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Monday, January 28, 2019

Inspired by Frida Kahlo

Portrait of a loved one by Jane Smith, paint, embroidery and photo transfer

Frida Kahlo’s self-portraits resonate femininity, grace and strength.  At our 2018 SanMiguel de Allende tour, the group participated in a mixed media class focusing on Frida Kahlo’s Botanicals. 
Portrait of a loved one by Roberta Lutgens, paint, embroidery and photo transfer

Inspired by Kahlo’s iconic style the students used photo portraits of themselves or loved ones, and incorporated the local flora with paint and embroidery in their plates. The portrait photo was transferred to the plate by using a photo transfer method.

Portrait of the twin sons by Maredith Feniak (The instructor), paint, embroidery and photo transfer

We will be repeating this class on-site at Denver Botanic Gardens in February-March (starting on Wednesday February 20, 1-4 p.m.) – we still have some seats available for registration.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Invisible links at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden!

Sword-Billed Hummingbird and Passion Flower - northern banana passionfruit (Passiflora mixta), sword-billed hummingbird (Ensifera ensifera). 
The sword-billed hummingbird and the northern banana passion fruit have co-evolved in South America's montane cloud forest. With a bill nearly 4 inches long, this hummingbird is the only species able to reach the sweet nectar at the base of the passion flower. (Charlotte Ricker, 2018, colored pencil and watercolor) 


Our last year's BI-exhibit Invisible Links is out on travel! The exhibit will open on January 26 at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, North Carolina. The exhibit is part of DSBG's 2019 Art & Orchid events and will be on view until March 3, 2019.

Please make sure to visit if you are in Belmont, NC

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Immersed in the Burren - Diploma Presentation


Immersed in the Burren: A Botanical Journey through the West of Ireland
Michael Campbell

Join Michael Campbell for a reflection on his numerous expeditions to a region located on the western edge of Ireland known as the Burren. Due to its unique geology, climate and diversity of flora and fauna, the Burren is an area of great ecological interest and contains over 70% of the country’s flowering plant species. Campbell will share his botanical adventures and his artwork, inspired by the region’s distinct landscape.

- This is Michael Campbell's presentation for Diploma in Applied Botanical Illustration

After 30 years as a graphic designer, art director and creative director, Campbell has embarked on a second career as a botanical artist. He is a graduate from the School of Botanical Art and Illustration in 2010 and is currently studying within the Diploma Program. In addition to his personal studies, Campbell shares his love for the arts and botany through teaching at University of Colorado Boulder, Regis University and Front Range Community College.

Sunday, January 20, 1-2:30 p.m.  
 Mitchell Hall

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Prayer Trees of Colorado in Cafe Botanique


Prayer Trees of Colorado

John Wesley Anderson


Join local author John Wesley Anderson for a discussion on prayer trees in Colorado. Anderson will introduce characteristics of these trees, which can be identified through unique shapes and growth patterns, large areas of missing bark, pruning or scars. These living artifacts provide rich ethnobotanical information.

John W. Anderson is an author, artist and consultant. He has written and published several non-fiction books with the Old Colorado City Historical Society.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 6:30-8 p.m.
Gates Hall

Reserve your seat by clicking here

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Happy New Year 2019


Autumn leaves, colored pencil by Karen Mahnken


To start the New Year please enjoy some images from late last year. Every year we offer at least one class in textile design, this time the class was inspired by English textile artist Lesley Richmond and her nature inspired work.
Ernst Haeckel inspired class challenged the students to create complex arrangements. Ernst Haeckel was a German naturalist who named and described thousands of new species (mainly marine) in the later part of the 19th century. Haeckel was a master of symmetry and organization.

To see more images from these classes and few others, please click here.


Trumpet vine with humming birds, watercolor by Sue Carr