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Artist and naturalist Linda C. Miller has a collection of small nature paintings now on view at A Touch of Earth Gallery. This artisan gallery features all forms of collectible art, including pottery, jewelry, prints, lamps, metal works and more.

Stop by the gallery on Sunday, December 14, 2014 from 12-4 PM to meet Linda and to view her new collection titled, Small Works. Linda has painted over 100 portraits and is known for her contemporary compositions, bold rich colors and detailed work.

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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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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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Susan Minton, horticulturalist, retired professor and member of the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators, will give a gallery talk at Drawn to the Details, the botanical art exhibition at Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens. Susan will explore some of the fascinating characteristics of plants that inspire both artists and horticulturalists.

Here is a sneak peek at Susan’s presentation Captivating Colors, Fabulous Forms:

A common thread that binds gardeners and botanical artists is a fascination with plants: how they look, how they grow, what makes each species unique. For all of us, but perhaps especially for artists, it is often easy to be so entranced with their colors and shapes and textures, that we forget how amazing they are from a botanist’s perspective. Scientists are continually uncovering new and wondrous details about how plants function, what purposes their particular (and often peculiar!) characteristics serve, and the many ways they interact with their environment.

Plants have inspired artists and gardeners for centuries. Learning about them will enhance your work and enrich your experience, both in the studio and in the garden.

You are invited to attend this special presentation.

Captivating Colors, Fabulous Forms

Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens
October 12, 2014
2-4 PM

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In 2012 California artist and educator Estelle De Ridder was awarded an education grant from the American Society of Botanical Artists to create plant identification cards about the plants at the Madrona Marsh Preserve
in Torrance, CA. This project is now complete and will be presented in conjunction with an exhibition of Estelle’s original paintings.

The Madrona Marsh Preserve, in collaboration with the American Society of Botanical Artists, invites you to The Flora of the Madrona Marsh, an exhibition of botanical art by Estelle DeRidder, November 18, 2014 – January 9, 2015.
An opening reception will be held on Sunday, December 7, 2014 from 2-5 pm.

During the month of December, visitors to Madrona Marsh will have three opportunities to meet Estelle and to learn about the role botanical illustration plays in our understanding of plants.

Residents of inland southern California will have the opportunity to view this exhibition when it travels to the La Crescenta Public Library in La Crescenta, CA (January 24 – February 28, 2015).

Visit the Madrona Marsh Preserve

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By Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators

The public is invited to Drawn to the Details (October 3-26, 2014) the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators (PSBI) exhibition at Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens. Admission to both the exhibition and the gardens is free. Gallery hours are 9 am – 4 pm. psbi_flyer_DrawnToDetails

Viewers of the exhibit will be “drawn to the details” in each of the paintings. The carefully executed work appeals to all ages. In the last PSBI exhibition at Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens, the comments of visitors ranged from “The detail is amazing“ and “Incredible detail! [It] shows that in nature, beauty exists” to “I loved seeing the root system as well as flowers. Just beautiful!”

The artwork has been executed by the over 75 members of PSBI, a Philadelphia organization. Its purpose is “to educate, to celebrate the artistic development of our members, to provide an opportunity to exhibit together, and to bring Botanical Illustration to the attention of many audiences.”

To that end, PSBI provides free art classes for Philadelphia public school children as well as sponsoring many exhibits of botanical art, including one at the Philadelphia Flower Show. This is the second year that PSBI has exhibited at Jenkins.

Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens prides itself on providing “a tranquil, natural setting in a densely populated residential and commercial area.” It has over a mile of paved walkways that meander through native woodlands with labeled trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants. It is indeed an oasis in a busy world and an inspiration to botanical artists.

For more information, contact Sarah Maxwell at the PSBI (267-639-6053) or Janet Bauman at Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens (610-647-8870 ext. 152). 

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17th Annual International
American Society of Botanical Artists
at The Horticultural Society of New York
September 17 – November 26, 2014

The 17th Annual International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Botanical Art opens today at the Horticultural Society of New York. This annual exhibition has become New York’s premier showcase of contemporary botanical art.

An opening reception will be held this evening from 6-8 pm. A “Last Look” reception with featured artists and jurors will be held on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 6-8 pm.

This year forty-two works by artists from the United States, Australia, Canada, France, Israel, Japan, and the United Kingdom are featured in the exhibition. A full-color catalog containing these works and an introduction by ASBA Founder Diane Bouchier is now available at ArtPlantae ($20, plus shipping).

Participating artists are:

ASBA Catalogs at ArtPlantae

ASBA catalogs at ArtPlantae

  • milly acharya, New York
  • Rosalind Allchin, Canada
  • Irene Blecher, Israel
  • Insil Choi, Rhode Island
  • Carrie Di Costanzo, New Jersey
  • Rosemary Donnelly, Australia
  • Jean Emmons, Washington
  • Margaret Farr, Virginia
  • Ingrid Finnan, New York
  • Kathleen Folino, Massachusetts
  • Monika deVries Gohlke, New York
  • Agathe Haevermans, France
  • Asuka Hishiki, Japan
  • Wendy Hollender, New York
  • Rose Marie James, New York
  • Haruyo Kawashima, Japan
  • Joan Keesey, California
  • Karen Kluglein, New York
  • Patraicia Luppino, New York
  • Dorothy McCauley, Massachusetts
  • Joan McGann, Arizona
  • Robert McNeill, United Kingdom
  • Carrie Megan, Massachusetts
  • Derek Norman, Illinois
  • Tomoko Ogawa, Japan
  • John Pastoriza-Piñol, Australia
  • Annie Patterson, France
  • Kelly Radding, Connecticut
  • Lynne Railsback, Wisconsin
  • Lesley Randall, California
  • Dick Rauh, Connecticut
  • Gillian Rice, Arizona
  • Betsy Rogers-Knox, Connecticut
  • Susan Sapanara, New Jersey
  • Margaret Hammes Saylor, Pennsylvania
  • Constance Scanlon, Minnesota
  • Deborah B. Shaw, California
  • Denish Walser-Kolar, Minnesota
  • Carol Woodin, New York

Three botanical art classes will be taught during the exhibition. Click on the links below to learn about each one-day workshop.

Note to International Readers
It is recommended that international customers purchase this catalog at ArtPlantae’s store on 11 Main. The shops at 11 Main accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, Discover, and Diners Club International from domestic and international shoppers.

Packages sent to Canada are mailed via First-Class Mail International. Packages sent to Europe, Asia and other locations are sent via USPS Priority International.

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“The Art of Botanical Drawing” by Agathe Haevermans

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