Botanical Art Exhibitions in 2017-18
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Archives: Past Botanical Art Exhibitions in USA & Canada
There are three pages that archive records of past exhibitions in North America
There are three regular exhibitions of top quality botanical art in the USA. These are
Periodically there are special exhibitions to mark anniversaries or special events.
In addition there are periodic exhibitions by
Out of the Woods: Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens
The Third New York Botanical Garden Triennial
Venue: New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, New York 10458
Dates: November 18, 2017 - April 22, 2018
Selected Artists - list of artists with works in the exhibition
ASBA Goals for the exhibition include:
Title: Dr. Charles Dorat and His Unrealized Central American Medicinal Flora
Venue: 5th floor of the Hunt Library building at Carnegie Mellon University
Dates: 2 April - 29 June 2018
Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–noon and 1–5 p.m. (call or email before your visit to confirm)
Admission: Free of charge
Read more about Charles Dorat and the exhibition in the Fall 2017 Bulletin of the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation
This exhibition includes 42 watercolors by the European physician and naturalist Charles Dorat (?1806–ca.1870) of medicinal plants that he found in the vicinity of the municipality of Cedros, Honduras. While not scientific illustrations, the watercolors by Charles Dorat are assured and informative and include details of flowers, seeds and roots and handwritten notes on their medicinal uses and their local names. The exhibition also provides a biographical sketch of his work and circle.
Title: Alphabetus Botanicus
Venue: Hunt Institute
Dates: opens September 2018
This will feature the illuminated letters of Kandis Vermeer Phillips alongside artwork of plants from A to Z.
Anexhibition by the The Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California (BAGSC)
(Note: The California Natives Garden at Descanso was designed by legendary nurseryman and native plant advocate Theodore Payne)
20th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition: A Palette of Flowers
Dates: February 23 – May 20, 2018
Meet the Artist Hour: Opening Day, Friday, February 23, 4:00-5:00 pm
This is one of the one of the West Coast’s most prominent botanical art exhibitions. Visitors to Filoli also have the opportunity to talk with the botanical artists whose paintings are hung in the exhibition, one-on-one on the opening day.
In Pursuit of Flora: 18th-Century Botanical Drawings from The Huntington’s Art Collections
Venue: Huntington Art Gallery, Works on Paper Room
Dates: Oct. 28, 2017–Feb. 19, 2018
See also For the Love of Flowers
This exhibition is about the essential role and practice of botanical illustration during the so-called Age of Discovery, which revealed a vast new world of plant life that required description, cataloging, and recording in order to reflect the 18th-century European appreciation for the beauty of the natural world.
It includes 16 drawings by a range of artists who appreciate the natural world. They include some of the most important botanical illustrators of their day e.g. Georg Ehret (1708–1770). Others were painted by amateurs - meaning 'lovers of plants" as in “amare" meaning to love.
An amateur referred to someone who was passionate about a subject and practiced a skill without regard for monetary compensation.
Plants Illustrated – Celebrating Trees!
Venue: Julia Morgan Hall
Dates: January 9 – 25, 2018
The Plants Illustrated exhibition held in conjunction with the Northern California Society of Botanical Artists, invites viewers to explore the relationship between scientific study and fine art. It includes original artworks in watercolor, graphite, colored pencil and pen & ink and explores the many styles, forms and approaches unique to botanical art and illustration.
Rare Plants II: Imperiled Plants of Colorado
by the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists
Venue: Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
522 S Frontage Rd E, Vail, CO 81657
Dates: 26 August - 7 October 2017
Rare II is the second Rare exhibit created by the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists to inform the public about threatened wildflowers of Colorado.
Cannabis: A Visual Perspective
Venue: Bio Lounge, Museum of Natural History, Colorardo University
Henderson Building, 15th and Broadway, Boulder, CO 80309
Dates: 8 September 2017 - 31 January 2018
This exhibit features a juried selection of botanical illustrations presented by the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists (RMSBA), rendered in watercolor, acrylic, oil, colored pencil, pastel, print and mixed media. This exhibit is a first. It explores the diversity the genus Cannabis and spotlights the groundbreaking research conducted at the University of Colorado Boulder to expand our knowledge of this group of flowering plants.
Article: CU Museum of Natural History exhibit takes detailed look at marijuana plant
Denver botanical artist Ida Pemberton sketched cannabis and other botanicals in the 1930s-'40s. A collection of her watercolors are displayed at CU's Museum of Natural History.
"Natives in Paradise" - An Exhibition of Watercolor Paintings of Florida Native Plants
Venue: J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge,
1 Wildlife Drive, Sanibel, FL 33957
Dates: 2nd January - 27th February 2018
Hours: 9am - 4pm daily
This is an exhibition of botanical watercolors of Florida native plants by Pauline Goldsmith & Cynthia Rice. The exhibition is the result of collaboration with Ranger Jeff Combs of J.N ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge.
Pauline Goldsmith and Cynthia Rice are both South Florida botanical artists of longstanding, who have a passion for native plants and conservation. In their daily lives they reside on the doorsteps of J.N. ‘Ding’ Darling National Wildlife Refuge and the Everglades and Biscayne National Parks, from which they never fail to gain their inspiration.
The exhibition features portraits of Florida native plants and butterflies many of which you can see every day, although some are becoming rare or endangered, or their predominant locations are shifting, due to a change in water flow or competition from exotic species..
Pauline was a co-founder of co-founder of Tropical Botanic Artists in late 2005 and co-chair from 2006 - 2016. Cynthia is the Treasurer of the American Society of Botanical Artists.
Enriching Life at the Brush Wood Center
3rd Annual Botanical Art Exhibit: Heeyoung Kim & Students
Venue: Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, Deerfield (Riverwoods), IL
Dates: November 12 - December 21, 2017
Opening Reception: November 12, 1 pm - 3 pm,
Image: Plumeria obtusa, watercolor by Jane Sturgeon.
The exhibition includes botanical artwork by Heeyoung Kim and twenty of her students.
RAW/plants - a Feast of Botanical Art
an exhibition by New England Society of Botanical Artists
38 paintings by 23 artists , with a full color catalog
Venue: South Shore Art Center, 119 Ripley Road Cohasset MA 02025
Dates: 15th September - 5th November
Inspired by Nature
10th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition by the Great River Chapter of ASBA
Venue: Ames Center, 12600 Nicollet Avenue, Burnsville MN.
Dates: 29th November - 31 December 2017
Days/Hours: M-F 9am - 5pm | Sat. 10am - 2pm
The Great River Chapter of the ASBA has been showing members' botanical artworks in an annual show, "Inspired by Nature" since 2008 - with ever increasing numbers of participating artists.
Wet Feet — Plants that Live in a Watery World
Venue: 2018 Pennsylvania Horticulture Society Flower Show (Theme: Wonders of Water)
Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th & Arch Streets • Philadelphia, PA
Dates: March 3–11, 2018
Artwork in the PSBI exhibit will highlight plants that grow naturally along streams, rivers, and shorelines, as well as plants that grow in swamps, bogs, marshes, ponds, and estuaries anywhere in the world. In addition, PSBI artists will be demonstrating the techniques of botanical art, as they have done annually at the Philadelphia Flower Show since 1998.
PSBI Orchid Illustration Exhibition and Sale
Venue: Southeastern Pennsylvania Orchid Society’s 2018 Orchid Show
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue • Oaks, PA
Dates: April 6–8, 2018
Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps
Venue: the National Postal Museum, Smithsonian Institution
Dates: October 20, 2017 — July 14, 2019
a partnership between the National Postal Museum and Smithsonian Gardens.
This exhibition focuses on those sets of stamps published by the US Postal Service which highlight plants and flowers which educate about the nation's botanical heritage. Not all the set are 'strictly botanical' but some are.
Image: Yellow Poplar approved stamp art
Illustrator: John Dawson
This flowering tree, commonly called the tulip tree, is native to North America and is found in the eastern half of the United States. The tree is used as a shade tree. In June and July, it bears large greenish-white flowers displaying an orange band near the base.
Courtesy United States Postal Service, Postmaster General's Collection
Jeannette Sirois: “The Stillness of Life”
Venue: Salt Springs Art Council
Dates: 25th August - 17th September 2017
This is an exhibition of a series of oversized botanical portraits. The artwork is created using oil and wax, coloured pencils, rendered on paper and mounted on cradleboards of up to 36”x54”
Read more about the exhibition in the link in the title.
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