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.

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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

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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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Celebrate the beauty of nature and the diversity of Southern California’s San Gabriel Valley.

The Alhambra Civic Center Library will host the Crossed Pollinations Exhibition and Community Festival, Sept. 20 – Oct. 2, 2016. The festival will bring out your inner scientist, artist and explorer. Meet artists, learn about local produce, be an artist for a day and learn from young ambassadors.

An opening reception will be held at the Alhambra Civic Center Library
on Sept. 20, 2016 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. At the reception you will meet Andrea Lofthouse-Quesada, curator of Crossed Pollinations, artist, community activist and Environmental Science teacher at Alhambra High School. She will speak about the inspiration behind the festival and about her desire to highlight the richness of global perspectives.

If you can’t make it to the opening reception, don’t worry. Many weekend activities are planned. They include:

    Why We Paint Flowers
    Alhambra Civic Center Library>
    Sept. 24, 1-3 p.m.
    Roundtable discussion involving artists from the local community who are influenced by the decorative and symbolic nature of flowers. Participating artists include Lofthouse-Quesada and Hope Flores, Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial fellow at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Audience members are encouraged to participate and bring their favorite flower, flower drawing or object with a flower motif to share with the group.

    Culinary Origins
    Alhambra Farmer’s Market
    Sept. 25, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
    Market vendors will highlight Chinese agriculture, produce and flowers. They will also discuss the origins and natural history of selected produce and flowers.

    Be an Artist for a Day

    Alhambra Civic Center Library
    Oct. 1, 1-3 p.m.
    This workshop will be facilitated by Andrea Lofthouse-Quesada and Hope Flores. Workshop participants will choose a style of flower-inspired art and an inspiring medium that could include pattern making, scientific illustration and/or collage. Materials and instruction will be provided.

    Alhambra BioBlitz / #nature #scavengerhunt #competition

    Alhambra Civic Center Library
    8:30 a.m. – Noon
    An exciting competition to be held throughout the city of Alhambra. Participants will form teams of three to five people. Each team will look for insects, invertebrates, plants, mushrooms, etc. They will document their findings or observations on iNaturalist. The team with the most observations wins! (Note: Teams must register in advance.)

    Culinary Origins

    Alhambra Farmer’s Market
    Oct. 2, 8:30 a.m. – Noon
    Market vendors will highlight Chinese agriculture, produce and flowers. They will also discuss the origins and natural history of selected produce and flowers.

Festival visitors will also learn from Youth Ambassadors, multilingual students who will lead visitors in hands-on activities during scheduled events. Youth ambassadors will also lead tours of the exhibition. Group tours are available to groups of 10 or more people. Tour groups must register in advance.

What might you see at the exhibition? Here’s a sneak peek:

Three nature educators from the Xishanugbanna Tropical Botanic Garden, Yunnan, pictured at a habitat restoration project which involves students from a local village. One of the educators is profiled in the exhibition. Courtesy Crossed Pollinations, all rights reserved

Three nature educators from the Xishanugbanna Tropical Botanic Garden, Yunnan, pictured at a habitat restoration project involving students from a local village. One of the educators is profiled in the exhibition. (Image courtesy of Crossed Pollinations: Investigating Nature & Culture in China. All rights reserved)

Visit the Crossed Pollinations website

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