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Artist's Reception
Thursday, September 15

Original framed and unframed photographs and photo art are available for sale with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Library

Art Exhibit

The Park: A Love Story

Golden Gate Park Landscapes and Flora by Stephen Kane

September – December, 2016

The Helen Crocker Russell Library is pleased to present a new exhibition by photographer Stephen Kane. Steve's exhibit, The Park: A Love Story, celebrates the beauty and diversity of landscapes and flora in our beloved Golden Gate Park.

We'd like to share the exhibit details in Steve's own words because, after all, this is his love story.

Artist's Statement by Stephen Kane

I'm in love with Golden Gate Park, my park, our city's park. And if I didn't know this for a fact, I could infer it from the hundreds of images I've captured and created in the last eight years of pursuing art through photography. I'm grateful that other photographers travel to far-flung places to pursue transcendent images. Yet I also believe that the small and large details of the Park's remarkable 1,017 acres can provide subject and inspiration for multiple lifetimes.

The Park: A Love Story focuses on the landscapes and flora of Golden Gate Park. Many subjects in the photographs and photo-art will be familiar to viewers, especially if they've spent time here. But my aim is not to document, but to explore and even re-imagine. I love finding color and gesture, pattern and chaos, in anything from a fog-snagging eucalyptus tree to the filigreed intricacy of one of its leaves desiccating on the forest floor. I love using all the tools available - the camera itself, the digital toolbox, the challenging and sometimes contrary pigment printer. And I love creating images which may be in color or black-and-white or somewhere in between, which may look like "real" photographs or nods to painting or other visual arts. The exhibit, if nothing else, is eclectic!

Fog is a constant in the Park, and thus appears often in the exhibit. Autumn will be upon us during this exhibit, and much of the work includes the scenes and colors of fall - which, in our climate, can stretch from August into January. Finally, many of my subjects are located in the Botanical Garden itself, a glorious corner of the wider Golden Gate Park. Other art work, neighborhood-related or non-floral park scenes, will be viewable in the supplemental bins that accompany the exhibit.

This will be my second show at the Helen Crocker Russell Library. The first was Trees Love Light in early 2014. The upcoming exhibit will consist almost entirely of newly exhibited work, with the possible exception of one or two patron favorites from Trees. My family and I have been Garden members since our first days in San Francisco, and I'm honored by this opportunity to share my work.

General Exhibit Information

The Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture is recognized as one of the finest horticultural resources in the nation. Its 27,000-volume collection ranges from new gardening titles to antique herbals. The Library is open, free of charge, from 10am–4pm, every day except Tuesdays and major holidays.

Exhibitions of plant- and garden-related drawings, paintings, photographs, and educational displays run for four-month periods. The artwork in our exhibitions are available for sale, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Library. For more information, call (415) 661-1316 ext. 403.

Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries

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An international organization whose purpose is to initiate and improve communications among persons and institutions concerned with the development, maintenance and use of libraries of botanical and horticultural literature.
SFBGS and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department San Francisco Botanical Garden's beauty and value as a major cultural resource are the result of a successful public/private partnership between San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.

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