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Natural science illustrator and science educator, Rick Simonson, and two fellow guides will lead an 11-day trip to the Galapagos Islands next Spring through the organization Education First College Study Tours. Here is a glimpse of what is planned for this upcoming adventure schedule for May 13 – 23, 2015:

  • Day 1 – Fly to Ecuador
  • Day 2 – Guided tour of Quito
  • Day 3 – Fly to Baltra and continue to Santa Cruz Island. Visit the Charles Darwin Research Station.
  • Day 4 – Boat excursion to San Cristobal Island
  • Day 5 – Boat excursion to Floreana Island
  • Day 6 – Return to Baltra, visit Twin Craters, return to Quito
  • Day 7 – Visit Cotopaxi National Park
  • Day 8 – Travel to Riobamba to visit Andean villages
  • Day 9 – Travel to Guamote to take part in cultural exchange activities, return to Riobamba
  • Day 10 – Travel to Guamote to take part in cultural exchange activities, return to Quito
  • Day 11 – Depart for home

Visit the website of Education First College Study Tours to view a detailed itinerary and for more information.

$4,229 (age 29 and under, triple/quad room occupancy)
$4,529 (age 30 and over, double room occupancy)

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Each year the Pollinator Partnership hosts Pollinator Week, a weeklong event highlighting the “birds, bats, bees, butterflies, beetles, and other small mammals that pollinate plants (and) are responsible for bringing us one out of every three bites of food” (Pollinator Partnership). The Pollinator Partnership has been an advocate for pollinator awareness since 1996.

Although Pollinator Week is held in June each year, pollinator awareness and education is important year-round. If you live in southern California, here is an opportunity to learn about pollinators during the upcoming winter break.

This past weekend, a new exhibition about California pollinators opened at the Orange County Agricultural and Nikkei Heritage Museum at the Fullerton Arboretum in southern California. Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers is a traveling exhibition featuring educational displays about:

  • Pollination and Fertilization
  • Flowers & Their Pollinators
  • Mimicry in Pollinators
  • Bees & Wasps
  • Butterflies & Moths
  • Beetles
  • Flies
  • Observing Pollinators

Unlike exhibitions that take a purely scientific look at plants and pollinators, the current exhibition includes an artistic perspective on these topics by featuring the photography of plantsman and photographer, John Whittlesey, and the watercolor paintings of students in the Art department at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF). Whittlesey’s photographs of pollinators in wild and garden settings are at the heart of the exhibition. The paintings by CSUF students complement his photos and introduce visitors to some of the plants and landscape scenes they will discover as they explore the peaceful 26-acre arboretum.

When planning a visit to the Fullerton Arboretum to view Pollinators: Keeping Company with Flowers, consider participating in one or more of the learning opportunities offered during the exhibition. These opportunities to learn about native plants, nature photography and insects come just in time for springtime studies in your classroom or programs:

Learn about pollinators at the Fullerton Arboretum

(November 2 – December 28, 2014)

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Natural Science Illustrators Promote Pollinator Awareness

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Visit the Hickory Museum of Art

Visit the Hickory Museum of Art

When Ruth Ava Lyons visited last year to discuss artist residencies and her multi-media approach to botanical art, she was about to embark on a residency at the Heron Island Research Station in Australia. This residency is now completed and the artwork inspired by this experience is the focus of Oceanic Alchemies, an exhibition opening this weekend at the Hickory Museum of Art in Hickory, NC. This exhibition features underwater photography and Ruth’s painted impressions of man’s impact on the environment, endangered ecosystems and global warming. Oceanic Alchemies will be on view through February 8, 2015.

The Hickory Museum of Art is open Tuesday through Saturday (10 AM – 4 PM) and Sunday (1-4 PM). The museum is closed on Mondays and holidays.
Admission is free.

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By Botanical Art Society of the National Capital Region

Postcard image courtesy BASNCR.

Go to the Anthenaeum

Preserving Our Heritage:
Native and Heirloom Plants

North Virginia Fine Arts Association
November 13, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Each year, the artists of the Botanical Art Society of the National Capital Region (BASNCR) hold at least one juried exhibition in the Washington area to promote awareness of botanical art as a living art form. BASNCR artists work in a variety of media including the traditional watercolor on paper, as well as ink, graphite, gouache, colored pencil, oil, and silverpoint.

This year’s exhibition, Preserving Our Heritage, will be held at the Athenaeum in Old Town Alexandria, VA. The exhibition opens on November 13, 2014 and continues through January 3, 2015. Susan Frei Nathan of Susan Frei Nathan Fine Works on Paper juried the exhibition. Susan has over two decades of experience evaluating botanical art, and is a passionate expert and champion of botanical artwork.

The exhibition offers the artists of BASNCR an opportunity to showcase their favorite native or heirloom plants. There are a variety of definitions for both types of plants. A generally accepted definition for a native plant is one that occurs naturally in a particular region, ecosystem, or habitat without direct or indirect human intervention.

Some define heirloom plants in terms of the length of time a cultivar has been grown, or its existence before a specific date (e.g., 1951). Some use heirloom in its traditional sense and define an heirloom plant as a cultivar that has been handed down from one family or group member to another for many generations.

Whatever the definition for either category of plant, BASNCR artists each have favorite plants that they grow or admire (or anguish over not being able to grow), and will present them in their artwork at the Athenaeum.

Participating Artists:

      Ann Baker
      Carol Tudor Beach
      Judy Brown
      Tina Thieme Brown
      Esther Carpi
      Anne Clippinger
      Karen Coleman
      Jane Dowling
      Lee Boulay D’Zmura
      Bonnie Driggers
      Joan Ducore
      Mary Elcano
      Margaret McPherson Farr (Betsy)
      Lara Gastinger
      Gail Harwood
      Mary Page Hickey
      Juliet Kirby
      Jerry Kurtzweg
      Pamela Mason
      Elena Maza-Borkland
      Linda C. Miller
      Marsha Ogden
      Berit Robertson
      Mary Jane Zander

An opening reception will be held on Sunday, November 16, 2014 from 4-6 pm.

Gallery Hours:
Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 12–4 pm and Saturdays from 1–4 pm.
The Athenaeum is closed on holidays. Admission to the gallery is free.

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Botanical art tradition, 21st century technology

It has only been three years since Elaine Searle launched her first online course. Her course has grown since then thanks to student feedback and advances in technology.

Elaine has combined this feedback and today’s technology to create a new online program celebrating the traditions of botanical art, as well as the tools of technology. This 21st-century program has new content, new video and new interactive elements. It also includes personal tutorials via Skype.

Elaine offers three levels of instruction in the new program. These levels are outlined briefly below:

  • Foundation – Suitable for those with no or little experience of drawing or painting, and for those who wish to build confidence and proficiency in the core skills of botanical art.
  • Certificate – Suitable for those who have already mastered the foundations of botanical art and would like to study to a more advanced level.
  • Diploma – An opportunity for certificate level graduates to build on their knowledge and skills to attain a diploma via the successful production of a significant themed collection of botanical paintings.

Enrollment is now open for all levels.

The Foundation course begins in January 2015. Students should be able to complete this course in 12 months. Fee includes a kit of brushes, paint, art materials and papers.

The Certificate course begins in April 2015. Students should be able to complete this course in 12-18 months.

If you are interested in the Diploma course, please contact Elaine. The portfolio of works required for this course should be completed within 18 months.

Learn more about this new online program and download the color brochure.

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Welwitschia © 2006 Wilna Eloff. All rights reserved

Welwitschia © 2006 Wilna Eloff. All rights reserved

Wilna Eloff is a South African botanical artist whose specialty is indigenous trees and shrubs.

This weekend Wilna will open a solo exhibition at Gallery 91 in Somerset West. You are invited to attend the opening reception on Saturday, November 1, 2014.

Wilna is an award-winning artist who has earned several medals at the Kirstenbosch Biennale Awards (Gold Medals 2013, 2008, 2006; Silver 2010; Bronze 2004). Her work is in the collection at The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at Carnegie Mellon University (USA), the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (UK), and in the First Rand Corporate Art Gallery (South Africa).

Her artwork was commissioned for publication in Field Guide to the Orchids of Northern S.A. and Swaziland by Douglas McMurtry, Lourens Grobler, Jolisa Grobler and Shane Burns (2008). ISBN: 1-919766-46-4

Join Wilna this weekend at Gallery 91 to learn about rare and endangered indigenous plants. Here is a flyer you can download, print and share with friends.

Gallery 91 Expo

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Download flyer, share with friends

Download flyer, share with friends

Lyceum of Monterey County
The oldest non-profit on the Monterey Peninsula, the Lyceum of Monterey County offers enrichment classes for adults and families. Included are botanical art classes for adults and families. The Lyceum “inspires a life-long love of learning” through its enrichment programs and academic events.

    Drawing Seeds and Pods and Berries with Nina Antze
    December 6, 2014
    10 am – 12 pm; 1 pm – 3 pm

    Discover the intricate details of fruit, capsules, nuts, pod and flowers. Using colored pencil techniques of layering and blending, learn how to mix a variety of rich and interesting browns and grays along with the colors of autumn. Cost: $60

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