It was a delight to meet Christobel King and Gustavo Marigo at the recent Private View for the Brazil - a powerhouse of plants exhibition at Kew.
Gustavo is the current Margaret Mee Artist Scholar who started his studies at Kew Gardens in 2015. I was also present as Christobel introduced him to Álvaro Xavier Núñez who is one the best known of the contemporary Brazilian botanical artists
The Margaret Mee Artist Scholars
You can read about how the Fellowship Programme which was set up in her memory and how it came about:
Below is the list of names of all the Artist Scholars from Brazil to date who have been sponsored by the Margaret Mee Fellowship Programme.
It was fascinating to find out from Christobel that she spent three years learning the Portuguese language so she could be more effective in her teaching of the artist scholars from Brazil.
More recently , personal circumstances and the need for Christobel to have a break to write her book (see below) required a short break in the programme.
However the programme has now recommenced and the 2015 scholar is currently studying at Kew and a new one will be appointed for 2016.
You can also read more about what has happened to the various Margaret Mee Scholars from the past in my NEW Page about the botanical artists of South America.
The current exhibition also includes a gallery devoted to their work.
Christobel King and "The Kew Book of Botanical Illustration"
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