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By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | May 4, 2021

April shows bring May flowers!
This watercolor of the Blind Gentian was made as part of the WPA Art Project in 1941 by Lloyd Quackenbush.
It shows a single stalk with three showy blue flowers and large narrow leaves. The titles (including Latin) are written below.