Trees are the largest plants on earth and some of the oldest. Bath Society of Botanical Painters (BSBP) took on the daunting challenge of capturing their strong forms and delicate beauty for their NEW exhibition The Amazing World of Trees.
It opened yesterday in Bath - details below.
This exhibition builds on themes we have explored over recent years, and combines our passion for botanical art with an equal passion for exploring and conserving the environment. Trees play a vital role in helping to balance the world’s ecosystems: did you know that trees can communicate with other trees, ward off predators and protect their seedling offspring?
Preparing for an exhibition
In preparation for the exhibition, BSBP ran a number of workshops in different aspects of drawing and painting trees with different tutors ahead of the exhibition in order to get members attuned to the particular demands of representing a tree - given they are a subject not always pursued by all botanical artists. Sounds to me like a great way of developing skills in member artists and a great exhibition at the same time!
Alan Power, Garden and Estate Manager for Stourhead and BBC Presenter, will be giving a talk entitled My Life with Trees and Theirs with Me on 13th October at 7.30. Details of how to book this event on the exhibition page of the website
Bath Society of Botanical Artists
This is a small local botanical art society based around Bath in the west of England.
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This year, for the first time, the Society of Botanical Artists has provided feedback on the selection process for their Annual Open Exhibition.
The website now has a page titled "How is artwork is selected for the exhibition?" and a piece written by Gael Sellwood, one of the Vice Presidents of the SBA.
I've then added my own personal commentary on art society exhibitions generally based on common themes I've detected again and again relating to annual exhibitions by national art societies in general.
The images are from last year's SBA annual exhibition. I've no idea who's been selected for this year's exhibition so don't read anything into the work you see on the walls!
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