Thursday, April 3, 2014

Flora of Virginia

The Flora of Virginia Exhibit
Submitted by Judy Thomas

...Just a reminder, The Flora of Virginia exhibit is open at the Library of Virginia through Saturday, Sept. 15. For more information, go to:

I recently viewed the exhibit and really enjoyed it.  No photography is allowed inside the gallery, though I did take a photo in the foyer (which is allowed) of this vintage collecting container and plant press:

The exhibit includes images from the book, The Flora of Virginia, along with other botanical texts, porcelains, art, photographs and other expressions of botany in Virginia.  Information on Virginia ecology is provided, too.  The CVABA will be exhibiting concurrently with this larger exhibit in the month of May, and our opening activities, to which all are invited, is May 3, from 11-3.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

Virginia Orchid Society Art News

Two members, Gail Goodrich Harwood and Judy Gilman Hines,  showed their works at the 8th Annual Virginia Orchid Society Show and Sale at Strange's  Greenhouse in Richmond, VA from Feb 21-23.
Gail Goodrich Harwood, 1st Place, Amateur Class

Judy Gilman Hines, 2nd Place, Open Class

Congratulations, artists!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Flora of Virginia is OPEN!

The Flora of Virginia exhibit has opened at the Library of Virginia.  And the CVABA reception is listed on the Events sidebar to the article.  Please share this with family and friends!  If you want to participate in our opening day events on May 3, from 11-3, contact Judy Thomas at!

Here is the link to the RTD article:

Monday, March 17, 2014

"American Botanicals: Mid-Atlantic Native Plants: Exhibit

The reception at the United States Botanic Garden

By Judy Rodgers
On February 15, 2014, the weather outside was snowy, cold, and windy – rather frightful.  Inside the U.S. Botanic Garden it was warm, with music in the background, beautiful original art for viewing, laughter and accolades.  The Botanical Artists for Education and the Environment held the kick-off reception for their exhibit, ‘American Botanicals: Mid-Atlantic Native Plants'.  The exhibited paintings are included in the BAEE book, American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic, which is available for purchase at All profits generated by book sales will be donated to nonprofit organizations supporting art and the environment.

Tomoko Connolly with  Cypripedium kentuckiense, Kentucky Lady's Slipper

Despite the unpredictable weather, the reception was very well attended and received.  Two CVBA members who attended are pictured here with their beautiful paintings.  The exhibit will be in place until June 19, 2014. Don’t miss it.

Judith Towers with Osmunda cinnamomea, Cinnamon Fern

The book, open to Cercis canadensis, Eastern redbud by Juliet Kirby

Visitors to the exhibit February 22 through April 27, 2014 will have an added bonus as the USBG Orchid Show is in place in the Conservatory.  It features orchids from all over the world in a multitude of environments. Visitors will see desert orchids, jungle orchids and even orchids used in medicine and cooking against the gorgeous backdrop of the U.S. Botanic Garden collections.  Once you enter the doors of the Conservatory, you will quickly forget the weather.  

Sunday, February 9, 2014

American Botanicals: Mid-Atlantic Native Plants: Book and Exhibit

(Posted by Judy Thomas)

Several of our CVABA members, among others, created stunning images included in this beautiful book and exhibit!  I think it's a "must-see" event!  Exhibit details are in the reproduced poster below.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Free Use!

Getty's Open Content Program
(Submitted by Judy Thomas)

Art Plantae recently shared that the Getty search gateway allows users to download public domain art from the Getty's many art repositories through the Getty's Open Content Program. See more at:

You can use these images to teach, study or in the creation of art.  All you need to do is correctly attribute the art! For example:

Digital image courtesy of the Getty's Open Content Program

Jan van Huysum [Dutch, 1682 - 1749], Vase of Flowers, Dutch, 1722, Oil on panel, Unframed: 80.3 x 61 cm (31 5/8 x 24 in.) Framed: 99.1 x 81 x 7.3 cm (39 x 31 7/8 x 2 7/8 in.), 82.PB.70. - See more at: