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

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Two Receptions in Denver


Arader Galleries
275 Clayton Street, Denver, CO

Constance Sayas
Peggy Turchette
Bonnie Anthony
Heather Myers
Susan Rubin
Carol Till

May 2-31 2008
Opening Reception
Friday, May 2, 6-9 p.m.


Framed Image, 5066 E. Hampden Ave., presents:

A Fundraising event for
THE GATHERING PLACE, a safe haven for women and children
experiencing homelessness or poverty,
featuring Kaye Hurtt and Jane Bunegar
Opening Reception on Friday, May 2nd from 6 to 8 pm.
Refreshments will be served.
Through May 31st

Monday, April 28, 2008

Papers, Papers

In the other day I stopped by KOZOs Fine Art Material in Denver. KOZO gives 20% discount on art materials for all BI-students. The selection and knowledge of papers is amazing in that store. KOZO also has a nice selection of workshops (limited to four participants) Please stop by and say hi to Patricia, who’s field is printing and papers.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Today’s Botanical Artists - Book Signing

Today’s Botanical Artists by Cora B Marcus and Libby Kyer

Book Signing Reception in the Denver Botanic Gardens’ Gates Garden Court
Monday April 21, 5-7 p.m.

Meet author/artist Libby Kyer and contributing artists Kaye Hurtt, Constance Sayas, Carolyn Crawford, Kathy Imel and Bonny Anthony, who will be available to sign their pages as well as discuss their original artwork on display for this event only.
The book will be available for purchase at the event for $34.00 (hardcover list price $39.95). All the proceeds benefit the BI program. The BI program has purchased a number of books, arrive early, the books will go fast.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Café Botanique - Thursday, April 17 - Morrison Center

(Oenothera harringtonii, photo: S. Spackman Panjabi)

Rare in Colorado

By Susan Spackman Panjabi, Colorado Natural Heritage Program, CSU

Colorado’s diverse plant communities, varied geologic settings and broad elevation range support habitat for numerous rare plant species. While some species are more common in other parts of their range, numerous species are known only from Colorado, and are therefore considered rare on a global scale. Come learn about some of the rarest species, why they are rare, and efforts underfoot to prevent them from going extinct in a state with extensive development pressures.

Susan Spackman Panjabi is a Botanist with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program at Colorado State University. She had focused her research on the rare plants of Colorado for the past 14 years and is the principal author of the Colorado Rare Plant Field Guide. Susan is currently working with a state-wide team of botanists on the Colorado Rare Plant Initiative, which aims to boost the effectiveness of rare plant conservation efforts across Colorado.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Denver Botanic Gardens – Morrison Center
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Monday, April 14, 2008

700 in 11 Years

Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art will open for public at The Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew on April 19. Shirley Sherwood has collected some 700 pieces of art from 30 different countries in 11 years.
Kew Gardens houses one of the largest botanical art collectios in the world (200’000+ pieces). Shirley Sherwood Gallery is located next to Marianne North’s gallery.
(The New York Times, April 10, 2009)

(Poppy Seed Head by Brigit Edwards, 1999)

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Taxa – Taxidermist – Kirkland

Isabella Kirkland is a visual artist and a research associate in aquatic biology at the California Academy of Sciences, she was also, for a time, the only licenced female taxidermist in New York.
Isabella is exhibiting at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington DC (April 10-August 25). She modeled her oil paintings after sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Dutch still lives. This series depicts nearly 400 species. All her paintings have a key to all species illustrated. Read more in the American Scientist

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Rewarded after nine years

" (DBG') Jade Vine (Strongylodon macrobotrys) has been watered and fertilized and pruned and nurtured for over nine years and are only now being rewarded with flowers. It is one of the most amazing flowers you’ll ever see. The color lives up to the plants common name and is on of the most amazing shades of turquoise/sea green you’ll ever see in the plant world and the shape is bizarre as well (perhaps because it is bat pollinated).
Strongylodon macrobotrys is a fairly rare member of the legume family and is native to the Philippines. Its habitat is disappearing because of timber harvesting but since it is cultivated as an ornamental around the tropics and in many Botanic Gardens around the world it is not considered particularly threatened" (Nick Snakenberg, DBG Curator)).

(Please visit the DBG conservatory - Look for the large vine covering the mezzanine above your head immediately after entering the conservatory doors from the lobby.)

“Donned in beauty, modesty unmatched”

Tribute to Joris Hoefnagel (1542-1601) by Annie Reiser

Wings of Eden Show collected three first prices: Karen Cleaver, Annie Reiser and Tilli Urban ~ all for technique used, and for Scientific accuracy, Education and/or Composition. Congratulations to everybody - the Wings of Eden at the Butterfly pavilion in Westminster, CO is an excellent show.

Need to be seen - not to be missed.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

First time on public

The Rembrandt House Museum and the J. Paul Getty Museum are devoting a large exhibition to the drawn and printed oeuvre of Maria Sibylla Merian and her daughters. The exhibition contains around a hundred original drawings, watercolors, prints and books that have come from museums, print rooms and libraries in the Netherlands and elsewhere. Most of these masterpieces have never been exhibited before.
Read more about Maria Sibylla Merian & Daughters: Women of Art and Science

The exhibit will display at the Rembrandt House Museum, Amsterdam until May 18th and then at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles from June 10 to August 31.

See also Nature, Vol 452, 27th March 2008, page 413

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Wings of Eden, April 7 – May 30, 2008

Botanical Illustration Program’s Art exhibit in Butterfly Pavilion, 6252 West 104th Ave. Westminster, CO
Reception Monday, April 7, 5-7 p.m. (note the time).

Friday, April 4, 2008

Congratulations DBG!

The American Association of Museums has recently reaccredited Denver Botanic Gardens for another ten years.
“The Garden is a model organization and has made major and impressive transformation since the last accreditation review.”

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Copy Rigt? in Cafe Botanique April 3

Copy, Right ?
By Scott S. Havlick, Partner, Holland & Hart LLP, Boulder

Art, whether a technical botanical diagram or an abstract impressionist flower scene, involves the creation of copyright rights. If you have ever wondered about the basics of copyright law, like how copyrights are born, what copyright law protects, who owns copyrights, when is it ok to copy, and whether you should register your copyrights, this Cafe Botanique evening is for you. Join us for an interactive and illustrated discussion of copyright law, which will illuminate these questions and suggest ways that artists can use this information in their day-to-day work.
Scott Havlick is a partner with the law firm of Holland & Hart. He has practiced in the intellectual property field, specifically in the trademark and copyright areas, for 22 years and has given talks extensively on the topic of copyright law to industry groups, illustrators, and lawyers throughout the United States, Japan and Europe. He is currently the chair of Holland & Hart's trademark and copyright practice group.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Denver Botanic Gardens – Morrison Center
6:30 – 8 p.m.

More about Orphan Works Act:

by Brad Holland and Cynthia Turner
March 27, 2008
The New “Improved” Orphan Works bill is due out next week. We expect it to be much the same as the last one. Unfortunately, the Orphan Works landscape has changed.
Several groups which opposed the bill last time will not oppose it this time. They’re ready to concede defeat in return for concessions for their groups. They’ve also insisted that no other visual artists speak out against it. They say we must all capitulate in order not to endanger the concessions they want. They say we have to show Congress that artists speak with one voice: theirs.
That creates a problem.