2017 Exhibitions

Inspired by Nature 5

The Geelong School of Botanical Art is again delighted to celebrate the work of its students and tutors with Inspired by Nature 5.  This much anticipated biennial event in the Friends’ calendar is at art@wintergardenover 50 artworks will represent 25 artists  with some of their work of the past two years. 

October 1 - October 29   10.00 am - 4.00 pm daily

Floor Talk Saturday 14 October 3.00 - 4.00 pm
with John Pastoriza-Pinol international and local artist and tutor

art@wintergarden   51 McKillop Street GEELONG

The collection, preservation and presentation of rare and unusual plants along with ‘hands on gardening’ are the accepted focus for Botanic Gardens.  However the exquisite world of botanical illustration forms an important role in many major Botanic Gardens.  Amongst the herbarium collections of the World are detailed illustrations and associated notes that record the many species known to science.  Indeed one of the first undertakings when a plant is ‘discovered’ is recording the species by both preserving and pressing a sample of the plant material and also illustrating and notating the species.


While the medium of film and photo is excellent in relaying a plant’s character these methods cannot communicate with complete accuracy the botanical details demanded by science.  The preferred method of recording plant material is through illustration.  Consider that on just one page an artist is able to sketch different views of a flower, leaf, branch and bark; drawings will often include the seed, its pod or capsule.  A series of drawings on a single page may display sections and annotated scaled sketches that provide a view of microscopic detail within the plant.  Notes on differentiation between specimens and the place the plant was collected could also be included.  All this presented on a single sheet.   The intimate story of a plant is complex and demands refined botanical knowledge combined with the imagination and skill of an artist to communicate the complete picture.

As in past exhibitions, the style and subject range of Inspired by Nature 5 will be incredibly diverse and presented in a variety of formats.  Most of us do not realize it often takes two or three seasons for an artist to finish an individual work.  The world of plants and flowers is transient – once a specimen is selected it must be analyzed and sketched then translated onto paper for completion.  In between collection and recording, the original flower may have wilted, its life cycle finished.  The artist will often wait a full year before they can again work directly from a freshly picked specimen.

This is the fifth exhibition in the ‘Inspired by Nature’ series, and the third season that it has been curated by Jill Shalless from art@wintergarden.  Much of the plant material featured has been sourced from the Geelong Botanic Gardens; works will represent artists at many levels from highly skilled to beginner.  For some, this will be their first exhibition.  The Friends invite you to visit the gallery and join the artists on their wonderful botanical journey.

September 2017