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The Minnetonka Center for the Arts invites you to Beauty and Truth: Botanical Art Then and Now, a conversation about the past, present and future of botanical art. Guest speaker Kathy Allen, Andersen Horticultural Librarian at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, will be joined by contemporary botanical artists who will show how botanical drawings and paintings are created. You will also view artwork juried into Flora and Fauna Illustrata, a program documenting plants, insects and animals that live or pass through the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.

Beauty and Truth: Botanical Art Then and Now will occur Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. Reservations are required. Enrollment is limited to 30 (ages 16 and up). Cost: $14 members, $16 non-members.

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While at Minnetonka Center for the Arts, don’t miss an exhibition of botanical art by the students of Suz Galloway. The exhibition Contemporary American Botanicals is on view in the Murphy Room through March 30, 2017. More Info

2017_lansuobashowposter-1Botanical artists from the Pacific Northwest present Lan Su in Bloom, an exhibition inspired by the plant collection at Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon. Visit the Garden this spring to learn about the native plants of China from the following artists and educators:

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By Ruskin School of Art

Last year artist, writer and broadcaster Sarah Simblet taught
The New Sylva: Drawing Trees, a course based on the book she co-authored with Gabriel Hemery, The New Sylva: A Discourse of Forest & Orchard Trees for the Twenty-first Century. Sarah will offer this course again August 11-15, 2017 at the Ruskin School of Art. This 5-day non-residential programme is a fascinating and intensive exploration of trees and landscape, with a major component being fieldwork at Rousham House and its park by William Kent, the seminal landscape designer.

Sarah will also teach Botanical Drawing, a course designed to accompany her book, Botany of the Artist: An Inspiration Guide to Drawing Plants. This is an intensive
7-day programme in August (non-residential), and takes place in the Ruskin School of Art (the Faculty of Fine Art of the University of Oxford), and at the neighbouring University of Oxford Botanic Garden. 

Further information can be found on the Ruskin website. Reservations can be made through the University of Oxford’s online store.

Sarah will also teach a number of other amazing courses, including human anatomy. Details can be found on our website. 


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Next week The New York Academy of Medicine Library will host the 2nd Annual #ColorOurCollections Week.

Cultural institutions around the world will share coloring sheets featuring material from their rare book libraries, archival repositories, special collections and general collections. Follow the hashtag #ColorOurCollections on your favorite social media channel February 6-10, 2017 and join in the fun. Explore the collections of museums and libraries online, download pages to color and post your colorful creations to Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

This event is organized by The New York Academy of Medicine Library. View a list of participating institutions and their respective social media channels online.


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Related – Botanical Art Coloring Books

(Links updated 2/4/17)

By Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation presents
Exquisite Patterns in Nature from March 19 – June 30, 2017. This exhibition includes selections of artwork and books from the Hunt Institute’s permanent collections that are representative of, or inspired by, the fascinating configurations in the architecture of all organisms.

The patterns on display include simple symmetries and more complex tessellations and fractals; growth rings, whorls and logarithmic spirals; explorations of larger patterns observed through groupings of like plants and plant parts; the visual study of plants in complex decorative arrangements and examples of these patterns in practice.

    Opening reception
    Join us Sunday, March 19, 2017, 2-4 p.m. for the reception. At 2:30 p.m. the curators will give a short introduction to the exhibition in the gallery.

    Open House 2017
    Our annual Open House on Sunday, June 25 (1:45-4:30 p.m.) will include a talk (2:00-3:00 p.m.) and an exhibition tour (3:15-4:00 p.m.). Librarian Charlotte Tancin will present A celebration of plants, enjoying endless variety of form and kind, a talk and display from the Institute’s rare book collection. Striking historical illustrations of selected kinds of plants or aspects of their forms will be on display. She will talk briefly about each image, discussing what can be seen in the image and how the published image would have supported the work of botanists at the time, such as in floristic studies, reports of explorations, monographs on a family or genus, documenting new introductions or celebrating exotic garden plants. This event is free and open to the public.

[Insect- and wind-borne pollen of Dicotyledoneae and Monocotyledoneae], watercolor on paper by Anne Ophelia Todd Dowden (1907–2007), ca.1990, 25 × 17.5 cm, for her The Clover and the Bee: A Book of Pollination (New York, Thomas Crowell, 1990, p. 12), HI Art accession no. 7408.39, Rights, except gift industry, held by Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation.

[Insect- and wind-borne pollen of Dicotyledoneae and Monocotyledoneae], watercolor on paper by Anne Ophelia Todd Dowden (1907–2007), ca.1990, 25 × 17.5 cm, for her The Clover and the Bee: A Book of Pollination (New York, Thomas Crowell, 1990, p. 12), HI Art accession no. 7408.39, Rights, except gift industry, held by Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation.


About the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

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.

Chilean Flame Bush, watercolor, 8 x 8”, © Sharon Birzer, all rights reserved

Chilean Flame Bush, watercolor, 8 x 8”, © Sharon Birzer, all rights reserved

Welcome the Honolulu Museum of Art to Classes Near You > Hawaii!


Honolulu Museum of Art

www.honolulumuseum.org
Founded in 1927 as Hawaii’s first visual arts museum. The museum’s current collection features more than 50,000 works from Africa, Oceania and the Americas.

    The Nature of Drawing
    April 8-9, 2017
    10 am – 4 pm

    Learn how to draw the beauty of the Hawaiian islands in this two-day workshop. Scientific illustrator Sharon Birzer will help you achieve creative expression through botanical and biological illustration. Participants will work in graphite and watercolor. Cost: $100.

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Looking for a 2017 calendar?

Consider trading the traditional wall calendar for this beautiful countertop calendar by botanical artist Sally Jacobs. Receive a fresh dose of inspiration the first of every month as you exchange one colorful and lively painting for another.

This compact calendar (4.5″ x 7.5″) sits nicely on floating wall shelves and small desks and is now available at Sally Jacobs’ studio on Etsy ($15). Purchase two calendars and one free calendar will be added to your order. The extra calendar makes a great gift for a friend, garden teacher or urban farmer.


Visit Sally Jacobs’ Studio



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