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2017_lansuobashowposter-1Botanical artists from the Pacific Northwest present Lan Su in Bloom, an exhibition inspired by the plant collection at Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland, Oregon. Visit the Garden this spring to learn about the native plants of China from the following artists and educators:

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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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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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Curcubita ficifolia © Kimiko Kambe-Gang. All rights reserved.

Curcubita ficifolia © Kimiko Kambe-Gang. All rights reserved.

The Chelsea Physic Garden will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their Florilegium Society with a special exhibition.

London’s Secret Garden: Plant Portraits from Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society will be on view August 4-26, 2015 and will feature works from some of today’s finest botanical artists. Open each day from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., entrance to the exhibition is free with paid admission to the Garden.

The Florilegium Society was formed in 1995 with the explicit purpose of documenting the plant collections in the Chelsea Physic Garden. Founded in 1673, the Chelsea Physic Garden is the oldest garden in London.

Many of the works of art in the exhibition are included in the Society’s new book, Botanical Illustration from Chelsea Physic Garden, written by Andrew Brown with contributions from Christopher Bailes, Phillip Cribb and Anne-Marie Evans. The publisher Antique Collectors Club provides the following sample pages for viewing:

This new book can be purchased online from independent bookstores ($75 US) and from the publisher directly.


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Medicine Illuminated, the latest exhibition at the Lloyd Library and Museum, provides a rare look into a hidden part of the collections at the Lloyd. Rare texts about medical history and how medicine has been illustrated are now on view through July 31, 2015.

Rare texts on display date from 1546 and feature the work of Hippocrates and Galen and offer an overview of four centuries of medical developments and improvements. The art for Medicine Illuminated comes from the Lloyd’s Vesalius Trust Collection of Art in the Service of Science. This collection features works from notable 20th and 21st-century illustrators.


About the Lloyd Library and Museum

The Lloyd Library and Museum, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, is a local and regional cultural treasure, which began in the 19th century as a research library for Lloyd Brothers Pharmacists, Inc., one of the leading pharmaceutical companies of the period.  Our mission is to collect and maintain a library of botanical, medical, pharmaceutical, and scientific books and periodicals, and works of allied sciences that serve the scientific research community, as well as constituents of the public, through library services and programming that bring science, art, and history to life.  For more information, visit the Lloyd website at www.lloydlibrary.org.

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Photo-based dye sublimation print on chiffon, wind, existing steel arbor, Western Cottonwood (Populus fremontii), drought-tolerant native plant 95 x 96 x 28 in. overall; Tapestry: 83 x 89.5 in.

Photo-based dye sublimation print on chiffon, wind, existing steel arbor, Western Cottonwood (Populus fremontii), drought-tolerant native plant
95 x 96 x 28 in. overall; Tapestry: 83 x 89.5 in.

Elemental | Seeing the Light
Group Exhibition 
Sturt Haaga Gallery
Descanso Gardens
La Cañada Flintridge, CA
January 11 – April 5, 2015

Elemental | Seeing the Light explores light, the most fundamental element in any garden. Participating in this exhibition is Pamela Burgess, artist and Chairperson of the Arts Council at the Theodore Payne Foundation. Pamela’s deep interest in sculpture and photography have guided her creation of installations about abstract landscapes, photography and light. Pamela’s installation, ‘Radiant Blue’ (above) is featured in this new exhibition. Visit her website to view this tapestry close up.

Other artists exploring light are Larry Bell, Jordan Biren, Ursula Brookbank, Heather Carson, Mary Corse, Max Hendler, Nancy Macko, Yunhee Min, Soojung Park, Helen Pashgian, Fran Siegel, Nancy Turner-Smith, Paul Tzanetopoulos, and Eric Zammitt

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By Botanical Art Society of the National Capital Region

Postcard image courtesy BASNCR.

Go to the Anthenaeum

Preserving Our Heritage:
Native and Heirloom Plants

Anthenaeum
North Virginia Fine Arts Association
November 13, 2014 – January 4, 2015

Each year, the artists of the Botanical Art Society of the National Capital Region (BASNCR) hold at least one juried exhibition in the Washington area to promote awareness of botanical art as a living art form. BASNCR artists work in a variety of media including the traditional watercolor on paper, as well as ink, graphite, gouache, colored pencil, oil, and silverpoint.

This year’s exhibition, Preserving Our Heritage, will be held at the Athenaeum in Old Town Alexandria, VA. The exhibition opens on November 13, 2014 and continues through January 3, 2015. Susan Frei Nathan of Susan Frei Nathan Fine Works on Paper juried the exhibition. Susan has over two decades of experience evaluating botanical art, and is a passionate expert and champion of botanical artwork.

The exhibition offers the artists of BASNCR an opportunity to showcase their favorite native or heirloom plants. There are a variety of definitions for both types of plants. A generally accepted definition for a native plant is one that occurs naturally in a particular region, ecosystem, or habitat without direct or indirect human intervention.

Some define heirloom plants in terms of the length of time a cultivar has been grown, or its existence before a specific date (e.g., 1951). Some use heirloom in its traditional sense and define an heirloom plant as a cultivar that has been handed down from one family or group member to another for many generations.

Whatever the definition for either category of plant, BASNCR artists each have favorite plants that they grow or admire (or anguish over not being able to grow), and will present them in their artwork at the Athenaeum.

Participating Artists:

      Ann Baker
      Carol Tudor Beach
      Judy Brown
      Tina Thieme Brown
      Esther Carpi
      Anne Clippinger
      Karen Coleman
      Jane Dowling
      Lee Boulay D’Zmura
      Bonnie Driggers
      Joan Ducore
      Mary Elcano
      Margaret McPherson Farr (Betsy)
      Lara Gastinger
      Gail Harwood
      Mary Page Hickey
      Juliet Kirby
      Jerry Kurtzweg
      Pamela Mason
      Elena Maza-Borkland
      Linda C. Miller
      Marsha Ogden
      Berit Robertson
      Mary Jane Zander

An opening reception will be held on Sunday, November 16, 2014 from 4-6 pm.

Gallery Hours:
Thursday, Friday and Sunday from 12–4 pm and Saturdays from 1–4 pm.
The Athenaeum is closed on holidays. Admission to the gallery is free.

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