Thursday, 29 August 2013

Kirstenbosch Botanical Art Biennale 2013 Opens

30 August 2013 - 9:00am - 15 September 2013 - 6:00pm

Entrance charge: Free entry
How to book: Booking not necessary
Event venue: Old Mutual Conference Centre

Kirstenbosch's prestigious Botanical Art Biennale is one of the high points of this Centenary year. This exhibition showcases top South African botanical artists as well as artists from different parts of the globe.

This year’s Biennale focuses on medicinal and traditional use plants of southern Africa. The symbiotic relationship between the plant and animal kingdoms and the plethora of uses of plants, highlight the vigilance required if the sustainability and long-term harvesting potential of these limited resources is to be ensured.

From fine monochrome pencil drawings to delicate watercolour, the media used by the artists range from copper etchings and scraperboard through to pastel, pen and ink.  Whatever the medium used, the ability of the artist to bring these plants to life in their truest form is remarkable.

International artists Kath Baker and Leigh-Ann Gale (UK), Suzana Souza (Brazil) and Suellen Perold (USA) add interest to the line up of exhibitors. Well known South African artists such as Eric Judd, Solly Gutman, Carol Reddick and Gillian Condy are joined by first time exhibitor Ann Kerr, while visitors will delight in the fine renditions from Jenny Hyde- Johnson, Jeanette Loedolff, Wilna Eloff and Lisa Strachen.

An additional highlight is the work of Cape based Margaret de Villiers, who recently won a gold medal and best on show at the annual Royal Horticultural Society’s Botanical Art show in London.

A buyers preview will be held on Thursday 29 August at 09h30.

To view the Exhibition Catalogue, see the two attachments below :
Kirstenbosch Biennale 2013 Catalogue - (Part 1)
Kirstenbosch Biennale 2013 Catalogue (Part 2)

Friday, 23 August 2013

Art Lovers Gallery Botanical Art Exhibition, Pretoria

Photo: Gill Condy
The evening of Tuesday 20th August saw the opening of the BAASA exhibition
at the Art Lovers Gallery, 189 Long Street, Waterkloof, Pretoria.

Photo: Gill Condy
The opening address was given by Werner Muller one of the Gallery owners. Fourteen of our Gauteng artists submitted work to make a very pleasing exhibit, clearly showing great technical skills and the strong personalities of each artist.
Photo: Gill Condy
Thank you to those who came to the opening. Sadly there was a very small turnout, but it is a very popular venue for the local residents who just pop in to see what is on show.

The exhibition closes on Tuesday 3rd September, so please encourage family and friends to visit.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Painting flowers nicely isn't enough

"Painting flowers nicely isn't enough. There's a clear and strong botanical science theme running through the stories of many of the new Gold Medal Winners. Dissection and the portrayal of the complete plant and life cycle should be high on the agenda of any aspiring Gold Medal winner."
Artist and writer Katherine Tyrrell: Interviews with 2013 RHS Botanical Art Gold Medal Winners
Cydonia oblonga(Quince)
By Franz Eugen Köhler,

Köhler's Medizinal-Pflanzen [Public domain],
via Wikimedia Commons
For more go to Katherine's 'Making a Mark' blog at