Gael Louise Sellwood (England) ‘Altona’ (in early autumn), Hydrangea macrophylla [Hydrangea macrophylla (Thunberg) Seringe, Hydrangeaceae], 2011, watercolor on paper

© 2011 Gael Louise Sellwood (England)
‘Altona’ (in early autumn), Hydrangea macrophylla [Hydrangea
(Thunberg) Seringe, Hydrangeaceae], watercolor on paper.
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The Petaluma Arts Center invites you to Floribunda!

Floribunda is a celebration of all things floral and will feature the 14th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration, a traveling exhibition by The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. This exhibition has traveled around the country for two years and the Petaluma Arts Center will be its last stop.

In addition to featuring the 36 artists from nine countries in The Hunt exhibition, the Petaluma Arts Center will also celebrate the work of Aimee Baldwin, Evan Kolker and Randy Strong — three Bay Area artists who create three-dimensional representations of flowers.

“This exhibition is designed as a source of inspiration and an invitation to see the natural world around us in distinct ways, to illuminate the relationship between art and science,” says Exhibitions Manager Kim Chigi. “With Botany as one of the sciences, we are excited about the juxtaposition of traditional botanical illustration with the contemporary three-dimensional creations, working in tandem, to explore the connections between the creativity of both artist and nature.”

The Petaluma Arts Center will host a series of events related to the exhibition. They include an artists’ talk, studio workshops, and botanical art demonstrations featuring Sonoma county artists. Here is the schedule of events:

  • Saturday, October 22: Opening Reception, 5:00-7:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 5: Botanical Art Demonstrations with Nina Antze, Martha Kemp, Lucy Martin and Vi Strain, 1:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 10: Artists’ Talk with Evan Kolker and Randy Strong, 7:00 pm; doors open at 6:30 pm.
  • Sunday, November 12 -13: Watercolor Botanical Workshop with Amber Turner

Details and ticket information can be found on the Petaluma Arts Center’s website, on the Events page.

Floribunda opens to the public on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016 at 11:00 am. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 5:00-7:00 pm.

To arrange for group visits or school tours, email exhibitions@PetalumaArtsCenter.org or call Kim at (707) 762-5600 x104.

About Petaluma Arts Center

Housed in the historic Railroad Station freight building, next to the Petaluma Visitors Center, Petaluma Arts Center (PAC) hosts art exhibitions, performances, art classes, literary and film lectures, and events. The Arts Center grew out of the grassroots Petaluma Arts Council, founded in 1998 with a goal of acknowledging and celebrating local artists and their contributions. Located next to the upcoming SMART commuter train station in developing Midtown Petaluma, the arts center is experiencing a renaissance along with the growth of the arts in Sonoma County.

By Margaret Best


Canadian botanical artist Margaret Best will lead a once-in-a-lifetime tour in the Netherlands about the art and history of the tulip.

Margaret is a regular teacher at the Dundas Valley School of Art in Canada and is one of three teachers at the school selected to be an Artist in Residence on Select River Cruises in 2017.

To coincide with Tulip Time in April, Margaret will be offering lectures on the Art of the Tulip from the Ottoman era to contemporary portrayal, while traveling luxuriously on the waterways of the region. She will be also offering instruction on keeping an illustrated journal of this memorable trip with spectacular tulip specimens and other seasonal flowers both on board and in famous gardens. Touring artists will visit the Winter Garden in Mechelen, Hortus Botanicus Leiden, and Keukenhof.

For non-artist partners, friends or spouses there are a wide range of small-group tours to choose from to soak up the European culture and to partake in the unique food and beverage offerings. art-of-the-tulip-20062016 Like specialty cheese, chocolate, beer and a visit to the Delft China factory.

Seeing this remarkable spectacle of color is on most plant lover’s bucket list. For botanical artists, combining Margaret’s tuition with expert tour guides on a Select Cruise line famous for a more personalized treatment of guests, it will be unforgettable.

Click on either image to download the itinerary.


Jacobin Hummingbird, watercolor ©2014 Mindy Lighthipe

Jacobin Hummingbird, watercolor ©2014 Mindy Lighthipe

The Beauty of Drawing Birds
Roskamp Center for Arts
and Humanity
December 10-11, 2016
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Natural science illustrator
Mindy Lighthipe will teach a two-day class about how to draw and paint birds. Participants will learn bird anatomy by studying bird wings and an articulated bird skeleton. Participants will draw and paint a bird wing and learn how to work with reference photographs. Click on the image to learn more.

This workshop is hosted by the Florida Society of Botanical Artists (FSBA) and is open to advanced beginners and intermediate artists.

Member Cost: $250   Non-member cost: $275

To register, please send a check to the FSBA:

    Florida Society of Botanical Artists
    671 Trenton Way
    Osprey, FL 34229
    ATTN: Margaret Johnson

The Roskamp Center for Arts and Humanity is located at 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL. (map)

By David Reynolds

Now Available

Now Available

David Reynolds Online Store – Now Open

I’m pleased to open the door to my online store at http://www.davidreynoldsart.com.au.

Studio Sessions is now available.

Thank you to all who pre-ordered the DVD, they will be the first to receive their copy. You can purchase your copy through my website using PayPal, Credit Card or Direct Bank Transfer.

— David Reynolds

Cauliflower, graphite

Cauliflower, graphite. ©Sally Jacobs, All rights reserved

Sally Jacobs
Larger Than Life

TAG Gallery
Bergamot Station
Santa Monica, CA
Sept. 27 – Oct. 22, 2016

Using watercolor and pencil to capture the produce and flora of Los Angeles farmers’ markets in exacting detail, Sally Jacobs stays true to the morphology, patterns and colors of her subjects to create striking images of food plants and flowers.

Sally Jacobs is a contemporary botanical artist from Los Angeles whose work has been shown in exhibitions and museums in New York, San Francisco, Minneapolis and Phoenix. Her work has also been featured in Today’s Botanical Artists, a book about North American botanical artists.

Sally Jacobs—Larger Than Life will be on view at the TAG Gallery beginning
Sept. 27, 2016. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016 from 5-8 p.m.

An artists’ panel featuring Sally Jacobs and fellow TAG Gallery artists Ernie Marjoram and Jane Peterson is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 at 3 p.m.

About TAG Gallery

The TAG Gallery is a member-owned community for forty artists. Located in Santa Monica’s landmark Bergamot Station, it hosts exhibitions and lectures by local and visiting artists. The Gallery has launched the careers of both emerging and mid-career artists based in the greater Los Angeles area.
Learn more at www.taggallery.net.

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Painting the Natural Form
Contemporary Botanical Painting
by Rose Pellicano
Southampton Cultural Center
Southampton, NY
September 14 – October 31, 2017

Rose Pellicano is a contemporary botanical artist whose work has been shown in exhibitions throughout the United States. She is a fellow of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium and the recipient of a silver medal from the Royal Horticultural Society. Her paintings are included in the permanent collection of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and in the book Today’s Botanical Artists.


Tania Marien of ArtPlantae will lead Urban Grassland: Sketch & Study an interpretive program to be held in conjunction with the Land/Sky exhibition opening at the Riverside Art Museum (RAM) this fall (Oct. 29, 2016 – Jan. 29, 2017).

In Urban Grassland: Sketch & Study museum visitors will learn about grasses in urban environments, how they grow and how we use them. Visitors will learn about the biology of grasses in an exploratory activity involving botanical illustration. This hands-on experience will occur in the Land/Sky gallery where visitors will sketch surrounded by the large grass paintings of Karen Kitchel, one of the artists participating in the show.

The Land/Sky exhibition highlights two artists’ interpretations of the California landscape. On view will be Karen Kitchel’s paintings of grasses and weeds, and
Eric Nash’s paintings of signs and the urban environment.

Grasses are everywhere–in our yards, in our kitchens, in our parks and along our streets. While California is home to more than 300 species of grasses, not all grasses are native to California. Learn more about California grasses in this upcoming session of RAM’s Maker Series. Visitors will leave with the tools necessary to begin their own creative relationship with the urban grassland.

Urban Grassland: Sketch & Study will be held on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016 from Noon-3 p.m. This program is free with paid admission or RAM membership.
The Riverside Art Museum is located at 3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside CA on the corner of Mission Inn Ave. and Lime St. (map)

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