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National Environmental Education Week begins today!

Educators are encouraged to visit the EE Week website and to take advantage of the resources available for their classrooms and programs.

This week we’ll highlight resources for artists, naturalists and educators. Some will come from the depths of ArtPlantae’s archives and others will be new resources to consider. Take, for example, the new book by paper engineer and book artist Shawn Sheehy.

Last month Shawn published his first trade book, Welcome to the Neighborwood. This book is about animals and ecosystems found in many locations across the country. Children and adults will learn about land snails, hummingbirds, garden spiders, honeybees, Potter wasps, beavers and stickleback fish in the kind of grand pop-up style only Shawn can deliver.

Begin EE Week by taking a few moments to look inside Shawn’s new book and learn how Shawn created his book by watching the videos on his website.

Then take a trip to your local bookstore and treat yourself or your favorite young naturalist to Welcome to the Neighborwood!

ArtPlantae is an affiliate of IndieBound and a supporter of independent bookstores.

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Dr. Alain Touwaide from the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions will be in the Los Angeles area to discuss the healing herbs of antiquity and to explore the therapeutic benefits of nature. Presentations will be held at UCLA and at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino.

    The Healing Herbs of Antiquity
    Tuesday, April 28, 2015
    Royce Hall, Room 306
    University of California Los Angeles
    5:00 PM

    Dr. Alain Touwaide is the Scientific Director of the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions and a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution.

    Believing that ancient cultures would not have invested time and energy into medical formulas if they were not effective, Touwaide researches medical traditions from the ancient world through today.

    This special lecture will start from the observation that the medicinal plants and diet of ancient Greece are relevant to present-day medicine. Touwaide will explore sources for the discovery of the therapeutic and dietetic legacy of Ancient Greece, and ask “What do we actually know about the healing herbs of Antiquity?”

    Please RSVP to Yarell Castellanos by April 21, 2015
    (310) 825-0913

    This lecture will be presented by David Schaberg, the Dean of Humanities at UCLA. A reception will follow. Parking in Lot 4 for $12 (cash only).

    Gardens for Health: A Walk Through History

    Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
    Rothenburg Hall
    Saturday, May 2, 2015
    2:30 PM

    For centuries people have recognized the therapeutic benefits of nature and gardens. Alain Touwaide will explore the relationship between humans and nature. Learn about Pompeii, Constantinople, Baghdad, Cordoba, Granada, and Padua, as well as early manuscripts illustrating the relationship between humans and nature.

    No reservations required
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Kathleen McKeehen, Scientific Illustrator

Kathleen is a teacher and freelance illustrator. Her work has appeared in Organic Gardening Magazine and The Herb Companion. View Kathleen’s artwork in the ASBA Members’ Gallery or at the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators’
Science-Art.com. Kathleen welcomes both beginners and advanced students to her classes.

    Painting the Produce Section
    June 27-28, 2015
    9:30 AM – 5:30 PM

    In this two-day workshop with illustrator Kathleen McKeehen participants will learn about washes and dry-brush techniques botanical illustrators use to paint realistic fruit and vegetables. Beginning artists are welcome and encouraged to attend. Participants with experience in watercolor painting will have the opportunity to work with challenging subjects.

    Kathleen McKeehen is a freelance scientific illustrator who teaches botanical drawing and painting at her studio in Indianola, WA, at Gage Academy of the Arts in Seattle and at The Center for Urban Horticulture in Seattle, WA. Kathleen’s painting of Arbutus menziesii (Pacific Madrone) is featured in Today’s Botanical Artists by Cora B. Marcus and Libby Kyer (2007).

    2-day workshop without lodging $225
    2-day workshop with lodging $540

    Lodging option includes two nights lodging at the Methow Valley Inn with continental breakfast. Contact the Confluence Gallery to register.
    (509) 997-ARTS

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This information has been posted to Classes Near You > Washington.

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The	Illusionists (detail)	© 2013 Mara Lonner, All rights reserved. (latex paint, ink on wall	with	framed reduction	print, 96"	x 212" x	2”)

The Illusionists (detail)
© 2013 Mara Lonner (latex paint, ink on wall with framed reduction print, 96″ x 212″ x 2”), All rights reserved

The California oak and Western meadowlark are the focus of this exhibition, which includes textile drawings created by Mara Lonner as well as monoprints and a wrap-around wall painting created specifically for the show.

The work for Mara Lonner: So much, nothing began with a conversation between Lonner and Kimball Garrett, Ornithology Collections Manager at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, who said the most critical threat to native birds in this region is the loss and fragmentation of natural habitat.

The riparian and coastal tidal wetlands, oak savannahs and grasslands that once constituted the local landscape have been mostly destroyed by development. Resident species of native birds, once abundant in these habitats, have declined in population and/or left the area. Although migratory birds may fly through Los Angeles County on their way to other environments to nest and flourish, this region has become “negative space” for these animals.

The pieces in Lonner’s exhibition correlate the missing birds and native habitat. Her exhibition will be on view at the Theodore Payne Gallery through June 27.

Lonner will teach a nature sketching workshop related to her exhibition. Learn how to see and record nature in this special workshop for beginning artists.

    Sketching from Nature Workshop for Beginners
    Saturday, May 30, 2015
    11:00 AM – 3:30 PM
    Develop drawing and observation skills in this two-session class. All materials will be provided. Participants should bring lunch, a hat and a water bottle. Limit: 12. Registration ends May 15, 2015. TPF Member $70, Nonmember $90
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About Theodore Payne

Located on 22 acres of canyon land, the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants, Inc. was established in 1960 and is dedicated to the understanding, preservation and use of California native flora.

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Canna ‘Phaison”, Amaryllis ‘Candy Cane’, Onoclea sensibilis “Sterile Rebirth”. All images © 2014 Carol Ashton-Hergenhan

Canna ‘Phaison”, Amaryllis ‘Candy Cane’, Onoclea sensibilis “Sterile Rebirth”. All images © 2014 Carol Ashton-Hergenhan

Carol Ashton-Hergenhan
reveals the beauty of plant life cycles in
Florescence, Senescence and Regeneration: The Work of Carol Ashton-Hergenhan.

This exhibition will be on view at Twenty-Two Gallery in Philadelphia from
June 12 – July 2, 2015.

Twenty-Two Gallery states:

This show continues (Carol’s) exploration of the cycle of plants from Florescence when the plant attracts pollinators to continue its species, through Senescence as the aging plant struggles to continue its own existence in preparation for a future generation, to Regeneration, when the species starts anew and the cycle begins again.

Carol is an artist and Master Gardener with a passion for plants. Her work has been featured in numerous botanical art exhibitions. Her painting of Allium sphaerocephalon (Hairy Drumstick Allium) is currently touring the country in Weird, Wild & Wonderful, a traveling exhibition curated by the American Society of Botanical Artists. In 2014, her paintings of Viburnum dentatum (Southern Arrowwood) and Liquidambar styraciflua (Sweetgum) were published in the book, American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic written by Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment.

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The popular Contra Costa Master Gardener Great Tomato Plant Sale expands to two locations this year. If you’ve been inspired by the heirloom tomato by
Asuka Hishiki on the cover of the “Weird, Wild & Wonderful” catalog, here is your chance to find something weird, wild and wonderful for your own garden.

This year the Great Tomato Plant Sale will feature 58 proven varieties of heirloom plants. Contra Costa Master Gardeners propagate their plants using only seeds from open-pollinated varieties that breed true. Start your shopping now by downloading the list of tomato varieties and the list of pepper varieties to be sold at this year’s sale.

You have two opportunities to look for goodies this year. The first opportunity occurs on Saturday, April 4 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at “Our Garden”, the Contra Costa Master Gardeners’ demonstration garden in Walnut Creek, CA (map). The second opportunity occurs the following weekend on April 11. On this date you can visit the sale at “Our Garden” from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. or shop for heirloom plants at AdamsCrest Urban Farm in Richmond from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (map). The sale in Richmond will feature tomatoes better suited for cooler climates. Both plants sales are family-friendly educational events.

Bring your own boxes or wagon. Cash or check only, please.

Celebrate Spring!
Look for that weird, wild and wonderful plant too tempting to ignore.

Visit The Great Tomato Plant Sale

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SMorrish_NaturesDetailsMontage_ArtPlantae Over the centuries, the county of Dorset has motivated not only naturalists and scientists but provided the creative inspiration for artists, writers, and poets with its rich tapestry of colours, sounds and sights woven into an ancient landscape. Some artists have used inspiration from the array of wild flower meadows, ancient woodland and iconic views across west Dorset, while others such as Sarah Morrish (Assoc. SBA SFP) find her inspiration in nature’s details. 

Sarah has a background in conservation and education, yet spends most of her time now illustrating the natural world in watercolour and pencil. She has embarked on a special project in partnership with The Kingcombe Centre to produce a series of paintings illustrating the twigs and buds of Kingcombe’s iconic ancient hedgerow trees and shrubs. After a residential visit in winter/early spring, Sarah will produce eight paintings of eight species incorporating several twigs together with associated lichens, leaves and fruit, which she hopes will be exhibited at the Royal Horticultural Society in 2016. 

Sarah said, “Since coming to Kingcombe from the late 1990’s, I have always been fascinated by the hedgerows there and have in the past included many elements of them in my artwork.” 

Sarah began her project in February 2015 and will return regularly to Kingcombe through late winter and spring to continue her work.

To receive updates about the project, follow Sarah’s blog, Art & the Hedgerow.

Sarah also teaches botanical illustration courses at the Kingcombe Centre in Dorset and has two planned for this year. Her class A Brush with Nature – Illustrating Spring Flowers will be held May 5-8 and A Brush with Nature – Illustrating the Natural World will occur August 5-7, 2015. Why not come along and gain experience and a valuable insight into the work of a Botanical & Natural History Artist? You will not be disappointed.

If detailed illustration is not for you, Sarah will also be leading lino-print workshops at the Centre throughout the year.

For information about art workshops at Kingcombe, see Arts/Creative Workshops.

Sarah will also teach courses in her home county of Hampshire. New for 2015 is the Nature’s Details Summer School. This takes place on a private country estate in the South Downs National Park and consists of three courses, Botanical Drawing & Painting, Illustrating Butterflies & Moths and Drawing & Painting Birds. Each course can be attended as a 1 or 2-day option and includes watercolour paper, subjects and a cream tea!

For more information, visit Nature’s Details Summer School.

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