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Curlycup at the Hynds

I've got a few pieces showing at Art @ The Hynds Artist Collective Gallery in Cheyenne at 1602 Capitol Ave. There are two landscapes from the western slope in CO as well as a landscape on canvas from the Plein Air in the Parks event this past September.

I've also included a botanical piece of a very common plant around these parts called Curlycup Gumweed. If you've never heard of it, you've likely seen it many times. Also known as Grindelia, it is a great source of nectar for pollinators. A member of the sunflower family, the flower heads of this wild plant are known for their copious amounts of camphorous gummy resin. The Native Americans had many medicinal purposes for gumweed which included a treatment for pulmonary troubles as well as a wash for rashes and burns. In homeopathic medicine today, this plant is used as a common cold remedy as well as a treatment for asthma and bronchitis. Despite eradication efforts from ranchers and landscapers, gumweed survives and thrives. The resiliency of this wildflower is a testament to its strong North American roots. Hiking trails and along highways are places where this little flower often finds sanctuary.

Curlycup Gumweed is a symbol for resiliency, strength, and healing.

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