The Garden Path
March 15, 2012 - April 29, 2012

From the pale green corkscrew tendril of vine depicting hope and promise to a beetle-chewed leaf edge that portends death and decay, contemporary botanical artists employ both art and technical mastery in their work. The Garden Path: Consistency and Change Through Botanical Art illustrates a story of consistency and change in our world through plants. With references ranging from wild spaces, to historic gardens, to contemporary urban ‘greenspaces,’ this show uses botanical art to help us understand our place in the world.

The Garden Path contains works selected from the membership of the Botanical Art Society of the National Capital Region (BASNCR) curated by botanical artist, Marcia DeWitt. She followed the BASNCR juror’s guidelines, which are strongly tethered to the formal attributes of classic botanical illustration, while selecting works that best reflect the concept of the exhibit.

Artists’ Reception
Sunday, March 18 from 4 to 6 pm

Gallery Talk with Karen Coleman: The Path of Botanic Art
Sunday, April 1 at 4 pm, free

Children’s Workshop: Flowers, Textures, and Leaves
Saturday, April 14 at 3 pm, call for reservations


Merrie Nelson, Pink Magnolia, colored pencil, 20" x 24"