The Lloyd Library and Museum in Cinncinati, OH will host If Wine is Sublime,
an exhibition featuring rare books, maps and artwork about grapes, vineyards and wine. The exhibition opens on September 13, 2014 and continues through December 12, 2014. Artworks include botanical illustrations, tapestries, sculpture and video.

Participating Artists

  • Jeni Engel Conley
  • Ingrid Finnan
  • Jean Gallagher
  • Rose James
  • Sandra Kessel
  • Victoria Kochergin
  • Richard Luschek II
  • Dianne McElwain
  • Asisa Madian
  • Arillyn Moran-Lawrence
  • Lynne Railsback
  • Sandra Rude
  • Trish Weeks

Registration to required to attend the opening reception on September 15, 2014 from 4-7 pm. Seating is limited. Registration deadline is September 8, 2014.

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Arillyn Moran-Lawrence Paints Hawaii’s Endangered Plants

A reader is looking for botanical art classes in Hawaii. This reader is traveling to Hawaii in June 2015 and would like to add a botanical art class to the itinerary.

Are you teaching on Kauai next June? If so, please send information about your class and I will post it at Classes Near You > Hawaii and publish an announcement.

Thank you.

Shasta Daisy. © Nancy Wheeler Klippert. All rights reserved

Shasta Daisy. © Nancy Wheeler Klippert. All rights reserved

The Legacy of Luther Burbank,
A Gallery Show

Sebastopol Center for the Arts
Sebastopol, CA
September 11 – October 25, 2014

Fourteen Sonoma County botanical artists will show paintings of plants from the Luther Burbank Experiment Garden in Sebastopol and the Luther Burbank Home & Garden in Santa Rosa. The paintings were created in colored pencil on a variety of papers and films. The colored pencil paintings feature botanically accurate portraits of selected plants, fruits, vegetables, flowers and trees created through Burbank’s experiments. The artists worked directly with specimens at both locations and have created a “florilegium” of Burbank’s work in Sonoma County. Learn more about Luther Burbank’s legacy.

You’re Invited!
Wild Black Cherry. © Suzanne Cogen. All rights reserved

Wild Black Cherry. © Suzanne Cogen. All rights reserved

An opening reception will be held on Thursday,
September 11, 2014 from 6-7:30 PM at Sebastopol Center for the Arts in Sebastopol, CA (see map).

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday – Friday 10 AM – 4 PM
Saturday 1-4 PM

Tithonia @ 2006 by John Gist. All rights reserved

Tithonia @ 2006 by John Gist. All rights reserved

Mt. Cuba Center
Mt. Cuba Center is a botanical garden in Hockessin, DE dedicated to the conservation, display, and research of native plants. Their woodland wildflower gardens are recognized as the area’s finest. The Center hosts many interesting classes related to plants, gardening and the arts. View their full schedule of on-site classes and distance learning classes on their website.

    iPhoneography: The Art of iPhone® Photography
    Two Thursdays: September 18 & 25, 2014

    1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Forgot your camera? Not to worry, use your iPhone®. Find out how you can take stunning nature photographs and pleasing portraits with your phone. Join Julia Grace for this two-day workshop where you will learn the basics such as lighting and composition, how to use several photography apps, and the value of post-processing work. A basic understanding of how to use your phone and apps is required for this class. A list of required apps will be provided upon registration.

    Julia Grace’s interests include photography, wool sculpture, and jewelry making. Her pieces are licensed for commercial use and sold in various venues.

    Cost: $45 (iPhone and apps required for this class)
    Questions: 302-239-4244 or education@mtcubacenter.org

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    Painting Workshop

Five days: Monday-Friday, September 29 – October 3, 2014

    10:00 am – 3:00 pm

    Interpret the beauty of Mt. Cuba Center’s exquisite garden using

    Approaching Storm. © William Turnay. All rights reserved

    Approaching Storm. © William Turnay. All rights reserved

    oils and watercolors. Art instructor Bill Ternay shares his knowledge and expertise with each medium using demonstrations and one-on-one instruction. Students of all levels are encouraged to acquire technical skills and explore aesthetic concerns. Please bring all the materials necessary for painting outdoors in oil or watercolor. A detailed materials list is available online. Bring your lunch and dress for the outdoors.

    William Ternay is an illustrator, painter, and art instructor. His work includes set design, children’s books, murals, portraits, and landscape paintings in a variety of mediums.

    Cost: $175
    Questions: 302-239-4244 or education@mtcubacenter.org

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    Fall Photography Stroll

    Saturday, October 25, 2014
    7:00 am – 11:00 am

    Enjoy this early morning opportunity with fall color near its peak to photograph the gardens of Mt. Cuba Center. Photographers of all experience levels, from novices to experts, receive expertise and guidance on the technical and aesthetic elements of photography. Chris Starr, a skilled photographer, shares advice, techniques, inspiration, and encouragement. Bring your camera lenses and camera manual. Be prepared to walk outdoors.

    Chris Starr is a talented photographer who has played many roles at Mt. Cuba Center since 1984. Currently he is a member of the grounds team.

    Cost: $20
    Questions: 302-239-4244 or education@mtcubacenter.org

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    Fabulous Felt Creations

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

    1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Let native plants be your inspiration as you practice the popular fiber craft of needle felting, the art of sculpting wool fleece using a special barbed needle. With a few simple techniques, create many different pieces from jewelry, embellishments, and ornaments, to toys, wool pets, or sculptures. You can also appliqué the fleece onto your favorite bag, hat, or coat. Learn a variety of needle felting techniques to create your very own native plant accessory, sculpture, or appliquéd embellishment. Go home with all the materials you need to continue felting.

    Julia Grace’s interests include photography, wool sculpture, and jewelry making. Her pieces are licensed for commercial use and sold in various venues.

    Cost: $75 (materials included)
    Questions: 302-239-4244 or education@mtcubacenter.org

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    Natural Holiday Wreaths Birds Will Love

    Thursday, December 4, 2014
    10:00 am – 12:00 pm

    Enjoy the holidays with our feathered friends. Decorate a circle of greens with dried flowers, nuts, seed pods, berries, and ribbon to make an attractive holiday present for our overwintering birds. Gain knowledge about which native plants provide great fruit or seed for holiday wreaths. Bring hand pruners and gloves.

    Donna Wiley is the horticulturist for Mt. Cuba Center’s Formal Gardens. Her expertise includes container gardening and floral arranging.

    Cost: $65 (materials included)
    Questions: 302-239-4244 or education@mtcubacenter.org

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    Introduction to Botanical Art

    Three Saturdays, March 7, 14, & 21, 2015
    10:00 pm – 2:00 pm

    Learn to draw plants in this introductory class using pen and pencil. Carefully observe the subject and understand form and structure. Practice sighting skills to place the subject in a way that is both pleasing and exciting. See the world with fresh eyes and carry inspiration and an individual point of view into a finished work. Bring your lunch and all the materials outlined on the course materials list available on the Mt. Cuba Center website.

    John Gist is an experienced art instructor and acclaimed artist. He has taught art for over 15 years and his work has been displayed in several exhibitions.

    Cost: $175
    Questions: 302-239-4244 or education@mtcubacenter.org

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    Special Event: Art-In

    All artists welcome!
    Friday, September 26 (Rain Date: Saturday September 27)
    10:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Free to participating artists, artists must register by calling 302-239-8807, emailing education@mtcubacenter.org or by registering online.

    Take the time for a day of art in the garden. Let your creativity bloom while you draw, paint, or photograph Mt. Cuba Center’s naturalistic gardens. Meet other participating artists and enjoy a lovely day of art.

    Art-In AP

    Although this is a free event to participating artists, registration is required. Call Mt. Cuba Center at 302.239.4244, visit the Art-In page on the Mt. Cuba Center website. Parking is limited, early registration strongly encouraged.

    Please note that Mt. Cuba Center is a carry-in, carry-out facility. All solvents, waste water and trash must be removed from the site. No dumping of any solid or liquid art medium is permitted in the house or gardens. For more information, please review guidelines.

    Rain date for this event is Saturday, September 27.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Located in Chicago, the museum strives to create relationships between nature and people through their education programs, exhibitions, citizen science projects and research.

    Plants in Pencil
    Learn the how to use graphite pencil to illustrate nature with Suzanne Wegener, freelance illustrator and the Nature Art Education Manager at the Morton Arboretum. Suzanne will discuss materials, techniques and introduce botanical specimens each week. Come for one session or attend all four sessions. Advanced students will be given additional specimens. This class will be offered as a Tuesday series and a Wednesday series.

    Tuesday Series
    September 9, October 14, November 11 and December 9. Cost: $30. Class hours: 1-4 pm. Register for the Tuesday workshops here.

    Wednesday Series
    September 17, October 15, November 19, & December 17. Cost: $30. Class hours: 6-9 pm. Register for the Wednesday workshops here.

    To register by phone, call (773) 755-5128.

This information can also be found at Classes Near You > Illinois.

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Carrie Di Costanzo

Carrie Di Costanzo is a fashion illustrator who is now focused on botanical art. Her work has been exhibited in several ASBA exhibitions and has been published in The Botanical Artist and Colorful Edibles. View Carrie’s portfolio online.

    Botanical Painting in Gouache
    The Center for Contemporary Art, Bedminster, NJ
    Thursdays: September 18 – October 16, 2014
    10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

    Have fun while learning to paint with gouache, and gain insight into how to achieve form and depth with different subjects. Through demonstrations and critiques, students will learn how to paint the many complex textures, details, and colors of nature. Students will work at their own pace on a variety of botanical subjects of their choice. This will be an introductory class in a relaxed atmosphere.
    Cost: $153 nonmembers, $128 members

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I love history and am especially interested in people who take it upon themselves to teach others about plants. The self-initiated projects launched by these individuals are inspiring. They also are good stories to share with students.

Today I would like to introduce you to the herbarium by Hendrik Elingsz van Rijgersma (1835-1877), a Dutch physician who worked for the Dutch government on St. Martin in the Netherlands Antilles.

Dr. van Rijgersma was one of six physicians who cared for freed slaves after slavery ended in the Dutch colonies (Ehn & Zanoni, 2002). He was also an amateur naturalist and documented the flora and fauna of St. Martin.
Van Rijgersma’s life has been documented in the book Flowers of St. Martin, the 19th Century Watercolours of Westindian Plants Painted by Hendrik van Rijgersma (1988).

I first learned about Dr. van Rijgersma in The Herbarium and Botanical Art of Hendrik Elingsz van Rijgersma, an article by Mia Ehn and Thomas A. Zanoni published in the journal Taxon. They write about the discovery of van Rijgersma’s herbarium at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm and write about the locations where parts of his collection have been found. Of the 127 specimens they located, 73 include artwork by van Rijgersma (Ehn & Zanoni, 2002). These herbarium sheets have pencil sketches, ink drawings or small paintings that included below the pressed specimen. Ehn and Zanoni include in their paper a list of specimens discovered in Stockholm, as well as written documentation of the type of artwork found on the herbarium sheets.

It must be noted that the links in Ehn and Zanoni’s article are no longer valid. Fortunately for us, van Rijgersma’s collection is still online. The current URL to van Rijgersma’s herbarium is extremely long. To view his collection of herbarium specimens and drawings, click on the link below.

The article by Ehn and Zanoni can be purchased online for $17.95. You can also search for the article at your local college library.

View Herbarium and Botanical Art of Hendrik Elingsz van Rijgersma

Literature Cited

Ehn, Mia and Thomas A. Zanoni. 2002. The Herbarium and Botanical Art of Hendrik Elingsz van Rijgersma. Taxon. 51(3): 513-520



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