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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
macrophylla
(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.

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By Margaret Best

the-art-of-the-tulip

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.


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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)

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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

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image-logoYou’re invited!

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)


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Open Parrot Tulip, Oil on Paper, © 2016 Ingrid Finnan, all rights reserved

Open Parrot Tulip, Oil on Paper, © 2016 Ingrid Finnan, all rights reserved

Outside In – Contemporary Natural History Works
Arader Galleries
San Francisco, CA
Sept. 9 – Oct. 12, 2016

Arader Galleries to host an exhibition featuring original work by the following contemporary botanical artists:

    Francesca Anderson
    Botanical artist and illustrator specializing in natural history drawings in pen and ink. An exhibition of Francesca’s work is currently on view at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT.


    Jean Emmons

    Abstract painter turned botanical artist. Jean’s painting process is based on medieval manuscript illustration. Her award-winning work is in private and public collections, including the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, the Royal Horticultural Society’s Lindley Library and the Shirley Sherwood Collection.


    Monika deVries Gohlke

    Painter, printmaker and freelance designer of home-furnishings. Monika’s artwork appears in many publications and is held in public and private collections.


    Ingrid Finnan

    Ingrid’s parrot tulip graces the postcard for this exhibition. Her work has been shown in exhibitions in England, Italy and the United States. It is included in private collections and the Shirley Sherwood Collection.


    Asuka Hishiki

    Award-winning artist whose work has been shown in many exhibitions across the United States. Visit Asuka’s website to view her portfolio and her comments about each painting.


    Catherine Watters

    Primary instructor and curriculum developer for the Filoli Botanical Art Certificate Program in Woodside, CA. Her work has been shown in exhibitions in France, England and the United States. Her work is included in several permanent collections worldwide.


    Carol Woodin

    Carol is an award-winning freelance artist whose specialties include orchids, rare wildflowers, heirloom fruits and garden plants. Her paintings are in private, public and corporate collections including the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, the Smithsonian Institution, the Shirley Sherwood Collection and the Alisa and Isaac M. Sutton Collection.

Arader Galleries will host an opening reception on September 9, 2016 from 5-8 pm.


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Pre-order Today!

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David Reynolds Art is pleased to announce Studio Sessions—Seen through the eyes of the artist, a documentary about six of Australia’s most respected botanical and natural history artists. Botanical artists and botanical art enthusiasts are invited to learn from:

    Celia Rosser
    Botanical artist and illustrator of The Banksia’s, a three-volume series of monographs that includes a painting of every Banksia species. Launched in 1974, this project took more than 25 years to complete.


    Jenny Phillips

    Award-winning artist and founder of the Botanical Art School of Melbourne. Jenny has drawn and painted plants for more than 45 years. Her work is held in private and public collections, including The Highgrove Florilegium, The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and the Shirley Sherwood Collection.


    Dianne Emery

    Fine artist, horticulturist, contemporary botanical artist and natural history artist whose interests include plant-insect relationships and scientific art.


    Terry Napier

    Botanical artist and founder of the “Nature is Art” program. Recipient of the 2010 Celia Rosser Medal for his commitment to botanical art and teaching.


    Mali Moir

    Award-winning artist and illustrator with an interest in the artistic interpretation of natural history themes. Recipient of a Gold Medal by The Royal Horticultural Society and the inaugural Celia Rosser Medal.


    John Pastoriza-Piñol

    A botanist whose botanical art career began at the Botanical Art School of Melbourne. John received a Gold Medal by the Royal Horticultural Society in 2005 and had his first solo exhibition at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2006. His work is held in many private and public collections, including The Highgrove Florilegium, The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.


Studio Sessions—Seen through the eyes of the artist
is a 63-minute documentary that took two years to complete. David began this project because he wanted to bring attention to the natural history art of Australian artists. David explains:

As a botanical artist myself, I wanted to produce a documentary to highlight the talents of our Australian artists and to help educate people about botanical art and how to become involved. Also to give the viewer an insight as to how [botanical artists] go about producing such detailed works.

Studio Sessions will be available worldwide as a DVD in both PAL and NTSC formats and be region free. Pre-orders are now being accepted. Orders will begin shipping in September 2016.

To place a pre-order please email your name and contact information to David Reynolds Art. When the video is released next month, David Reynolds Art will contact you to arrange for payment and delivery.

Studio Sessions costs $30 AUD + shipping (view currency converter).


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