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Botanica Exhibition 2013

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Floral Art is the flavour-of-the-month at Red Rock Arts
Common Heath Epacris impressa
Victoria's Floral Emblem: Common Heath Epacris impressa (Wikipedia Commons)

It's impossible to imagine how many centuries people have been utilising flora for decorative pursuits. Whether it be a dried flower arrangement, a sketch of water colour, a daisy chain, or simply a flower behind your true-love's ear, flowers have probably been providing inspiration since the first was picked.

Now 'Botanica' is being offered by Red Rock Arts. It's a great opportunity to put your ideas into practice, or give birth to new ideas, by making a submission to the curated exhibition, or participating in workshops with an expert in the field.

Botanica Exhibition

Submissions in any medium that address the botanica theme are being received for a curated exhibition to run from 31st August to 25th September in the Red Rock Arts Gallery. Entries are $10 and close on 17th August. Art work must be delivered directly to the gallery by 25th August. The Red Rock Regional Gallery charges a 33% commission on sales. Entry forms, details and conditions are available here.

Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery
Inside the gallery at Cororooke

Botanica Workshops

Workshops will be held on Friday 6th September at Red Rock Arts regional gallery in Cororooke, and present a valuable opportunity for aspiring artists to pick the brains of botanical artist and researcher Enid Mayfield.

Enid Mayfield is engaged as an Illustrative Researcher at both the Geelong and Melbourne Botanic Gardens where she is an Honorary Associate. She has illustrated scientific publications including 'Flora of Victoria' and the 'Flora of Australia', and has worked as an artist at the National Herbarium in Victoria.

Enid Mayfield
Enid Mayfield

Enid Mayfield's personally published work covers the diversity of the Otway region of Victoria, collected in two volumes: Flora of the Otway Plain and Ranges Volume 1 (Orchids, Irises, Lilies, Grass-trees, Mat-rushes and other petaloid monocotyledons), and Volume 2 (Daisies, Heaths, Peas, Saltbushes, Sundews, Wattles and other shrubby and herbaceous Dicotyledons).

Flora enthusiasts will relish the depth of local flora knowledge

Two options are offered: 10am will be a workshop for senior students, and at 2pm a workshop is open to adults. Cost is $20 and all materials are supplied.

Workshop numbers are limited to 10 participants, ensuring you will receive maximum input from an eminently qualified teacher. No experience is required, simply a desire to participate.

Bookings can be made via the Red Rock Arts website, or on 0488 531637.
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Why? Discover more about local flora
When: August - September
Phone: 0488 531637
Where: Red Rock Arts Gallery and Theatre
Cost: $20 for workshops, $10 to submit to exhibition
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