April 25, 2019 – “Novitius Pictor,” an exhibit of watercolors by Pam Harris, is on display in Salina Public Library’s Gallery 708 through May 10. A reception for the artist will be from 4-5:30 p.m. May 3, in conjunction with First Friday.

“Novitius Pictor” is inspired by the world of botanical illustrations. After a visit to the New York Botanical Garden, Harris decided to try depicting botanicals using plants from her own garden.

“Since watercolor was foreign territory to me, the show is titled ‘Noveitius Pictor’ — ‘Beginning Painter’ in Latin (according to Google Translate). But once I began producing the work, I realized I should have stopped at just ‘Beginner’ — Beginner Landscape Designer, Beginner Painter and Beginner Gardener,” said artist Pam Harris.

Harris is a graphic designer who also draws and paints. In her design career, she has been employed by print shops, ad agencies, design studios, and by corporate marketing and art departments. She has operated her own design business since 2005, offering print and web design, illustration, and marketing services. Previous exhibitions include “Flat & Square on Strings,” a collection of mixed media work; “Every Day I’m Trufflin,’ ” pencil drawings of chocolate truffles on decorative plates; and “The Way,” a show which was inspired by Marty Robbins’ cowboy ballad, “El Paso.” More of Harris’ work can be seen at PamelaHarrisDesign.com.

The public is welcome to view the exhibit during library hours — 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1-6 p.m. Sunday. For more information on art exhibited at the library, please contact Glory Benacka at programs.glory@salpublib.org, (785) 825-4624, ext. 219, or visit library at 301 W. Elm.