A History of Botanical Art, an Artist’s Perspective
Virginia Historic Garden Week
The College of William and Mary
Linda C. Miller
April 26, 2016
Archive for the ‘Special Events’ Category
The Botanical Art and Illustration program at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden will present ARTboretum!, an exhibition of botanical art by students in the program.
Instructor Cristina Baltayian shares, “I have been honored to teach the botanical illustration class for the last four years. The best way to highlight the value of the Arboretum and its botanical art education program is to allow you to see the inspiration, talents, and visions of the students.”
Twelve artists will display original art and fine art giclees in the Arboretum’s Oak Room April 29, 30 and May 1, 2016. Participating in the first annual ARTboretum! exhibition are:
- Cristina Baltayian
- Nancy Beckham
- Melanie Campbell-Carter
- Shae Gazzaniga
- Nancy Grubb
- Teri Kuwahara
- Kathy Morgan
- Juanita O’Marah
- Marilyn Parrino
- Robyn Reilman
- Sabine Steinmetz
- Jude Wiesenfeld
Artists will demonstrate techniques and answer questions during the exhibition. Prints and greeting cards will be available for purchase.
You are invited to attend the Artists’ Reception and Catalog Signing on Saturday, April 30 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Catalogs for the show will be available for purchase while supplies last.
Admission to the art show and sale is free with admission to the Arboretum. The Arboretum is located at 301 N. Baldwin Avenue in Arcadia, CA. (map)
This workshop is a precursor to the Lloyd Library’s Summer 2016 exhibition showcasing Maria Sibylla Merian’s Metamorphosis Insectorum Surinamensium. Meddling with Nature will bring this epic work to life by presenting Surinam native plants and insects alongside the Lloyd Library’s original copies.
Learn about entomology and gain new insight into the work of Maria Sibyl Merian. Register for Meddling with Nature’s entomology workshop. The workshop will be held on Friday, February 19 (7-9 PM). Doors open at 6:30 PM.
General adult ticket: $49 advanced purchase
Additional child ticket: $22
About Meddling with Nature
Meddling with Nature is dedicated to exploring the connection between art and natural science. Starting with a love for medical illustration, Meddling with Nature quickly incorporated naturalistic, artistic, and anthropomorphic taxidermy. Meddling with Nature’s goal includes a mandate to educate the public on both biological and naturalist themes through direct, hands on experience. Meddling with Nature is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016 and is producing a number of events throughout the year.
About Lloyd Library and Museum
Lloyd Library and Museum is committed to providing engaging public programming through lectures, exhibitions, instructional events (for students of all ages) and symposia, that highlights the breadth and depth of the collection in all new ways. Offering a collection of botanical, medical, pharmaceutical, scientific books and periodicals, the library offers services and programming that bring science, art, and history to life.
By Sarah Maxwell, PSBI
The beautiful and precise botanical paintings of the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators (PSBI) are on display at the Philadelphia Flower Show from Saturday, March 5th through Sunday, March 13th. The artists will be giving live demonstrations of their illustration techniques each day between 11:30 am and 1:30 pm, as well as between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm.
In keeping with the Flower Show’s theme of “Explore America: 100 Years of the National Park Service,” the 2016 theme of the botanical artists is “Our National Treasures: Native Plants of the United States.” All the artwork had to be of plants that are native to our country — like oak trees, red buds, and dogwoods as well as trilliums, sunflowers, and black-eyed Susans. A large poster shows the location of these native plants along the Scenic Trail System of the National Parks.
Both the exhibition and the demonstrations are by the 75 members of PSBI. All the botanical art works are originals. PSBI artists spend many hours, weeks, even months to produce each one. They take great care to make certain that the depiction of the specimen is faithful to nature as well as a thing of beauty, something to be passed down with pride to coming generations.
The PSBI artists have been demonstrating the techniques of botanical art at the Philadelphia Flower Show since 1998, one year after PSBI was formed. Their demonstrations are part of the PSBI mission to educate the public on the intricacies of botanical art. It is an art form that is a tradition particularly in the Philadelphia area: in the 18th Century John and William Bartram founded and illustrated North America’s first botanical garden.
This month the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at UCLA will host a weekend conference focusing on the traditional knowledge of the therapeutic uses of plants. Co-organized by Alain Touwaide, this conference will bring together specialists from various disciplines involved in the study of medical traditions and will foster cross-disciplinary studies between medicine and the humanities.
The weekend conference will begin on Saturday, February 27 with a keynote lecture by Alain Touwaide titled, “Medical Traditions: Knowledge in the Making”. This will be followed by sessions about medicinal plants, herbals, culture and medicine. The conference concludes on Sunday, February 28.
A summary of planned presentations follows.
- Aspirin in Antiquity? Or Principles and Practices of Retrospective Pharmacognosy
- Medicine Box and Dining Table: Uses of Exotic Plants in Ancient Greece and Rome
- Medicinal Plants from Monastery Medicine for the 21st Century
- Tracing Drug Trajectories in the Early Modern Netherlands: Evidence from Newspaper Advertisements
- The De la Cruz-Badiano Manuscript of 1552: America’s First Herbal in the 21st Century
- More than Chemistry: Cultural Contexts for Healing and Well-being for First Peoples of Northwestern North America
- Ayurveda Pharmacology: An ancient paradigm, modern relevance
- The Chinese Botanico-Medical Tradition
- Imperialism, Modern Pharmacology and Traditional Medicine: Rudolf Kobert (1854-1918) and the Pharmakologisches Institut in Dorpat
- Traditional Chinese Medicine: An Ancient Treasure for the World Beyond Artemisinin
- Future application of Traditional Medical Knowledge intrinsically linked to Conservation of Culture and Biodiversity in Geographical Origins of Wild Medicinal Plants: The case of Nanwuweizi from the Giant Panda Habitat
This event if free and open to the public. Registration is required.
Seating is limited.
UC Botanical Garden
January 16-29, 2016
The Northern California Society of Botanical Artists, in collaboration with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the Garden Conservancy has created a florilegium documenting the plants growing in the gardens at Alcatraz.
An exhibition of these botanical paintings opens this week in Julia Morgan Hall at the UC Botanical Garden at Berkeley. Special lectures and a two-day workshop are also planned.
Scheduled programs include:
- January 22 – The History of Florilegia
- January 23 – Members’ Hour in the Alcatraz Florilegium Exhibition, Reception (Members only)
- January 28 – The Restoration of the Gardens at Alcatraz
- February 11-12 – An Introduction to Botanical Art with Catherine Watters
For more information about these special programs, visit the exhibition website.
18th Annual International
New York Design Center
New York, NY
November 4 – December 30, 2015
The international exhibition of botanical art hosted by the American Society of Botanical Artists and The Horticultural Society of New York is in mid-town Manhattan this year. This is New York’s premier showcase of contemporary botanical art.
Artists from all over the world submitted work for consideration. Of the 234 submissions received, 44 works by artists from the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, The Netherlands, Russia, and the UK were accepted.
Participating artists are: milly acharya, Rosalind Allchin, Margaret Best, Melanie Campbell-Carter, Estelle DeRidder, Carrie Di Costanzo, Jean Emmons, Akiko Enokido, Margaret Farr, Beverly Fink, Ingrid Finnan, Kathleen Folino, Lara Gastinger, Asuka Hishiki, Leah Kaizer, Joan Keesey, Ku-mie Kim, Karen Kluglein, Mindy Lighthipe, Katy Lyness, Robert McNeill, Carrie Megan, Mali Moir, Monika deVries Gohlke, Sharron O’Neil, Tomoko Ogawa, John Pastoriza-Pinol, Kelly Radding, Lesley Randall, Betsy Rogers-Knox, Susan Sapanara, Connie Scanlon, Liz Shippam, Fiona Strickland, Keiko Nibu Tarver, Melissa Toberer, Jeannetta vanRaalte, Alexander Viazmensky, Denise Walser-Kolar, Esmee Winkel, and Carol Woodin.
The New York Design Center is located at 200 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY and is open Monday – Friday from 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM.
The exhibition catalog of the 18th Annual International Exhibition can be purchased online at ArtPlantae ($20, plus $2.99 shipping).