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Queen Victoria,  © Cy DeCosse, Courtesy Cy DeCosse Photography

Queen Victoria, © Cy DeCosse, Courtesy Cy DeCosse Photography

Do you love the look and feel of botanical illustrations created in graphite?

If so, you will be mesmerized by the botanical imagery of
Cy DeCosse whose studio focuses on the alternative photographic printing processes of Platinum-Palladium, Gum Dichromate, and Photogravure. These are special, extremely time- and labor-intensive techniques that took DeCosse and master printer, Keith Taylor, years to perfect. The images they create together at Cy DeCosse Photography contain fascinating detail, delicate light and dark tones and botanical subjects that float on paper.

DeCosse’s portfolio includes 11 themed collections. The following collections may be of particular interest to botanical artists: Midnight Garden, The Color of Food, The Beauty of Food in Platinum, Flowers in Platinum and Weeds.

In May, the VERVE Gallery of Photography in Santa Fe, New Mexico will present a solo exhibition of The Midnight Garden, DeCosse’s collection of night-blooming flowers printed in platinum. This exhibition will be on view May 2 – June 21, 2014.

Learn more about the VERVE Gallery of Photography at www.VERVEGallery.com



About Cy DeCosse

Cy DeCosse is a former art director and Fulbright Scholar. His fine art photography has been in solo exhibitions with John Stevenson Gallery in NYC, Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis, Iris Galleries in Boston and Aspen. His work is in many private collections around the world.

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© Amie Potsic, All rights reserved. Image courtesy Schuylkill Center.

© Amie Potsic, All rights reserved. Image courtesy Schuylkill Center.

Frost
Schuylkill Center
Philadelphia, PA
February 15 – April 18, 2014

Philadelphia artists Amie Potsic and Nancy Agati explore the meaning of winter through photography and mixed media at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education.

In winter, patterns emerge from the harsh relief of cold temperatures and heavy snow that illuminate the relationship between us and the changing environment in which we live. Photographer Amie Potsic explains, “I find winter to be particularly seductive as it simultaneously highlights the stark beauty of our environment’s dormant cycle while hinting at the potential growth of spring.” Nancy Agati’s mixed media work, explores the ephemeral through use of natural materials and emphasizes the cyclical patterns of the natural world. Agati writes eloquently about the details that are highlighted by winter: “Working in the studio while the snow falls – again. Linear patterns are further defined as I notice the stark contrast of branches against a pallid backdrop.”

Agati and Potsic draw elements of nature into their work, giving voice to the natural world and putting it in dialogue with both the viewers and the artists themselves. Potsic’s photographs and installations focus on the intersection of the physical, socio-political, and natural worlds, highlighting the change of seasons as indicators of ecological wellbeing.

©Nancy Agati, All rights reserved. Image courtesy Schuylkill Center.

©Nancy Agati, All rights reserved. Image courtesy Schuylkill Center.

Agati’s sculptural installations use natural materials to create forms which resonate with the patterns, shapes, and complex structures of the natural world. Whether it is Agati’s striking sculptures or Potsic’s photography that transports you, Frost creates a world that is both uniquely its own and deeply connected to its inspiration: our natural world.

The public is invited to view the exhibition and meet the artists this weekend during the opening reception. The reception will be held on Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 4:00 pm.

Learn more about the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education on their website at www.schuylkillcenter.org.

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Here is what’s new at Classes Near You > England:


Lewisham Arthouse, London

www.lewishamarthouse.co.uk
The Lewisham Arthouse once served as the central library of Deptford. Designed by architect Sir Alfred Brumwell Thomas (1868-1948) and funded by Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), this former library is now features a public gallery and studio space for professional artists. Artist studios are open to the public once per year. Exhibitions in the gallery are open to the public year-round, free of charge. Ten-week botanical illustration classes are taught by Alison Day. Watch for information about her next class. Alison also teaches a photography class.

    One-Day Course in 35 mm SLR Photography Skills
    Jan 11, 2014
    11 – 4 pm

    Run by illustrator and photographer, Alison Day, this one-day introductory course provides an opportunity to learn about SLR photography at a theoretical and practical level. Participants learn how to get the best out of their 35mm camera, take some photographs and then process their film and make contact sheet sin the darkroom. Darkroom chemicals and equipment provided. Students must bring own camera and buy basic materials (e.g 35mm film and photographic paper). All abilities welcome.

    The course is run in the artists’ studio and has limited places so early booking is advisable. For all information and booking contact Alison Day.

    Cost for each course is £45/40 concessions

    The Lewisham Arthouse. 140 Lewisham Way. New Cross, London, SE14 6PD.

    BR/Underground New Cross/New Cross Gate.
    Bus 136, 21, 436, 321.
    Disabled access

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New at Classes Near You > England:


Lewisham Arthouse, London

www.lewishamarthouse.co.uk
The Lewisham Arthouse once served as the central library of Deptford. Designed by architect Sir Alfred Brumwell Thomas (1868-1948) and funded by Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919), this former library is now features a public gallery and studio space for professional artists. Artist studios are open to the public once per year. Exhibitions in the gallery are open to the public year-round, free of charge. Ten-week botanical illustration and photography classes are taught by Alison Day.

    Drawing From Plant Life
    Mondays, September 22 – December 2, 2013
    1:00 – 2:30 PM

    This introductory course aims to provide an opportunity to explore the art and science of botanical Illustration. Students will have the opportunity to explore both drawing and painting plants while learning a range of graphic techniques used to represent plant material. Some basic theory is taught and historical and contemporary practice is referenced. This course is taught by a practicing artist who has a background in botany and fine art.

    Students are asked to bring their own ideas and specimens to the course as well as drawing plants provided. Basic materials are provided, together with reference literature, students must provide their own sketch book pencils and colours.

    All are welcome, no experience needed. This is a small class and provides a supportive and relaxed environment in which to draw.

    Space is limited, early registration required. Cost: £95/90 concessions


    35 mm SLR Photography Skills Course

    Wednesdays, September 25 – December 4, 2013
    6:00 – 7:30 PM

    Taught by photographer Alison Day, this ten-week workshop provides an opportunity to learn about SLR photography at a theoretical and practical level. The course is aimed at beginners and people who would like to update existing knowledge.

    Darkroom chemicals and equipment will be provided. Students must bring their own camera and buy basic materials (e.g 35mm film and photographic paper). All abilities welcome.

    The courses is run in Alison’s studio. Space is limited, early registration required. Cost: £95/90 concessions

For additional information and to register for either course, contact Alison at the Lewisham Arthouse.

Transport to Lewisham Arthouse:

    BR/Overground New Cross/New Cross Gate
    Bus 136, 21, 436, 321
    Disabled access

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A fellow artist has a question for you…

I am thinking ahead to the 2013 holiday season and would like to create some postcard sets for gifts. Does anyone have any good references as to sizes? I’d love to create squares. Do you have any advice about photographing images for printing? Where to purchase the blank cards? Best type of printing? Where to have them printed? I am planning a small run of boxed or bagged sets, maybe only 50-100 sets to start. Thank you.

Do you create your own stationery? What have you learned through your experiences of making your own cards? Share your experiences below.



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For the past fourteen years, the botanical gardens at the University of California Riverside has hosted Primavera in the Gardens, its annual fundraiser. This year the UCR Botanic Gardens will celebrate its 15th Annual Primavera event and the 50th anniversary of the founding of the gardens. In celebration of these important milestones, the UCR Botanic Gardens is inviting local artists to submit original artwork to their annual poster art contest.

Artists in the Riverside area are eligible to submit original artwork in two categories — photography and painting/drawing. All entries must be of the
UCR Botanic Gardens and be no smaller than 11″ x 14″. All entry forms and artwork must be sent to Margo Chabot no later than March 15, 2013.

First- and second-place awards will be given in both categories. The four award-winning pieces will be auctioned off at the 2013 Primavera Silent Auction. The two first-place winners will become the exclusive property of the UCR Botanic Gardens and will be used as the artwork for the 2013 Primavera event. Artwork will be printed on posters that will be distributed throughout the Riverside area.

First-place winners in each category will each receive four tickets to Primavera 2013, second-place winners will each receive two tickets.

For more information, download the call for entries packet below:
Primavera in the Gardens Poster Art Contest

Please direct all questions to Margo Chabot or Brightie Dunn.

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The 2013 Santa Barbara International Orchid Show invites artists and photographers to submit original works related to this year’s theme, “Orchids in Focus”. The Santa Barbara Art Association is managing the juried art show, which is open to all artists, photographers and fine quality artisans. All original works must feature orchids as their primary subject matter.

Those interested in participating must fill out a Request to Exhibit Form and mail the form and payment ($10 per entry) to orchid show management before February 15, 2013. Artists are limited to three (3) entries each.

For complete details and a list of eligible artwork, download the exhibitor packet.

The 68th Annual Santa Barbara International Orchid Show will be held March 8-10, 2013 at the Earl Warren Fairgrounds in Santa Barbara, CA.

Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM, daily

Admission: $12 adults, $10 seniors & students w/ID, Children 12 & Under FREE, 3-Day Pass $20 adults / $17 seniors & students.

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