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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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By The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation

Soft Tree Fern, Dicksonia antarctica [Dicksonia antarctica Labillardière, Dicksoniaceae], watercolor on paper by Laurie Andrews (1936–), 2008, 76.5 ◊ 56.5 cm, HI Art accession no. 8078, reproduced by permission of the artist.

Soft Tree Fern, Dicksonia antarctica [Dicksonia antarctica Labillardière, Dicksoniaceae], watercolor on paper by Laurie Andrews (1936–), 2008, 76.5 ◊ 56.5 cm, HI Art accession no. 8078, reproduced by permission of the artist.

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation presents our
15th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration from
15 September to 15 December 2016. This exhibition includes 43 artworks by 43 artists who are citizens of 15 countries. The Institute established the International series in 1964 with the hope of supporting and encouraging contemporary botanical artists. Every three years, the International series features the works of talented botanical artists from around the world.

Join us Thursday, 13 October 2016 from 6-8 p.m. for the reception. At 6:30 p.m. the curators will give a short introduction to the exhibition in the gallery.

A full-color, illustrated catalog with biographical data, portraits of the artists and reproductions of the artworks accompanies the exhibition. Collectively, the 15 International series catalogs include 1,172 artists and are the most comprehensive record available of contemporary botanical artists and illustrators to date.

View list of participating artists and selected artworks

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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)

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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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