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The UMass Amherst Libraries host an exhibit, “Botanicals: An Exploration of Wild and Cultivated Plants,” through Thursday, May 12, 2022, in the Mass Aggie Seed Library, in the Science and Engineering Library, Lederle Lowrise, Floor 2, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

“Botanicals” is an exhibition of original linoleum block prints by New Hampshire artist, Monica Rico. The collection will feature botanical prints and textiles, each hand-printed from hand-carved blocks.

Monica Rico is a printmaker, organic farmer, local food system advocate, community organizer, and mom of boys. Originally on a science-based career path, it took her many years to get comfortable enough with the idea of making mistakes to allow herself to make art. She made her first block print in a workshop taught by a friend in the fall of 2018 and became consumed with the practice. Today, she has the privilege to homeschool her youngest son and make art as her full time occupation. She works from her home studio in Henniker, New Hampshire.

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Botanicals: An Exploration of Wild and Cultivated Plants



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