PHILADELPHIA PA – Demonstrations by botanical artists who are members of the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators will be offered daily March 2-10 (2013; Saturday through Sunday) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the annual Philadelphia Flower Show at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th and Arch streets, according to society publicist Sarah Maxwell.
Also on display will be more than 50 paintings selected by a professional outside jury. To coincide with the show’s overall theme, “The Flora of Great Britain,” the botanical art exhibition is themed “Her Majesty’s Bouquet.” It includes paintings of holly hocks and peonies, hellebores and daffodils; all flowers found in Great Britain. Children who visit the exhibit will be encouraged to tray their own hand at art with a coloring sheet.
The purpose of botanical art has changed little through history, Maxwell explained. It is an ancient art form whose original purpose was to accurately depict herbs and flowers important to medicine. Today it continues to aid botanists, horticulturalists, and pharmaceutical scientists in identifying new species around the world. However, she added, contemporary botanical artists often are more interested in celebrating nature with both precision and an appreciation of its beauty and intricacy.
The society is an association of more than 75 artists formed 15 years ago. They exhibit throughout the Delaware Valley.
Photo from the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators