DESERT BOTANICAL GARDEN EXHIBITS CACTUS PHOTOGRAPHY OF JOHN SCHAEFER JAN. 26 – MAY 20December 13, 2017
Phoenix, November 1 – Garden visitors can celebrate the art, form and life of desert plants with Desert Botanical Garden’s next art exhibition in Ottosen Gallery—John P. Schaefer’s “Flowers and Form.” Schaefer—who has distinguished himself as an esteemed educator, best-selling author and acclaimed photographer—has chosen cactus plants and flowers-as his photographic muse.
Since 2000 when Schaefer moved near a cactus farm, he has built his photographic repertoire, dramatically capturing the lively essence of cactus and desert flowers. Schaefer, who has a Ph.D. in chemistry and is the President Emeritus of University of Arizona is a conservationist and avid bird watcher who founded the Nature Conservancy in Arizona. He founded the university’s renowned Center for Creative Photography with iconic landscape photographer Ansel Adams in 1975.
“Plant life in Arizona is really unique. They have habits that are unlike most plants–they leaf out when it rains and in some instances they bloom very briefly, usually just one day a year,” Schaefer says. “They have brilliant colors that really contrast with what the desert normally looks like-all those things make me take note of the plants and their flowers.”
WHEN: Jan. 26 – May 20, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
WHERE: Ottosen Gallery, Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85008
COST: Included in Garden admission and free with membership
- Adults: $24.95
- Children 3-17:$12.95
INFO: For more information, call 480.941.1225 or visit www.dbg.org.
About Desert Botanical Garden
Desert Botanical Garden is the largest botanical garden in the Southwest featuring 50,000 desert plants from across the world. For 78 years, the Garden’s commitment to the community is to advance excellence in education, research, exhibition and conservation of desert plants of the world with emphasis on the Southwestern United States.