It takes a gifted artist to become a great teacher and those who dare to teach never cease to learn.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Student Art Show - Call for Entries

Botanical Art and Illustration Student Art Show
September 1 - October 31, 2007

You are cordially invited to participate in the annual Student Art Show. Your dedication to mastering the skills of botanical art and illustration makes us extremely proud, and we would like to showcase your success in a public exhibit. We welcome all students who have participated in Denver Botanic Gardens’ Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration Program from summer 2006 through summer 2007. Artworks of all levels and in any media taught in the certificate program are welcome. This is an opportunity to be part of a group show, and we encourage you to join us.

Entry Requirements

Entry Form (to be returned to the Continuing Education Office no later than August 10, 2007)

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Drawn and Colored by a Lady

(Barbara Regina Dietzsch, 1706-1783)

~Please join Arader Gallery for their special exhibition featuring the works of four centuries of women artists. Confined to the subject of still life and natural history painting, many female artists excelled in the field during the 17th-19th centuries. Their significant contribution to the genre has been little recognized and is thus now worthy of celebration. This unique retrospective features the works of Giovanna Garzoni, Maria Sybilla Merian and Barbara Regina Dietzsch among others. ~

June 29 – August 29, 2007
Arader Gallery, 275 Clayton Street, Denver

(W. Graham Arader III Galleries)

Saturday, June 23, 2007

More about pollinators and CCD

(artist: Steve Buchanan)
U.S. Senate and U.S.D.A. (Department of Agriculture) have designated the week of June 24-30 as National Pollinator Week. U.S. Postal Service will also release a pollinator stamp . The unveiling in Colorado will be at the Denver Botanic Gardens on June 29, 9:30 a.m. - the public is invited to the event. More about the pollinator week and related issues, please click here.

The latest Café Botanique was indeed very interesting with an interesting and lively discussion afterwards. Café Scientifique in Boulder continues with the same topic: Silent Sting – The Collapse of the Honeybees with Tom Theobald from the Boulder County Beekeeper’s Association as a speaker. More about the Café Scientifique in Boulder click here.

Congratulations June 2007 Graduates!

Join me to congratulate the new graduates from the Botanical Art and Illustratioin Program:
Marg Carlisle, Karen Cleaver, Andrea Dawson, Laura Edler, Laura Farnsworth, Cathy Hedges, Colleen Hillmayer, Melissa Martin, Barbara Piascik, Hannah Rottman, Charles Smith and Valerie Williams.
We are impressed with the level of competence, and we are thoroughly proud of you.
The Student Show will hang from September 1 to October 31; the certificate awards ceremony and reception will be held on Friday September 14 at 5 p.m. in the Gates Garden Court at Denver Botanic Gardens. Students and their families are invited to attend!

(Euphorbia sp. by Charles B. Smith)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Café Botanique - Thursday June 21

The Mysterious Case of the Disappearing Honeybees
By Diana Oliveras, PhD

Colony collapse disorder (CCD) is a deadly phenomenon that has eliminated more than a fourth of the country’s honeybee colonies. Most people will immediately recognize that the deaths of so many bees will lead to sharp declines in honey production. However, the loss of so many insects poses a far more serious problem than honey shortages. Honeybees are the primary pollinators of hundreds of agriculturally important fruits, vegetables, and flowers. Without them, we would have no melons for summer picnics, no peaches or apples for lunchboxes, and no almonds for snacking. Researchers are working feverishly to find the causes of CCD. The purported explanations include disturbances in the electromagnetic fields from cell phone towers, insecticides, or attacks by viral or fungal pathogens. We will look at how widespread the disorder is, the symptoms of the disorder, and possible causes of these deaths.

Diana Oliveras is a senior instructor in the Baker Residential Academic Program at the University of Colorado. She currently is engaged in an ecological research project investigating insect pollinator diversity in Boulder County Open Space. For the past six years, the team has identified bees and flies that visit flowers in the prairie grasses in and around Boulder. They compare the species diversity and numbers with results obtained from investigations conducted 100 years ago.

Time and place: 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Denver Botanic Gardens – Classroom C
There is no admission fee and pre-registration is not required.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Treasures to Preserve

Fairmount Cemetery, founded in 1890 is Denver’s second oldest cemetery. It was designed by German landscape architect R. Schuetze. Over 300 old roses in more than 78 different varieties grow on the 285 acres. Most of the roses date from the 1800’s. A concerted effort has been made to identify the varieties, however many remain as mystery roses.

If you have not visited the beautiful cemetery (for diving directions, click here), please do so, enjoy the beauty of the roses and learn about their preservation.

The BI Program participates in the important conservation by illustrating a number of varieties.

(Photo: M. Hjelmroos-Koski)

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Cause and Effect

Friday, June 22th (2 p.m.), Denver Botanic Gardens, Classroom C.
**********Please visit this show: All involved are DBG' BI-program instructors or graduates. (Click the picture to enlarge.)

Monday, June 4, 2007

Café Botanique - Thursday, June 7

Flowers and Insects, Entangled Forever
By Arathi Seshadri
Bright colors, sophisticated floral traits, intoxicating fragrance are all forms of floral enticement for pollinators. Elaborate features of flowers augment pollination and plant reproduction. With their landing pads, beards or nectar spurs, flowers have specially evolved traps to capture pollen from the insect body. Catch a glimpse of how flowers have intricately co-evolved with insects to achieve enhanced pollination.

Arathi Seshadri is a Research Assistant Professor at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. She has her degrees in horticulture, plant breeding, genetics and ecology. Before coming to Colorado she has served in the research faculties of Indian Institute of Science, University of Minnesota, St Paul; University of Kansas, Lawrence and Adelphi University, NY. Her specialty is in flower adaptation, floral traits and pollinator behavior. She has published several papers on insect behavior, plant reproduction and floral adaptations, and is frequently an invited speaker in the research communities of her field

Denver Botanic Gardens - Wearing House, 6:30 p.m.

Please arrive early - Seating is limited