of palm trees rendered in watercolor and oil.

A book on the exhibition will be available for purchase in the museum store.

Bergstrom, who considers the palms she paints to be “portraits, combines Manet’s power of observation with a special interest in color combinations similar to the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings of Gauguin.

Her work also embodies a structural basis and balance reminiscent of Degas.

In the 1980s, Bergstrom became fascinated by the diversity of the palm tree, with its more than 1,500 species.

She joined the International Palm Society and began collecting the plants herself, focusing on palm trees as works of art.

Born in a desert community just south of Palm Springs, Calif.,

Bergstrom became nationally known for her watercolors, receiving awards in more than half of the competitions she entered.

The Butler is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

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