The creation of the new exhibit on Carl Purdy - set to debut on April 16, 2011 at the Mendocino County Museum - is in motion. Under the able curatorial direction of Dot Brovarney, a local historian and author, and former curator at this Museum and the Grace Hudson Museum in Ukiah, the imagined presentation is becoming real. The research is taking form as words on panels and labels, as photos and drawings of flowers and plants, as ledgers and furniture that were used by Purdy and now will be part of the display. The space in the Museum has been cleared and primed, ready for the colors chosen to highlight the natural beauty of native plants and the Arts and Crafts time period. A team of people (stipended and volunteer), two Museum staff, Purdy family members, community contributors, and business partners are all part of making this happen - a celebration of the 150th birth year of a quintessential Mendocino County resident, who devoted a lifetime to study and entrepreneurship, native plants and local agriculture, right here in Mendocino County. We hope you'll join us
Notes about Motes
Mote is not misspelled (nor is misspelled, for that matter - I checked). Motes are small specks of dust that become visible silhouetted in beams of light. Although museums may be called dusty closets of history by some, in our use, motes refer to small bits of information about our museum that can be seen when light is shone on them.