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The Wild Treasury of Nature: A Portrait of Little St. Simons Island

The Wild Treasury of Nature: A Portrait of Little St. Simons Island

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The fifty-two paintings gathered here reveal as never before the wild beauty of Little St. Simons, an undeveloped barrier island on the Georgia coast. In showing us the island's marshes and tidal creeks, shrublands and forests, and dunes and beaches, artist Philip Juras helps us understand the natural and historical forces continually at work on this unique place.

The Wild Treasury of Nature
continues Juras's exploration of the presettlement wilderness of the American South as the earliest naturalists would have encountered it. Strikingly composed and executed, Juras's island paintings are based on extensive research and many hours spent at the sites he documents. From the contours of a pristine landscape down to the shape and color of its smallest plant, each scene is a historically and ecologically credible rendering of a place that has remained miraculously unspoiled.

The writings that accompany Juras's paintings describe the natural history and unique cultural past of Little St. Simons in particular and the southern barrier islands in general, place the artwork within the American landscape painting tradition, and underscore the importance of vigilant stewardship for the island and the few remaining American places like it.

Author: Philip Juras
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Published: 03/01/2016
Pages: 128
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 2.00lbs
Size: 9.30h x 11.30w x 0.60d
ISBN: 9780820348872

About the Author

Philip Juras, a native of Augusta, Georgia, received a BFA and a master s degree in landscape architecture from the University of Georgia.
Dorinda G. Dallmeyer is director of the Environmental Ethics Certificate program at the University of Georgia College of Environment and Design.
Janice Simon is the Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching associate Professor of Art History at the University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art.
Kevin Grogan is director of the Morris Museum of Art, the organizing museum for The Wild Treasury of Nature exhibit.
Wendy Paulson is an environmental educator and conservation advocate."

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