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Environmental conservation and ecological art converge in Lisa D. Watson’s new traveling exhibition

Avant Gardener (self portrait), 2022, mixed media, 15-1/4 x 13 inches // Courtesy of Lisa D. Watson

LOCAL ARTIST LISA D. WATSON has focused her career at the intersection of nature and urban sprawl. “The urban sprawl crowds nature out,” she says. “But if we can spread knowledge and have real communication about how to work together, we can create balance.” 

Her traveling exhibition, Avant Gardener: A Creative Exploration of Imperiled Species, is part of that education as she celebrates some of the 900 endangered plant species in the U.S. One piece, Kingdom of a Roadside Ditch, is a stunning depiction of 11 native plants growing in a ditch, mere feet from a highway — four of which are endangered. “That right there is why we have to stop herbicide spray,” Watson says. “It’s wiping these plants out.

The exhibition will also include educational speakers and a native plant and tree sale.
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Lisa D. Watson // Photo by THIERRY JOUBERT

“The urban sprawl crowds nature out. But … together, we can create balance.”  — Lisa D. Watson


Sulfur Studios
September 2 – October 22, 2022
2301 Bull St., Savannah

Coastal Discovery Museum
November 1, 2022 – February 12, 2023
70 Honey Horn Drive, Hilton Head Island, SC

Averitt Center for the Arts
March 9 – May 5, 2023
33 E. Main St., Stateboro

IAB Galllery – Georgia Southern Department of History
March 9 – May 5, 2023
Interdisciplinary Academic, Building #3012, Statesboro

Watson’s piece Convergence is also on display at the Jepson Center for the Arts until March 19, 2023.