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Carrie Di Costanzo

Carrie Di Costanzo is a fashion illustrator who is now focused on botanical art. Her work has been exhibited in several ASBA exhibitions and has been published in The Botanical Artist and Colorful Edibles. View Carrie’s portfolio online.

New Jersey State MuseumBotanica Magnifica:
Photographs by Jonathan Singer

New Jersey State Museum
April 21 – August 26, 2012

Inspired by the work of both early and contemporary botanical artists, photographer Jonathan Singer set out to develop a digital photography technique that would capture a viewer’s emotions through lighting and detail, and surpass “the capability of brush and paint” (Singer et al., 2009). In 2009, Singer’s now-famous photographs were published in Botanica Magnifica: Portraits of the World’s Most Extraordinary Flowers & Plants.

Selections from the five-volume, baby elephant folio-sized Botanica Magnifica are now on view at the New Jersey State Museum. Launched earlier this year, Botanical Magnifica: Photographs by Jonathan Singer has been presented as a two-part exhibition. This approach enabled the museum to display more pieces from Singer’s collection. On view since January 28, the exhibition is now in its last three weeks and will close on August 26, 2012.

To view the spectacular photography of Jonathan Singer, whom many refer to as a modern-day John James Audubon, visit the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, NJ Tuesday through Saturday from 9:00 AM – 4:45 PM.

Botanical Magnifica: Photographs by Jonathan Singer is curated by guest curator, Dr. Karen Reeds, a Harvard-trained historian of science and medicine and an independent exhibition curator. Reeds is also the author of When the Botanist Can’t Draw: The Case of Linnaeus, an article that was featured in the teaching and learning column last year. In her article, Dr. Reeds discusses Linnaeus’ preference for descriptive text over botanical illustrations. In November, Dr. Reeds will present Mark Catesby and his Botanical Forerunners at a special symposium celebrating the contributions made by this 18th-century artist and naturalist.

Literature Cited

Singer, Jonathan M. and W. John Kress, Marc Hachadourian. 2009. Botanica Magnifica: Portraits of the World’s Most Extraordinary Flowers & Plants. New York: Abbeville Press.

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On Monday, the Reeves-Reed Arboretum in Summit, NJ revealed
The Magnified Eye: Contemporary Botanical Portraiture in collaboration with Susan Frei Nathan Fine Works on Paper, LLC. This new exhibition features the work of fifteen international artists who have used various techniques and media to create their drawings and paintings of plants. Visitors can study each artist’s technique up close by using the magnifying glasses that will be on hand.

Artists participating in The Magnified Eye are:

Additional information, including an exhibition flyer, are available here. This exhibition will be on view in the Wisner House through June 15, 2012.

The Reeves-Reed Arboretum is an estate garden listed on the National and State Registers of Historic Places. The arboretum hosts programs for families, children, school groups and adults. Readers of this website might be particularly interested in the workshop Tree ID for Beginners scheduled for April 19, 2012.


Martin J. Allen Discusses the Power of Seeing

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See this new evening workshop at Classes Near You > New Jersey:

Arts Guild New Jersey

A center for the arts located in the Downtown Arts District of Rahway. The Guild hosts exhibitions celebrating the work of New Jersey artists, as well as a diverse selection of classes for adults, teens and children.

    Botanical Watercolor – September 24, 2011; 10 AM – 4 PM. Reproduce the colors and textures of plants in this one-day workshop. Some experience in watercolor helpful, as instruction will focus on the development of botanical images in watercolor. Students will receive a supply list after registering for class. Register online at Arts Guild New Jersey (go to Art Classes > Adult Workshops).

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Watercolor wants to be danced with, not controlled.

Learn English watercolor techniques with children’s book illustrator and ASBA member, Ruth Councell.

Paul Robeson Center for the Arts
Arts Council of Princeton

A center for arts education, literary events and performing arts making the arts accessible to people of all ages from all socioeconomic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds. View their extensive list of classes, camps and workshops online.

  • Botanical Art in Watercolor – Wednesdays, September 21 – November 9, 2011; 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM. Understand the structure of plants and communicate your new knowledge through your art. Work with live plant specimens, enhance your drawing skills and learn how to paint botanical specimens using English painting techniques. Some drawing and watercolor experience required. Cost: $275 nonmembers, $250 members. Additional details and registration are available here. Learn more about instructor Ruth Councell and her approach to painting. View Ruth’s website at www.councell.net.

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The following workshops by Mindy Lighthipe have been added to CLASSES NEAR YOU > NEW JERSEY:

Studio 16

Custom classes, individual instruction, art tours, and self-published instructional books can be found at Studio 16, the classroom and art studio of natural science illustrator, Mindy Lighthipe. To register for classes, contact Mindy at Mlighthipe@mac.com
or call 908-769-7417.

  • Let’s Paint Butterflies – June 20, 2009. Learn how Mindy manages her collection and how she paints butterfly lifecycles. Mindy recently earned a silver medal from the Royal Horticultural Society for her paintings of insect lifecycles. Fee: $100, cost includes insect specimens. 10 am – 4 pm.
  • SAVE THE DATES! – Art Tour to Costa Rica – February 5-14, 2010. Travel to the south Pacific region of Costa Rica. Brand new itinerary! View full itinerary here.


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Wendy Hollender will teach a three-day Spring workshop at Morven Museum & Garden April 17, 18 and 25. Class will be held from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM each day. Please bring your own lunch. All questions should be directed to Michele Sheridan at msheridan@morven.org or to Wendy Hollender at wendyhollender@gmail.com.

Wendy Hollender is the Program Coordinator of the Botanical Art & Natural Science Illustration certificate program at the New York Botanical Garden and the author of Botanical Drawing: A Beginner’s Guide.

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