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Adkins Arboretum brings attention to the art of nature in their ongoing series celebrating regional artists and their exploration of natural themes.

The Arboretum is currently hosting an exhibition of work by Rebecca Clark whose work in Finite and Alive: New Drawings focuses on the wildlife of Chesapeake Bay.

The Arboretum explains that Clark’s drawings of oysters, animals and birds are drawn absent of any background. Their isolation on white paper emphasizes the rich textures and forms of their shells, fur or feathers and the pure sense of aliveness of each one. It also isolates them from the rest of nature. They go on to explain that by “surrounding these creatures with empty space, Clark creates an underlying tension. The creatures she depicts are imperiled, cut off from the environments that created and sustained them. In doing this, she intimates not only the effects of pollution, habitat loss and climate change on individual species but, even more significantly, the loss of human consciousness of our intimate connections with the delicate balance of life on earth.”

An artist all her life, Clark credits Leslie Exton of the botanical illustration program at Corcoran College of Art with helping her learn to draw. She says that Exton “taught us very particular techniques and it opened up a whole new world for me.”

Meet Rebecca Clark this weekend at the artist reception on Saturday,
August 15 from 3-5 pm.

New at “Exhibitions to Visit”

Clark’s exhibition is only one of four exhibitions to be held at Adkins Arboretum. The following events have been posted to the Exhibitions to Visit page:

    Finite and Alive: New Drawings
    Rebecca Clark
    Visitor’s Center Gallery
    Adkins Arboretum
    Ridgely, MD
    August 4 – October 2, 2015

    Unnatural Nature
    Outdoor sculpture by Howard and Mary McCoy
    Visitor’s Center Gallery
    Adkins Arboretum
    Ridgely, MD
    June 1 – September 30, 2015

    Leaf Impressions
    Dominie Nash
    Visitor’s Center Gallery
    Adkins Arboretum
    Ridgely, MD
    October 6 – November 27, 2015
    Reception October 24, 3-5 p.m.

    The Art of Nature
    Adkins Arboretum Botanical Art Students
    Visitor’s Center Gallery
    Adkins Arboretum
    Ridgely, MD
    December 1, 2015 – January 29, 2016
    Reception December 5, 3-5 p.m.

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It’s May and this means it’s time for Primavera in the Garden, Riverside’s popular food and wine event. Held each year at the 40-acre botanical garden on the campus of UC Riverside, a portion of the proceeds supports UCR Botanic Gardens and its staff.

Enjoy a Spring afternoon in the garden, discover plein air art, learn about botanical art, and enjoy wonderful pairings of food and wine. Tickets are available online before the event for $65 each and will be available at the gate on the day of the event for $75 each. A tram will bring visitors from the parking lot to the garden. Tram service is free. University parking costs $5.

I would like to personally thank the following local businesses for their help in bringing attention to Primavera. They allowed me to place posters or bookmarks at their store or restaurant. Their support is appreciated.

Inland Empire readers, would you like to help spread the news about Primavera and support one of your local botanical gardens?

Click on the image below to download the flyer and share it with family, friends and colleagues. Thank you.

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Queen Victoria,  © Cy DeCosse, Courtesy Cy DeCosse Photography

Queen Victoria, © Cy DeCosse, Courtesy Cy DeCosse Photography

Do you love the look and feel of botanical illustrations created in graphite?

If so, you will be mesmerized by the botanical imagery of
Cy DeCosse whose studio focuses on the alternative photographic printing processes of Platinum-Palladium, Gum Dichromate, and Photogravure. These are special, extremely time- and labor-intensive techniques that took DeCosse and master printer, Keith Taylor, years to perfect. The images they create together at Cy DeCosse Photography contain fascinating detail, delicate light and dark tones and botanical subjects that float on paper.

DeCosse’s portfolio includes 11 themed collections. The following collections may be of particular interest to botanical artists: Midnight Garden, The Color of Food, The Beauty of Food in Platinum, Flowers in Platinum and Weeds.

In May, the VERVE Gallery of Photography in Santa Fe, New Mexico will present a solo exhibition of The Midnight Garden, DeCosse’s collection of night-blooming flowers printed in platinum. This exhibition will be on view May 2 – June 21, 2014.

Learn more about the VERVE Gallery of Photography at www.VERVEGallery.com

About Cy DeCosse

Cy DeCosse is a former art director and Fulbright Scholar. His fine art photography has been in solo exhibitions with John Stevenson Gallery in NYC, Weinstein Gallery in Minneapolis, Iris Galleries in Boston and Aspen. His work is in many private collections around the world.

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Early Registration Deadline is September 1, 2013
SAVE $250!

Each year natural science illustrator, Mindy Lighthipe, leads an art and photography tour to Costa Rica. The early registration deadline is fast-approaching. If you’ve considered this trip, don’t forget that you can save $250 if you register before September 1.

Why go to Costa Rica? What will you get out of it?

Mindy describes her tour and how Costa Rica continues to inspire her art:

A new adventure awaits!

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SciTech Conference Ad C_150x600Contributor, Arizona SciTech Festival

Hundreds of Arizona’s business, science and education leaders will gather in Scottsdale for the Second Annual Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference on September 4, 2013. The conference will be held 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts located at 7380 E. Second Street (map). The free, day-long event is open to those wanting to learn more about integrating STEM education into their communities. STEM education, which focuses on science, technology, engineering and math, is the backbone discipline of Arizona’s new economy.

The Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference will include 16 thought-provoking panel discussions, a keynote address and roughly 50 interactive stations, where collaborating organizations from the Arizona SciTech Festival will demonstrate STEM activities. The conference offers a unique opportunity to network with some of the state’s top STEM professionals, learn best practices in communicating STEM, as well as strategies to engage communities, local schools and businesses.

“The conference is an intersection point for leaders to form partnerships and build upon STEM activities they can implement in their communities during our annual spring festival,” said Jeremy Babendure, Executive Director of the Arizona SciTech Festival. “It offers a platform to engage new collaborators and links content providers with venues throughout the state, which translates into a stronger network and a more impactful Arizona SciTech Festival.”

“A statewide commitment to STEM education is critical to developing an ongoing pipeline of future talent to build and sustain Arizona’s workforce and strengthen its economy,” said Sandra Watson, President and CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority, who is a panelist at this year’s conference. “Bringing the private and public sectors together in this forum to collaborate and lead on this issue is vital for our state’s success and global competitiveness.”

Conference sponsors include Cox Communications, Challenger Space Center, the City of Scottsdale and EventInterface.

The Kickoff Conference begins with a 7:30 a.m. breakfast mixer. Programming begins at 8:30 a.m. and continues until 6 p.m. The conference keynote presentation beginning at 3:45 p.m. will feature Geoff Notkin, star of TV’s “Meteorite Men” and Skylab Astronaut Dr. Ed Gibson. Notkin and Gibson will team up to provide unique perspectives on how they’ve worked to make the understanding and appreciation of science part of mainstream living.

Conference Schedule

    7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
    Registration and networking breakfast

    8:30 – 11:30 a.m.
    Morning sessions and networking

    11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Lunch break (enjoy one of dozens of restaurants steps from the conference)

    1:00 – 3:45 p.m.
    Afternoon sessions and networking

    3:45 – 4:45 p.m.
    Keynote address

    4:45 – 6:00 p.m.
    Reception (visit 50 interactive tables hosted by collaborators and partners)

Panel discussions scheduled for the Arizona SciTech Festival Kickoff Conference include

  • Festival Events & Best Practices
  • Festival Boons, Barriers and Dreams
  • Finding the Teachable Moment in Your STEM Activity
  • The Maker Movement: Connecting Innovation, STEM and Creativity
  • How to Evaluate Your Festival Event
  • In Schools
  • Supporting the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) in Arizona
  • How Parents Can Support Their Kids in STEM
  • Student Panel: What Makes Science Exciting for Kids?
  • Bringing Science Festival Events to Your Schools
  • In Society
  • Using TV to Communicate Science
  • Teaching Science through Sports
  • How Do Interdisciplinary Arts Foster Creative Thinking and Discovery?
  • Vision 2020: Sustainability Challenges for Our Future
  • In the Workforce
  • Arizona: Step Up to Meet the Challenges of a Global Economy with STEM
  • Enhancing Business: Educator Relationships with STEM
  • Arizona Cities @ Work: How Cities Can Showcase STEM and Innovation to Their Communities
  • “Balancing Acts: Women Role Models in STEM”

About the Arizona SciTech Festival

The Arizona SciTech Festival is a six-week, statewide celebration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) held annually in February and March. Through a series of more than 300 expos, workshops, conversations, exhibitions and tours held in diverse neighborhoods throughout the state, the festival excites and informs Arizonans age 3 to 103 how STEM will drive our state. Spearheaded by its Foundational Partners the Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Science Center, Arizona Technology Council, Arizona State University, and The University of Arizona, the Arizona SciTech Festival is a grassroots collaboration of more than 350 organizations in industry, academia, arts, civic, community and K-12. Visit azscitechfest.org for more.

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