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Order the new calendar!

Order the new calendar!

Never lose sight of nature in 2015 with The Illustrated Garden’s new calendar!

This new calendar features hand-drawn illustrations, hand-lettered text and pages of garden lore, birds and bugs. It also includes all full moon dates for 2015, Solstice and Equinox dates, major holidays (plus some not-so-major, but very interesting holidays).

This new calendar was created by illustrator and teacher Val Webb, founder of The Illustrated Garden. Published in a convenient 8.5” x 11” format, this new calendar will be sent as a printable PDF beginning January 1, 2015. Happy New Year!

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Opens Next Week!

The viewing of Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps at the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley will be the only West Coast showing of this traveling exhibition by the American Society of Botanical Artists. The Garden has planned special programs related to the exhibition. Information about these programs and other learning opportunities in botanical art can be viewed below and at Classes Near You > Northern California.


University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley

http://botanicalgarden.berkeley.edu
This 34-acre garden was established in 1890 and is now a non-profit research garden and museum. The botanical art classes at UCBG are taught by Lee McCaffree and Catherine Watters. View a detailed schedule and register on the Garden’s website.

    EXHIBITIONS

    Following in the Bartrams’ FootstepsBartram_cover_500px
    December 15, 2014 – February 15, 2015
    Open Daily | 10 am – 4 pm
    This major art exhibition includes forty-four original artworks based on the native plant discoveries made by John and William Bartram in their renowned and influential travels throughout the Eastern wilderness between the 1730s and 1790s. The UC Botanical Garden will be the only West Coast showing of this exhibition. On view in the new Julia Morgan Hall.
    Free with Garden Admission

    PLANTS ILLUSTRATED: Following the Garden’s Path
    January 7 –  February 15, 2015
    10 am – 4 pm
    Come view our 6th annual Plants Illustrated exhibition of Botanical Art featuring work by the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists.  This year the pieces will represent plants in the Garden’s collection.
    Free with Garden Admission

    Plants Illustrated: Opening Reception for Garden Members and NCSBA Artists
    Saturday, January 24, 2015
    4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
    Come view our annual exhibition of botanical art, Plants Illustrated at this special members’ event. Meet the artists, sip wine and learn about the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists.  Free; card-holding members only; advance registration is required; space is limited.


    WORKSHOPS

    An Introduction to Botanical Art with Catherine Watters
    Thursday, January 22, 2015 &
    Friday, January 23, 2015
    10 am – 4 pm
    This class will introduce you to the fascinating world of Botanical Art. Catherine Watters will teach you to observe, measure and draw plants in great detail and with botanical accuracy. Students will work with graphite, colored pencil and watercolors.
    All levels are welcome.
    $180 / $170 members

    Botanical Art for Young Adults
    Saturday, February 7, 2015
    1 pm – 3 pm
    Join artist and educator Sally Petru for an afternoon investigation to learn to draw both botanically accurate and artful representations of plants. All levels are welcome and parents/guardians are welcome to register as students alongside their child. $40 / $30 members


    LECTURES

    The Legacy of the Bartrams with Carol Woodin,
    ASBA Exhibitions Director

    Friday, December 19, 2014
    10 am – 11:30 am
    Who were John and William Bartram? Come learn about this fascinating father-son duo and the legacy they’ve had on American botany, horticulture and botanical art. Free with Garden Admission

    The Venus Fly trap and other Amazing Carnivorous Plants
    Saturday, January 10, 2015
    10 am – 11 am
    John Bartram was the first to introduce the Venus Fly Trap into cultivation. Family members of all age are invited to discover some of the fascinating and beautiful plants that can eat insects. Get up close with the amazing leaf adaptations as you learn more
    about them. $15 / $10 members

    A Journey with the Bartrams, Hookers and other Famous Families in Western Botanical Science, Art and Exploration with Dr. Peggy Fiedler
    Saturday, January 31, 2015
    1 pm – 3 pm
    John Bartram and his son, William Bartram, were among the first active, professional American field botanists throughout the Revolutionary era. Father John (1699-1777) was an indefatigable collector of plants and seeds during his travels across eastern North America, eventually establishing arguably the first botanic garden in the New World. His son William (1739-1823) was similarly well-traveled, an avid collector, and an extraordinary artist of both plants and birds. At roughly the same time as the younger Bartram, William Jackson Hooker (1785-1865) was burnishing his credentials as an intrepid English explorer, keen botanist and accomplished illustrator as well as the third director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. His son, Joseph Dalton Hooker (1817-1911) too followed in his father’s footsteps, becoming one of the greatest British botanists of the 19th century, the 4th director of Kew, and Charles Darwin’s closest friend and confidante. Free with Garden Admission

    Maria Sibylla Merian: A Passion for Plants & Insects
    Thursday, February 5, 2015
    10 am – 11:30 am
    The artist and scientist Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717) was born in Frankfurt, Germany, into a middle-class family of publishers and artists. At the age of fifty-two, Merian traveled with her younger daughter to Suriname, a Dutch territory in South America, to paint its exotic insects. She was an adventurous woman way ahead of her time, whose amazing career as an artist, writer and teacher revolutionized botany and zoology. Come learn more about this fascinating woman. $12 / $10 members



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Artist and educator Lisa Coddington invites you to join her for a botanical art tour in southern France. A summary is included below. Contact Lisa for a detailed itinerary.


Painting Provence: Botanical Painting in Southern France

May 22-29, 2015

Join this memorable week that combines tours of historic villages such as Marseille, Aix de Provence, and Nimes with classes taught by ABSA-awarded artist, Lisa Coddington. Lisa teaches regularly at the University of New Mexico and Santa Fe Community College and offers specialized art workshops. Demonstrations in drawing, watercolor glazing, and composition will support your individual art goals while enjoying this tour of France. Classes are open to both beginners and advanced intermediate artists alike. Tour highlights the architecture, gardens and historic sites in southern France. Leisure time is provided to explore on your own. We look forward to you joining us!

Please contact Lisa Coddington for complete itinerary or call 315-256-8639. Learn more about Lisa and read student testimonials at www.LisaCoddington.com.

To reserve your space we encourage you to send your deposits by December 15, 2014. (deposit refundable if tour does not fill)

Registration Fees:

  • $3,195.00 USD (6 participants)
  • $2,995.00 USD (7-8 participants)
  • $2,795.00 USD (9-11 participants)

Note: All rates are based on shared lodging; limited single supplement costs $285.00 USD.

Contact Harriet Harris of CulturalEncounters.com with all travel questions.
(505) 982-8264

Deposit Deadline: December 15, 2014



This information has also been posted to Classes Near You > New Mexico.

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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.

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

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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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