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September 1, 2014 (All day) - November 1, 2014 (All day)

The California Native Plant Society is preparing for the CNPS 2015 Conservation Conference: Celebrating 50 Years of Progress and Promise. The conference will be held January 13-17, 2015, at the Double Tree by Hilton, 2050 Gateway Place, San Jose, CA 95110

This juried botanical art exhibition will encourage a greater understanding and appreciation of the unique California flora, one of the goals of the conference.

Artists are invited to enter original artwork in any two-dimensional medium that reflects the beauty and uniqueness of California flora and adheres to high standards of botanical accuracy. All entries must depict plants indigenous to California (no introduced plants, please!). The show will be hung for the duration of...

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...

October 21, 2014 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm

After Hours Tour of Q?rius Facilities at Smithsonian’s NMNH

October's 21st meeting will be a tour of Q?rius (pronounced "Curious") at Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. Now in existence for about a year, Q?rius is a place that was created specifically for “teens and tweens” and their families as a new type of education center, pairing unusual and fun experiences in science and making sense of them in terms of everyday life. It is a great and flexible space, with over 6000 collection objects that can be looked at closely and manipulated, providing sophisticated tools and equipment for study. It also provides a wealth of material for the artist to draw and sketch.

Efrain Tejada, the Q?rius manager, will give us a tour of this space and its collections....

October 25, 2014 - 10:00am - October 26, 2014 - 2:00pm

Layering Watercolors with Peggy Macnamara

$180; $160 for members of Plantations and GNSI

2 Session(s)
Sat, Sun Saturday 10 am to 4 pm; Sunday 10 am to 2 pm, October 25 - October 26
Cornell Plantations Nevin Welcome Center, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

The GNSI Finger Lakes Chapter has partnered with the Cornell Plantations to invite Peggy Macnamara to Ithaca, NY to teach her watercolor technique. This class is made possible with a grant from the GNSI Education Fund.

BA-1025) Layering Watercolors with Peggy Macnamara

Guest artist and author Peggy Macnamara, artist-in-residence at the Field Museum and professor at the School of the Art...

October 27, 2014 (All day) - November 2, 2014 (All day)

Days of the Dead (Días de los Muertos) is the Latin American holiday coinciding with Halloween and All Souls’ Day. This week-long workshop/retreat explores the cultural history, ideology, and creative whimsy of this ancient acknowledgment and transcendence of death. We make traditional Mexican crafts, including papel picado (cut paper banners), sugar skulls, and ofrendas (memorials to departed loved ones). Mornings include poetry reading, discussion, and crafts; evenings offer videos, firelight, and comraderie. Afternoons and a free day offer time to hike, visit nearby sites (such as the Georgia O’Keeffe house in Abiquiu, or Ojo Caliente Hot Springs), or drive to Santa Fe. The course is housed at historic Casa del Sol, overlooking the spectacular landscape that...

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:...

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...