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

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Two Posters with BI Art for Sale

Both posters are 11 x 17 in size, and $10/each

To Preserve and Protect:
Sold in benefit of
Fairmount Heritage Foundation and Denver Botanic Gardens' BI program. The poster can be purchased through Fairmount Heritage Foundation, 430 S. Quebec St., Denver, CO 80220. Phone: 303/322-3895 or email.
Artists for this poster are: Trudy Sauter and Melissa Martin.

Gems of the Rockies is sold in benefit of Denver Rose Society and Denver Botanic Gardens' BI program. It is for sale through the American Rose Society Spring convention at the end of June. It is available at the DBG library and through Denver Rose Society.
Artists for the poster are: Kathy Cranmer, Caroline Hanna and Peggy Turchette.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

After School

Botanical illustration was introduced in the Butterfly Hope’s after school program during this spring. The program was mainly for grades 2-3, but the youngest child attending was four years old. We met six times, once a week for one hour session.

Alstroemeria by Camille Ramirez. Camille is 4 years old!

Different leaf types illustrated by Jocelyn Arguelles, 2nd grade

Alstroemeria by Salma Arango, 3rd grade

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Café Botanique - Thursday, May 22 - Morrison Center

The “Burbs and the Bees”:
Pollinators in Denver’s suburban landscape
By Sarah Jack Hinners, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder

The Denver area is home to well over 100 species of wild native bees that provide valuable pollination services to wild plant communities, crops and gardens. This region is undergoing rapid land use change as the suburbs spread across the landscape. What are the ecological consequences of this change for our local bee community? While native habitat is certainly lost, suburban residential areas are floristically diverse and may provide resources to sustain a healthy community of pollinators. Dr. Hinners will present results from her research on the ecology of Denver’s suburban bees and discuss the roles of native versus alien habitat in this landscape. She will also introduce some of our local wild bee species and their ecological habits and requirements.

Dr. Sarah Hinners is a recent graduate of the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at CU Boulder. She is currently a researcher and instructor at CU Boulder.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Denver Botanic Gardens – Morrison Center
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Problem solved

How to access the nectar in Dicentra - bleeding hearts are pollinated by bumblebees.

From India to Gallery 821

Karla, Our Graphite/Watercolor instructor traveled last summer to India. Her graphite drawing inspired by the trip was juried into the 5th Annual Colorado Drawing Exhibit, May 23-June 25 at Gallery 821 (821 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO).
Artists’ reception is on May 23, 6-9 p.m.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

50 years at York Street – reason to celebrate

Denver Botanic Gardens is producing a book featuring 50 plants important to DBG and worth showcasing for Coloradoans and all the others who are interested in high altitude gardening.
Botanical Illustration program (current studets and alumni) is asked to illustrate the book – what an honor. The dead line for the material is August 1 – that is tomorrow. Please look at the
list of plants, and select your plant to illustrate. Please look in your e-mail box for more detailed information. If you are not in my mailing list, please let me know. We also have a BI-class: My favorite plant (#620) for this purpose, please register here, we have some seats available.
(Illustration: Aquilegia saximontana - detail by S. Rubin)

For Book and Art lovers

Treasures of Botanical Art
Icons from the Shirley Sherwood and Kew Collections

Another beautiful book for those who love books and botanical illustration. The 272 pages are filled with the history of botanical painting, beauty and science. It is richly illustrated (over one hundred images) from late 1400s through today. The book is not available in USA yet, but you can get it through or Kew Gardens. On Kew Gardens site you can also se images from the book and photos from the gallery opening.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

From Papers to Mushrooms and from Mandalas to Molds

(from Portraits of Mushrooms by Alexander Viazmensky)
The Summer-Fall 2008 catalog is out! There is something for everybody: 19 classes in the required curriculum plus 27 electives. Registration starts on June 2, 9a.m. for all classes.
Happy Planning!
Note that each of the classes will have a materials list. All the Supply lists will be available shortly.

Do not forget that we have a nice selection of electives in June (yet in the old catalog). Note the information about Santa Fe class – some seats available there.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Café Botanique - Thursday, May 8 - Morrison Center

The Legacy of Ida Hrubesky Pemberton
By Carolyn Crawford, Louisville, Colorado

Between the years of 1935 and 1942, Denver artist Ida Hrubesky Pemberton painted over 70 majestic botanical artworks of medicinal plants, with the hope of them being published in a book on Drug Plants. After her death in 1951, her widower William Pemberton sold most of the original artwork collection to the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History, where it resides to this day. You will see a visual presentation of many of these artworks.


A botanical artist for the last 27 years, Carolyn Crawford of Louisville, assisted the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, in curating a one-woman retrospective of Mrs. Pemberton’s works in 2003. She also assisted the Institute by compiling the biography of Mrs. Pemberton for the exhibition catalog.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
Denver Botanic Gardens – Morrison Center
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

The Three Brothers

Ferdinand Bauer (1760-1826), the fifth son of Lukas and Theresa Bauer and his brother Franz (1758-1788), the fourth son, are both very well known for their botanical illustrations from Australia and other parts of the world.
Of the seven Bauer siblings four were very artistic and Joseph (1756-1831) was the only one who also did engravings like their father Lukas.
Joseph, Franz and Ferdinand started to work with the Codex Lichtenstein in ca 1770 (~just count how young the brothers were ~).
All three were working over ten years with the Codex (and for the Royal Family of Lichtenstein), which after finished contained 31000 plant species illustrated. It is impossible to distinguish between the brothers’ work because the plates were not signed.

In 1781 Joseph travels to Rome, 1788 Ferdinand leaves for Venice and 1788 Franz travels to London and starts working at Kew. No portrait of either Ferdinand or Joseph has survived.

(Above: Lilium superbum, watercolor by Bauer brothers; Collection of the Prince of Lichtenstein, Vaduz Castle.)

The Bauer Brothers’ color code (from before 1775); Madrid Royal Botanic Garden, Spain, archive

Friday, May 2, 2008

Never a wash

Lizzie Sanders never applies a wash in her art - her watercolor work is all dry-brush.

Enjoy some photos from the Guest workshop:

(Photos by Karen Cleaver)