A new exhibition of botanical drawings and paintings documenting the plants of the Gardens of Alcatraz has been announced - and opened last week!
Details are below and you can see more pictures of the exhibit on the Facebook Page of the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists who organise the development of the Florilegium
The exhibition includes 127 works of art depicting a variety of “survivor” plants growing on the island. They were created by 77 NCalSBA artists and selected for the exhibition by a jury.
Venue: Prison Band Rehearsal Room, Alcatraz Island
Dates: September 16th 2017 - January 17th 2018
Organised by: a project of Northern California Society of Botanical Artists (NCalSBA) in collaboration with the Garden Conservancy
Below is the Alcatraz Island Florilegium Committee - Catherine Watters, Sally Petru, and Lyn Dahl
The Gardens of Alcatraz were restored by three organisations working together with much support from dedicated volunteers. In 2003, the Garden Conservancy, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and National Park Service began their collaboration to restore the historic gardens. As every gardener knows the work to plant and prune, compost and weed, restore and maintain the gardens never ends!
Two FREE botanical art demonstrations are scheduled next week at the GreatArt store in the heart of Shoreditch - at 41-49 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8AG on the 3rd and 4th October 2017. (Store hours 10:00 to 19:00)
Amber Halsall and Angeline De Meester will be at the store, one on each day, for a day's residency to demonstrate contemporary botanical art techniques and brief you about their tips for effective paintings.
These residencies have been organised in partnership with The Society of Botanical Artists, ahead of their annual open exhibition 'Changing Seasons' which opens on the 13th of October at Central Hall, Westminster.
I know both artists and they're both extremely competent and experienced teachers. I'm absolutely positive you'll find both very helpful in answering any of your queries about botanical art.
Kew Gardens has two exhibitions this Autumn which include portrayals of nuts and seeds.
Sculpt at Kew
An exhibition of sculpture opened in Kew Gardens last Monday. You can see 70 sculptures between now and 15 October.
Last Sunday, when the sculptures were in place with final tweaking still to do, I took a number of photos of the sculptures of seed pods and nuts in the garden for the exhibition that was opening the following day - and below is a slideshow of the sculptures I saw - which were mainly bronze resin works by Anne Curry MRBS
Abundance: seeds, pods and autumn fruits
There are also other exhibitions during the Artful Autumn season.
Two other exhibitions are also at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery. These are:
The exhibition will be an exciting journey of discovery, as each painting will be accompanied by a letter explaining its inspiration and genesis, whether a plant glimpsed in late afternoon light on a woodland walk, or lovingly grown in the artist’s own garden. Each will be enclosed in an envelope hand-made and illustrated by Rosie Sanders, making the show a unique insight into the world of a remarkable British artist.
Meet and watch wonderful artists with experience and knowledge to share.
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