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© Pamela Burgess, all rights reserved
Mountain Aloe (Aloe marlothii), B&W photograph with digital color added, limited edition, museum-quality pigment print, 10 x 7.5 inches

the naturalist’s desk:
language + landscape

Los Angeles County Arboretum
& Botanic Garden
Arcadia, CA
January 27 – June 23, 2018

Pamela Burgess explores the concept and meaning of landscape through art and text in the naturalist’s desk: language + landscape, a one-person exhibition opening next weekend at the Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden.

Installed throughout the Arboretum Library, the show features work in various media including drawings and poetry, sculpture and photography, selections from the Library’s collection of botanical books, and artwork based on specimens found in the Garden. Together, the library and the exhibition are presented as an oversized cabinet of curiosities adorned with books, drawings, and strange unidentified roots. A map and self-guided tour of the installation will be available for visitors.

Arboretum guests are encouraged to make repeat visits to this exhibition as additional works will be added throughout its six-month run. Meet Pamela and explore the recently renovated Arboretum Library during the opening reception on Saturday, January 27 (2:00-4:30 p.m). An Artist’s Talk will begin at 3:00 p.m.

The Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden is located at 301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91007 (map).


About Pamela Burgess

Pamela Burgess is a contemporary Los Angeles artist whose work is motivated by a fascination with nature and its materials, and a reverence for craftsmanship.

Awards include a Durfee Foundation ARC grant and first Artist-in-Residence of Theodore Payne Foundation. Exhibitions include the Sturt Haaga Gallery at Descanso Gardens, Occidental College, Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, Avenue 50 Studio, and Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden.

Community environmental work includes board member of the Citizens Committee to Save Elysian Park (from 1997), board member of the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants and chair of its Arts Council (2010-2016), member of the 2007 City of Los Angeles Elysian Park Master Plan Oversight Committee.

No. 11, Rhubarb, Ruibarbo blanco, Cedros [Jatropha podagrica Hooker, Euphorbiaceae], watercolor on paper by Charles Dorat (?1806–ca.1870), 30 × 23.5 cm, HI Art accession no. 5683.11.

Dr. Charles Dorat and His Unrealized Central American Medicinal Flora
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation
Pittsburgh, PA
April 2 – June 29, 2018

Charles Dorat (?1806-ca.1870) was a European physician and naturalist who lived in El Salvador and traveled in Honduras between 1850 and 1870. Acquainted with Central American medical professionals, government officials and companies interested in material medica, it is thought Dorat was hired by companies because of his knowledge of mining and economic plants.

While in Central America, Dorat pursued interests in nature and art, and by 1860 had painted 150 watercolors of useful plants. These paintings were supposed to be published as a flora of Central America, but Dorat appears to have died around 1870.

Learn more about Dr. Charles Dorat at Dr. Charles Dorat and His Unrealized Central American Medicinal Flora.



About The Hunt Institute

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, a research division of Carnegie Mellon University, specializes in the history of botany and all aspects of plant science and serves the international scientific community through research and documentation. To this end, the Institute acquires and maintains authoritative collections of books, plant images, manuscripts, portraits and data files, and provides publications and other modes of information service. The Institute meets the reference needs of botanists, biologists, historians, conservationists, librarians, bibliographers and the public at large, especially those concerned with any aspect of the North American flora.

Scientific illustrator Kathleen McKeehen invites you to join her upcoming workshop on painting birds and feathers:


    Painting the Feather and the Bird!

    Greater Hansville Community Center
    Hansville, WA
    January 13-14, 2018

    Join us on the west side of Puget Sound for a bird/feather painting workshop using the classical dry-brush watercolor technique at the Hansville Community Center, 15 minutes from the Edmonds/Kingston ferry, located in the park at Buck Lake. All levels, including total beginners, are welcome; subject possibilities include bird specimens, (including feathers,) photos (the photographer has given permission to use for paintings), master studies from the “greats” of bird painting, or learn to compose your own bird portraits using various references for accuracy.

    Cost: $125.00, includes lunches and handouts

Email Kathleen McKeehen or call (360) 297-8858 to sign up or get more information.

Visit Kathleen’s website at www.florawithfauna.com.

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This year I had the opportunity to learn more about Henry R. Mockel, an East Coast artist known for his serigraphs of California desert plants. With this opportunity came the opportunity to speak with people who knew Henry, as well as opportunities to tell Henry’s story in a presentation for the Desert Institute at Joshua Tree National Park and to write a journal article for the Twentynine Palms Historical Society. This week I have the opportunity to share Henry’s story again, this time over afternoon tea.

This week’s presentation is one of several events celebrating the 65th anniversary of the 29 Palms Art Gallery. Henry was an early member of the Gallery and I look forward to sharing his story with a new audience, as well as with those who may have known him.

You are invited to join us for an afternoon of tea and botanical art on Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. This event is free. Donations to the non-profit gallery are suggested.

The 29 Palms Art Gallery is located in Twentynine Palms, CA. Learn more about the Gallery at www.29palmsartgallery.com.


Gretchen Kai Halpert

www.gretchenhalpert.com
Gretchen Kai Halpert is the founder and instructor of an online program in scientific illustration. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design/CE, Gretchen has many years of experience working as a scientific illustrator and teaching programs about natural science illustration. Learn more about the distance learning program in scientific illustration at www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com.

    Gretchen Kai Halpert
    Scientific Illustration, Session I, Graphite

    January 9-March 13, 2018
    1:00-3:00 or 7:00-9:00 EST or email
    On-Line

    How do you take a three-dimensional object and translate it on to a two-dimensional plane? This course offers: basic scientific illustration drawing skills in graphite; perspective, proportion; value; textures; introduction to pen and ink; scientific conventions; lighting; transferring and scanning. It includes handouts; tutorials; live video conferencing; and email. Beginning and intermediate students.


    Gretchen Kai Halpert
    Scientific Illustration, Session II, Pen and Ink

    January 8-March 12, 2018
    1:00-3:00 or 7:00-9:00 EST or email

    Pen and Ink is a staple for scientific illustrators. This class gives you an opportunity to immerse yourself to proficiency. Pen and ink, crowquill, line and wash techniques, composition, scratchboard, anatomy, professional practices, final projects. It includes handouts; tutorials; live video conferencing; and email. Beginning and intermediate students.

View all classes at www.gretchenhalpert-distanceprogram.com

To register, download the registration form or contact ghalpert@stny.rr.com.

To receive the newsletter of the Scientific Illustration Distance Program, sign up at the website or email Gretchen.


This information can also be found at Classes Near You > New York.

Illustrator Christine Berrie has created a clever way to learn about plant families.

Flower Families: A Go Fish Game is a card game featuring 52 garden flowers that players must group into their respective plants families.

This game introduces players to the following taxonomic groups:

    Amaryllidaceae (Amaryllis Family)
    Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
    Asteraceae (Daisy Family)
    Onagraceae (Evening Primrose Family)
    Iridaceae (Iris Family)
    Liliaceae (Lily Family)
    Malvaceae (Mallow Family)
    Lamiaceae (Mint Family)
    Brassicaceae (Mustard Family)
    Fabaceae (Pea Family)
    Caryophyllaceae (Pink Family)
    Plantaginaceae (Plantain Family)
    Rosaceae (Rose Family)

Included with the game is the booklet, Flower Families: A Guide to the Flower Families by Timothy Utteridge.

Published in the UK by Laurence King Publishing, this game is distributed in the US by Chronicle Books.


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By Vanessa Cantu, Hi-Desert Nature Museum

Nature’s Beloved Son
Rediscovering John Muir’s Botanical Legacy

Hi-Desert Nature Museum
Yucca Valley, CA
September 21 – December 16, 2017

In the spirit which John Muir embraced the botanical world, Nature’s Beloved Son traces his travels through North America and presents vivid images of the actual plants that Muir held in his hands, carried in his pockets, and preserved for all time.

Produced and toured by Exhibit Envoy in partnership with Bonnie J. Gisel, Stephen J. Joseph, Heyday Books, and the Bedford Gallery. This exhibition was supported by the Skirball Foundation and private donors. Students and faculty from the University of California, Davis Design School and Design Museum designed the exhibition.

The Hi-Desert Nature Museum is in the desert community of Yucca Valley, approximately 45 minutes northeast of Palm Springs and 15 minutes west of the Joshua Tree National Park Visitor Center in Joshua Tree.

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