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Less than two weeks from now, weird, wild and wonderful festivities begin at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.

The Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California, The Huntington and the American Society of Botanical Artists cordially invite you to the Weird, Wild & Wonderful Symposium to be held
July 23-26, 2015.

The fun actually begins a few days earlier with your choice of two pre-Symposium workshops taught by award-winning artists Elaine Searle from England and Mieko Ishikawa from Japan. Elaine will demonstrate how to create “liquid shine” and form using light and color. Mieko will introduce her students to Nepenthes, the wonder plant of the southeast asian rainforest. She will discuss her visit to the rainforest and show students how to draw and paint this popular carnivorous plant.

The Weird, Wild & Wonderful Symposium begins officially on Thursday, July 23 with a private dinner in the Chinese Garden and a special presentation about using art and technology to teach science. This special keynote address will be given by Dr. Jodie Holt, Professor of Plant Physiology and Divisional Dean, Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California, Riverside who served as the botanical consultant to the movie “Avatar”.

This wonderful summer evening will be followed by three days of workshops, tours, and unique opportunities to learn from artists (and each other) during portfolio-sharing sessions and technique showcases. There will also be mid-day and evening keynote presentations. The focus of these presentations will be painting the plants of Borneo, the art of orchids, ancient plant representations, and how botanical art and photography are being used to document the conifers of the world. Download your invitation to learn how you can attend the keynotes for as little as $10!

Symposium workshops and tours are filling up quickly and wait lists have been activated. Do not miss this opportunity to learn from botanists, artists and historians whose work celebrates the intersection of botany and art.

If you cannot attend the Symposium, do try to visit The Huntington soon to view Weird, Wild & Wonderful: The New York Botanical Garden Second Triennial Exhibition, Botanical Illustrations of Remarkable Plants. This is the traveling exhibition curated by the American Society of Botanical Artists now on view in the Brody Botanical Center through August 23, 2015 (weekends only).

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Curcubita ficifolia © Kimiko Kambe-Gang. All rights reserved.

Curcubita ficifolia © Kimiko Kambe-Gang. All rights reserved.

The Chelsea Physic Garden will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their Florilegium Society with a special exhibition.

London’s Secret Garden: Plant Portraits from Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society will be on view August 4-26, 2015 and will feature works from some of today’s finest botanical artists. Open each day from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., entrance to the exhibition is free with paid admission to the Garden.

The Florilegium Society was formed in 1995 with the explicit purpose of documenting the plant collections in the Chelsea Physic Garden. Founded in 1673, the Chelsea Physic Garden is the oldest garden in London.

Many of the works of art in the exhibition are included in the Society’s new book, Botanical Illustration from Chelsea Physic Garden, written by Andrew Brown with contributions from Christopher Bailes, Phillip Cribb and Anne-Marie Evans. The publisher Antique Collectors Club provides the following sample pages for viewing:

This new book can be purchased online from independent bookstores ($75 US) and from the publisher directly.

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Interested in learning more about the history of botany and botanical art?

A fantastic learning opportunity is coming to Southern California this summer that you don’t want to miss.

The eccentric beauty of the plant kingdom will be celebrated in a traveling exhibition of contemporary botanical illustrations and will be on view
June 13–Aug. 23, 2015 (Saturdays and Sundays only), at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. “Weird, Wild & Wonderful: The New York Botanical Garden Second Triennial Exhibition” is curated by the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA). The juried show includes 47 works, selected from a field of nearly 240 submissions, created by ASBA artists from Australia, Canada, India, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The show will be on view in the Flora-Legium of the Brody Botanical Center and is included with general admission to The Huntington.

“Botanical artists have traditionally depicted conventionally beautiful flora,” said Robert Hori, gardens cultural curator and program director at The Huntington. “This exhibition is meant to showcase nature’s oddities—plants of charismatic quirkiness that have a bizarre beauty all their own.”

In conjunction with the exhibition, The Huntington will co-host a symposium
July 23–26, 2015, offering a broad view of all that is weird, wild, and wonderful in the plant kingdom. The symposium is presented in partnership with the ASBA and the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California (BAGSC, the local ASBA chapter). Learn about plants, explore the history of botany, take a botanical art class and learn about photography too. You can view the complete schedule on the Symposium website.

In addition to an exciting selection of classes, there will be special keynote presentations by botanists, artists and historians. The schedule of Symposium keynote lectures is as follows:

    Thursday, July 23, 7 p.m. (Opening night dinner)
    Do You ‘See’ Plants? Using Art and Technology to Teach Science
    Jodie Holt, professor of plant physiology at the University of California, Riverside, and botanical consultant for James Cameron’s science fiction film, “Avatar.”

    Friday, July 24, 12:30 p.m.
    Painting the Wonder Plants of Borneo
    Mieko Ishikawa, botanical artist.

    Friday, July 24, 7 p.m.
    The Art of Orchids
    Phillip Cribb, deputy keeper of the Herbarium and curator of the Orchid Herbarium at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew. This keynote is generously underwritten by Orchid Digest.

    Saturday, July 25, 12:30 p.m.
    The Beauty of Ancient Plant Representations:
    Weird or Wonderful?

    Alain Touwaide of the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions.

    Saturday, July 25, 7 p.m.
    From Field to Print: Botanical Art and Photography for Conifers Around the World and the Dendrological Atlas
    Zsolt Debreczy and István Rácz of the International Dendrological Research Institute, co-authors.

An adjunct exhibition of approximately 60 works by local BAGSC members will be on view in the Brody Botanical Center Aug. 1–9. This supplemental show will extend the theme of weird and wonderful plants through educational outreach activities for children and families, demonstrations in different media, informal workshops, displays of botanical curiosities, and “Find Me in the Garden” links between the exhibitions and the botanical collections. During the week of this display, both exhibitions will be open to visitors daily (Wednesday through Monday) during public hours.

Summer school has never ever been this exciting!

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Medicine Illuminated, the latest exhibition at the Lloyd Library and Museum, provides a rare look into a hidden part of the collections at the Lloyd. Rare texts about medical history and how medicine has been illustrated are now on view through July 31, 2015.

Rare texts on display date from 1546 and feature the work of Hippocrates and Galen and offer an overview of four centuries of medical developments and improvements. The art for Medicine Illuminated comes from the Lloyd’s Vesalius Trust Collection of Art in the Service of Science. This collection features works from notable 20th and 21st-century illustrators.

About the Lloyd Library and Museum

The Lloyd Library and Museum, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, is a local and regional cultural treasure, which began in the 19th century as a research library for Lloyd Brothers Pharmacists, Inc., one of the leading pharmaceutical companies of the period.  Our mission is to collect and maintain a library of botanical, medical, pharmaceutical, and scientific books and periodicals, and works of allied sciences that serve the scientific research community, as well as constituents of the public, through library services and programming that bring science, art, and history to life.  For more information, visit the Lloyd website at www.lloydlibrary.org.

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Echinacea purpurea © Jane Sturgeon, All rights reserved

Echinacea purpurea © Jane Sturgeon, All rights reserved

Reed-Turner Woodland 10th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition & Plant Sale
Reed-Turner Nature Center
Long Grove, IL
May 16-17, 2015
10 AM – 3 PM

The Reed-Turner Artists’ Circle invites you to join them next weekend!

The ASBA Reed-Turner Artists’ Circle and the Long Grove-Kildeer Garden Club are pleased to announce the 10th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition and Plant Sale at the Reed-Turner Woodland and Nature Preserve.

The Reed-Turner Artists’ Circle is a network of artists who are members of the American Society of Botanical Artists. It consists of a dedicated and enthusiastic group of botanical artists, current and former students with provenance at the Chicago Botanic Garden.
The Group is guided by the parameters and goals of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA). The ASBA is one of the premier organizations promoting botanical art around the world. Consistent with the mission of the ASBA, the Group works to further public interest in botanical art, conservation science, botany, and horticulture at the local level. The Group also strives to emphasize the beauty and importance plants play in our daily lives by increasing public awareness through education, promotion, and exhibition of its members’ art in collaboration with local institutions.
The Group has been in existence for over 11 years and meets at the Reed-Turner Woodland on the last Saturday of each month from 9:30 – 11:30 AM. Members of the public with an interest in botanical art are most welcome.

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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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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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