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

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

CBCA award to Annie Reiser!

Papaver rhoeas colored pencil by Annie Reiser
Colorado Business Committee for the Arts's (CBCA) On my Own Time is a Multi-Agency Employee Art Exhibition for the government employees in Colorado now showing at the Colorado State Capitol (Basement Rotunda and Lt. Governor's Office) until May 13, 2013. 
Annie Reiser won the 1st prize in the Fine Arts category with her Papaver rhoeas colored pencil illustration.
In addition to teaching in the Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration, Annie is employed by National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in Boulder.
The awards ceremony was yesterday, January 29th.
Congratulations Annie!
Annie Reiser with Lt. Governor Joe Garcia in front of her poppies in his office at the State Capitol

Following in the Bartrams' Footsteps

Panicum virgatum, watercolor by Susan Curnutte (please click the image to enlarge)

American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) initiated a travelling exhibit Following in the Bartram's Footsteps: Contemporary Botanical Artists Explore the Bartram's Legacy  featuring artwork of plants grown, sold and introduced by John and William Bartram. The first venue for this exhibit will be Bartram's Garden Gallery in Philadelphia, PA (April 26 - May 24, 2013). 
Among the accepted artwork were Susan Curnutte's Panicum virgatum and Estelle DeRidder's Dipsacus fullonum. Both artists are graduates from our School: Estelle in 2010 and Susan 2012 and active members of our BI-community.
Dipsacus fullonum by Estelle Deridder (please click the image to enlarge)

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Plants, Birds & Pollinators - Art Serving Science

(Luna moth by John Cody)

November 24, 2013 – February 9, 2014
Venue: Gates Garden Court Gallery, Denver Botanic Gardens
Reception: Sunday, November 24 2013, 1 – 3 p.m.

Denver Botanic Gardens and the Guild of Natural ScienceIllustrators (GNSI) are pleased to announce a premier juried exhibition opportunity for GNSI members only, highlighting the subject matter of plants, birds and pollinators. Subjects may include plants only or animals only (birds, pollinating mammals, insects, reptiles and amphibians), however the judging weight will be given to images that emphasize plants and their relationship with their pollinators, or seed scatterers.
Eligibility: Open to current GNSI members 
Jurors:      William Cooper, Queensland, AU; Anna Knights, U.K.; LucyT. Smith, U.K.; Jeff Stephenson, DMNS, Colorado; MerviHjelmroos-Koski, SBAI, Colorado
Subject matter: plants, pollinators and birds
Media: Original art only (including digitally created work) in 2- and 3-dimensions. Oil or photography not accepted
Submissions: Number of entries accepted: 2
Fee: $25 per image
Digital files only: Entries must be submitted digitally via™, also known as CaFÉ™. CaFÉ™ is a web-based service that has detailed on-line submission instructions and a team of professionals available to address your tech support needs. 
Submission time: July 8 - August 5, 2013
Notification: Acceptances or regrets will be sent via e-mail by September 30, 2013
Art delivery: No later than October 28, 2013
Presentation: Upon acceptance to the exhibition, artists will submit matted artwork only; no frame. Mats must be 4- or 8-ply white rag, fitting exactly into a 16” x 20” frame (interior measurement, vertical or horizontal). Artists juried into the exhibition will receive detailed information and requirements upon notification.
Shipping and Insurance:
Detailed delivery requirements will be provided with acceptance notices. Artists are responsible for cost of shipping and insurance to and from the venue. While on site, artwork is insured by Denver Botanic Gardens. For insurance purposes, a valuation of your piece MUST be on file, even if your work is not for sale. Please complete this portion of the entry form accurately upon submission.
Sales of Works: Works may be made available for sale,--NFS accepted. Works may not be removed until close of exhibition. If sold, 40% of the sale price will be retained as a commission (10% by GNSI, 30% by the host venue).
Publicity and Catalog: Images submitted for this exhibition may be used in a catalog or publicity in print or electronic form for the exhibition and may be used for promoting the exhibition before, during and after its run without further permission being sought.

Contact with questions.
Please direct all technical questions to 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Old and Contemporary mixed with Miniatures

(succulent, graphite ~2" x 3", Lee Cook)

Back to School- our spring semester 2013 is is full action. Most of the current courses are 5-week courses, but we have also already included three 3-day 15-hr weekend workshops. Last weekend we learned from David Ashley the very basic techniques of gold leaf gilding that dates back to the first centuries of our era. Gilding is associated mainly with books produced between 300 CE through 1600 CE within the Judeo-Christian and Islamic cultures. As early as 2000 BCE the Bronze Age goldsmiths had developed several gilding techniques to make object look as if they were pure gold. 
Zentangle as a movement is probably as young as gilding is old. On our 15-hour weekend workshop the students improved their confidence in line work and applied the technique in botanical subject matter. Finally I have posted some projects from the "Miniature Masterpieces in Graphite" course. on that 5-week course the students finalize one plate/week. The pieces are small, generally around 2" x 2", extremely detailed masterpieces. Please click here to see a random sampling from these three classes (or go directly to the BI-Facebook).
.(M for Minnick, 23k gold leaf, walnut ink and gouache, Nance Minnick) 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

SBAI 2013 Chronicles

(Spring back bound ledger book by M. Hjelmroos-Koski)

SBAI-2013 Chronicles is loosely based on the SketchtraveI-project and directed to 2013 SBAI students and instructors.
 Sketchtravel – project was founded in Paris in 2006. Gerald Guerlais and Daisuke Dice Tsustumi created a book that traveled from hand to hand all over the globe and 71 artists (illustrators, cartoonists, animation designers etc.) contributed to it. It took four years for that particular project to be completed; the original book was auctioned in November 2011 and a reproduced and printed version with overview of the participating artists is available through amazon 

- All 2013 students and instructors (including guest instructors) of the School of Botanical Art and Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens are eligible to participate and sign up for this project. A handmade 160-page springback bound book (Arches 90lb, HP watercolor paper) and protective leather box is made for this purpose.
- Each artist has one page to use (11” x 7.5”)
- Each artist will have up to one week to compose the page.
- Any techniques included in the School curriculum can be applied on Chronicles' pages.
- The SBAI-2013 Chronicles shall be handed in person to the next student/artist at Denver Botanic Gardens, the School’s satellite locations, or during our travel programs.-
- Anyone interested in participating please contact the School Manager. Let her know if there are any time periods during 2013 that you would not be able to receive the book. She must also be informed when the book is given to next artist.
- The original book will be auctioned. A special limited edition book will be printed and made available.
- All proceeds from this project will go to the School of Botanical Art and Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens.  

This is not only about skills and abilities, but also about creativity, ideas and friendship. Even though this is a collective work, each image in the book should reflect ones individual part in the BI-community, and reveal some of the heart and mind.

2013 SBAI instructors are planning to participate and every 2013 student is encouraged to join this project!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Cafe Botanique - January 23, 6:30 p.m.

- Mark Hernandez, Ph.D. Professor of Environmental Engineering ,
University of Colorado at Boulder

Until very recently, aerobiology has largely been ignored by the engineering community; the lack of activity is inconsistent with the Civil Engineers’ charter to protect public health. The era of global warming, widespread asthma and bioterrorism brings renewed attention to aerobiology, where the characterization and control of bioaerosols is a last frontier for environmental engineers. The contribution of the most common primary biopolymers - DNA, lipids, carbohydrates and proteins - to the pool of atmospheric organic carbon remains relatively unknown, as is their potential effect on weather, to participate in secondary aerosol formation or otherwise contribute to toxicological activity. On this talk, Mr. Hernandez will offer a synopsis of more than a decade of bioaerosol research from a variety of indoor and pristine environments, as well as those impacted by natural disasters (Hurricane Katrina, Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill, and the Great Plains Floods).  Learn the microbiology of what we are breathing every day.

Mark Hernandez is professor at the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, He serves as the principal investigator for an externally funded graduate research program in applied environmental microbiology and is a lecturer in courses on introductory environmental engineering, wastewater treatment engineering, and environmental microbiology. Mark Hernandez is also the faculty director of the Colorado Diversity Initiative.
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Denver Botanic Gardens – Gates Hall
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Estelle DeRidder in 2012

(Isomeris arborea, Colored Pencil by Estelle DeRidder)

Estelle DeRidder who received Denver Botanic Gardens' Certificate in Botanical Illustration in 2010 graduated from the Society of Botanical Artists Distance Learning Diploma Course with Distinction at the ceremony held on April 20, 2012 at the Art Workers Guild in Bloomsbury, London. Estelle was one of the 66 students of the Course #7 to receive the Diploma, there were 14 Distinctions.
Estelle was also awarded a grant from ASBA in October 2012 to produce a series of reusable plant identification cards of the Madrona March Flora (the top 35 native plant species) in Torrence, CA.
Estelle currently resides in Torrence, CA

CONGRATULATIONS Estelle - Your passion is an inspiration for us all!
(Blue Bouquet by Estelle DeRidder)