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Lasting Impressions | Botanical Etchings by Cathy G. Vaughn

  • Science Museum of Virginia 2500 W. Broad Street Richmond, VA 23220 USA (map)

Rubber Tree forest | Botanical Etching with rubber tree, willow and fern foliage

The botanical etching process is rooted in the natural chemistry of our everyday world. Using live leaves gathered from her Richmond home, each composition renders a unique verdigris pallet. The colors rendered on the copper sheet are impacted by the acids and nutrients present in the leaves, the chemical compounds used to prime the copper, and the ambient temperature during the weeks-long etching process.  

Inspired by leaves making imprints where they fall on walkways. Cathy began experimenting to see the patterns and colors made by composing leaves on copper. This innovative process has become her primary means of creative expression.



Friday, February 19, 5 pm - 8 pm, at Science After Dark



Friday, February 12, 2016
through Sunday, May 1, 2016


Tuesday - Saturday, 9:30 am – 5 pm
Sunday, 11:30 am – 5 pm


Science Museum of Virginia
2500 West Broad Street
Richmond VA 23220

Earlier Event: November 20
Craft + Design Show