“Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey,” featuring drawings by Linda Williams Palmer of Hot Springs, will open in the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) atrium Monday, Feb. 18. A reception will be held Saturday, Feb. 23, from 1-4 p.m. with a gallery talk by Palmer and preview of the new AETN documentary “Champion Trees.”
Following Palmer’s gallery talk Feb. 23, guests will preview “Champion Trees,” a new AETN documentary that premieres this summer and explores how these natural wonders influence and inspire the people around them.
Arkansas’ Champion Tree program, managed by the Arkansas Forestry Commission, recognizes those trees — planted by nature or individuals — that are the largest of each species in the state. Trees are compared using the American Forests “Bigness Index,” which includes trunk circumference, height and average crown spread. A tree must be re-measured at least every 10 years to maintain its champion status. The Arkansas State Champion Tree list is updated every five years. The most recent revision was completed June 5, 2012.
Palmer draws Arkansas’ champion trees with the ultimate goal of interpreting each tree according to the season of observation, location, historic context and human connection. This exhibit includes 18 large, colored-pencil renderings of these giants, accompanied by detailed drawings of foliage and documentary photographs. Additional information about the exhibit is available at championtreesexhibit.org.
AETN is located at 350 South Donaghey, Conway. “Arkansas Champion Trees: An Artist’s Journey” will be open to the public Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Friday, March 15.