Following in the Bartrams' Footsteps: Work From the American Society of Botanical Artists
Through January 12, 2014
©Carole Gorin, Spanish Moss on Laurel Oak Branch
Selection in Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps by Sarasota artist Carole Gorin.
The nationally traveling exhibition Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps: Work from the American Society of Botanical Artists will be on display in the South Florida Museum’s East Gallery through January 12th, 2014. A collaboration between the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) and Bartram’s Garden in Philadelphia, the exhibition features contemporary botanical artworks depicting plants observed and described by 18th century naturalists John and William Bartram during their travels, and often studied and cultivated at Bartram’sGarden. Native Florida species observed during William Bartram’s pioneering travels through Florida in the late 18th century are included. The exhibition reflects John and William’s passionate observation and discovery of nature, which has influenced generations of artists and explorers throughout the world.
The original artworks have been selected from a field of nearly 200 entries submitted by ASBA members from around the world and Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators members. Each artist focuses on a native plant discovery made by John and William in their travels through the eastern wilderness between the 1730’s and 1770’s. The exhibition allows a fresh look at their seminal body of knowledge and art. William’s illustrations were often the first images seen of North American plants and animals and are an under-utilized cultural resource. Beautiful native rarities including Franklinia (commonly known as the Franklin Tree), Dodecatheon[M2] (commonly called the shooting star, American cowslip or sailor saps among others), and American lotus have been depicted. Other subjects include foxglove, morning glory and cockscomb – examples of introductions the Bartrams made to American and worldwide gardening through their plant business.
Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps seeks to draw attention to the history and culture of 18thcentury American naturalists including those of botanical and artistic bent, and to illuminate the role contemporary artists play in depicting these same plants for today’s audience and preserving their record for generations to come. The exhibition promises to appeal to a wide audience as it ties together art, science, history, nature, and culture. Artists have enthusiastically sought and captured images for the past two years, with some having gone so far as to track down heirloom seeds and cultivate them in their own gardens in order to be able to paint a particularly appealing subject. One such artist is Carole Gorin, a Sarasota local whose illustration Spanish Moss on Laurel Oak Branch is featured in the National exhibition and will be on exhibit at the South Florida Museum.
Two exhibitions will be showcased on the second floor of the Museum’s galleries, running concurrently with Following in the Bartrams’ Footsteps from September 19, 2013 – January 12, 2014. Fine Art Botanicals by O.M. Braida features the work of Olivia Braida. Ms. Braida is the founder and an instructor at the Academy of Botanical Art in Sarasota, as well as a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and the Copley Society of Art. This exhibition will be located in the Rincon Gallery. Aspects of Art by Julia Rega will be displayed in the Riverine Gallery. Click here for more information.
Ipomoea purpurea (Morning Glory) / Watercolor on vellum © Rose Marie James