The lower level of the State House might seem like an odd venue for a contemporary art show, particularly one with such an academic sounding title, but three wide corridors actually provide a sense of grandeur to roughly thirty paintings, prints, and sculptural works inspired by plants and, in one excellent use of shiitake spores, fungi. Curated by Judith Tolnick Champa, this show features work by twenty-one New England artists, primarily women from Rhode Island, whose approaches range from the fantastical (Patricia Figueroa’s resetting of Providence in the tropics) to the literary (Rick Shaefer’s botanical drawing inspired by one of the Canterbury Tales) to the sprawling (May Babcock’s web of paper made from Woonasquatucket River mud). Definitely worth a visit. (Through November 26)
pictured: Leslie Bostrom RYBPOG Rain, 2013. Acrylic and oil on canvas. 90 x 72 inches.