Open Book Art Collective and VanDusen Botantical Garden present: The Signature Of All Things. Inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s epic novel, this art show explores 19th century botany and the convergence of science and wonder. Featuring new artwork by Open Book Art Collective Members: Andrea Armstrong, Bre McDaniel, Jenny Hawkinson, Katrina Stock, Laura Auxier, Mahla Shapiro and Kristin Voth.
Come to the opening reception and experience:
-the beauty of the fall gardens
-activities for children (a microscope with ferns and mosses!)
We can’t wait to see you there!
“The whole sphere of air that surrounds us, Alma, is alive with invisible attractions — electric, magnetic, fiery and thoughtful. There is a universal sympathy all around us… When we cease all argument and debate — both internal and external — our true questions can be heard and answered…That is the gathering of magic.” – The Signature of All Things
*Please note: Admittance to the show is free but you will still need to purchase tickets to go into the gardens.
Open Book Art Collective is excited to announce our next book, The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert!
The book follows the life of Alma Whittaker, a privileged and reclusive botanist living in 19th century. The book explores themes of love, creation and nature, purpose, and the aging process, among others.
“In her ninth summer, completely on her own, Alma learned to tell time by the opening and closing of flowers. At five o’clock in the morning, she noticed, the goatsbeard petals always unfolded. At six o’clock, the daisies and globeflowers opened. When the clock struck seven, the dandelions would bloom. At eight o’clock, it was the scarlet pimpernel’s turn. Nine o’clock: chickweed. Ten o’clock: meadow saffron. By eleven o’clock, the process began to reverse. At noon, the goatsbeard closed. At one o’clock the chickweed closed. By three o’clock, the dandelions had folded. If Alma was not back to the house with her hands washed by five o’clock- when the globeflower closed and the evening primrose began to open- she would find herself in trouble.”
– The Signature of all Things, Elizabeth Gilbert
Have you read this book? Share your thoughts on our Facebook Page or join us in reading it this summer!
We are also proud to announce that the show for this book will be taking place at The VanDusen Gardens in Vancouver in the month of October! Watch this space for more information!