The Book Cellar
Stop by any time between 4pm and 5pm to get your copy of Picturing the Prairie signed! Philip will be setting up in our outdoor patio, pen at the ready!
About Picturing the Prairie: A Vision of Restoration: The fifty-four paintings in this volume celebrate the natural beauty of the rare tallgrass prairie environments of Illinois and the remarkable legacy of conservation that sustains them. Artist and author Philip Juras’s evocative canvases are based on extensive research, travel, and time in the field with prairie conservation experts. As a result, his luminous paintings, and his descriptions of them, are rich in ecological and historical detail.
Picturing the Prairie invites us to get to know these restored landscapes, both within its pages and in the corresponding 2021 exhibition at the Chicago Botanic Garden. In them we can experience the magnificence of this archetypal American grassland, both in its present reawakening, and as it was in the past.
About Philip Juras: The work of Athens, Georgia, artist and author Philip Juras celebrates the rich aesthetics, ecology, and history of a wide range of intact natural environments. His current exhibition and book portray the nearly vanished tallgrass prairie ecosystems of Illinois. That work follows on his exploration of the páramo and cloud forests of the Colombian Andes, fire adapted landscapes of the Southeastern U.S., and the barrier islands of Georgia. He has published three books in conjunction with his solo museum exhibits, winning a Georgia Writer of the Year award. His work has been profiled by WTTW, Minding Nature, and Garden and Gun, and he has been the featured speaker for numerous conferences. See Picturing the Prairie: Paintings by Philip Juras at the Chicago Botanic Garden through September 12.