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Art Exhibition: Mary Salstrom - The Prairie and the Sea


The Burpee Museum is pleased to announce an exhibition of recent oil paintings and pastel sketches from life by Mary Salstrom."Mary Salstrom, The Prairie and the Sea" eatures landscape paintings of the Rock River Valley and of southern Sweden. A catalog with an essay by John Goodrich is available.

The Opening Reception will be held on Friday, September 16th from 5-8 PM.

Plein air paintings by Mary Salstrom of the summer landscape created in southern Sweden compared to oil paintings and pastels created in the Rock River Valley, Illinois, compose the theme of the current show. Mary Salstrom was born in Rockford, Illinois and now lives in New York City. Recently she has traveled to Sweden in search of discovering and painting the places that her Swedish ancestors might have known before immigrating to America and settling in Rockford.

Additional events in conjunction with the exhibit:

Burpee Explorers - September 24, 1:00pm-2:30pm - Where the Wild Things Are! All Things Wild
Participants enrolled in this class will experiment with glaciers and learn how the great ice sheets shaped the landscape that created the prairies if North America. Meet the inhabitants of the prairies. Get up close to the prairie plants. Meet the New York artist Mary Salstrom creator of the exhibit, The Prairie and the Sea. We will visit her exhibit and she will lead us in a prairie painting activity. Ages 6 and up. Pre-registration and payment is required. Members $18/ Non-members $20.

The Mahlburg Scholars Talk: Prairies Now and Then - September 25th, 2:00pm.
The talk will be given by Austin Web, Assistant Superintendent of Land Management Department, Byron Forest Preserve, who will share how the prairies developed in North America, and how Illinois offers a prime example of this unique habitat. This talk will be held in the Malhburg Auditorium where Mary Salstrom’s exhibit, the Prairie and the Sea, is currently installed. She will be able to share with the public her vision of the prairie. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Members FREE/ Public $5.


Art Exhibition: Mary Salstrom - The Prairie and the Sea
  • September 27 - October 15, 2016
  • Burpee Museum of Natural History
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday