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Adkins Arboretum brings attention to the art of nature in their ongoing series celebrating regional artists and their exploration of natural themes.

The Arboretum is currently hosting an exhibition of work by Rebecca Clark whose work in Finite and Alive: New Drawings focuses on the wildlife of Chesapeake Bay.

The Arboretum explains that Clark’s drawings of oysters, animals and birds are drawn absent of any background. Their isolation on white paper emphasizes the rich textures and forms of their shells, fur or feathers and the pure sense of aliveness of each one. It also isolates them from the rest of nature. They go on to explain that by “surrounding these creatures with empty space, Clark creates an underlying tension. The creatures she depicts are imperiled, cut off from the environments that created and sustained them. In doing this, she intimates not only the effects of pollution, habitat loss and climate change on individual species but, even more significantly, the loss of human consciousness of our intimate connections with the delicate balance of life on earth.”

An artist all her life, Clark credits Leslie Exton of the botanical illustration program at Corcoran College of Art with helping her learn to draw. She says that Exton “taught us very particular techniques and it opened up a whole new world for me.”

Meet Rebecca Clark this weekend at the artist reception on Saturday,
August 15 from 3-5 pm.


New at “Exhibitions to Visit”

Clark’s exhibition is only one of four exhibitions to be held at Adkins Arboretum. The following events have been posted to the Exhibitions to Visit page:

    NEW
    Finite and Alive: New Drawings
    Rebecca Clark
    Visitor’s Center Gallery
    Adkins Arboretum
    Ridgely, MD
    August 4 – October 2, 2015

    NEW
    Unnatural Nature
    Outdoor sculpture by Howard and Mary McCoy
    Visitor’s Center Gallery
    Adkins Arboretum
    Ridgely, MD
    June 1 – September 30, 2015

    NEW
    Leaf Impressions
    Dominie Nash
    Visitor’s Center Gallery
    Adkins Arboretum
    Ridgely, MD
    October 6 – November 27, 2015
    Reception October 24, 3-5 p.m.

    NEW
    The Art of Nature
    Adkins Arboretum Botanical Art Students
    Visitor’s Center Gallery
    Adkins Arboretum
    Ridgely, MD
    December 1, 2015 – January 29, 2016
    Reception December 5, 3-5 p.m.

Here is the latest update from Alison Day at Classes Near You > England:


Lewisham Arthouse, London

www.lewishamarthouse.co.uk
The Lewisham Arthouse once served as the central library of Deptford. Designed by architect Sir Alfred Brumwell Thomas (1868-1948) and funded by Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), this former library is now a public gallery and studio space for professional artists. Artist studios are open to the public once per year. Exhibitions in the gallery are open to the public year-round, free of charge. Botanical illustration classes are taught by Alison Day.

    Drawing from Plant Life
    Mondays
    September 21 – November 30, 2015 (ten weeks)
    1:00 – 2:30 pm

    This introductory course aims to provide an opportunity to explore the art and science of botanical Illustration. Students will have the opportunity to explore both drawing and painting plants while learning a range of graphic techniques used to represent plant material. Some basic theory is taught and where relevant historical and contemporary practice is referenced. The course is taught by a practicing artist who has a background in the science of botany and the practice of fine art.

    Students are asked to bring their own ideas and specimens to the course. Basic materials are provided, together with reference literature, students must provide their own sketch book, pencils and colors.

    All are welcome, no experience needed. This is a small class taught in a supportive and relaxed environment. Places are limited so booking is required.

    Cost
    :
    £95/90 concessions
    View Details/Register

    Directions
    :
    The Lewisham Arthouse, 140 Lewisham Way, New Cross, SE14 6PD
    Transport : BR/Overground New Cross/New Cross Gate
    Bus 136, 21, 436, 321
    Disabled access

Contribute to the Dendrological Atlas Project

Contribute to the Dendrological Atlas Project

Every so often there comes into your life a reference work of such monumental scope and execution that you are initially rendered speechless. This is such a work…

— Roy Lancaster, Royal Horticultural Society, United Kingdom

In 1971 botanist Zsolt Debreczy and botanical illustrator Vera Csapody (1890-1985) launched the Dendrological Atlas Project at the Hungarian Natural History Museum. Their aim was to create an illustrated Dendrological Atlas of the temperate zone’s woody plants. Photographer and botanist István Rácz joined the team in 1976 and, after documenting woody plants in Europe, they expanded their work to include Caucasus, West Asia, North Africa and North America.

From 1991-2004 the Dendrological Atlas team traveled to temperate zones in both hemispheres and worked tirelessly to document tree species in their native habitats.

More than 30 years of research have resulted in two publications, “Conifers Around the Earth” (2000) and “Conifers Around the World” (2011). These publications were created to raise funds for the Dendrological Atlas. The atlas will consist of eight volumes. Volumes 1-4 will focus on gymnosperms and include detailed botanical illustrations and color photographs. Volumes 5-8 will focus on flowering plants and will also include illustrations and photographs.

Normally shipped from Hungary, Conifers Around the World is now available at ArtPlantae and shipping from California. Proceeds from sales of this title support the Dendrological Atlas Project and its team of botanists and botanical illustrators.


What’s Inside

Conifers Around the World is a two-volume set featuring 1,089 pages, 474 range maps, nearly 1,300 illustrations and more than 3,700 color photographs.


Volume 1 addresses
:
Conifer identification and morphology, conifer families and genera, conifers from Europe, North Africa, Anatolia, Macronesia, Continental Asia and Hainan, Japan and Adjacent Islands, and Taiwan


Volume 2 addresses
:
A bark gallery featuring 648 photographs, range maps, a glossary, and descriptions of conifers from North America, Mexico and Central America, West Indies and Bermuda, Chile and Argentina, Australia, Tasmania and New Zealand.


Conifers Around the World
is an award-winning book accessible to both laypeople and scientists. It has received the following awards:

    Council on Botanical & Horticultural Libraries
    Outstanding Contribution to the Literature of Horticulture or Botany, Technical Interest Category 2013

    California Horticultural Society
    Writer’s Award 2011
    Zsolt Debreczy & István Rácz

    California Horticultural Society
    Editor’s Award 2011
    Kathy Musial

    California Horticultural Society
    Photographer’s Award 2011
    István Rácz

    California Horticultural Society
    Publisher’s Award 2011
    Dendro Press, Ltd.
    Budapest, Hungary


Conifers Around the World
is available at ArtPlantae.
$250.00 + $12.65 shipping (shipping weight 16 lbs)
Buy



More about Zsolt Debreczy

Zsolt Debreczy is the Research Director of the International Dendrological Research Institute and has held this position since 1990.

Do you have the Book of Leaves (2010) by Allan Coombes in your library? If you do, then you are already familiar with Zsolt’s work. Zsolt edited this guide to 600 of the world’s great trees.

Click to download invitation

Click to download invitation

The Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California celebrates plant diversity this week in “Botanical Oddities”, an adjunct exhibition of botanical art shown in conjunction with the southern California showing of Weird, Wild & Wonderful: The New York Botanical Garden Second Triennial Exhibition, Botanical Illustrations of Remarkable Plants, a traveling exhibition curated by the American Society of Botanical Artists. Both exhibitions are now on view at the Frances Lasker Brody Botanical Center at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA.

Exhibition hours are as follows:

    Botanical Oddities
    Banta Hall
    August 1-9, 2015 (closed August 4)
    10:30 am – 4:30 pm


    Weird, Wild & Wonderful: The New York Botanical Garden Second Triennial Exhibition, Botanical Illustrations of Remarkable Plants

    Flora-Legium Room
    June 13 – August 23, 2015
    Open Saturday & Sunday only
    10:30 – 4:30 pm


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Welcome The Trustees of Reservations to Classes Near You > Massachusetts!


The Trustees of Reservations

www.thetrustees.org
The Trustees preserve properties of scenic, historic and ecological value in Massachusetts and manage almost 25,000 acres for public use and enjoyment. A botanical drawing class and a nature poetry class begin this week. What a wonderful way to blend botany, botanical art and poetry.

    Botanical Drawing in Colored Pencil
    Rutland Washington
    Rutland’s Haven Community Gardens
    Thursdays, August 6, 13, 20, 27
    9:30 – 11:30 am
    Basics of color theory and application and fundamentals of botanical illustration are the focus of this course. Learn to mix and blend colors while drawing flowers and fruit at Rutland’s Haven Community Gardens.

    Cost: $35 members, $45 non-members (per session)
    View Details/Register


    Poetry Writing & Performance

    Rutland Washington
    Rutland’s Haven Community Gardens
    Wednesdays, August 5, 12, 19, 26
    6-8 pm
    Write and draw in your journals! Learn about the broad genre of Nature Poetry and focus on writing and the art of poetry performance. In this class, voice, form and image are considered. Some writing experience recommended.

    Cost: $140 members, $180 non-members (for 4-session course)
    View Details/Register

The online program in scientific illustration founded by Gretchen Kai Halpert has a new website! Fall classes begin in August.

Here’s the latest at Classes Near You > New York:


Gretchen Kai Halpert

www.gretchenhalpert.com
Gretchen Kai Halpert is the founder and instructor of a new online program in scientific illustration. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Gretchen has many years of experience working as a scientific illustrator and teaching programs about natural science illustration.

Learn more about the distance learning program in scientific illustration at http://www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com.


    Scientific Illustration Distance Learning Program


    Session I

    September 21 – November 23, 2015 (ten weeks)
    7:00 p.m. EDT (New York time)
    The first session of this distance learning program addresses the basics of scientific illustration, including the following topics: graphite, perspective, proportion, scientific conventions, lighting, textures, transferring, scanning. Students will receive handouts, learn from tutorials and engage with one another through live video conferencing.


    Session II

    September 16 – November 18, 2015 (ten weeks)
    7:00 p.m. EDT (New York time)
    In Session II, students will learn about the following topics: pen and ink, crow quill, technique, composition, editorial, scratchboard, anatomy, professional practices, final projects. Students will receive handouts, learn from tutorials and engage with one another through live video conferencing.


    Session III

    August 11 – October 13, 2015
    7:00 p.m. EDT (New York time)
    Students will learn about watercolor techniques, digital options and continue to learn about composition. Final projects and prep work for internships and independent studies are also a part of this session. Students will receive handouts, learn from tutorials and engage with one another through live video conferencing.

    Cost per 10-week session: $990 USD (more info)

    Contact Gretchen at ghalpert@stny.rr.com for more information Contact Gretchen Halpert for information.

The Weird, Wild & Wonderful Symposium begins today at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens!

For the next four days plant enthusiasts, artists and naturalists will explore the intersections of art, science and history. Plant physics, manuscript conservation and plants from earlier centuries are a few of the topics Symposium attendees will learn about this weekend.

You can still take part in the Symposium by attending in one (or more) of the following presentations:

The mid-day keynote presentations cost $10 each and the evening keynote presentations are $25 each. Tickets can be purchased directly from The Huntington through Brown Paper Tickets.

The Weird, Wild & Wonderful Symposium is a collaborative effort between the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California (BAGSC), The Huntington and the American Society of Botanical Artists. This educational event and the BAGSC summer group exhibition celebrate the traveling exhibition, Weird, Wild & Wonderful: The New York Botanical Garden Second Triennial Exhibition, Botanical Illustrations of Remarkable Plants, curated by the American Society of Botanical Artists. This exhibition is now on view in the Flora-Legium at the Frances Lasker Brody Botanical Center.

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