Resident’s passion for art and science showcased at Belleair Towers
Belleair Towers resident Ginny Davis Baggett has spent more than 40 years combining her passion for botany and art to make beautiful silkscreen prints. The result of this marriage was “40-Year Retrospective of Silkscreen Making,” a 10-day exhibit showcased in January at the independent senior living community she calls home.
The Pennsylvania native graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in botany and worked as a botanist for seven years before turning her attention to art.
What began as a scientific passion for plants and flowers soon became an artistic one. Fascinated by the varieties of form and color in flowers and plants, the diverse shapes of rocks and foliage, and the arrangement and structure of her surroundings, Ginny began printmaking in 1971.
Silkscreen printing is made by painting a design on a screen of mesh cloth stretched over a heavy wooden frame. Ginny’s technical experience in botany has given her creative interests in the subject matter a firm understanding on which to produce her artwork.
She has experimented with a variety of subject matter and style, with her recent work bordering on abstract and free-flowing watercolor. Her stylized silkscreen prints create a “crazy quilt” or kaleidoscopic effect, presenting the viewer with a unique, colorful perspective on nature.
The art exhibit at Belleair Towers was only one of her many award-winning exhibits in places like Chicago, Pittsburgh, and throughout Pennsylvania. First as a botanist, second as an artist, Ginny Davis Baggett has found a way to share her passion for nature with an audience grateful for her talents.
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