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Frances Stilwell

This year The ASC Board is pleased to announce that local botanist & artist, Frances Stilwell, was selected for this award. She will be presented with a personal plaque at the April 2017 General Meeting on April 20th, and her name will be added to the perpetual plaque at Hesthavn Nature Center.

ASC recognizes Stilwell’s unique contribution in creating, displaying, and publishing artwork illustrating Oregon’s Botanical Landscape: An Opportunity to Imagine Oregon before 1800. This book is a compilation of her art in pastels and watercolor of botanical landscapes in each of eight eco-regions of Oregon. The purpose of the book, in her words, was to share “how to educate ourselves about our natural world, to slow down and stop, to consider colors, shapes, and shadows.” Stilwell’s solo exhibit of 72 paintings in 2011 at the Benton County Historical Society and Museum’s Moreland Gallery became the basis for her book. The live exhibit, shown in venues around the state, will next be shown at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum in Ilwaco, Washington from May 12th to July 8th.

Creative people like Stilwell who use their gifts to portray the natural world and a sense of history are, in the broadest sense, environmental educators. Those who see her work, whether in live exhibit or book form, are given an unusual & alluring view of our historical habitat, and she has made her work widely available to the public.

Her advocacy for the natural world is based on her early background in science and fueled by a lifelong passion for conservation, expressed not only in her art but in frequent communications with public officials about state & local environmental issues. She is a longtime active member of the Native Plant Society and several arts societies. Those who see Stilwell’s vibrant & impressionistic work can be further inspired toward preserving the rich biodiversity we still have in our home state.

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