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September 18, 2014 - 5:00pm - December 18, 2014 - 7:00pm

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation presents "Dangerous Beauty: Thorns, Spines and Prickles" from 18 September to 18 December 2014. This exhibition includes artworks and books that depict the formidable and yet beautiful defensive structures of thorns, spines and prickles that have evolved to protect plants from predation. Featured are drawings, watercolors, prints and books displaying thistles, teasels, cacti, roses, berry brambles, stinging nettles and citrus trees.

Join us Thursday, 18 September 2014, 5–7 pm for an opening reception. At 5:30 pm Assistant Curator of Art Carrie Roy will give a short introduction to the exhibition in the gallery. We will also open on Saturday, 11 October, 1–4 pm, during Carnegie Mellon University’s Ceilidh Weekend festivities. Docent...

January 20, 2015 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm

Greetings Members and Friends,

Please join us for the first of our Winter/Spring 2015 meetings of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, Washington, D.C. Chapter. This month, we have a really fascinating presentation highlighting an artist’s experiences in Namibia in southwest Africa.

EVENT DATE: Tuesday, January 20, 2015

TIME: 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

PRESENTATION: “Visions of Namibia” by Penny Hauffe

Chameleon staggering, elephant showering, giraffe necking, impala head-butting, warthog wallowing. This meeting will be an illustrated and annotated glimpse at the wonders of Namibia, with a focus on journaling (supplies, techniques, hazards of painting in the field), plus supplementary photography and video. For the geologists among you, a small...

February 6, 2015 (All day) - February 16, 2015 (All day)

Artistic Adventure Tour- Costa Rica February 6-16, 2015
Mindy Lighthipe- Botanical and Nature Artist
Nancy Richmond- Nature Photographer

In this 10 day workshop students will tour the country of Costa Rica. Travel to different locations where the rainforest is our classroom. Learn field sketching, field research, color notation, composition and to use digital photography for reference details. This workshop is for all levels and welcomes photographers as well.

Some of the places visited are:
- Selva Verde Lodge
- Arenal Volcano
- Toucan Rescue Ranch
- Else Kientzler Botanical Garden

A detail of the itinerary is available at:...

March 8, 2015 (All day) - March 14, 2015 (All day)

ISLAND LIFE: Tropical Field Studies of Art+Nature in Puerto Rico

March 8-14, 2015

Embark on an artistic exploration of the diverse tropical wildlife of Puerto Rico, including rainforest, mountain, beach and coastal environments.
Registration Deadline: February 8, 2015

The Field Studies programs are ongoing, and take place over Winter Break, Spring Break and in the Summer. The next one will be in Puerto Rico, March 8-14, 2015. Participants use hands-on observation, artistic interpretation, biological and natural history methods, and utilize the natural habitat as a studio+lab to make informed art about plants, animals, and nature. The courses are open to anyone over 18.

Info and registration: islandlifepr...

May 13, 2015 (All day) - May 24, 2015 (All day)


hosted by Rick Simonson and Friends

DATES: May 13-24, 2015

Please join GNSI member Rick Simonson and a few of his friends as they head to Equador and the Galapagos Islands! Rick...

July 5, 2015 (All day) - July 11, 2015 (All day)

Introducing Arcadia University and Glenside, PA as the site for the 2015 GNSI Conference!

Arcadia is a small, private comprehensive university located on 76 acres in “suburban Philadelphia” -- that is, it is one mile from the northern city limit and 8 miles from “Center City” Philadelphia. Though it is best known for being a pioneer in international education, Arcadia is also distinguished by having a major in scientific illustration.

Horace Trumbauer, who also designed the Philadelphia Museum of Art, was the architect for the university’s signature building, “the Castle”. Trumbauer drew inspiration for his design from Alnwick Castle in England, where scenes for the first two Harry Potter movies were filmed. It is not surprising that some Arcadia students occasionally feel...