August 5, 2004
By Lisa Renken
Special to The Record
An exhibit celebrating the rich
history of the flower seed industry in the Lompoc Valley is on display in the
Centeno Gallery of
through August 22.
Tourists continue to visit here each spring and summer to look
at the beautiful flower fields. While the fields may not be as
large or as plentiful as in decades past, they still draw
appreciative sightseers. They continue to inspire artists with a
patchwork quilt of vivid color throughout the valley.
The exhibit pays tribute to the beauty and inspiration of the
flower fields, as well as the important economic role the flower
seed industry has played in the development of the
Vintage posters, photographs, artifacts, and catalogs on loan
from several individuals, as well as
Bodger Seeds, Ltd. and the
Lompoc Valley Historical Society, are displayed.
Most contributors are
who have had a long association with the seed industry. Others
are from elsewhere in the state and across the country. Original
paintings and prints on loan from
artists Aiko Cios and Elizabeth Bray are included along with
paintings by other local artists on loan from private
Lompoc Museum is
grateful to everyone who took the time to share their knowledge
of the history of the seed industry. Many individuals were
instrumental in putting this exhibit together, including Kim
Bodger, of Bodger Seeds, Ltd.; Bess Christensen; Andy Learned;
David Lemon, of Oglevee Ltd.; Walt and Myra Manfrina, of the
Lompoc Valley Historical Society; Jim Nau, of Ball Seed Co.;
Marge Scott, and Al Thompson.
Lompoc Museum is
open every afternoon Tuesday through Sunday; 1 to 5 p.m.,
Tuesday through Thursday; 1 to 7 p.m. Fridays during Olde Towne
Market; and 1 to
on Saturdays and Sundays.
Dr. Lisa Renken is the director of