"Batiks Botanicos - Gardens, Plants, and Flowers for the Soul" Exhibit by Angela Maria Isaza

(Sarasota, FL, January 5, 2010): Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is hosting an exhibit by Angela Maria Isaza beginning January 7, through February 23, 2010. There will an opening reception January 10, 2010 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Museum of Botany and the Arts at Selby Gardens. Isaza has captured the beauty and diversity of tropical and exotic plants found at Selby Gardens using batik, an art painting technique that originated in the East using hot wax, dyes and natural fiber cloth. Flowers, foliage, trees in bloom, plants gracefully growing on the ground, up in the trees, or by the water, are all depicted in original compositions. Created through personal vision, they reflect a mysterious, yet natural feeling of her appreciation and representation of nature. Isaza’s interest lies in promoting the value and beauty of fragile natural environments. The flora found in the tropical forests of the Andes Mountains of Colombia, her native country, has been the primary inspiration for her creations. Florida’s native wild plants and flowers have also served to inspire her work. Come explore the beauty and wonder of her batiks and the Gardens who have inspired them! Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a respected center for research and education as well as a famous orchid showplace. The Gardens is located at 900 South Palm Avenue in Sarasota. It is open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the exception of Christmas day.