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.
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....
This post is about who won which medal at the RHS London Botanical Art Show 2017. I've previously covered the Best Exhibit and Best Painting in RHS Botanical Art 2017 in my last post.
I'll also be writing posts in the coming days for:
How medals are assessed
The RHS included a useful exhibit of how the artwork for the exhibition is assessed. You can find a more detailed explanation in the Guidelines for the exhibition.
Candidates who have been approved to exhibit must submit at least six works - preferably on a theme. You get extra marks if you illustrate a plant family.
Key points are:
RHS Gold Medal
This is probably the biggest challenge and the most difficult award to win for any botanical painter.
There were nine Gold Medals in total. There may well have been more but unfortunately two previous Gold Medal winners had to pull out very late due to the serious ill-health of close family members. I'm sure that both Sansanee and Sue will be back next year and I send my very best wishes to both them and their families.
Below are the botanical artists who won Gold Medals for their botanical art exhibits. It's worth remembering that assessment is based on the weakest painting on show so the entire exhibit of a minimum of six drawings or paintings has to be top-notch to get a Gold Medal.
Some however have a talent for winning Gold Medals - and watch out for my comments below.
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RHS Silver Gilt Medal
These are people who have missed out on a Gold Medal for a particular reason.
This can be to do with presentation - including labelling (eg one year it was getting the latin name wrong), botany, accuracy, content of exhibit, colours and the general avoidance of any areas of confusion.
The artists - and exhibits - are:
RHS Silver Medal
RHS Bronze Medal
All exhibits were awarded a medal.
Posts about the RHS Botanical Art Show 2017 to date are as follows:
Below you an find a list of the artists exhibiting RHS Botanical Art Show 2017 at the RHS Lindley Hall in London at the end of this month.
The list is organised by the country of origin and/or where they live. In total there are 29 artists (35 in 2016) from 10 different countries (10 in 2016).
The number per country is as follows:
I've highlighted previous Gold Medal Winners by 'GM' after their names. I've also commented on those I know and those where I was able to find some information about them
The link in the name of the artist is to their own website or a website which is representative of their work.
Details of the exhibition
The exhibition opens with a preview on Thursday 23 February 6-9pm. All tickets £5. There are then two full days on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 February (10am-5pm). Free Entry. No ticket required.
Thailand (but living in Scotland)
in addition Barbara Oozeerally GM - is organising a tribute memorial display for the plantsman John Gallagher who died last year.
For information about the other exhibitors see yesterday's post - Who's exhibiting at RHS Botanical Art (London) 2017?
RHS Botanical Art Shows - Reference
RHS Botanical Art Shows are juried and the process of applying and being selected takes some time. However this is one of two of the most prestigious botanical art shows in the world.
This website has two pages helpful to those wanting to exhibit at RHS Botanical Art Shows
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I have a NEW WEBSITE PAGE about the Hunt International Exhibitions of Botanical Art & Illustration which I've been working on for some time.
What this means is that rather than listing the artists by exhibition, they are listed by where they live (or lived at the time of the exhibition - a few have since moved).
This means you can see which countries have done well in terms of artists having paintings or illustrations or fine art prints accepted for exhibitions in the Hunt in recent years
The top five countries in the 6 exhibitions held in the last 15 years are:
Now does that list surprise you?. I guessed the first four places correctly and wasn't sure which would come fifth!
I'm going to be using the listing of artists who've exhibited at the Hunt along with the listings of RHS Gold Medal Winners as another key source for developing my lists of important contemporary botanical artists and illustrators by continent.
If you've not explored these as yet, I have pages on my website which list the important contemporary botanical artists and illustrators (with a short bio and a link to their website)
I certainly don't have everybody listed as yet who should be! I'm working my way around the world, adding me people in gradually over time. (I'm about to start a major update of the Japanese section).
This new list of people who have recently exhibited at the Hunt is going to help a lot!
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