Botany and History Entwined: Rachel Hunt's Legacy

Hunt Institute's fall exhibition, "Botany and History Entwined: Rachel Hunt's Legacy," runs from 16 September to 15 December 2011. They are celebrating their 50th anniversary with rare gems from the original collection of our founder Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt (1882-1963).

More information is available on the Hunt Institute website.

The Eternal Order in Nature: The Science of Botanical Illustration Exhibition

The XVIII International Botanical Congress will be held in Melbourne, Australian from 23 -30 July 2011. This is the biggest botanical show in town and there will also be a botanical art show to match.

The Eternal Order in Nature: The Science of Botanical Illustration Exhibition will showcase some of the finest botanical art in Australia. Thirty of the country's leading botanical illustrators have been invited to exhibit a body of work which focuses on a particular project and/or study of a plant species. The exhibition will also highlight some key Australian historical figures in botanical illustration whose works have provided a rich and important foundation for the continued growth of this discipline.

The botanical art show will be hosted by the Friends of the RBG and will be held at Domain House opposite the Botanic Gardens Melbourne from 18 July - 7 August 2011.

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Exhibition: The Art of Seeing

December 5, 2010 – February 6, 2011

The botanical paintings and illuminations of 20 area artists will be displayed at Brookside Gardens in Wheaton, Maryland. The artists, all members of the Botanical Art Society of the National Capital Region, have exquisitely painted selected subjects from the natural world. Orchids, peonies, flowering vines and arrays of spring bulbs will adorn the airy viewing spaces of the Visitor Center, along with trees, herbs, fruits, vegetables and the occasional butterfly or moth. All paintings are for sale and are portrayed in watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, or gouache, an opaque watercolor medium. The artwork chosen to represent this year’s show is Joan Ducore’s beautiful Rosax floribunda ‘Betty Boop.’ Joan holds a certificate in botanical art from the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration.

Fish Creek: a small town with big art

Only 250 people live in Fish Creek near Wilsons Promontory, but the small town has more than its fair share of artists. On display are works by Celia Rosser, Tracy Lewis, and sculptor, Boyd Maddocks.

Andrew Rosser (Celia's son) and art director Winsome Richards discuss the exhibition at

Hunt Institute Exhibition

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation presents its "13th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration" from 24 September to 17 December 2010. This exhibition will include 110 watercolors, drawings and prints representing the work of 72 artists from 15 countries. The Institute established the International series in 1964 with the hope of supporting and encouraging contemporary botanical artists. Every three years, the International series features the works of talented botanical artists from around the world. Please our Web site for more information (

Publishing a book

Have you ever thought about writing a book? How about creating a book about your work as a botanical illustrator? The ArtPlantae website is running a special online class with Lydia Inglett.

When: Tuesday July 13, 2010
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (PDT)
Where: Online
Cost: $35

See the ArtPlantae website for further details.

Nature Illustrated - Botanical and Flower Paintings Exhibition

March 6 through April 30, 2010
The Williamsburg Regional Library515 Scotland StreetWilliamsburg, Virginia 23185www.wrl.org757.259.4070
This group exhibit features more than fifty original paintings by nineteen regional artists who have studied with Juliet Kirby, an highly accomplished botanical artist.
Juliet Kirby grew up in England and studied art at the Byam Shore School and The Central School of Art in London. She studied botanical art at the New York Botanical Garden, graduating from their wonderful certificate program. She teaches botanical art at the Peninsular Fine Arts Center in Newport News, This Century Art Gallery in Williamsburg and at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond.

Hunt Institute Open House

In conjunction with the exhibition "Botanicals: Environmental Expressions in Art, the Alisa and Isaac M. Sutton Collection," the Hunt Institute will hold its annual Open House on 27 and 28 June 2010. We will have a guided gallery tour of the exhibition, two curators' talks and displays, a talk about and tour of the reading room and a Q&A with our curators and graphics manager. 
See our Web site ( for more information.

History of Botanical Art Lecture

Redoute RoseA History of Botanical Art Lecture
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Time: 7:30 pm
The Williamsburg Regional Library
515 Scotland Street, Williamsburg Virginia 23185

Learn about the History of Botanical Art, starting with the first prehistoric drawings found in caves, to how the first printed books depicted amazing illustrations of herbals found in 15th century medicinal gardens that changed the world, and how today's comtemporary artists are painting and exhibiting new works to help educate the public about our native endangered plants and pollinators.

American Society of Botanical Artists lecture, presented  by ASBA members Juliet Kirby and Linda C. Miller of Williamsburg.

Elizabeth Conabere

Acclaimed botanical artist
3-6-1929 - 29-10-2009

Elizabeth Conabere, a famous Australian botanical artist has died at her home in Mansfield at the age of 80.

She was best known for her illustrations in Wildflowers of South-Eastern Australia and also her book An Australian Countrywoman's Diary which she wrote and illustrated. She also illustrated a number of stamps for Australia Post including this one depicting Eucalyptus ficifolia issued on November 17, 1982.

Further details in this article in the Melbourne Age.

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