Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Hunt Institute Newsletter - Spring Issue 2016

Hunt Institute Newsletter - Spring Issue 2016

In this Bulletin the curator of art discusses "Great Expectations," the current exhibition that explores the different phases of plant development. 
News from the archives: Constantine J. Alexopoulos' collection of over 700 color slime mold slides has been digitized and soon will be available on the Web site. 
Read an interesting article about Peter Forsskal, a naturalist who also called for freedom of the press in Sweden. 
Open House 2016 on 26 June - schedule of events. Everyone welcome to attend.

Please visit the Web site to download the PDF 

PS: Jenny Hyde-Johnston will exhibit in the forthcoming exhibition opening in September 2016.

Monday, 25 April 2016

National Exhibition Pietermartizburg 23 – 25 September

We are pleased to inform all BAASA  members that there will be a National Exhibition at The Witness Garden Show in Pietermartizburg 23 – 25 September. 

The KZN committee had a lovely meeting with Tanya Visser, who is excited about exhibiting Botanical Art work and they hope for this to be an annual event.  
We know it coincides with the Plant Exhibition, but this is a different audience. They are also asking for 2 pictures and there is no criteria other than indigenous. We trust you will support the branch a with this exciting opportunity.

Please contact Snooks Cole on 082 789 5683 or Lynne Griffin on 083 630 5351 for more details.
Vetting will be in August.

All Mediums will be accepted – oils will be displayed separately
2 Pictures per person
All indigenous plant specimens
No size limit
BAASA Members only.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Workshop with Margaret Best in Puglia, ITALY - October 16-24  October 2016

It might interest you to know that there are some spaces left in the Puglia Italy, Botanical Art Workshop with Margaret Best this October.  

The setting, rural, peaceful, and with a view of the ocean, is a historic Masseria that has been lovingly converted into a special place for artists and nature lovers. 

The mild weather and absence of tourists makes fall a perfect time to be in Puglia.  Enjoy the authentic food, excellent wine and unique cultural experiences that this region offers. Our host, Guiliano, assured us that if we loved the wild flowers of spring we will be in raptures over the endless possibilities to paint and draw on his property in the fall. We enjoy a dedicated studio with beautiful natural lighting and a short stroll from the well-appointed suites – each one spacious and uniquely decorated.

The workshop series ends with a vernissage (private exhibition) of the participants’ art shared with the local artists and horticulturists and celebrated in true Italian style with delectable foods prepared from the Masseria’s harvest accompanied by superb local wines!

For non-artist partners and friends there are numerous activities – biking, hiking, photography, beach combing, UNESCO Heritage sites to visit or simply relaxing with a book soaking up the sunshine.

For more information click here or go to www.quenchtravel.com, select “Exclusively Quench” from the main menu bar and then scroll down to the Puglia trip.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Margaret Best’s workshops in June

If you are in Canada in June, consider attending workshops by Margaret Best.
The topic is Irresistible Irises -  magnificent specimens will be coming from a local iris farm.
Registration is open for Margaret Best’s upcoming workshops in June at Dundas Valley School of Art, Ontario.

Drawing a bearded iris
1-day drawing workshop  -  2 June  
This is a workshop well suited to newcomers to art wanting to learn how to draw with accuracy. It is also a perfect opportunity for more experienced artist to come to draw a magnificent iris and have more time to apply colour in the 3-day  workshop in which Margaret will be providing instruction on painting an iris in watercolour, coloured pencil or graphite. 

Select “Classes”. Click on “Drawing”. 
Scroll down to 2 June, Margaret Best.

A Botanical Study of an Iris
3-day Workshop  -  3, 4, 5 June
Medium: Choice of  Watercolour, Coloured Pencil or  Graphite
This work shop is open to all skill levels. Newcomers to botanical art will learn how to create an composition with eye-appeal and the appropriate techniques required for a realistic study of a magnificent iris in season in Ontario in late May and early June. Experienced artists will be able to hone their skills with the assistance of an expert.

Select “Classes”. 
Click on “Painting”, Scroll down to 3 June, Margaret Best

History of  Botanical Art 
Lecture on the evening of 1 June
Margaret is also offering a free lecture on the History of  Botanical Art on the evening of 1 June

For more information: