The Christmas Exhibition of the Edinburgh Society of Botanical Artists will open tomorrow at The John Hope Gateway at the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh (entrance via Arboretum Place).
The exhibition runs from 25th November - 2nd December (10am - 4pm) and admission is free - and the art will be excellent!
ESBA acts as an Alumni Association for past graduates of the RBGE Diploma Course in Botanical Illustration.
Below I've got images of some of the pen and ink drawings that Marianne Hazlewoodwill be showing. Marianne was the winner of the Eve Bennett Award for Botanical Illustration at this summer's Diploma graduation.
The drawings below were done by Marianne Hazlewood using Japanese ink paste on Lambeth Cartridge. The images are 'crops'. I think they're wonderful because they lend a distinctively contemporary 'edge' to her botanical art.
Marianne was inspired in her pen and ink drawings by Sarah Simblet (author of Botany for the Artist) who came to the Diploma course and did a day with the students.
While I was painting my Arisaema I wanted to illustrate these growing shoots because they were so fascinating, so I did a drawing for each of my specimens, it was such an amazing experience, one which I will be repeating
The botanical artists with drawings, paintings and prints on display include:
The image used as artwork for the flyer is by Sharon Tingey - one of the tutors on the RBGE Diploma Course - and is from her RHS Gold Medal winning suite of paintings of sunflowers. Read my blog post Interviews with six RHS Botanical Art Gold Medal Winners (2014) about the exhibition where she won her RHS Gold Medal
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The 2017 BISCOT Exhibition has now moved to the John Hope Gateway Building at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinbugh and is on display there until 22nd of June.
Below you can see a photo of Fran Thomas with the Mary Mendum Medal awarded for the Best Exhibit - of her watercolour paintings (behind her) of "Native plants of the coasts and islands of the Firth of Forth" - which also won a Gold Medal.
Below you can see a slideshow of the exhibits winning Gold and Silver Gilt for Billy Showell, Fran Thomas, Jenny Haslimeier (New Zealand) and Lyn Campbell.
Read more about the artists in my previous post Botanical Images Scotia (BISCOT) 2017 - Medal Winners
Note: all pics copyright the artists - please do not copy. I've got permission from BISCOT to reproduce them in this blog post
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Billy Showell was awarded the Best in Show Award for her painting of "Tulip Queen of Night" at the BISCOT Exhibition at Gardening Scotland (2nd-4th June 2017). The exhibition is organised by the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society in liaison with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.
Billy was also awarded a Gold Medal for her exhibit - the rest of which you can see below.
She's been having quite a week, having been announced as the new President Elect for the Society of Botanical Artists at the AGM three days earlier!
Below are details of:
Billy Showell is a very popular botanical art tutor and author as well as a best selling botanical artist. She's based in Tunbridge Wells in Kent. She graduated from St Martins School of Art with a degree in Fashion design and illustration. However she changed direction when she fell in love with watercolour painting and started painting flowers. She has been pursuing a career in painting, illustration and tuition for some years and is the author of four books. She has been awarded a number of prestigious awards over the years.
I first met Fran Thomas at the RHS Botanical Art Show in 2014 when she was awarded a Silver Gilt Medal for Native Scottish marginal pond plants (Rumex aquaticus, Menyanthes trifoliata, Iris pseudacorus, Caltha palustris, Lythrum salicaria & Petasites hybridus). It seems Fran has a particular affection for plants associated with water!
Lyn used to work as a physiotherapist and took up botanical painting at RBGR. She graduated with a Diploma in Botanical Illustration in 2011 - and was graded Higher Merit.
Jenny is an experienced graphic/book designer and illustrator who comes from New Zealand but now lives in Edinburgh. She started studying botanical art in 2014 and in 2016, she graduated from the RGBE Diploma Course and was awarded a Distinction. Less than a year after graduation she has achieved a Silver Gilt Medal at BISCOT!
Karyn is a member of the Edinburgh Society of Botanical Artists - which is the Alumni group for those who have completed the RBGE's Diploma Course in Botanical Illustration.
Dany is an architect who lives and works in Vienna in Austria and in Arles in France. She studied with Annie Farrer at Kew and earned her Certificate in Botanical Illustration. More recently she has been completing the RBGE Diploma Course in Botanical Illustration.
Regina is a visiting lecturer in graphic design at the University of Massachusetts. She received the President’s Award for the highest achieving student when she graduated with her Diploma from the Society of Botanical Artists in 2007.
Jan Miller is the Secretary of the Edinburgh Society of Botanical Artists
How to see the BISCOT Exhibition 2017
You can see the exhibition today at the Gardening Scotland Show, at the Royal Highland Showground at Ingliston between 10am and 5pm until Sunday 4th June 2016. (The exhibition opened on Friday).
Next week, the exhibition will transfer to the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, John Hope Gateway Building, for a period of about three weeks (7th June - 22nd June).
This week there are two botanical art exhibitions in Bloomsbury.
The Fall at The Fitzrovia Gallery
Venue: The Fitzrovia Gallery, 139 Whitfield Street, London, W1T 5EN
(nearest tube: Warren Street)
Dates: 10-31 May 2017, Wednesday-Sunday, 11am-6:00pm
The Fall exhibition combines botanical photography by award-winning US photographer and author Anna Laurent with prints, painting and drawings by New York artist Ernesto Caivano.
Interest for lovers of botanical images are the photographs of the Boston-born and Californian-based photographer Anna Laurent. See my last post about the Botanical Photography Portfolio Exhibition at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show - at which Anna won a Silver Gilt Medal. Both exhibitions focus on her major project about Seed dispersal - which you can also see on her website.
Anna recently published her first book The Botanical Wallchart: Art from the golden age of scientific discovery (Octopus / University of Chicago Press)
The Bloomsbury Gallery Flower Lovers’ Event
Venue: The Bloomsbury Gallery, 34 Bloomsbury Street, London, WC1B 3QJ
(nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road)
Dates: 28th May - 4th June 2017 (10am - 5pm daily)
A week after the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, flowers continue for a week in Bloomsbury at the Bloomsbury Flower Event. A range of top botanical artists are exhibiting work - and three are delivering workshops (Billy Showell's workshop was today) and talks
The artists are:
Events and workshops include:
I'm afraid I've found the information for this event to be really rather difficult to communicate - mainly due to the inadequacies and vagaries of the venue's website. Hence the delay. There is however a pdf booklet about the event - but I can't find an online link for this!
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