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The booth of the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators (PSBI) at the Philadelphia Flower Show (February 28 – March 8, 2015) will feature an exhibition of more than 35 precise paintings and on-going demonstrations about how botanical paintings are created. Demonstrations will be held daily from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. Both the exhibition and the demonstrations are by the 75 local members of the PSBI.

“At the Show, we try to portray the glory of nature both accurately and attractively. We take seriously the quote from Keats of ‘Beauty in truth, truth in beauty.’”, says Judy Simon, Exhibition Chairperson.

The title of the PSBI exhibition is “Holly, Wood and Vines,” reflecting the flower show’s theme “Celebrate the Movies.” The Philadelphia Flower Show will open with “Lights, Camera, BLOOM!”. The PSBI exhibition will complement the opening event with glitzy gold and silver frames. The artwork in this year’s exhibition have names such as “Up Close and Personal” (for an enlarged specimen), “Bad Actor” (for an invasive plant), or “Blonde Bombshell” (for a yellow dahlia or tea rose).

The exhibition will feature only original artwork. Society artists spend many hours, weeks, and even months creating each piece. They take great care to make certain their depiction of the plant, flower, fruit or vegetable is faithful to nature, as well as being a thing of beauty, something to be passed down with pride to future generations.

Founded in 1997, the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators have participated in the flower show since 1998.

Public demonstrations are part of the PSBI mission to educate the public about the intricacies of botanical art. It is an art form that is a tradition, particularly in the Philadelphia area where John and William Bartram founded and illustrated North America’s first botanical garden in the 18th century.

For more information, check the PSBI website (PSBI-art.org), Twitter (@PSBI_artists) or contact Sarah Maxwell.


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The booklet about the Bartram exhibition is now available for sale at ArtPlantae. 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.

Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps is now on view at Bartram’s Garden Gallery in Philadelphia, PA through May 24, 2013. It will be on view at the South Florida Museum in Bradenton, FL from September 19 – December 30, 2013 and then travel to the Cherokee Garden Library at Atlanta History Center in Atlanta, GA (March 17 – June 17, 2014) and the North Carolina Botanical Garden at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where it will be on view
August 30 – November 2, 2014.

This exhibition guide, as well as ASBA exhibition catalogs, can be purchased online at ArtPlantaeBooks.com.

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The American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), in collaboration with
Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia, is curating an exhibition of original contemporary botanical artworks depicting plants discovered and introduced by John and William Bartram, American pioneers in botany and horticulture.

Very soon ASBA members will submit artworks for consideration and a team of four jurors will select about 40 works to be included in this traveling exhibition. This exhibition will focus on the native plant discoveries made by John and William in their travels throughout the eastern wilderness between the 1730’s and 1790’s. An illustrated, full-color booklet will be published in conjunction with the exhibition.

This traveling exhibition will be on view at the following venues:


    Bartram’s Garden Gallery

    Philadelphia, PA
    April 26 – May 24, 2013

    South Florida Museum

    Bradenton, FL
    September – December 2013

    Cherokee Garden Library

    Atlanta History Center
    Atlanta, GA
    March 1 – May 31, 2014

Additional venues will be posted in the “Exhibits to Visit” section as information becomes available.

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Arisaema triphyllum © Ann Biggs. All Rights Reserved

Spring Show for The Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators
The Station Gallery
Greenville, DE
April 9-28, 2012

The Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators (PSBI) invite you to their annual juried exhibition!

Beginning today, thirty-six paintings by twenty artists will be on view at The Station Gallery in Greenville, Delaware.

An opening reception will be held this Friday, April 13, 2012 from 5-8 PM. Meet the artists, ask questions about their process and learn more about the PSBI, their outreach projects and the classes taught by members.

The Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators was founded in 1997 to celebrate the achievements of its members, to provide exhibition opportunities for members and to introduce new audiences to botanical illustration.

Last month, the PSBI received an award at the Philadelphia International Flower Show for Best Achievement, Horticultural Art and Illustration for their exhibition featuring the plants of Hawaii. Learn more about The Flora of Hawaii: Indigenous, Endemic or Invasive on the PSBI blog.

Cattleya aclandiae © Donelda La Brake. All Rights Reseved

The Station Gallery is located at 3922 Kennett Pike, Greenville, Delaware. Directions, gallery hours and information about how to receive information about upcoming shows can be viewed here.

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