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Where Have All the Kolinsky Sable Brushes Gone?

Deb Shaw’s blog post compiles background information, history, rumors and facts about the shortage of kolinsky sable brushes. There is a lot of information and misinformation about the disappearance of Kolinsky brushes from art suppliers in the US. It’s a complicated subject, and Deb has attempted to gather everything together in one place... read on!

GNSI member Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski is leading the charge on a Kickstarter project for the Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration, the location of one of our 2014 conference field trips.

The project is entering the final stretch, and the fundraising effort has been very sucessful. Now is a great opportunity to score one of the reward items when you...

Tuesday morning, hour long presentations by members and invited speakers began. One of the latter is Nicole DeBarber from a group called The Beehive Collective (http://beehivecollective.org/). The collective is a revolving group of people who have volunteered for decades to combining art, education and activism.

The Collective approaches their art as the creation of a teaching tool. Today's...

Our conference sketchbook project has expanded! What is this, you might ask? The banquet venue at Bar Harbor, a restored schoolhouse, featured blackboard walls and lots of chalk. It didn't take long for our fabulous creatives to fill the boards with wonderful sketches, nearly all related to their conference experience. We'd like to see that happen again, and be able to keep the memories in a tangible form.

We will have two sketchbooks available for you to embellish. We honestly haven’t...

VOTE FOR YOUR GNSI EXECUTIVE BOARD!

GNSI elections are now being held!Please be an active participant. Log on as a member and use this link.

If you are attending the exciting Conference in Boulder CO in July, you can also vote there.

All voting closes at 1:30 p.m. July 16 after the General Membership Meeting. Watch for election results on...

Ann's DuBois has launched a Kickstarter project as a method for brining her next book project to fruition. Ann's goal is to fund top-quality publication of her Plants of Life book, which will feature 38 original paintings of plant life, her personal story about each one, and their historic background. This project can only be...

Some of you may know that the GNSI has a Closed Group on Facebook (only members can see content). Our GNSI Portugal chapter has one as well. Our USA Chapters are also getting into the act with an Open Group, run by GNSI Northern California. And ...

Note: Information about new products that may be of use or interest to our members is provided by the GNSI without endorsement.

Many of you may have read GNSI member Geoff Thompson description of his Visonary Digital BK Plus Labratory System for photgraphing insect specimens (GNSI Journal of Natural Science Illustration 2013 No. 1). Now a Connecticut start-up, Macroscopic...

For those who recently participated in the GNSI's Plants and Pollinators exhibit, an second opportunity to spread your image around may be at hand.

Chugach Arts Council in Seward Alaska is gearing up for its 2nd year of Art of Conservation projects. They would like to personally invite GNSI members/artists to submit images of your art for inclusion in one or all of their Art of Conservation projects. There are currently 4 soft cover books being prepared:

Artists of...

An open invitation to all GNSI members to help develop a science illustration K-12 curriculum:

Initial premises:
1] Science illustration as a career is still a career unfamiliar to the general public (and often to the scientists we serve); integrating a science illustration curriculum into general education (especially STEM) programs will help to educate people as to who we are and what we do.

2] All students, whether enrolled in STEM programs or not, can...

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