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Margaret Saylor

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Margaret Saylor is a Pennsylvania artist with many years of design experience. She earned a Certificate in Botanical Art & Illustration from the New York Botanical Garden and teaches botanical art in Delaware, Pennsylvania and New York. Margaret is the Editor/Designer of The Botanical Artist, the quarterly journal of the American Society of Botanical Artists.

Margaret’s complete teaching schedule is available on her website.

Here is what’s coming up this next!


    Painting Mushrooms: Woodland Jewels of the Forest

    September 24, 25 and 26, 2015
    Th, F and Sa from 10 AM to 3:30 PM, 3 sessions
    Mt. Cuba Center, 3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, DE 19707

    Much of the mystery and intrigue surrounding mushrooms stems from the tiny kingdom on the forest floor that they inhabit. Join Margaret Saylor for a three-day workshop where you will examine different types of fungi and mushrooms, then sketch, compose, and build a unique and accurate painting. Including secondary elements such as spiky grasses, brittle leaves, satiny acorns, or even woodland critters adds interest to your composition while teaching the viewer more about the habitat of the particular mushroom the artist has chosen to depict. Concepts will be taught through demonstrations and individual instruction. All levels of ability are welcome!

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Deborah Kopka of DK Designs in Ohio will travel to the Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh, PA this year to teach two classes as a Visiting Artist in the botanical illustration program.

Here is the latest from the Classes Near You sections for Ohio and Pennsylvania:


Deborah Kopka, DK Designs

www.dkdesigns.org
Botanical illustrator, Deborah Kopka is the principal artist at DK Designs. Deborah licenses her artwork, creates illustrations for publishers, and teaches botanical art classes through her design studio. Visit her website to read the latest issue of her newsletter, Botanically Speaking.

    Watercolor I: Underpainting Method for Botanical
    Watercolor Painting

    April 10-12, 2015
    10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

    Students will learn how to create photorealistic botanical portraits in watercolor by underpainting an initial value study that will be overlaid with surface washes of color. The techniques of wet-into-wet and gradated washes will be emphasized. Class assignments are designed to improve students’ abilities to see tonal values and work successfully in watercolor. The botanical subject for the first assignment will be provided.
    Cost: $230 members; $265 nonmembers

    This is a core course in the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate program.

    Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II
    Level: Intermediate to Advanced

    Register online or call Sarah at 412.441.4442, ext. 3925


    Watercolor II: Mixed Media

    July 10, 11, and 12, 2015
    9:30 AM to 4:00 PM

    Students will learn how to work beyond the traditional watercolor botanical portrait and enhance photorealistic effects by combining pen and ink, pastel, graphite, and colored pencil with watercolor. Class assignments are designed to help students explore ways to render details, texture, and volume with combinations of media. The botanical subject for the first assignment will be provided. Cost: $230 members; $265 nonmembers

    This is a core course in the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate program.
    Prerequisites: Botanical Drawing I and II, Watercolor I
    Level: Intermediate to Advanced

    Register online or call Sarah at 412.441.4442, ext. 3925

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Susan Minton, horticulturalist, retired professor and member of the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators, will give a gallery talk at Drawn to the Details, the botanical art exhibition at Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens. Susan will explore some of the fascinating characteristics of plants that inspire both artists and horticulturalists.

Here is a sneak peek at Susan’s presentation Captivating Colors, Fabulous Forms:

A common thread that binds gardeners and botanical artists is a fascination with plants: how they look, how they grow, what makes each species unique. For all of us, but perhaps especially for artists, it is often easy to be so entranced with their colors and shapes and textures, that we forget how amazing they are from a botanist’s perspective. Scientists are continually uncovering new and wondrous details about how plants function, what purposes their particular (and often peculiar!) characteristics serve, and the many ways they interact with their environment.

Plants have inspired artists and gardeners for centuries. Learning about them will enhance your work and enrich your experience, both in the studio and in the garden.

You are invited to attend this special presentation.


Captivating Colors, Fabulous Forms

Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens
October 12, 2014
2-4 PM

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Heath-leaved Banksia, Banksia ericifolia L.f. [Banksia ericifolia Linnaeus filius, Proteaceae], watercolor on paper by Julie Dagmar Nettleton (Australia), 2012, 38.5 x 57 cm, HI Art accession no. 8038, ©2012 Julie Dagmar Nettleton, All Rights Reserved.

Heath-leaved Banksia, Banksia ericifolia L.f. [Banksia ericifolia Linnaeus filius, Proteaceae], watercolor on paper by Julie Dagmar Nettleton (Australia), 2012, 38.5 x 57 cm, HI Art accession no. 8038, ©2012 Julie Dagmar Nettleton, All Rights Reserved.

14th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration
Hunt Institute for
Botanical Documentation
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA
Sept. 27 – Dec. 19, 2013

Every three years the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation presents an exhibition of botanical art celebrating the work of contemporary botanical artists. This year forty-one artists from ten countries will take part in this international series that began in 1964 with the hope of supporting and encouraging contemporary artists worldwide. Participating in the 14th International Exhibition are:

Christine Battle, England; Phansakdi Chakkaphak, Thailand; Li-Jun Chen, China; Gaynor Dickeson, England; Ria van Elk-van Altena, Netherlands; Dianne Emery, Australia; Mayumi Ezure, Japan; Laura Fantini, United States; Lara Call Gastinger, United States; Ellen Gaube, United States; Janice Glimn-Lacy, United States; Cherie Ann Gossett, United States; Asuka Hishiki, Japan; Annie Hughes, Australia; Carolyn Jenkins, England; Barbara Klaas, United States; Esther Klahne, United States; David Kopitzke, United States; Joo-Young Lee, South Korea; Kyung-Min Lee, South Korea; Charlotte Linder, England; Roberta Mattioli, Italy; Carrie Megan, United States; Kayoko Miyazawa, Japan; Masako Mori, Japan; Julie Nettleton, Australia; Mary Anne O’Malley, United States; Tomoko Otomo, Japan; Beth Phillip, England; Lesley Randall, United States; Abigail Rorer, United States; Susan Rubin, United States; Gael Sellwood, England; Deborah B. Shaw, United States; Janet Snyman, South Africa; Min-Jeung Son, South Korea; Sun Yingbao, China; Charlotte Staub Thomas, United States; Denise Walser-Kolar, United States; Eric Wert, United States; and Margaret Wilson, United States.

A full-color, illustrated catalogue with biographical data, portraits of the artists and reproductions of the artworks will be available for purchase. Collectively, the 14 International catalogues include 1,129 artists and are the most comprehensive record available of contemporary botanical artists and illustrators. Most of the previous International catalogues are available for purchase at the Institute.


Visitor Information

The exhibition will be on display on the 5th floor of the Hunt Library building at Carnegie Mellon University and will be open to the public free of charge.

Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 AM – Noon and 1–5 PM; Sunday, 1–4 PM (except November 24 and November 28 – December 1, 2013). The library will also be open on Saturday September 28, 2013 (1-4 PM) during Carnegie Mellon University’s Céilidh Weekend festivities. Hours subject to change, please call or email before your visit to confirm the library will be open.



About the Hunt Institute

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, a research division of Carnegie Mellon University, specializes in the history of botany and all aspects of plant science and serves the international scientific community through research and documentation.

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Rumex obtusifolius leaf [Rumex obtusifolius Linnaeus, Polygonaceae], watercolor on paper by Julia Trickey, 2006, 55 × 36.5 cm, HI Art accession no. 7755, © 2006 Julia Trickey, All Rights Reserved.

Rumex obtusifolius leaf [Rumex obtusifolius Linnaeus, Polygonaceae], watercolor on paper by Julia Trickey, 2006, 55 × 36.5 cm, HI Art accession no. 7755, © 2006 Julia Trickey, All Rights Reserved.

What We Collect:
Recent Art Acquisitions, 2007-2012

Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation
Carnegie Mellon University
Pittsburgh, PA
March 22 – June 30, 2013

A selection of recent acquisitions to the Art Department of the Hunt Institute, from the early 19th century through the present, will be placed in the context of the Institute’s collection practices and the history of botanical illustration. Whether working alongside botanists for scientific and horticultural publications or preparing artworks for collectors, galleries or commercial use, artists throughout the centuries have added their individual perspectives to portraying plants and have made lasting contributions to the botanical record and the history of art.

Included will be original illustrations for an early-19th-century botanical handbook and its contemporary, the field guide; a 19th-century classroom wall chart and the modern text book; a 20th-century seed packet and a booklet on seedling identification; a 20th-century monograph on the mistletoe genus and a journal article on marine fungi; drawings and watercolors illustrated by research botany professors; independent projects on floras of a region, native and medicinal plants and plants and their pollinators; and recent botanical artworks by artists previously represented in Hunt Institute’s International Exhibition of Art & Illustration. Mediums represented are watercolor on paper and vellum; ink, graphite and charcoal drawing; printmaking techniques: copper etching, wood engraving, vitreography and nature printing; and gelatin silver photography.

The artists working before 1900 include Pancrace Bessa (1772–1846), Sydenham Edwards (1769?–1819), Will Kilburn (1745–1818), James Sowerby (1757–1822), William Jackson Hooker (1785–1865), W. A. Meyn (19th-century), Powe (18th-century) and Christian Schkuhr (1741–1811). The contemporary artists featured include Bobbie Angell, Wendy Brockman, John Cody, Felicity Rose Cole, Carolyn Crawford, Paul Dobe (1880–1965), John Doughty, Beverly Duncan, Josephine Elwes Ewes, Alison Gianangeli, Janice Glimn-Lacy, Audrey Hardcastle, Lizzie Harper, Christina Hart-Davies, Lyn Hayden, Richard Homala (1934–2009), Brigette Kohlmeyer, Job Kuijt, Donelda LaBrake, Peter Loewer, Rogers McVaugh (1912–2009), Susan G. Monden, Cindy Nelson-Nold (1957–2009), Susan Ogilvy, Kandis Phillips, Alfred Putz (1892–1966), Mary Rankin, Thomas Reaume, Eugeni Sierra-Ràfols (1919–1999), Eva Stockhaus, Jessica Tcherepnine, Julia Trickey, Denise Walser Kolar, John Wilkinson and Sun Yingbao.

The Hunt’s annual Open House will be held in conjunction with this exhibition. Curators, librarians and staff will lead exhibition tours and discuss the history of botanical wall charts and botanical publications during this event. View the library’s Open House schedule.


Visitor Information

The exhibition will be on display on the 5th floor of the Hunt Library building at Carnegie Mellon University and will be open to the public free of charge.

Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–Noon and 1–5 p.m.; Sunday, 1–4 p.m. (except March 29-31, May 5 and May 26-27). Hours subject to change, please call or email before your visit to confirm the library will be open.



About the Hunt Institute

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, a research division of Carnegie Mellon University, specializes in the history of botany and all aspects of plant science and serves the international scientific community through research and documentation.

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The Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation will host its annual open house in June. This year the library will host lectures and tours related to the exhibition What We Collect: Recent Art Acquisitions, 2007-2012.

Here is the schedule of events:


Sunday, June 23, 2013

    1:00
    Registration (continues all afternoon)

    1:15–1:30
    Welcome and Introduction in Reading Room by Publication and Marketing Manager Scarlett Townsend

    1:30–2:15
    Exhibition Tour of What We Collect: Recent Art Acquisitions, 2007–2012 by Curatorial Assistant Carrie Roy

    2:15–3:00
    Walking tour of Reading Room furniture by Publication and Marketing Manager Scarlett Townsend

    3:15–4:00
    Botanical Wall Charts
    Lugene Bruno, Curator of Art
    Bruno will present an overview of the Hunt Institute’s collection of instructional wall charts that were produced in Europe and circulated around the world from the late 19th to the early 20th centuries. Using the less expensive printing process of lithography, these large-scale charts featured the characteristics of important plant families (often in magnified detail) and were used in introductory to advanced botany courses. As information became accessible in different formats, this important record of educational presentation fell into disuse. In recent decades these charts have often been retrieved from neglected storage areas and dumpsters and donated to institutions for preservation.

    4:00–4:30
    Enjoy exhibition and displays; talk with curators and staff


Monday, June 24, 2013

    1:00
    Registration (continues all afternoon)

    1:15–1:30
    Welcome and Introduction in Reading Room by Curator of Art Lugene Bruno

    1:30–2:15
    Exhibition Tour of What We Collect: Recent Art Acquisitions, 2007–2012 by Curatorial Assistant Carrie Roy

    2:15–3:00 W
    Walking tour of Reading Room furniture by Publication and Marketing Manager Scarlett Townsend

    3:15–3:45
    From Field to Folio: Stories Behind Botanical Publications
    Jeannette McDevitt, Assistant Librarian
    Long before our modern conveniences, such as overnight shipments and photocopies, passionate botanists and botanical artists were pouring blood, sweat and tears into their work. Ever at the mercy of the natural elements, each other and tight budgets, they traveled near and far to document the world’s flora. McDevitt will display some of Hunt Institute’s special items and speak about the dramas, disasters and absurdities that went on behind the scenes before these beautiful books could come to fruition.

    3:45–4:30
    Enjoy exhibition and displays; talk with curators and staff



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The American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), in collaboration with
Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia, is curating an exhibition of original contemporary botanical artworks depicting plants discovered and introduced by John and William Bartram, American pioneers in botany and horticulture.

Very soon ASBA members will submit artworks for consideration and a team of four jurors will select about 40 works to be included in this traveling exhibition. This exhibition will focus on the native plant discoveries made by John and William in their travels throughout the eastern wilderness between the 1730’s and 1790’s. An illustrated, full-color booklet will be published in conjunction with the exhibition.

This traveling exhibition will be on view at the following venues:


    Bartram’s Garden Gallery

    Philadelphia, PA
    April 26 – May 24, 2013

    South Florida Museum

    Bradenton, FL
    September – December 2013

    Cherokee Garden Library

    Atlanta History Center
    Atlanta, GA
    March 1 – May 31, 2014

Additional venues will be posted in the “Exhibits to Visit” section as information becomes available.

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