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Book Launch Party: Philip Juras for Picturing the Prairie, in Conversation with Wendy Paulson

Picturing the Prairie by Philip Juras
Event date: 
Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event Location

Avid Bookshop on Zoom

Avid Bookshop is honored to present our customer-friend Philip Juras in celebration of his book, Picturing the Prairie: A Vision of Restoration. Philip will present some of his new paintings from the book and will be in conversation with his friend, conservationist Wendy Paulson. This virtual author event will take place on Thursday, May 27, 2021, from 7pm - 8pm EST via Zoom.

To attend this event, purchase a ticket (or select a no-cost ticket). You will receive a Zoom link via email one hour before the event begins. Please purchase your tickets early, as ticket sales will be cut off at 7pm EST on the day of the event, May 27, 2021.

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Please support Athens, Georgia's only independent bookshop (and our author, of course!) by purchasing featured book(s) from Avid Bookshop via the link below.


The fifty-four paintings in this volume celebrate the natural beauty of the rare tallgrass prairie environments of Illinois and the remarkable legacy of conservation that sustains them. Artist and author Philip Juras’s evocative canvases are based on extensive research, travel, and time in the field with prairie conservation experts. As a result, his luminous paintings, and his descriptions of them, are rich in ecological and historical detail.

An accompanying essay by acclaimed conservationist Stephen Packard tells the story of how the tallgrass prairie ecosystem was, and is, being saved from extinction in Illinois by a series of remarkable individuals and initiatives—efforts that have inspired conservation practices well beyond the sta­te’s borders.

Picturing the Prairie invites us to get to know these restored landscapes, both within these pages and in the corresponding 2021 exhibition at the Chicago Botanic Garden. In them we can experience the magnificence of this archetypal American grassland, both in its present reawakening, and as it was in the past.


We are happy to provide signed copies of Picturing the Prairie--Philip has offered to sign stock for us, so you can get a signed first edition! Want him to personalize the book ("To Astrid...")? Leave a note in your order comments and we'll get the message to Philip. There's something so special about a book that an author has signed just for you. This would make a great gift, too!


Philip Juras’s paintings express his desire to both explore and understand the patterns of the natural world. His love for nature and art began during his childhood in Augusta, Georgia, eventually leading him to receive a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1990 and a Master of Landscape Architecture in 1997, both from the University of Georgia. His MLA thesis examined pre-settlement grasslands that once flourished in the Southeast, a subject that continues to inspire his artwork. Now living in Athens, Georgia, with his wife Beth Gavrilles, Philip’s work explores the rich aesthetics of a wide range of ecologically intact natural environments. His ongoing projects include Georgia’s barrier islands, fire-adapted landscapes of the Southeast, tall grass prairie restoration in Illinois, and the páramo and cloud forests of the Colombian Andes. To depict these subjects Philip combines direct observation with the study of the natural science and history of the place. The resulting images invite the viewer to step through the picture plane and experience the natural world beyond.


Wendy Paulson is a lifelong educator and conservation advocate. She leads public bird walks, teaches bird classes in Chicago Public Schools, is active in the restoration of native grasslands, and serves as trustee or adviser for many conservation organizations, both domestic and international. Wendy chairs the Bobolink Foundation which focuses on advancing the conservation and stewardship of biodiversity through the protection of natural areas, education, and building local constituencies for nature. She and her husband, Hank, are owners of Little Saint Simons Island and are active in coastal conservation initiatives. They are active kayakers, hikers, and cyclists and love to explore the maritime forests, salt marshes, and beaches of the Georgia coast, especially with their children and grandchildren.

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