Art Gallery and Poetry Reception: Endangered Medicinal Plants by Jesse LoVasco
April 24 @ 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Jesse LoVasco, an herbalist, artist, and poet, received an Ecological Art Fellowship at United Plant Savers in 2018. This Ohio sanctuary was founded in 1994 by local beloved mother of herbalists and author, Rosemary Glastar, to protect medicinal plants that were diminishing rapidly and ensure abundant medicine for generations to come.
Jesse had the opportunity to observe and sketch the plants of this 360-acre medicinal sanctuary, which have become endangered because of overharvesting, warming climate, and habitat loss. Working at a tree-log table in a yurt the edge of the forest, Jesse magnified the plants to accentuate, or even exaggerate, their color, shape, size, and significance. Jesse’s goal was to showcase these medicinal species in a way that would make them recognizable to those who walk any forest trail.
Jesse was also inspired to write about her experiences through poetry. She addresses witnessing this extraordinary sanctuary and the thoughts that arose as she worked in silence during this six-day venture. Jesse has published poetry in Written River and Red Wolf Journal.