GREENVILLE DE – A juried show of contemporary botanical art, consisting of mostly watercolors painted by regional artists who are members of the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators, will be featured on display April 9-28 (2012) at The Station Gallery, 3922 Kennett Pike, Greenville DE. An artists’ reception for the show is scheduled for April 13 (Friday) from 5-8 p.m.
- This event has been added to The Post calendar.
“This art is painted in the traditional way; slowly and carefully, with great attention to detail,” society President Virginia Fitzpatrick explained.
Botanical art has a long and vital history, with shifting goals, according to gallery owners Alice Crayton and Nancy Bercaw:
- The goal for early Greeks was to illustrate pharmaceutical herbals, which continued through the early Renaissance.
- During the Age of Exploration, botanical artists traveled around the world to record the flora of new lands.
- Then royalty in Europe patronized botanical artists to publicize exotic plants in their gardens.
Today, many botanical artists seek to celebrate the marvels of nature, they added. Botanical artists depict the flora of the world in great detail. They show the curve of every stem, the branching of every vein, the variety of every stamen and pistil. They produce exact-sized paintings of flowers, insects and butterflies, as well as super-sized blow-ups of seed pods.
The Station Gallery specializes in regional art of all kinds, from abstractions to super-realism. It operates Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Photo from The Station Gallery