44 artworks by 39 botanical artists from 8 countries around the world will be exhibited in the Out of the Woods: Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens - The Third New York Botanical Garden Triennial - which opens on 18th November 2017.
The exhibition is organised by the American Society of Botanical Artists in liaison with the New York Botanical Garden.
The artists producing artwork selected for the exhibition are listed below - grouped according to their country. A link to their website or their gallery page on an art society is embedded in their name. (I'd also add that I much enjoyed looking at all the galleries on their websites!)
Subjects for the paintings in this exhibition are all trees in public gardens or arboreta. Each painting records the location of the tree. The artwork is in a variety of media including watercolour, oil, graphite, coloured pencil and ink.
The goal of the exhibition is to
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.
Key features of this society are as follows:
One very important aspect of botanical illustration is making a record of important heritage plants and trees.
This is the first in a series of posts I intend to write about important botanical paintings - or opportunities to paint plants to record an important event or a transformation.
Last month it became apparent that an important opportunity may exist in Scotland for those who might like to record an ancient tree that is apparently changing gender - from male to female. This October it grew three red berries!
The Fortingall Yew
The Fortingall Yew is an ancient heritage tree (Taxus baccata) of international importance. It's believed to be one of the oldest trees in Europe and is almost certainly the oldest tree in the UK.
It's estimated to be around 2,000 years old but could be as old as 5,000 years. It can't be aged on the basis of tree rings as the trunk has changed over time. The trunk was measured as being 56 feet by Thomas Pennent in 1769. However the centre has rotted and it has now split into several separate stems or offshoots.
The tree is rooted in Fortingall churchyard between Killin and Aberfeldy in Perthshire.
A tree that is changing sex
The reason the tree has been getting a lot of coverage across the world of late is that it's apparently changing sex!
An article Oldest Yew changes sex (23 October 2015) in the Botanic Stories blog of the Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh triggered the interest. As it indicates
....the Fortingall Yew is a male tree. Yews are normally either male or female and in autumn and winter sexing yews is generally easy. Males have small spherical structures that release clouds of pollen when they mature. Females hold bright red berries from autumn into winter. It was, therefore, quite a surprise to me to find a group of three ripe red berries on the Fortingal yew this October when the rest of the tree was clearly male.
Apparently gender morphing by yews and other conifers is not unheard of but tends to be associated with the crown - although there are a few species which routinely grow both male and female parts.
In this species gender change is rare. In this particular instance just one branch has decided to be female - and grow three bright red berries in October - while the rest of the tree continues to be a traditional male!
It'll be interesting to see what happens next Autumn and whether the berries appear again.
I suggest botanical artists form an orderly queue next October to paint it!
BBC | Berries show ancient Fortingall yew tree is 'changing sex' (2 November 2015)
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