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On Display: Macro Images and Photo Montages by Nancy Ridenour

Published: 
2 years 20 weeks ago

Visit the Nevin Welcome Center now through May to enjoy Nancy Ridenour's abstractions
from the Sculpture Garden in the Arboretum, flower montages, and macro flower
images, several of which were taken in Plantations' Botanical Garden.

About the artist:

Flowers and gardening have always been central to Nancy Ridenour's life. Her family has been in the landscaping and florist business in the Schenectady, N.Y. region since the late 1800’s, so she grew up with the beauty and smells of flowers. As a biology teacher in Ithaca for thirty-two years, she frequently incorporated these interests into the classroom.


Nancy's background and teaching have had a tremendous impact upon her life and photography. While living and working in Laos, 1965-70, she was first given a bouquet of lotus buds as a gift during pregnancy. Several years ago, she obtained six lotus plants from the Ithaca Farmer’s Market. Those first plants have multiplied to over 500 and now fill the pond behind her home within view from her studio.

The lotus flower, leaves, and pods were the initial focus for Nancy's photography. She takes digital photos and adjusts them to achieve abstract montages. The montages include the lotus, flowers from many gardens and travels, Cornell University buildings and sculptures, various Buddha and Bodhisattva images, and images from travels. Learn more about Nancy and her art at nancyridenourartist.zenfolio.com.