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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).

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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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The School of Botanical Art and Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens has launched a Kickstarter campaign!

The primary goal the campaign they launched earlier today is to raise money to publish Practice Makes Perfect: A Botanical Illustration Sketchbook.
This limited-edition hand bound sketchbook features 76 original illustrations by students and instructors in the botanical art program. Each artist had one week to draw and paint their entry. The sketchbook was passed by hand from one artist to the next.

The sketchbook includes the work of Jenny Phillips (Australia), Ann Swan (U.K.), Susan Rubin (U.S.), Libby Kyer (U.S.) and many other botanical artists.

The secondary goal of this Kickstarter campaign is to raise funds to establish an Illustrator/Artist in Residency Program at Denver Botanic Gardens. The six-week residency will enable three illustrators to become involved with daily operations at the garden, document the flora of the Rocky Mountains, contribute illustrations and articles to the program’s blog, and participate in open studio sessions and demonstrations for adults and children. The residency will provide $1,500 for housing and $1,000 for materials and other expenses if this Kickstarter campaign is funded.

Learn more about this project that, in just a few short hours, has raised $1,316 of its $20,000 goal!

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A fascinating exhibition will open at the Folger Shakespeare Library this November. Its focus will be 600 years worth of secret communication, from Shakespeare to Snowden. On view for the first time at the Folger Shakespeare Library will be the Voynich Manuscript, the mysterious text of botanical drawings, astronomical drawings and biological drawings dating back to the 15th or 16th century.

A discussion about the Voynich Manuscript will be held on November 11, 2014 at 7:30 PM. This panel discussion will be lead by Folger curator, Bill Sherman, who is also the Head of Research at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and a Professor of Renaissance Studies at the University of York. Joining Professor Sherman is René Zandbergen, Voynich researcher and one of the developers of the European Voynich Alphabet and curator of www.voynich.nu.
Tickets are $15 non-members, $10 members.
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Decoding the Renaissance

Folger Shakespeare Library
Folger Great Hall
Washington, DC
November 11, 2014 – March 1, 2015

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The Lloyd Library and Museum in Cinncinati, OH will host If Wine is Sublime,
an exhibition featuring rare books, maps and artwork about grapes, vineyards and wine. The exhibition opens on September 13, 2014 and continues through December 12, 2014. Artworks include botanical illustrations, tapestries, sculpture and video.

Participating Artists

  • Jeni Engel Conley
  • Ingrid Finnan
  • Jean Gallagher
  • Rose James
  • Sandra Kessel
  • Victoria Kochergin
  • Richard Luschek II
  • Dianne McElwain
  • Asisa Madian
  • Arillyn Moran-Lawrence
  • Lynne Railsback
  • Sandra Rude
  • Trish Weeks

Registration to required to attend the opening reception on September 15, 2014 from 4-7 pm. Seating is limited. Registration deadline is September 8, 2014.

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Arillyn Moran-Lawrence Paints Hawaii’s Endangered Plants

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