On Tuesday, the week of September 12-18 was officially proclaimed Botanical Art Week in New York City by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. On Wednesday evening, the official proclamation was on view at the opening reception for The 13th Annual International Juried Botanical Art Exhibition. In addition to our show, botanical art exhibitions opened at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (on Tuesday) and the New York Botanical Garden (on Thursday).

At The Hort, we had a packed house for the reception with many of the 39 artists in attendance, some coming from as far as Japan and Australia. Each year this exhibition is presented in partnership with the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA). This year’s show was selected from a field of over 200 submissions, by jurors Francesca Anderson, Carol E. Hamilton, Dick Rauh and Jessica Tcherepnine. The forty-one works are by artists from the US, Australia, Canada, France, Japan and the United Kingdom. The paintings reflect the international nature of the exhibition, featuring a variety of exotic plants from around the world, including Floss Silk Tree, Red Angel’s Trumpet, Orchid Tree and New Zealand’s “Woolyhead”.

Karen Kluglein, who has two paintings featured in the exhibition, won the Best in Show award for her white-on-white painting of a Franklinia flower. Martha Kemp won the ASBA Award for her drawing of walnuts on vellum. The Brooklyn Botanic Garden Award for Drawings and Prints went to Andrea Wilson for her copperplate etching of Oconee Bells. Other award-winners include Carol Woodin’s Slipper Orchid (NY Central Award); Noriko Fujii’s Parrot Tulip (Ursus Award); and John Pastorizo-Pinol’s Sea Urchin Hakea Pods (Talas Award). Kathy Folino and Heeyoung Kim received Honorable Mentions for their Lichens and Cardinal Flower (respectively).

The exhibition will be on view at The Hort through November 24. In conjunction with the show, we will be offering three botanical art classes in the gallery. Come see the art and learn how to paint your own! For more information, please visit hsny.org