The Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne are hosting the 2nd reFraming Natural History and Botanic Exhibition from7th to 22nd October 2017, open from 10 am – 4 pm, daily at Domain House Gallery, Dallas Brooks Drive, Melbourne (located behind the Shrine of Remembrance). The cost is free but a gold coin donation helps the Friends Group's fundraising efforts.
Hakea seed pods by Andrew Carr. Photo credit: Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens
At the inaugural event, in 2015, over 130 artists entered their artwork into the exhibition and there will be even more fabulous artworks on display in 2017.
reFraming Nature 2017 will display artworks depicting ferns, fungi, lichen, insects, butterflies, marine life, pond life, shells, birds, fossils, amphibians as well as botanical subjects. All the paintings and drawings exhibited aim to be as scientifically accurate as possible while expressing, at the same time, artistic vision and creative individuality. This truly makes for some beautiful works of art that have been inspired by nature.
All framed works are for sale as well as artists cards, unframed originals and prints. There will a "room of miniatures" which will contain small artworks that are A5 or smaller in size. These smaller images are usually cheaper than the larger artworks and hence provide a great opportunity for the public to purchase original artwork that won't break the bank.
Pierre penguin by Dianne Emery. Photo from: Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens
But if you're looking for something to fill a wall or be a statement feature in a room, there will be not one, but two gallery rooms of larger sized artworks for you to choose from. Whether you visit the exhibition just to admire the brilliant talent of these visionary artists, or if you are on a mission to find something unique to display at home or work, there will be such a great range that there should be something to appeal to everyone.
This year, there will be some special visitors. A parade of penguins will be joining the exhibition to help lead the way to the gallery. The penguins have been painted and dressed by some of the artists and include Pierre (pictured), who is an artist penguin painted by Dianne Emery.
If you, like me, look at this artwork in awe, dreaming of being able to create something so beautiful, you could enrol in the Spring Botanical Art Workshops or classes, which teach you the basics through to advanced artistic skills with some highly talented artists. More information about classes can be found here. Or you better still, you can enquire when you visit the exhibition.
Blue Cicada by Liene Drulle. Photo credit: Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens
Note: If you are an artist with botanical work that you would like to have exhibited, you must be a member of the Friends Group. Here are the membership details, if you'd like to find out more. If you are an artist and wish to be kept up to date by email, then you can send an email titled 'artist subscribe' to firstname.lastname@example.org.
While you're there, make sure you allow the time to enjoy a walk around the Botanical Gardens because our Melbourne gardens have so much beauty to share. A stroll through the gardens might even inspire your artistic creativity, or at the very least will give you a chance to relax and connect to nature. And if you're there on the weekend of October 21st & 22nd, the final weekend of the exhibition, then you might also want to visit the Botanical and Rare Plant Fair, which is a showcase of specialist plants, as well as information talks. The dates of these events were set to coincide, so why not make a day of it.
reFraming Nature 2017 is a great opportunity for art, nature enthusiasts and collectors to acquire beautiful original art at modest prices. And even if you're not looking to purchase, at only a gold coin for entry, it makes it accessible for everyone to admire and appreciate some wonderful artworks. So if you are a lover of nature and art then make sure you don't miss it!