Heeyoung Kim’s prairie plant art on display at library
Heeyoung Kim of Northbrook welcomed the public to a Saturday reception at the Northbrook Public Library to celebrate her prairie plant artworks that recently won an award in London. | Karie Angell Luc~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 11, 2012 9:09AM
Northbrook artist Heeyoung Kim welcomed the public to a reception Saturday at the Northbrook Public Library, where she showed off the works that won her a gold medal in London — months before this summer’s Olympics.
Kim’s science-accurate watercolor-and-pencil works of American prairie plants won the top award in the Royal Horticultural Society London Botanical Art Show held in March. Many of the works are of plants found in Northbrook.
“I’m just thankful and grateful for everybody,” said Kim, in the library atrium where the works can be viewed through May.
Julie Mueller of La Grange, a student of Kim’s, said, “She (Kim) is unbelievable — she is so detailed and so scientific. It’s truly amazing.”
One fan is Paul Showers of Libertyville, who helped Kim to locate the fringed gentian, a rare purple flowering prairie plant that is now garnering international attention.
“She told me she had been looking for it for three years, “Showers said, “and I told her I had hundreds at Lions Woods in Waukegan.”
The show, “Singular Study: Plant Portraits 2” runs through May 31 at the Northbrook Public Library.
Visit www.northbrook.info and www.prairieplantart.com.