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).