Current Reedy Gallery Show
Winter 2015 Exhibit: Weird, Wild & Wonderful
Feb. 6-May 17, 2015
The Second New York Botanical Garden Triennial exhibit, curated by the American Society of Botanical Artists, is presented by Andersen Horticultural Library and University of Minnesota Libraries at the Reedy Gallery, Minnesota Landscape Arboretum.
Featuring 47 artworks of botanical oddities and curiosities, this esteemed traveling exhibit showcases ASBA artists from Australia, Canada, India, Japan, the UK, and the United States, including three Minnesota artists – Nancy Gehrig (St. Paul), Linda Powers (Minneapolis), and Denise Walser-Kolar (Rochester). Artists prepared for three years, seeking out and portraying plants they considered weird, wild, and wonderful.
Public opening reception, Feb. 12, 2 p.m.,
RSVP 612 301 1239. Program includes talk by Carol Woodin, ASBA’s Director of Exhibitions, “Today’s Botanical Artists and Plants at Risk” and gallery tour
Botanical art’s renaissance is illuminated in unusual renderings using watercolor, graphite, etching, oil, pen and ink, and colored pencil. Exotic plant species from such locales as Borneo, Australia, Asia, and the Americas join familiar plants we find in our kitchens, each portrayed through the eye of the extraordinary. Bat flowers, violet hedgehog mushrooms, strange cacti and carnivorous plants are represented, and exploratory delight is exhibited by each artist’s original take on theme.
Such is the case with Asuka Hishiki’s dramatic painting of an heirloom tomato, “Kind-hearted Monster,” shown above and featured on the cover of the large-format color catalog published for the exhibition. The catalog can be purchased from the Arboretum Gift Store, either in store or online at www.arboretum.umn.edu/onlinegiftstore.aspx.
The 47 artworks were selected from a field of 238 submissions. Dr. Shirley Sherwood, Caroline A. Wamsler, Ph.D., and Jean Emmons formed the awards jury, which selected recipients of Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals. These were awarded to Asuka Hishiki for Wasabi, Eutrema japonica, watercolor on paper; Beverly Allen for White Batflower, Tacca integrifolia, watercolor on paper; and Julia Trickey for Shield Fern, Polystichum, watercolor on paper, respectively.
Added Exhibit! Minnesota Botanic Art in Andersen Horticultural Library features two Minnesota artists.
Gallery tour, March 14, 1 p.m.
Each artist’s behind-the-scenes story of their work is available at www.asba-art.org/exhibitions/weird-wild-wonderful. The artwork is for sale, with proceeds benefiting ASBA and Andersen Horticultural Library.
Summer 2015 Exhibit: Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate--Floral Alphabet
Opens June 2015
Most recent show:
Nov. 26-Jan. 25, 2015
The spirit of the holiday and beauty of winter is captured by talented Minnesota, national and International painters. Artistic vignettes capture the mood and mystery of this joyous season.
Enjoy eclectic interpretations of nature's beauty, outdoor landscapes and scenes by a diverse collection of painters from Minnesota, the Midwest and throughout the U.S.. Works in oil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic, photography and other media help deepen your Arboretum experience and add interesting perspective to your visit.
The gallery features four to five exhibits per year touching on seasonal themes. From time to time, informal tours are offered of the current exhibit or artists talks and painting demonstrations in the Great Hall or in the gardensg artists are scheduled. Exhibits are open year-round during scheduled building hours and are free with Arboretum admission. Art in the Reedy Gallery are for sale through the Arboretum Gift Store, with a portion of the proceeds from each sale directly benefitting the Arboretum.
The Arboretum is pleased to collaborate with the Wilcock Gallery of Excelsior, Minn., in curating and organizing exhibits with artists. While the Reedy Gallery has featured nature-themed art since its opening in the Oswald Visitor Center in 2005, this collaboration provides greater exposure to a broader community of artists in seasonally-themed collections.