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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Ute Indian Prayer Trees in Cafe Botanique, November 1st, 6:30 p.m.


Ute Indian Prayer Trees

John W. Anderson, author 

This presentation is based on the book “Ute Indian Prayer Trees of the Pikes Peak Region” by John W. Anderson and published by the Old Colorado City Historical Society (OCCHS). The Culturally Modified trees are believed to have been cultivated between 150-450 years ago and are found throughout Colorado. Learn about the original inhabitants of the Pikes Peak region, their world view and history, and how these trees connect us to the richness of their culture.

John Anderson is an author, artist and consultant. He spent 10 years working in the corporate world, and before that served two-terms as the elected Sheriff for El Paso County, Colorado. Although John has travelled around the world—including several adventures on a catamaran sailing the Caribbean, three corporate security assignments into a combat zone on the Horn of Africa and landing on an aircraft carrier at sea in the Pacific Ocean—he is most fascinated by the rich history and art he has discovered in his own back yard in the American Southwest

Café Botanique
Wednesday November 1, 6:30-8 p.m.
Gates Hall

Monday, October 9, 2017

Late Summer in the Classroom #2


From our indigo class, egg tempera, Milvi Gill

Second sett of random images from our late summer classes can be found here.


Acorns and oak leaves, graphite by Sue Carr


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Late summer in the classroom #1

Pelargonium, pen and ink by Patti Hearn from the distance learning option class, Drawing on Tradition: Margaret Flockton, Story in Fine Line

We have been working hard in the classroom all summer long. This is the first post to show you a selection of finished and in progress work from the late summer classes. To see more photos connected to this posting, please click here.

Enjoy!
We posted earlier about Isabel Adams and the drawing on tradition class inspired by her. Here is one more image belonging to that series. Watercolor and Ink by Rebecca Swan

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Ratibida columnifera - completed


watercolor, by Işik Güner, our 2017 artist-in-resident

Cafe Botanique: Supplements: Are They Weeds or Seeds?

Helleborus orientalis 'Ivory Prince', watercolor and graphite by Susan Curnutte

Supplements: Are They Seeds or Weeds
Monika Nuffer, Pharm.D., Skaggs School of Pharmacy and the School of Medicine, University of Colorado

Join us in a discussion around the origins of medicine from botanical sources, the history of various plant uses and the continued interest in identifying medicinal properties from botanicals. Dr. Monika Nuffer will provide a brief background on some of the herbs grown at Denver Botanic Gardens, and answer questions about common herbal remedies.

 Monika Nuffer, Pharm.D. is a clinical pharmacist with expertise in Integrative Medicine.  She provides individualized consults where she evaluates and explains the safety and efficacy as well as pros and cons of different herbs and supplements patients are or are considering using. Taking her patients  complete medication profiles into account, she screens for interactions and duplications and helps to optimize pharmacotherapy treatment at The Center for Integrative Medicine (TCFIM). Dr. Nuffer holds faculty appointments at the University of Colorado in both the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and the School of Medicine.

Wednesday, October 11, 6:30-8 p.m.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Işik has started her residency at Denver Botanic Gardens


Işik Güner from Turkey has started today the second week of her 6-week artist-in-residency at the SBAI of Denver Botanic Gardens. She is focusing on Colorado native flora and currently illustrating Ratibida columnifera, the true representative of North American mixed grass prairies. In few days she will be teaching a 3-day master workshop on the Giant World on Tiny Details.
Click here to see few more pictures on her progress and process.

 "Live specimens and natural light are the two most important necessities for a successful illustration" says Işik 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Whimsy: Submissions deadline is on September 22nd, 11:59 MDT

Cockscomb (Celosia argenta), colored pencil by Susan DiMarchi

Please follow this link to the call for entries. and click this link to submit.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Inspired by Harriet Isabel Adams

(Rose of Sharon by Mary Francis, watercolor pencil and ink)

I recently blogged about Harriet Isabel Adams' work and our watercolor pencil class which got inspiration from her work. If you click here, you can see some of the plates which were developed during that class.  

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Congratulations Valerie Teska!

I Love Your Warts and All by Valerie Teska, Colored Pencil.

The Colored Pencil Society of America awarded one of the five Honorable Mentions to Valerie Teska at their 2017-2018 Annual Online Competition "ArtSpectations". You can see ArtSpectations' 359 participating works displayed here. Valerie is an active member of our community.
Congratulations Valerie!

Monday, September 4, 2017

Hemp

Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists (RMSBA) will exhibit at The Museum of Natural History at University of Colorado, Boulder. The opening reception is on Thursday, September 7th and the exhibit runs through February 28, 2018.
More about this exhibit here.

Cannabis sativa by Ida Pemberton (1890-1963) CU’s Museum of Natural History collections.