Call for Exhibits: Nature’s Medicine Chest–Plants, Animals, Minerals

The Greater New York Chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators in conjunction with Highstead Arboretum of Redding Connecticut requests submissions from members for an exhibition to be held at the Highstead Arboretum from Saturday, September 10 through Saturday, October 29, 2011.

Submission deadline: Monday June 20, 2011.

Please send not more than three 300dpi 5”x7” scans to [email protected] or a CD to Dick Rauh, 245 Wilton Road, Westport CT 06880. Send a check for $10 payable to GNSI- Greater New York. Please include a short (150 words) bio or artist statement. In an exhibit of this kind, a few words on the reasoning of your choice and particulars of the species depicted and their medicinal value will be of interest. As this is a GNSI chapter show make sure your membership is current.

Jury: Dick Rauh, Kathie Miranda, and Holley Morgan-Porter who is doing her Post-Doctorate at the Institute of Economic Botany at the New York Botanical Garden.

Framing: Simple wood or quality metal only. No clip metal frames accepted. White or off-white mat, and ready to hang with eyehooks and wire. Plexiglas is a must if you are shipping your artwork.

Delivery: To Highstead or Dick by Tuesday September 6. Highstead hours are M-F 8am to 4 pm. Please call in advance so that someone is at the Barn to accept your artwork (203-938-8809). Artwork can be shipped to Highstead Arboretum, 127 Lonetown Road, Redding, CT 06875-1097. Artwork shipped to the Arboretum packed in Styrofoam peanuts, and/or if the box is not a proper, reusable, shipping carton, it will not be accepted. Because volunteer transportation of the artwork between venues and storage requires a need to fit the pieces easily into cars, we are imposing a size restriction of 30” framed size, longest dimension, unless you are willing to make provisions yourself for all shipping.

Reception: Saturday, September 10, 2011 - time to be announced.

Here are some suggestions for medicinal plants, but it is just scratching the surface. Black and blue cohash, bloodroot, echinacea, eyebright, ginseng, goldenseal, Oregon grape, osha, pink ladies slipper, spikenard, stoneroot, wild indigo and witch hazel are some possible healing herbs. Cone snail, leeches, honey bees, seashells, coral, musk deer, codfish, and household pets are some members of the animal world whose whole, parts or secretions have therapeutic effects. If you want to paint minerals there are many with medicinal uses. "The Plant Book‟ by David Mabberley, lists medicinal uses for many species, or the Internet is an extraordinary source.

Not a Member of the GNSI-GNY?  Join the 2011 year now for $15!  Please mail your 2011 dues to Dorie Petrochko, 370 Quaker Farms Road, Oxford, CT 06478-1305

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