Australian National Botanic Gardens
Monday 16 November - 30 January
See the remarkable world of plants through the eyes of seven artists.
This exciting exhibition of 20 limited edition etchings and 6
photographs explores the unique characteristics of species that survive
and prosper through the climatic extremes of monsoonal rains, dry
weather and wild fires in Northern Australia.
Cultural stories, plant use and scientific knowledge are distilled
together in an acutely observed exploration of flora in the Top End.
Free, Visitor Centre Gallery
More information at the ANBG website
From 22 August 2009 to 3 January 2010
Art meets science in an exhibition of botanical paintings from the
Shirley Sherwood Collection, arranged in the latest evolutionary
sequence, determined by recent DNA analysis.
The Gallery is free and entry is included with a ticket to the Gardens.
9.30am-5pm until end October 2009
9.30am-5.30pm from end October 2009 until March 2010
I've finally got around to creating the botanical art class listing on the new site. I hope you find it useful. To make it as comprehensive as possible I would encourage anyone who runs classes to add their details to this list.
The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew's Marianne North Gallery re-opened on Sunday 11 October as part of the gardens' 250th anniversary year.
For the Gallery to remain open to the public, the roof needed replacing and the building weather proofing. The Gallery also required state of the art environmental controls to maintain the paintings in the best possible condition for the future.
You can see an on line gallery of over 800 paintings on the Kew website.
The McCune Collection is a rare book and art collection and has begun to place its collection of Henry Evans (1918-1990) online. Henry Evans began making his botanical prints in 1958 and during his career he drew more than 1400 subjects. He has had more that 250 one-man shows and his works are in the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Albertina in Vienna, the Clark Library at UCLA, the Gleeson Library, and the Bancroft Library, just to mention a few.
The McCune Collections has put many of these works online - so far it has started with his 1950 portfolio "First Duet" and has progressed to 1966 "Volume 17" of botanical lithographs. This is a continuing process and addition Henry Evans portfolios will be added in the coming months.
It is located at the John F Kennedy Library, 505 Santa Clara St, Vallejo, CA 94590. and also the website is located here: http://www.mccunecollection.org/henry_evans.html
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation presents the exhibition "Botanicals: Environmental Expressions in Art, the Alisa and Isaac M. Sutton Collection" from 23 October 2009 to 29 January 2010.
The exhibition represents one of the finest private collections of contemporary botanical art in America. These 54 artworks are expressions of the purely aesthetic forms found in nature and a reminder that we are stewards of our natural resources for future generations.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m. (except 26-29 November and 18 December 2009-3 January 2010). We will also open on Saturday, 31 October, 1-5 p.m., during Carnegie Mellon's homecoming.
Yes, that's right palaeobotanical artist, Stephen Caine, is based around Tertiary period fossil leaves collected in Spitsbergen by the noted Scottish polar explorer William Spiers Bruce (1867-1921). The drawings are presented in a 19th century style. Some of the fossils collected by Bruce are displayed alongside the drawings, by kind permission of the National Museums of Scotland, who now hold this fossil collection.
Show runs from Tuesday 5 May to Friday 26 June 2009. See site for details.
Notice of an exibition from the Hunt Institute:
Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation presents the exhibition "Wings of Paradise: Watercolors of Silkmoths by John Cody" from 26 March to 30 June 2009.
Cody paints moths of the Saturniidae family on plants in their natural habitats in an effort to increase awareness of and, hopefully, conservation of these beautiful creatures. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Hunt Institute will hold its annual Open House on 14-15 June 2009. We will offer two talks and displays, one on the life and work of Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717), whose work included beautifully illustrated folios on the insects of Surinam, and another highlighting women botanical illustrators over four centuries. We will also have a guided gallery tour of the exhibition by our assistant curator of art, tours of our departments and reading room, and opportunities to meet one-on-one with our staff to ask questions and see items in the collections.
The exhibition is open to the public free of charge.
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-4 p.m. (except 10, 12 April and 3, 24, 25 May). We also will open Sunday, 17 May, 1-4 p.m., during Carnegie Mellon’s commencement.
See the Hunt Institute's website for details of exhibitions.