I'm extremely pleased to see that there is now a Margaret Flockton Award 2017 Gallery on the website of the Royal Botanical Garden Sydney.
For the very first time we can now see all the exhibits by all the international artists online. The new on-line gallery includes
I've previously highlighted the award winners - see below for details.
The Margaret Flockton Award commemorates the contribution that Margaret Flockton made to Australian scientific botanical illustration.
You can find out more about the Margaret Flockton Award from the following sites and blog posts:
Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
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Billy Showell was awarded the Best in Show Award for her painting of "Tulip Queen of Night" at the BISCOT Exhibition at Gardening Scotland (2nd-4th June 2017). The exhibition is organised by the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society in liaison with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
Billy was also awarded a Gold Medal for her exhibit - the rest of which you can see below.
She's been having quite a week, having been announced as the new President Elect for the Society of Botanical Artists at the AGM three days earlier!
Below are details of:
Billy Showell is a very popular botanical art tutor and author as well as a best selling botanical artist. She's based in Tunbridge Wells in Kent. She graduated from St Martins School of Art with a degree in Fashion design and illustration. However she changed direction when she fell in love with watercolour painting and started painting flowers. She has been pursuing a career in painting, illustration and tuition for some years and is the author of four books. She has been awarded a number of prestigious awards over the years.
I first met Fran Thomas at the RHS Botanical Art Show in 2014 when she was awarded a Silver Gilt Medal for Native Scottish marginal pond plants (Rumex aquaticus, Menyanthes trifoliata, Iris pseudacorus, Caltha palustris, Lythrum salicaria & Petasites hybridus). It seems Fran has a particular affection for plants associated with water!
Lyn used to work as a physiotherapist and took up botanical painting at RBGR. She graduated with a Diploma in Botanical Illustration in 2011 - and was graded Higher Merit.
Jenny is an experienced graphic/book designer and illustrator who comes from New Zealand but now lives in Edinburgh. She started studying botanical art in 2014 and in 2016, she graduated from the RGBE Diploma Course and was awarded a Distinction. Less than a year after graduation she has achieved a Silver Gilt Medal at BISCOT!
Karyn is a member of the Edinburgh Society of Botanical Artists - which is the Alumni group for those who have completed the RBGE's Diploma Course in Botanical Illustration.
Dany is an architect who lives and works in Vienna in Austria and in Arles in France. She studied with Annie Farrer at Kew and earned her Certificate in Botanical Illustration. More recently she has been completing the RBGE Diploma Course in Botanical Illustration.
Regina is a visiting lecturer in graphic design at the University of Massachusetts. She received the President’s Award for the highest achieving student when she graduated with her Diploma from the Society of Botanical Artists in 2007.
Jan Miller is the Secretary of the Edinburgh Society of Botanical Artists
How to see the BISCOT Exhibition 2017
You can see the exhibition today at the Gardening Scotland Show, at the Royal Highland Showground at Ingliston between 10am and 5pm until Sunday 4th June 2016. (The exhibition opened on Friday).
Next week, the exhibition will transfer to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, John Hope Gateway Building, for a period of about three weeks (7th June - 22nd June).
Every year the Royal Horticultural Society has a mini Botanical Art Show at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival in May.
This year's RHS medal winners at Malvern are listed below - and apologies for this being a week late! I'm also very happy to add in any photos by any of the exhibitors if they'd care to contact me
RHS Gold Medal
RHS Silver Gilt Medal
I have always been drawn to pattern and structure and prefer to concentrate on the gnarled shapes of plants as they enter their seed cycle and reveal linear skeletal forms.
RHS Silver Medal
One of the things I've observed that happens often when international artists exhibit at the RHS Botanical Art Shows is that they come with a friend or colleague from their botanical art society or country. That means they're not on their own and have got some help and support from somebody who speaks their language. Not an issue with Australians from ACT - but you get my drift! I think it's a really great idea.
In terms of exhibiting at Malvern, there's some jolly good reasons for exhibiting there:
Many thanks to Holly Somerville (Website | Facebook) for allowing me to use her photos of the display by the Irish Society of Botanical Artists.
RHS and previous posts
The botanical illustrators exhibiting at the Exhibition for the Margaret Flockton Award 2017 at the Joseph Maiden Theatre, Royal Botanic Garden Sydney are detailed below.
Below are two sections relating to:
You can read about those botanical illustrators who received the First and Second Prizes and the Highly Commendeds in my previous post Second Margaret Flockton Award win for Lucy T. Smith
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