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By Barbara Rose, Reed-Turner Artists’ Circle

The ASBA Reed-Turner Artists’ Circle and the Long Grove-Kildeer Garden Club are pleased to announce the 11th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition & Plant Sale at the Reed-Turner Woodland Nature Preserve in Long Grove, Illinois. This exhibition and sale will be held May 14-15, 2016 from 9 am – 3 pm.

The Artists’ Circle consists of a dedicated and enthusiastic group of botanical artists, current and former students with provenance at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Consistent with the mission of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the group works to further the interest in botanical art, conservation science, botany, and horticulture at the local level. The group also strives to emphasize the beauty and importance plants play in our daily lives by increasing public awareness through education, promotion, and exhibition of its members’ art in collaboration with local institutions.

Anyone with an interest in botanical art is most welcome at the group’s meetings on the last Saturday of each month from 9:30-11:30 am at the Reed-Turner Woodland.

More about the Reed-Turner Artists’ Circle

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ASBA Auction

Visit the ASBA Online Auction

The American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) invites you to visit their online auction of contemporary botanical art. This public auction is open to everyone with an interest in botanical art. The ASBA has chosen Bidding for Good, a trusted online auction platform to host this fundraising event.

Ninety-one items are up for bid. Items include original artwork and giclee prints by ASBA members, as well as art supplies and jewelry. In many cases the starting bids for artwork are less than the actual value of the work, so this is a wonderful opportunity to buy botanical art for your home or to purchase an elegant plant portrait as a special gift.

Auction proceeds support the ASBA’s mission to “provide a thriving, interactive community dedicated to perpetuating the tradition and contemporary practice of botanical art”. Proceeds also benefit the artists, underwrite the ASBA journal, and enable the ASBA to produce botanical art exhibitions of the highest quality.

There is a lot to see on the auction site. Act now to be sure you have time to study each work. This auction ends on May 29, 2016 at 11 PM (EDT).

Go to the ASBA Auction

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A History of Botanical Art, an Artist’s Perspective

Virginia Historic Garden Week
The College of William and Mary
Swim Library
Linda C. Miller
April 26, 2016
10:30 AM
Williamsburg, Virginia

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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)

Visit the Los Angeles Arboretum and Botanic Garden

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The Lloyd Library and Museum in Cincinnati will host an entomology workshop in partnership with Meddling with Nature, an organization known for their educational theatrics and hands-on DIY workshops whose specialty is creating opportunities for individuals to experience art within the natural sciences. Guests will be encouraged to “touch with their own hands and see with their own eyes”.  Meddlers big and small, armed with their new-found knowledge, will mount and take home their very own large exotic specimen.

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

Register Today!

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.

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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.

For more information, check the PSBI website, follow PSBI on Twitter (@PSBI_artists) or contact Sarah Maxwell.

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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.

Conference Highlights

  • 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

For conference details and to register, go to Medical Traditions for the 21st Century.

This event if free and open to the public. Registration is required.
Seating is limited.

Reserve Your Seat Today

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