From the Desert to the Sea

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The 14th Annual Exhibition of the Friends Botanic Art Group features a wide variety of native Australian plants, with a special focus on plants from arid regions.

Gossypium sturtianum - Nilavan AdamsThe exhibition will run from Saturday, 3 April to Sunday, 2 May 2021 in the Visitors Information Centre Gallery.

All drawings and paintings are for sale. The exhibition comprises work using a variety of mediums including watercolour, coloured pencil, graphite and scraperboard. Botanical art takes many hours of careful attention to detail, so members have been preparing work for some months now. All artworks are judged by a team of botanists from the Gardens to ensure accuracy, and by a panel of accomplished botanic artists to ascertain artistic merit, before being hung in this exhibition. Artists may enter one other painting not subject to formal judging, the Artist’s Choice.

As previously, a Botanic Art Group member will be available during the exhibition to answer any questions. There will also be a selection of cards and bookmarks for sale, and there will be a work as a prize for the lucky winner of a raffle. Several works will be chosen to be donated by the Friends to the Gardens' permanent collection. As in previous years, the raffle takings and a proportion of the proceeds from sale of paintings will be donated to the Friends. 

Please encourage your family and friends to visit the exhibition.

Swainsinia Formosa - Jann OllerenshawFicus Brachypoda - Cornelia Buchen-Osmond

Images (left to right): Swainsonia formosa (Sturt's Desert Pea) - Jann Ollerenshaw; Ficus brachypoda (Fig) - Cornelia Büchen-Osmond; Gossypium sturtianum (Sturt's Desert Rose) - Nilavan Adams.