Mary Ann Scott, author - with Margaret Stevens - of Botanical Sketchbook, has a solo exhibition in Lucca in Italy which opens today for three days.
Botalia - Living Art Incontri nel Giardino di Mary Ann Scott
Encounters in the Garden of Mary Ann Scott
Murabilia XVII Edizione
Dates: 1-3 September 2017
Venue: In the greenhouse at the Botanical Gardens in Lucca -
Orto Botanico Comunale di Lucca, Via del Giardino Botanico, 14, 55100 Lucca LU, Italy.
Hours: The hours for the exhibition are:
It's part of Murabilia which is a major horticultural and gardening market and festival event in Lucca this weekend.
This is a translation of the commentary for the catalogue for Mary Ann's exhibition by Professor Bogliani, a zoologist at the university of Pavia, who’s very active in environmental issues and particularly biodiversity.
Imagine a meeting between an artist from one of the countries with the greatest sensitivity towards the natural world, and an environment providing some of the the richest biodiversity in Europe.
This is about:
This morning I updated the RHS Botanical Arts Shows page on my website which is dedicated to:
I've done a radical edit of the content and sequencing of information to make it more logical.
It now includes sections for:
RHS Botanical Art Show 2018
The "British Artists in the Shirley Sherwood Collection" exhibition at The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at Kew Gardens finishes on 17th September 2017. If you haven't been to see it yet I strongly recommend you do so as it includes some iconic work by British Botanical Artists.
[NOTE: Since writing this post I've had the opportunity to review it with Shirley Sherwood personally and it has now been
I've now seen the exhibition four times and it might seem a bit odd to be doing a review so late in the day, except I've already written about it in:
Since I wrote these, the Gallery has also included British Artists in the Shirley Sherwood Collection.pdf (PDF)on the website - which I urge everybody to download as this is the ONLY formal record of this exhibition (there is no catalogue). It also includes thumbnails of all the paintings in the exhibition.
It has not been possible to hang more than a small proportion of ‘my’ British artists here as I now have 330 works by 86 painters and so I have had to be fiercely selective.
On my last visit I took my time and went round very slowly, looking at the artwork closely. I found that I began to detect themes within the collection which I had missed earlier.
In a way it's a story of a collection, a collector and the development of botanical art in the UK over more than a quarter of a century of collecting.
Hence this post is going to be something of a timeline or retrospective of the collection which started in 1990. It's by no means the story of the whole collection of British artists as this now includes 330 works by 86 painters.
There are three botanical artists in the exhibition who have an artwork on display which was acquired or commissioned in every decade to date. They are Brigid Edwards, Coral Guest and Rory McEwen - who are all members of the small group of what Dr Sherwood refers to as her 'core artists'.
This post is interspersed with comments from Dr Sherwood and listings of the artists whose work is featured in each decade.
In relation to dates:
Where an artist is exhibiting elsewhere in the UK currently or in near future and/or teaching I'm also sharing the information in this post.
All quotations are by Shirley Sherwood (from the pdf record of the exhibition) unless otherwise indicated.
WARNING - THIS IS A VERY LONG POST. I suggest you find a comfy place to sit now and if you like finding out about botanical art and artists then you may be some time reading it!
The First Decade 1990-1999
Some of you will recall my earlier posts about a buyer who wanted to purchase a botanical painting of either a peony or cherry blossom.
Rather than limiting any recommendations to people I knew I opened it up and published the requirements in This met with a very quiet response and I have to say I was somewhat surprised.
I'm guessing that a number of you may have thought that it was the usual scam and/or are not used to selling your paintings via an approach online. However, I was convinced it was NOT a scam. Also, since I've been paid significant sums in the past for approaches by people who I very nearly ignored, I've learned that it pays to look very seriously at people who write to you!
I only had one response - but it only takes one response of the right quality.
Claudine Pasquin, who lives in near Lake Como, approached me about her painting of a peony. I had met Claudine at the RHS Botanical Art Show in February and seen her exhibit (which won a Silver Gilt Medal) and her painting on the web and consequently I had no hesitation in recommending her to my gentleman enquirer (who will remain anonymous).
Claudine has now sold her lovely sensitive painting of a peony and I anticipate that his extremely thoughtful present will be much appreciated in due course.
The moral of the story is that:
If you're ever concerned about an email you have received you can always share the text with me and I'll give you my opinion of whether it is genuine or fake. It will only be an opinion - but that's what it was in this instance....
I've added the Korea Botanical Arts Cooperative to the List of National and Regional Arts Societies on the Botanical Art and Artists website.
Plus added their KBAC Facebook Page to the List of Botanical Art Groups on Facebook
I like the fact that the website translates well into English if you use the translate option on the Chrome browser - which is what generated the image of the website in English above.
Korea Botanical Arts Cooperative (KBAC) is a cooperative founded by botanic artists from Korea in 2015 to promote the development of botanical arts and to provide various opportunities for artists. It is a business organization that meets the cultural and economic needs and desires of the botanical arts through voluntary and democratic participation and management of the members, and contributes to the development of the local community.
You can see the artists participating in the website on the Artists Page which also has some excellent images of their artwork. If you click the MORE button, underneath the names of some artists, you get taken to where they post their artwork online.
They also have a blog and their last blog post was about the 19th World Botanical Conference (Shenzhen, China) IBC 2017 XIX International Botanical Congress Shenzhen China in July. The exhibition there included artwork by KBAC members Kim Soo Yeon, Shin So Young, Li Hwi Yeon, Jimi Yeon, Choi Ji Yeon and Chun Yeon Hee.
I think their next exhibition is at the Beijing Botanical Garden (English version) in September this year
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Here's the promised update on yesterday's blog post Wanted: Paintings of peonies or cherry blossom.
Again, what's written below is verbatim from the email I received in response to my queries.
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