Artist and Artisan Workshops
|Fall leaves by Katie Lee|
|Trellis by Susan Perrine|
|Pear by Hillary Parker|
|Rhus typhina by Dick Rauh|
Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens regularly offers art exhibits and receptions featuring many of New England’s finest artists and artisans. We also present workshops through which these and other talented individuals share their expertise. Listed below are the classes for this year.
Katie Lee earned a Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration from the New York Botanical Garden, where she has taught for the past 20 years. An award-winning botanical and wildlife artist, she has illustrated several books; and her work is featured in museum collections and exhibitions around the world.
Susan Perrine, Artist-in-Residence from June 11-15, is a contemporary fiber artist specializing in ancient techniques. During her Gardens residency as part of our 2013 celebration of “Trees, Timbers and Traditions,” Susan will create artistic works utilizing and weaving twigs. In addition to offering several classes while at the Gardens, Susan and our visitors will weave a twig tunnel in the traditional-arts area of the Children’s Garden.
Hillary Parker, Artist-in-Residence from July 16-19, is a naturalist and international award-winning botanical watercolor artist with paintings exhibited and sold worldwide. A former resident of Camden, Maine, she now works from her studio on St. Simons Island, off the coast of Georgia, returning to Maine to spend time with family in Boothbay whenever time permits. She has enjoyed a dual career of teaching and painting for more than 20 years and enjoys keeping up with the demands of private and public commissions, juried exhibitions, lectures, international workshops, and solo and group shows with galleries that represent her. Her paintings can be found in Singapore, El Salvador, Canada, Japan, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, South Africa, Bahamas, and throughout the U.S. Visit Hillary’s website.
In addition to leading the workshops below, Hillary will exhibit museum-quality Giclee prints that reflecting her passion for art and nature. The show, “A Portfolio of Nature’s Beauty: Watercolors,” will be in the Bosarge Family Education Center from July 2-30.
Hillary Parker’s Workshops:
Dick Rauh, Artist-in-Residence from August 5-9, teaching an intensive art workshop, “Drawing Native Plants of Maine.” Dick earned a doctorate in plant sciences in 2001 from the City University of New York to better inform his illustration techniques. He is the illustrator of Carol Levine’s classic Guide to Wildflowers in Winter, a work which piqued his interest in the dry fruits and other remnants of out-of-season natives, which he paints in enlarged versions to demonstrate their architecture. A collection of this work received a gold medal from the Royal Horticultural Society and a best-in-show award. He is a fellow of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium Society. Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens will present an exhibit of Dick’s work, “Tree Sketches,” from August 1-28.