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Mangoes, colored pencil © Gail Swanson, All rights reserved


ArtCenter Manatee
Bradenton, FL
April 1 – May 3, 2014

A show of contemporary botanical art by members of the Florida Society of Botanical Artists (FSBA). Established by botanical art students in 2005, the FSBA is a chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists.

You are invited to attend the opening reception of their new exhibition.
The reception will be held on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 5-7 PM at ArtCenter Manatee in Bradenton, Florida.

The gallery at ArtCenter Manatee is open Monday, Friday, Saturday (9-5) and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (9-6). Learn more about ArtCenter Manatee.


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The American Society of Botanical Artists invites you to the opening of their exhibition at the Cherokee Garden Library in Atlanta, GA!

The nationally traveling exhibition Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps: Contemporary Botanical Artists Explore the Bartrams’ Legacy opens today at the Cherokee Garden Library at the Atlanta History Center. A collaboration between the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) and Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia, the exhibition features world-class contemporary botanical artworks depicting plants discovered and cultivated by 18th century naturalists John and William Bartram. Early American explorers, John Bartram and his son, William, traversed the wilderness of the American colonies from the 1730s to the 1790s, recording the region’s flora, fauna, and Native American culture. The exhibition reflects John and William’s passionate observation and discovery of nature, which has influenced generations of artists and explorers.

Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps, presented by the Cherokee Garden Library at the Atlanta History Center, is on display in McElreath Hall, March 19 – June 17, 2014. The exhibition is open Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM;
Sunday, Noon – 5:00 PM; free to the public.

The original artworks were selected from a field of nearly 200 entries submitted by ASBA members from around the world. The exhibition allows a fresh look at the Bartrams’ seminal body of knowledge and art. William’s illustrations were often the first images seen of North American plants and animals. Depictions of beautiful native rarities including Franklinia alatamaha (commonly known as the Franklin tree), now believed to be extinct in the wild, Dodecatheon (commonly called shooting star), and American lotus are included in the display. Other subjects include foxglove, morning glory and cockscomb – examples of introductions the Bartrams made to American gardens through their dedication to botany.

Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps also seeks to illuminate the role contemporary artists play in depicting these same plants for today’s audience, preserving their record for generations to come. The exhibition promises to appeal to a wide audience as it ties together art, science, history, nature, and culture. Artists enthusiastically sought out their chosen plants, with some having gone so far as to track down heirloom seeds and cultivate them in their own gardens in order to be able to paint a particularly appealing subject.

This evening’s opening event includes a lecture at 7 PM followed by a reception and an opportunity to explore the exhibition. Joel Fry, Curator of Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia will present a survey of William Bartram’s illustrations and examine the scope and influences of his career as a seminal American natural history illustrator. Fry, who is widely published, is a leading scholar on both John and William Bartram and their botanic and collecting careers in the eighteenth century.

Tickets for the lecture are $25 and reservations are required; call 404-814-4150 or purchase online at AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Bartram. Docent-led group tours are available for a fee and by appointment. Please email Group Tours at the Atlanta History Center.

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This beautiful complement to the exhibition, Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps: Contemporary Botanical Artists Explore the Bartrams’ Legacy, includes an introduction by Joel Fry, Curator, Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia.
It also includes an essay by Patricia Jonas, Exhibitions Chair of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA). In her essay, Jonas provides background information about the artwork in this traveling exhibition.

This 20-page booklet includes drawings and paintings by: Maryann Roper, Lizzie Sanders, Bobbi Angell, John Bartram, William Bartram, Beverly Duncan, Catherine Watters, Betsy Rogers-Knox, Wendy Cortesi, Lara Call Gastinger, Karen Kluglein, Dick Rauh, Joan Lavigueur Geyer, Judith Simon, Maria Cecilia Freeman, Derek Norman and Diane McElwain.

Available at ArtPlantae ($5, free shipping).

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Queen Victoria,  © Cy DeCosse, Courtesy Cy DeCosse Photography

Queen Victoria, © Cy DeCosse, Courtesy Cy DeCosse Photography

Do you love the look and feel of botanical illustrations created in graphite?

If so, you will be mesmerized by the botanical imagery of
Cy DeCosse whose studio focuses on the alternative photographic printing processes of Platinum-Palladium, Gum Dichromate, and Photogravure. These are special, extremely time- and labor-intensive techniques that took DeCosse and master printer, Keith Taylor, years to perfect. The images they create together at Cy DeCosse Photography contain fascinating detail, delicate light and dark tones and botanical subjects that float on paper.

DeCosse’s portfolio includes 11 themed collections. The following collections may be of particular interest to botanical artists: Midnight Garden, The Color of Food, The Beauty of Food in Platinum, Flowers in Platinum and Weeds.

In May, the VERVE Gallery of Photography in Santa Fe, New Mexico will present a solo exhibition of The Midnight Garden, DeCosse’s collection of night-blooming flowers printed in platinum. This exhibition will be on view May 2 – June 21, 2014.

Learn more about the VERVE Gallery of Photography at www.VERVEGallery.com

About Cy DeCosse

Cy DeCosse is a former art director and Fulbright Scholar. His fine art photography has been in solo exhibitions with John Stevenson Gallery in NYC, Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis, Iris Galleries in Boston and Aspen. His work is in many private collections around the world.

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Celebrate Earth Day and learn about the history of the San Gorgonio Pass at Gilman Historic Ranch and Wagon Museum.

You are invited to the Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 12, 2014. Festival hours are 9 am – 3 pm. Attend fascinating presentations by guest speakers, participate in fun family activities and learn about solar energy, composting and how to care for the environment while enjoying nature.

Tania Marien will introduce visitors to Georgius Everhardus Rumphius (1627-1702), the naturalist who spent 50 years gathering information about the native plants of Ambon, an island in Indonesia. Rumphius’ detailed plant descriptions and illustrations were used to create The Ambonese Herbal. Produced before Linnaeus’ classification system, the English translation of this historic herbal was published in 2011. Learn about the work of this 17th-century naturalist and how information from this herbal is being applied to modern medicine. After this presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to view all six volumes of The Ambonese Herbal at ArtPlantae’s InterpretPlants Station.

Have lunch at Gilman Ranch and enjoy presentations by:

  • 10:00 AM – Tania Marien, ArtPlantae
  • 11:30 AM – Dr. Mark Hoddle, Center for Invasive Species Research, UC Riverside
  • 1:00 PM – Faith Riley, Riley’s Stone Soup Farm

While at the ranch, be sure to visit ArtPlantae to learn about the botany behind the herbs and spices used in the cookbook, Hungry for History: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Food, History and Legends in the Pass. This one-of-a-kind cookbook will be available for purchase at the Wagon Museum.

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nybg_TheOrchidShow_2014_Page_2 The Orchid Show:
Key West Contemporary

New York Botanical Garden
March 1 – April 21, 2014

Inspired by a modernist estate garden on the island of Key West, the 12th annual orchid show is a mosaic of classic and exotic orchids. Geometric reflecting pools, soaring angular pergolas, sleek benches and orchids will delight visitors to the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Weekend musical performances, a curated poetry walk and many other activities complement the exhibition.

You are invited to enjoy the nation’s largest orchid exhibition, celebrate a NYBG tradition, and take advantage of a special offer to save 20% on an All-Garden Pass. Purchase an All-Garden Pass online at NYBG.org from March 1 – April 21, 2014 and save 20% by using the code 7120 during checkout.

This offer is valid only when code 7120 is used online at NYBG.org. Valid for visits made March 1 through April 21, 2014. Offer subject to availability. Discount cannot be combined with any other promotional offer or previously purchased tickets. Discount may be modified or withdrawn without prior notice. Tickets are not refundable or exchangeable.

Order tickets today at NYBG.org!

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Plant Talk: Inside the New York Botanical Garden

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The 4th Annual Arts and Archives Tour led by the Denver Botanic Gardens’ School of Botanical Art and Illustration will occur April 25 – May 10, 2014.
Travel to London, Geneva, Lyon and Paris. Explore the Lindley Library, the Kew Gardens’ Library and Archives, the Louvre, and the Natural History Museum in Paris where you will see the largest and oldest herbaria in the world. You’ll also visit the Palace of Versailles, a tapestry museum, the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art and attend the annual exhibition of the Society of Botanical Artists. This special tour also includes a visit to the manufacturing site of Caran d’Ache colored pencils.

There are only two spots available. Reserve your seat today!

View the tour itinerary on Botanical Illustration, the blog by Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski, Manager of the School of Botanical Art and Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens.

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The University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley will host a special exhibition about plant-based fibers and dyes. The exhibition, Fiber & Dye, opens on Thursday, March 6 and continues through Sunday, March 23, 2014. The exhibit is free with garden admission.

Garden visitors have many opportunities to learn about plant fibers and dyes this month. Here is a look at the wonderful schedule of classes:

  • Chemistry of Dyes – March 8
  • Resist Dyeing Techniques with Kristine Vejar – March 9, 2013
  • Colors from Nature (Family Program) – March 15
  • Pine Needle Basketry – March 16
  • Film Viewing + 1,2,3 Indigo Vat Demo with Slow Fiber Studios – March 18
  • Plant Color Extractions for Cosmetics – March 22
  • Creating Pigments and Paints from Plants – March 23

View course descriptions and register on the Garden’s website.


EcoLiteracy Curriculum Emphasizes Plant Restoration, Natural Dyes

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