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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.

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Echeveria pulvinata, © Elizabeth Peyton, all rights reserved

Echeveria pulvinata, © Elizabeth Peyton, all rights reserved

The Alcatraz Florilegium
UC Botanical Garden
Berkeley, CA
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.


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Get your copy today!

Get your copy today!


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).

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Nevin's Barberry with Bluebird Oct 2015_© Estelle DeRidder, all rights reserved

Nevin’s Barberry with Bluebird Oct 2015_© Estelle DeRidder, all rights reserved

In 2012 botanical artist Estelle DeRidder received a grant from the American Society of Botanical Artists to create plant identification cards about plants at the Madrona Marsh Preserve in southern California. A traveling exhibition about the plants of Madrona Marsh launched in November 2014. The second installment of this ongoing project,
The Flora of Madrona Marsh II, is now complete and on view at Madrona Marsh through December 3, 2015.


You’re Invited!

An opening reception will be held on Sunday, November 15 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Meet Estelle and view the illustrations of 12 plant species she created for this phase of her project. Dessert and coffee will be served.

The Madrona Marsh is located at 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance, CA 90503.
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday 10:00am – 5:00pm
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Now available

Now available

¡Go Tropical!
2015 Small Works Exhibition
American Society of Botanical Artists
Courtyard Miami Coconut Grove
Miami, FL
October 15-17, 2015


¡Go Tropical! Small Works 2015
is the non-juried exhibition of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) and is presented in collaboration with the Tropical Botanic Artists collective. This exhibition features the botanical paintings and drawings of ASBA members attending the 2015 ASBA Annual Meeting & Conference in Miami, Florida.

Robin Jess, ASBA Executive Director, explains the format of this weekend’s exhibition in the Introduction of the ¡Go Tropical! catalog:

Small Works is a continuing series of non-juried exhibitions held at ASBA’s annual conferences, open to all registrants. The works must be framed to 12 x 12 inches. These diminutive works should have all the qualities of any fine contemporary botanical art.

Due to their non-juried status, Small Works exhibitions include a range of artists, from beginners to world-renowned. Regardless of level of artistic skills, the works are not limited in their beauty or power to inform and move the viewer. Small Works is a favorite exhibition, and many artists who have never shown before do so here.

The Small Works catalog features the work of 79 artists from 20 US states, Bermuda, Chile and Germany. It can be purchased online at ArtPlantae ($15).

Buy ¡Go Tropical! Small Works 2015



Price Reduced

The exhibition catalog for Small Works 2014 is now $10. BUY

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Poster, Sonoma County Colored Pencil Artists

Courtesy: Sonoma County Colored Pencil Artists

The Legacy of
Luther Burbank

Helen Crocker Russell Library
San Francisco Botanical Gardens
Sept. 2 – Dec. 30, 2015

The Sonoma County Colored Pencil Botanical Artists are exhibiting 32 paintings of plants from the Luther Burbank Gold Ridge Experiment Farm in Sebastopol, CA and the
Luther Burbank Home & Garden in Santa Rosa, CA. 

Artists worked with specimens from both locations to create a botanical record (florilegium) of Burbank’s work in Sonoma County. An Artists’ Reception will be held on Thursday, September 17th (5-7 pm). You are invited to the reception to meet the artists and to learn about this special project.

Artists participating in this exhibition:

  • Nina Antze
  • Adrianne Bowes
  • Suzanne Cogen
  • Margie Goff
  • Nancy W Klippert
  • Victoria A. Kochergin
  • Rebecca Lichau
  • Jackie Lueder
  • Joanne Page
  • Elizabeth Peyton
  • Ginny Ritama Spencer
  • Vi Strain
  • Chris Woodward

Exhibition Coordinator, Nina Antze, will teach two colored pencil workshops in conjunction with the exhibition. These workshops will be taught
September 17 and November 5. For more information, please contact Nina.


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Click to download invitation

The Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California celebrates plant diversity this week in “Botanical Oddities”, an adjunct exhibition of botanical art shown in conjunction with the southern California showing of Weird, Wild & Wonderful: The New York Botanical Garden Second Triennial Exhibition, Botanical Illustrations of Remarkable Plants, a traveling exhibition curated by the American Society of Botanical Artists. Both exhibitions are now on view at the Frances Lasker Brody Botanical Center at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA.

Exhibition hours are as follows:

    Botanical Oddities
    Banta Hall
    August 1-9, 2015 (closed August 4)
    10:30 am – 4:30 pm


    Weird, Wild & Wonderful: The New York Botanical Garden Second Triennial Exhibition, Botanical Illustrations of Remarkable Plants

    Flora-Legium Room
    June 13 – August 23, 2015
    Open Saturday & Sunday only
    10:30 – 4:30 pm


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