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Botanical art in full bloom despite age of photography
Floressence 2015 Exhibition

From the illuminated manuscript of De Materia Medica through to works produced by illustrators aboard Captain Cook's 1770 voyage of exploration, botanical illustration has a long, proud and breathtakingly beautiful tradition. And despite the temptations of the digital age, it's clear that this long-established artform is just as popular as ever.

The launch of Floressence 2015, an annual exhibition hosted by The Botanical Artists' Society of Queensland, will showcase some of the best botanically-accurate illustration by local artists. Running from 20 to 22 November, Floressence 2015 features watercolours and acrylics, in styles spanning the gamut from traditional to contemporary.

Artist and spokeswoman for The Botanical Artists' Society of Queensland, Lynda Young, says that botanical art conveys the beauty of plants while retaining scientific accuracy in scale, form and colour. 'It ranges from scientific illustration to realistic flower painting and uses a variety of media,' she adds.

Original artworks will be on sale along with a selection of cards, prints, calendars and bookmarks - which is great if you want to get a jump on your Christmas shopping. Morning and afternoon tea will be available for purchase. Demonstrations of the detailed work involved in creating botanical art will also be held during the exhibition.

As the exhibition is being held in the Auditorium of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at Mt Coot-tha, why not make a day of it by taking advantage of other attractions this area has to offer? Check out Dark Universe, the latest show at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, take a self-guided walk through the gardens, or enjoy a meal or drink at Botanical.

The Botanical Artists' Society of Queensland is a voluntary, non-profit organisation formed to foster a greater knowledge, love and understanding of botanical art. The Society offers classes for those beginning or improving their art as well as opportunities for members to exhibit their work.
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Why? View and purchase original botanical art
When: 9-4.30pm Fri 20th, 9-4.30pm Sat 21st and 9-3pm Sun 22nd
Where: Auditorium, Brisbane Botanic Gardens, Mt Coot-tha, Brisbane
Cost: Entry $3 (adults); $2 (concession); children free
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If you go keep an eye out for the work of Anne Hayes. She has done artwork for Australian Geographic posters and calendars. The quality of work in the Floressence exhibitions is always spectacular.
by Lynne Cargill (score: 2|756) 1770 days ago
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