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Lyceum of Monterey County
The oldest non-profit on the Monterey Peninsula, the Lyceum of Monterey County is expanding its botanical art program by adult and family classes to the extensive list of hands-on learning opportunities they provide for Monterey students. The Lyceum “inspires a life-long love of learning” through its enrichment programs and academic events.

    Make Your Own Herbarium!
    The Lyceum of Monterey County
    Saturday, February 28, 2015
    1-4 PM

    Make a personal herbarium. Historically, herbariums have been used by botanists and gardeners to preserve and catalog their plant collections. Learn about famous herbariums such as those made by Lewis and Clark, Charles Darwin and Emily Dickinson. Complete the process by constructing an artistic plant collage.
    Age: 13 to adult

    Cost: $30, plus $5 materials fee
    Limit: 8 students

    Register online or call 831-372-6098.

This information has also been posted to Classes Near You > California.

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Scholars Emanuela Appetiti and
Alain Touwaide
will discuss their research into the medical traditions of the Mediterranean at the National College for Natural Medicines in Portland, Oregon on October 30 and November 1. Alain Touwaide will also present a special lecture entitled, The Legacy of Greece to Modern World Medicine at the Hellenic-American Cultural Center and Museum on Saturday, November 2, 2013.

Emanuela and Alain founded the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions. The Institute is a research and education organization with non-profit 501(c)(3) status hosted by the Smithsonian. Through the Institute, Emanuela and Alain pursue their research activities, including research for the PLANT program. The acronym PLANT stands for PLantarum Aetatis Novae Tabulae (meaning in Latin Renaissance botanical illustrations).

The research Emanuela and Alain conduct is fascinating. If you have an interest in medicinal plants, herbals or history, their lectures are not to be missed.

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New updates for the Classes Near You pages for California, Hawaii and Washington.

Vorobik Botanical Art

Linda Ann Vorobik, Ph.D. is a botanical illustrator and botanist who teaches at the Jepson Herbarium at UC Berkeley, conducts field research in the Siskiyou Mountains in Oregon and teaches botanical illustration in California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. Visit Linda’s website to view her current teaching schedule, online gallery, blog, and to sign-up for her newsletter.

    An Introduction to Botanical Art
    Burke Museum
    University of Washington Herbarium
    September 20, 2013
    Pre-registration required by September 13, 2013

    Painting Orchids on the Big Island of Hawaii
    – October 20-26, 2013

    Plan Ahead for 2014!

    An Introduction to Botanical Art
    Santa Barbara Botanical Garden
    Santa Barbara, CA
    March 22-23, 2014

    An Introduction to Botanical Art

    Center for Urban Horticulture
    University of Washington Botanic Gardens
    Seattle, WA
    October 4-5, 2014

    Painting Orchids on the Big Island of Hawaii

    October 19-25, 2014

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An interview with Linda Ann Vorobik

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Today is the first Thursday of the month and this means that this evening the streets of downtown Riverside will be filled with people enjoying a warm summer night at ArtsWalk.

Tonight ArtsWalk will be especially memorable for Habitat for Humanity Riverside which has been celebrating its 25th anniversary and the 15th anniversary of the Riverside ReStore this year. Their celebration takes a very public turn as Habitat’s “Homes” tour kicks off in front of the Main Public Library on Mission Inn Blvd, across the street from the Riverside Metropolitan Museum and the historic Mission Inn.

This tour will showcase the work of 46 local artists and their interpretation of what home means to them. This exhibition will be on view inside the library
August 4-22, 2013. Beginning August 27, the twenty-five dollhouses and fifteen plaques will be auctioned off to raise money for housing projects in Riverside, Jurupa Valley, Moreno Valley, Corona and Norco — areas served by Habitat for Humanity Riverside. This auction will be held at the Riverside ReStore. Bidding will also occur online, allowing individuals in neighboring communities the opportunity to participate. The auction ends on September 27, 2013. Winning bidders will be announced on September 28, 2013.

Participating artists will be in attendance during ArtsWalk tonight to answer questions about their work. I will be there with my educational/interactive piece titled, Garden Journal: Sunflower. It is a “home herbarium” piece designed to ignite a curiosity about plants and offers gardeners a way to begin recording what grows in the home garden.

Showcase artists will serve as docents while the exhibition is on view inside the library from August 4-22, 2013. If you can’t make it out tonight, we hope to see you while the exhibition is at the library or when the exhibition returns to the Riverside ReStore for the auction.

I invite you to attend the ArtsWalk launch of this special “Homes” tour tonight from 6:00 – 8:30 PM to admire the thoughtful creativity of local artists and their presentation of the showcase message, Home is where our story begins…

Vote for Your Favorite

After viewing the 25 amazing dollhouses and 15 creative plaques, go online to vote for your Fan Favorite at the Riverside ReStore. A Fan Favorite Award will be presented at Habitat’s 25th Anniversary Gala in September.

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Artwork © Susan Brown Hardy. Image courtesy of Greg Bolosky.

Artist Susan Hardy Brown brings a fresh perspective to the important work performed in herbaria throughout the world. Using materials gathered from her work as a curatorial assistant at the Herbarium of the Arnold Arboretum, Brown captures plants and their diversity in paintings created using beeswax and resin — a technique called encaustic painting.

An exhibition of Brown’s work, Ex Herbario:
Recent Works by Susan Hardy Brown
, will be on view in the Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall at the Arnold Arboretum from July 14 – September 16, 2012.

Brown will discuss her work during Artist Talk: Susan Hardy Brown, a free lecture to be held on Thursday, September 13, 2012 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM. To attend this event, please register here.

The public will have another opportunity to meet Susan Hardy Brown during a special reception scheduled for Saturday, September 15 from 1-3 PM.

Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum is a 265-acre living collection of trees, shrubs and woody vines. It is the oldest public arboretum in North America and is free and open to the public everyday. The Hunnewell Building Lecture Hall is in continuous use for classes and other events. Please check the current visiting hours of the Hunnewell Building and call (617) 384-5209 to confirm the exhibition will be available for viewing.


Learn more about encaustic art. Visit International Encaustic Artists online.

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Yesterday the Transit of Venus across the sun received a lot of attention. Many of us were able to view it on the Internet through the many gadgets we have at our disposal. In 1769, however, James Cook, Joseph Banks and surviving members of the Endeavour crew had to endure many months at sea to watch this event unfold in Tahiti. Observing and documenting the Transit of Venus was one of the expedition’s assignments. They did see it and they did take notes.

This wasn’t their only mission, however. The Endeavour crew was sent out to confirm the presence or absence of a certain land mass in the southern hemisphere (i.e., Australia).

With the current attention focused on the Transit of Venus, I thought it would be a good time to give a little attention to the work of botanist Joseph Banks.

During the Endeavour expedition’s travels to South America, Tahiti, New Zealand, and Australia, Joseph Banks and his crew collected and described thousands of plants. Specimens were drawn by artist Sydney Parkinson who also applied watercolor to his sketches as a way of recording the colors of each plant.

The hard work of Banks’ team was to be recognized in a florilegium Banks wanted to create. He hired artists and master engravers, but in the end, never published his book. The 743 plates created by his team of artists and engravers were transferred to the British Museum and were not printed until 200 years later.

Today we are able to gain insight into the printing of Banks’ florilegium thanks to The National Museum of Australia. They created Banks’ Florilegium: From Plant to Print, an online gallery featuring nine plates from this historic work. This online gallery is more than a collection of nine colorful thumbnail-sized images. The gallery provides information about the materials behind each plate. Viewers are able to compare each plate to its herbarium specimen, the original sketch by Sydney Parkinson, and the final watercolor painting that was based on Parkinson’s sketch. The information in the interactive gallery is presented thoughtfully and provides an engaging learning experience.

Tour this fascinating exhibit for yourself. Go to Banks’ Florilegium: From Plant to Print.


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Botanist and botanical artist, Linda Ann Vorobik, will teach workshops in four states this summer and fall. Here is what’s new in the Classes Near You section for California, Oregon, Washington, and Hawaii.

Vorobik Botanical Art

Linda Ann Vorobik, Ph.D. is a botanical illustrator and botanist who teaches at the Jepson Herbarium at UC Berkeley, conducts field research in the Siskiyou Mountains in Oregon and teaches botanical illustration in California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii. Visit Linda’s website to view her current teaching schedule, online gallery, blog, and to sign-up for her newsletter. Upcoming classes include:

  • Introduction to Botanical Illustration – May 31 – June 3, 2012;
    9 AM – 5 PM. Siskiyou Field Institute, Selma, Oregon.
  • Botanical Art: Field Sketching to Studio Watercolors
    June 22-24, 2012. Point Reyes, CA.
  • Crash Course in Flowering Plant Families – July 7-10, 2012.
    Siskiyou Field Institute, Selma, Oregon.
  • Painting Orchids on the Big Island of Hawaii – October 14-20, 2012. Captain Cook, Hawaii.

An exhibition of Linda’s botanical art and hand-painted silk scarves will open on June 9 at the Chimera Gallery on Lopez Island in Washington.

Linda will also participate in the Lopez Island Studio Tour scheduled for Labor Day weekend (September 1-2, 2012).

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