The Joyful Art of Wildflowers
June 6 – July 20, 2014
The Buddy Holly Center announces The Joyful Art of Wildflowers by Willa Finley, a new exhibition displayed in the Foyer Gallery. Finley is the co-author of two books on the flowering vegetation of this region, Lone Star Wildflowers and Land of Enchantment Wildflowers.
Willa Finley grew up riding horses and herding cows in the native pastures around her home in Floydada, Texas, where buffalo grass, broomweed, and milkweed were part of the natural flora. Her botanical heritage was passed down through her maternal grandmother and her mother, both of whom had extensive flower and vegetable gardens.
Willa took that to another level with a M.S. in Plant Systematics at Texas Tech University. With a Ph.D. in Plant Genetics from University of Nebraska, she has worked in agriculture research and in agribusiness in the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Africa, and for many years was senior researcher in agricultural economics for LMC International in Oxford, UK. She is now involved in agricultural development projects in Africa, helping African women farmers to improve their economic condition.