Friday, October 26, 2007
While studying Maud Purdy’s illustrations I inevitably think about Arthur Harry Church (1865-1937).
Botanical Art and Illustration Program offers a weekend workshop (November 2-4, 2007) in the series of “Drawing on Tradition: Story of the Origin: Arthur Henry Church flower studies” .
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Ann A. Fleming's drawing is included in the 10th Annual International Juried Exhibition of the ASBA/ Horticultural Society of New York. Ann is DBG' BI certificate recipient from 2003.
The Royal Horticultural Societies gallery hours are from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the exhibit is up until November 16, 2008 .
Also while you are in New York please visit the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens.
Drawing from life exhibit at BBG features the work of 14 woman artists who have painted plants at Brookland Botanic Garden during the past 90 years. The exhibit is very much focusing in the works of Maud H. Purdy
Maud Purdy was Brooklyn Botanic Garden's staff artist from 1913 to 1944. Among Purdy's most original and visually arresting works are 24 gouache paintings on black board. Purdy also produced 40 paintings of iris, several of which were exhibited at the 1933 Chicago World's Fair, and pen-and-ink illustrations of plants collected during the 1930 Astor expedition to the Galápagos (not all the iris paintings are exhibited)
Brooklyn Botanic Garden's goal is to digitize 235 of Purdy's paintings, illustrations, and sketches and to rescue the artist's original, often daring work from obscurity and make it available for study and appreciation by a public almost entirely unacquainted with it.
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
KOZO Fine Art Materials has agreed to give a discount of 20% on all regular priced items to BI students with proof of current registration and for instructors in the program. KOZO have, except all the ‘normal’ material also Michael Wilcox colors and special items like pointed tweezers, magnifying glasses etc. KOZO is located at 10 E Ellsworth Avenue, Denver, CO 80209 (303-733 2730).
By Nichole Barger, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
Biological soil crusts are assemblages of lichens, fungi, cyanobacteria and mosses that colonize soil surfaces in arid land ecosystems. In those ecosystems where vascular plant cover is sparse, biological soil crusts may make up to 70% of the living ground cover and play an important role in nutrient cycling and stabilization of soil surfaces. Over the last century, biological soil crust communities in the western US have been disturbed by intensive land use practices such as livestock grazing and recreational use of public lands. In this talk, I will discuss my work on biological soil crusts communities on the Colorado Plateau and discuss the need for conservation of these unique micophytic soil communities.
Nichole Barger is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado. Nichole’s current research mission is to better understand the impacts of changing climate and land use on plant communities and soil resources in arid lands ecosystems; research that crosses the boundaries of community, ecosystem and landscape ecology.
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
The last set of BI classes for 2007 is starting soon. Please pay special attention to the evening selection. We can only offer evening classes Monday though Thursday during the winter time and the rotation is much slower than that for the day time courses. This time we offer three required and one elective during the evening slot compared to the three required and seven electives during the day time. We do offer two weekend classes in Fort Collins and one in Denver.
And once again: Unfortunately there is conflicting information regarding the Color Mixing for Artists class. The class (#07C BI210) will be offered on Wednesday October 24, 31, November 7, 14, and 28, 6-9 p.m. DBG regret the typo.
Remember the Holiday Miniature Sale and Show - The art drop off deadline is approaching fast (November 12). You can print your entry form here, please return it in the wooden box in the classroom C or leave it with your instructor. This year we are fundraising for new drafting tables and chairs in the Classroom C.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Project InSect artwork has been taken down and the huge insect paintings have left Denver Botanic Gardens. The art in Gates Garden Court is re-organized and you can see BI-student master pieces on all the walls.
NOTE: Unfortunately there is conflicting information regarding the Color Mixing for Artists class. The class (#07C BI210) will be offered on Wednesday October 24, 31, November 7, 14, and 28, 6-9 p.m. DBG regret the typo.
(Arum Lily by Ann Swan)
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
Found roses are an important ingredient in the palette of rose lore and garden history. Their names, easily identified by double quotation marks to distinguish them from known varieties, fill pages of rose nursery catalogs. At times the temporary names given to found roses (also referred to by some as mystery roses) end up being the permanent name, for the original identity may be lost, forever. Several of these found roses are in Denver's Fairmount Cemetery, provenance of "Fairmount American Pillar".
In the 20th century, as the hybrid tea and other modern rose groups became popular, many of the old hybrids fell to the wayside. Due to the efforts of the members of the Heritage Rose Foundation and rose preservationists (most notably the Texas Rose Rustlers and the Heritage Roses Group), many have been saved from extinction and once again grow in gardens, public and private, throughout the United States.
Stephen Scanniello is best known as a hands on gardener who transformed the Cranford Rose Garden of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden into one of the world’s most acclaimed rose gardens.
Stephen is the president of the Heritage Rose Foundation and has co-authored several award winning rose books. He lives and gardens in Jersey City and Barnegat, New Jersey.
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Denver Botanic Gardens – Morrison Center
6:30 – 8 p.m.