Archbold Biological Station, Lake Placid. A stand of scrub live oak, about 50 years old, bend and twist in response to the amount of moisture and sunlight they receive each year.


Mollie not only organized this exhibition and worked with others to develop the trail and shrine boxes; she also co-wrote the grant proposals to the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, which funded this project.

During her career, Mollie has had numerous solo and group exhibitions, and received many grants and awards. Her work is held in a variety of public and private collections.

Employing a printing technique used widely in East Asia and originating in China in antiquity, the woodblock prints Mollie created for this exhibition are exquisitely crafted and capture not only the beauty of the scrub habitat, but also the wonderful plant diversity and the Florida light as it illuminates this special environment. The prints are beautifully composed, and the juxtaposition of light and dark areas draws the viewer into the image. Carving of the relief matrix is a tedious and time-consuming process, which attests to the artist’s patience, skill, and connection with the scrub habitat.

The woodblocks themselves are now the doors of the shrine boxes. As visitors explore the trail, they are encouraged to make rubbings of the woodblocks, and record their thoughts in a journal that is enclosed within the box, along with rubbing materials. A website and blog have been created for the project. The journal notes are posted on the blog to foster a public dialogue about the project and the environment.