Capturing Nature’s Essence: A Tribute to Native Flora in Western NC

December 2, 2023 (All day) to December 3, 2023 (All day)
18 SPRINGS Community Healing Center, 2424 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106

On December 2nd and 3rd, from 10:00am to 6:00pm, artist April McNiff will showcase a photography exhibit titled "Capturing Nature’s Essence: A Tribute to Native Flora in Western NC.” The event is free and open to the public.

“Capturing Nature's Essence: A Tribute to Native Flora in Western NC" is a photography exhibit that showcases a yearlong journey through the stunning mountains of Western North Carolina. This project is an endeavor to document the exquisite beauty of native wildflowers, while highlighting the region's significant biodiversity. The goal of this exhibition is to not only celebrate the mesmerizing charm of these delicate species, but also to shed light on the fragile ecosystems they inhabit. Using both color and black and white digital photographs of select subjects, it explores our natural world and focuses on potential disruptions and endangerment, caused by humans, whether intentional or not.

This exhibit serves as a visual testament to the unique and vulnerable flora of Western NC. It urges our communities to recognize the significance of preserving these pristine habitats by emphasizing the critical importance of adopting "Leave No Trace" principles in our interactions with nature. Via interpretive text throughout the exhibit, the goal is to inspire responsible stewardship, ensuring that future generations can continue to admire the natural wonders of our region. This year-long project is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

For more information, please contact Siham Muntasser at

The Wild Ones Central North Carolina chapter promotes environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity and ecosystem resilience through the preservation, restoration, and establishment of native plant communities.