Weird, Wild & Wonderful Symposium

San Marino, CA

  • Artwork by Lucy Martin
ASBA, the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California (BAGSC) and The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens are pleased to present the exclusive California showing this summer of “Weird, Wild & Wonderful: The New York Botanical Garden Second Triennial Exhibition" showcasing botanical illustrations of remarkable plants. We will be hosting a three-day Symposium celebrating all that is weird, wild and wonderful in the plant kingdom, starting Thursday evening, July 23 – 26, 2015 at The Huntington in San Marino, California.
 
Symposium registration is available to ASBA members and the general public. The cost to attend all three days of the Symposium will be $295.00; the fee includes lunch each day, the opening dinner/keynote and all of the included activities for the three days of the Symposium. The daily rate is $125.00 per day, which includes lunch for each registered day, the evening keynote for that day, and all of the included daily Symposium activities. The Café at The Huntington will open privately before the evening keynotes on Friday and Saturday nights for Symposium attendees and guests to purchase dinner. Beer and wine will be available for purchase. Keynotes can be purchased separately.
 
Overview of the Weird, Wild & Wonderful Symposium
The Symposium will be held in the Frances Lasker Brody Botanical Center at The Huntington and will be packed with free lectures from a wide variety of fields, including the sciences, botany, photography, botanical art history, the digital world and tours of The Huntington's gardens, collections, and art galleries. There also will be hands-on botanical art workshops before, during, and after the Symposium. Although all lectures and presentations are included in the Symposium cost, some art workshops will have an additional fee.
 
Descriptions about the workshops, presentations and tours can be found on the "Sessions" tab. Be sure to click on the title to see more information and any additional fees. Information about the presenters can be found on the "Instructors" tab.
 
Summer at The Huntington
July in Southern California can be hot. Please be sure to bring a hat and a refillable water container. The Huntington's gardens are beautiful and extensive. Please bring comfortable walking shoes.
 
For more information about The Huntington, go to www.huntington.org
 
We hope you can join us this summer in Southern California!

 

San Marino, CA
July 23 - 26, 2015
We have arranged for reduced group room rates at two hotels near the Huntington: The Hilton Pasadena, and the SAGA Motor Hotel.
 
The Hilton Pasadena is located at:
168 S. Los Robles Avenue, Pasadena, CA 91108
(626) 577-1000
 
The Hilton Pasadena has offered us a special “Weird, Wild & Wonderful” discount of 8 – 10 percent, plus free wi-fi, when using the corporate ID number 2975411 to reserve a room. Applicable tax will be added to all room charges. Located 2.3 miles from The Huntington, the Hilton Pasadena is within walking distance to Old Town Pasadena, South Lake Avenue and the Playhouse District. For any questions or reservation issues, please contact Stephanie Vasquez, Reservations Coordinator at (626) 584-3208, or email her at Svasquez@hiltonpasadena.com. Be sure to use the corporate ID number 2975411 to receive a discount on your reservation. The Hilton Pasadena is a non-smoking hotel.
 
The SAGA Motor Hotel is located 1.1 miles from The Huntington at:
1633 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91106
(626) 795-0431
Toll free: (800) 793-7242 
 
The special “Weird, Wild & Wonderful” room rate at the SAGA is $67.00 to $84.00 plus tax per night, for one to two people per room, with free continental breakfast and free wi-fi. There is a $5.00 charge per night for each additional person. Reservations can be made with the code “WWW” to reserve the special rate. For questions or reservation issues, please contact Melodee at the number above, or at pasadena@thesagamotorhotel.com. The SAGA is a non-smoking hotel.
Accessibility at The Huntington
All buildings and most of the gardens are accessible to visitors. Please visit the "Accessibility" page of The Huntington's website at: http://www.huntington.org/WebAssets/Templates/content.aspx?id=376 to view a color-coded map of the grounds showing recommended routes for wheelchairs and steep areas which should be avoided. Additional information about wheelchair availability, special assistance vehicle, and other services are available from the same page.

Getting from the Airport to the Pasadena Hilton
There are many options for getting from LAX and other local airports to the Pasadena area. These instructions are specifically to the Pasadena Hilton, but apply to the SAGA and other hotels in the area. We don't endorse any one particular service or method, but wanted to provide the information in one convenient place.

Rental Cars
Rental car offices are located at the airports. Rental Car Courtesy Buses pick up on the street at all the LAX terminals outside the arrival/baggage claim areas.

Shuttle Services
Listed below is information for “Super Shuttle” although there are many other such van services. The information is provided to give an indication of the types of services available and the approximate cost of each.

“Super Shuttle”
Super Shuttle offers Round Trips from LAX to the Hilton Hotel in a:
  • Shared van service ($30 for 1st passenger, $9 Each additional, Max 7 Passengers), multiple stops

  • Exclusive non-stop Van Service ($85 for 1st passenger, $0 Each additional, Max 7 Passengers)

  • ExecCar Sedan Service Meet and Greet ($95 for 1st passenger, $0 Each additional, Max 4 Passengers), limited luggage

  • ExecCar SUV Service Meet and Greet ($130 for 1st passenger, $0 Each additional, Max 5 Passengers)

  • You can make a reservation online at http://www.supershuttle.com or grab one of the shared shuttles at the airport. After you’ve collected your luggage, follow the ground transportation signs to the median outside and to the orange “Shared Ride Vans” signs. There you can check in with a representative from Super Shuttle.

    Similar services are also offered from the other local airports, Bob Hope (Burbank), Long Beach, Ontario, and Orange County.

    Train from LAX
      FlyAway buses pick up at every LAX terminal on the Arrival/Lower level under the green signs indicating "FlyAway, Buses and Long-Distance Vans."

      After you arrive at Union Station, disembark the bus and walk to the Gold Line, located at Tracks 1 and 2.

      Board the Gold Line with direction to Pasadena.

      Gold Line stops in Pasadena: 1) Fillmore Station; 2) Del Mar Station; 3) Memorial Park Station (closest to Old Pasadena); 4) Lake Station; 5) Allen Station; 6) Sierra Madre Villa Station

      Exit at the Del Mar station. The Hilton is a 15 minute (0.7 mile) walk, north to E. Green St, east to S. Los Robles, south to the Hilton.

    Fare: FlyAway - $8
    Schedule can be found online at http://www.lawa.org/FlyAway/Default.aspx
    Title
    Instructor
    Location

    Nepenthes: Wonder Plant of the Southeast Asian Rainforest

    3-day Pre-Symposium Workshop

    In this workshop I will show you a slide show of Nepenthes, the mysterious plant of the Southeast Asian Rainforest and talk about my journey there.

    Following the slide show, we will paint Nepenthes from live or dead specimens on unbleached reindeer vellum. The dried pitchers are striking on the natural dark color of the vellum.

    Nepenthes will be provided for each participant. You will be able to choose whether you wish to paint a living or dried pitcher. Each participant also will receive reindeer vellum, one for each person.

    [Image: Nepenthe by Mieko Ishikawa, watercolor on reindeer vellum, © 2015, all rights reserved.]

    Additional fee, plus $20 materials fee paid to the instructor, cash, at time of workshop.

    Session Capacity: 
    15
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    Session Materials List: 
    $375.00
    Mieko Ishikawa
    Brody Botanical Center, Brody Teaching Lab

    Liquid Shine…Sculpting Form with Light and Color

    3-day Pre-Symposium Workshop

    Using a vibrant palette and highly reflective subjects such as peppers, Elaine will demonstrate her approach to capturing ‘liquid shine' and show how dramatic lighting can enhance form.

    The predominant watercolour technique in this workshop will be 'wet into wet’ but with the emphasis on control to create form, rather than experimentation. As a finishing method, dry brush will be employed to knit together the form passages of colour and create subtle detail.

    Whilst the specimens will be vegetable, the approach can build confidence for tackling other high gloss surfaces such as leaves and reflected light on fruits.

    ["Shiny Peppers," watercolor by Elaine Searle, © 2015, all rights reserved.]

    Additional fee.
    Session Capacity: 
    16
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    Session Materials List: 
    $375.00
    Elaine Searle
    Brody Botanical Center, Engemann Applied Tech Lab (Lower Level)

    Nepenthes: Wonder Plant of the Southeast Asian Rainforest

    3-day Pre-Symposium Workshop

    In this workshop I will show you a slide show of Nepenthes, the mysterious plant of the Southeast Asian Rainforest and talk about my journey there.

    Following the slide show, we will paint Nepenthes from live or dead specimens on unbleached reindeer vellum. The dried pitchers are striking on the natural dark color of the vellum.

    Nepenthes will be provided for each participant. You will be able to choose whether you wish to paint a living or dried pitcher. Each participant also will receive reindeer vellum, one for each person.

    [Image: Nepenthe by Mieko Ishikawa, watercolor on reindeer vellum, © 2015, all rights reserved.]

    Additional fee, plus $20 materials fee paid to the instructor, cash, at time of workshop.

    Session Capacity: 
    15
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    Session Materials List: 
    $375.00
    Mieko Ishikawa
    Brody Botanical Center, Brody Teaching Lab

    Liquid Shine…Sculpting Form with Light and Color

    3-day Pre-Symposium Workshop

    Using a vibrant palette and highly reflective subjects such as peppers, Elaine will demonstrate her approach to capturing ‘liquid shine' and show how dramatic lighting can enhance form.

    The predominant watercolour technique in this workshop will be 'wet into wet’ but with the emphasis on control to create form, rather than experimentation. As a finishing method, dry brush will be employed to knit together the form passages of colour and create subtle detail.

    Whilst the specimens will be vegetable, the approach can build confidence for tackling other high gloss surfaces such as leaves and reflected light on fruits.

    ["Shiny Peppers," watercolor by Elaine Searle, © 2015, all rights reserved.]

    Additional fee.
    Session Capacity: 
    16
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    Session Materials List: 
    $375.00
    Elaine Searle
    Brody Botanical Center, Engemann Applied Tech Lab (Lower Level)

    Nepenthes: Wonder Plant of the Southeast Asian Rainforest

    3-day Pre-Symposium Workshop

    In this workshop I will show you a slide show of Nepenthes, the mysterious plant of the Southeast Asian Rainforest and talk about my journey there.

    Following the slide show, we will paint Nepenthes from live or dead specimens on unbleached reindeer vellum. The dried pitchers are striking on the natural dark color of the vellum.

    Nepenthes will be provided for each participant. You will be able to choose whether you wish to paint a living or dried pitcher. Each participant also will receive reindeer vellum, one for each person.

    [Image: Nepenthe by Mieko Ishikawa, watercolor on reindeer vellum, © 2015, all rights reserved.]

    Additional fee, plus $20 materials fee paid to the instructor, cash, at time of workshop.

    Session Capacity: 
    15
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    Session Materials List: 
    $375.00
    Mieko Ishikawa
    Brody Botanical Center, Brody Teaching Lab

    Liquid Shine…Sculpting Form with Light and Color

    3-day Pre-Symposium Workshop

    Using a vibrant palette and highly reflective subjects such as peppers, Elaine will demonstrate her approach to capturing ‘liquid shine' and show how dramatic lighting can enhance form.

    The predominant watercolour technique in this workshop will be 'wet into wet’ but with the emphasis on control to create form, rather than experimentation. As a finishing method, dry brush will be employed to knit together the form passages of colour and create subtle detail.

    Whilst the specimens will be vegetable, the approach can build confidence for tackling other high gloss surfaces such as leaves and reflected light on fruits.

    ["Shiny Peppers," watercolor by Elaine Searle, © 2015, all rights reserved.]

    Additional fee.
    Session Capacity: 
    16
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    Session Materials List: 
    $375.00
    Elaine Searle
    Brody Botanical Center, Engemann Applied Tech Lab (Lower Level)

    iPhone Photography for the Botanical Artist

    Pre-Symposium Workshop

    Many botanical artists use photography to provide a record to help create botanical drawings. The iPhone camera has the capacity to produce excellent photo reference image files. This 3.5 hour workshop class will cover the basics of how to use the iPhone camera, provide suggestions for composing strong images, allow some shooting time to ground your new skills, explore editing in the camera, with demos of more sophisticated editing in selected apps, and provide recommendations on how to manage files and print from the iPhone. This class is designed for the beginning photographer who wants to learn how to use the iPhone camera.

    [Photo credit: Flowers Blooming at Filoli, Susan Rosner, © 2015, all rights reserved.]

    Additional fee.
    Session Capacity: 
    18
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    Session Materials List: 
    $60.00
    Susan Rosner
    Brody Botanical Center, Brody Teaching Lab

    Private Symposium Tour of the Japanese and Chinese Gardens

    Pre-Symposium Tour

    Take a private tour of the Japanese Garden and Liu Fang Yuan 流芳園, the Garden of Flowing Fragrance (Chinese Garden), ending up at the Chinese garden just before the opening dinner.

    The tour involves walking on some irregular surfaces and paths and some hilly terrain. Meet at Banta Hall to start the tour.

    This is a special tour for Symposium volunteers.

    Symposium attendees, day registration attendees (any day) and guests are welcome to join the tour at no additional cost.
    Session Capacity: 
    30
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    Japanese and Chinese Gardens

    Opening Symposium Dinner in the Chinese Garden

    Kick off the Symposium with a private dinner in the Chinese Garden at The Huntington, from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. After dinner, Dr. Jodie Holt, Professor of Plant Physiology and Divisional Dean, Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California, Riverside will present the opening keynote in Rothenberg Hall in the new visitor center from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

    [Photo: A view of the Waveless Boat pavilion (Bu Bo Xiao Ting) 不波小艇 This boat-shaped pavilion, just south of Lingering Clouds Peak on the west side of the Lake of Reflected Fragrance, provides a scenic view of the pavilions and bridges in all directions across the lake. The name, Waveless Boat, recalls a similar pavilion in the Verdant Mountain Villa, YongcuiShanzhuang擁翠山荘, a historic garden in Suzhou. The phrase “Waveless,” or bubo, is often used in literature to describe a serene atmosphere – a boat gliding effortlessly over the water. © 2015, The Huntington, all rights reserved.]

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration.

    May be purchased separately for $50 for guests and for day registrants (Friday, Saturday, Sunday registrations).
    Session Capacity: 
    280
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    Chinese Garden: The Garden of Flowing Fragrance, Liu Fang Yuan 流芳園

    OPENING KEYNOTE: Do You ‘See’ Plants? Using Art and Technology to Teach Science

    After a private Symposium dinner in the Chinese Garden, Dr. Jodie Holt, Professor of Plant Physiology and Divisional Dean, Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of California, Riverside will present the opening keynote in Rothenberg Hall in the new visitor center from 7:30 - 8:30 pm.

    Plants are essential to our existence on earth, yet most people only notice plants as a green backdrop to their daily lives. Without greater human awareness of plants and their importance, efforts to conserve plant biodiversity will be futile. Why don’t we ‘see’ plants even though they are all around us? Using principles of plant form and function, Dr. Holt will explore why plants look like they do which will enhance your ability to ‘see’ plants. Images from Dr. Holt’s work as a botanical consultant to the movie "Avatar" as well as from her many years studying and teaching botany will be used to illustrate this talk.

    [The floating “Hallelujah Mountains” of Pandora were inspired by the Chinese Huang Shan mountain landscape. Photo by Arne Hückelheim, September 23, 2009, via Wikimedia Commons, (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:HuangShan.JPG). Location: 30° 7′ 60″ N, 118° 10′ 0″ E]

    The cost for the opening dinner at The Huntington and the keynote address is included in the three-day Symposium fee.

    Day registrants (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and guests of attendees may attend both the opening dinner in the Chinese Garden and the Opening Keynote for $50.00/person.
    Session Capacity: 
    280
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    Jodie S. Holt, Ph.D.
    Rothenberg Hall

    Visit the LA Flower Mart with a Botanist

    The Los Angeles Flower District and Flower Marts are the largest wholesale flower markets in the United States. Join Jim Folsom on a special trip to the historic LA Flower Mart to purchase flowers. This is guaranteed to be a one-of-a-kind field trip. Participants will meet Jim in the SAGA Motel parking lot; the van will leave at 5 am sharp, no exceptions. The van will return to the SAGA parking lot by approximately 8 am.

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration or Friday Day registration.
    Session Capacity: 
    9
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    James Folsom, Ph.D.
    LA Flower Mart

    Individual Portfolio Reviews

    Hunt Institute Curator of Art Lugene Bruno is offering 1/2–hour portfolio reviews for artists interested in receiving an objective response to their current body of work. She asks that each botanical artist bring 3–5 artworks that represent their best efforts to date. A combination of original artworks and reproductions is acceptable, but the preference is for original works so as to better discern technique. She will encourage an open dialogue with each artist to determine their artistic and technical strengths that they can build upon in future work.

    Portfolio reviews will be set up by individual appointment once you have registered in order to best accommodate everyone's schedule during the Symposium.

    Additional fee.
    Session Capacity: 
    9
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    ASBA Members
    $50.00
    Lugene Bruno
    Brody Botanical Center, Danner Conference Room

    iPhone Photography, the New Photography

    This fast moving presentation will showcase the variety of image making capabilities of the iPhone and catalog the key challenges facing the Botanical Artist, who is trying to accurately document the features of plant specimens. This is a remarkable camera, and with some knowledge you can produce some strong useful images.

    [Photo: Susan Rosner, © 2015, all rights reserved.]

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration or day registration.
    Session Capacity: 
    65
    Session Registration Required: 
    No
    Susan Rosner
    Brody Botanical Center, Botanical Auditorium (Lower Level)

    Sketching on Japanese Paper

    This workshop is a fun class. I will bring several different rice paper samples from Japan. We will try capturing our subjects using Chinese ink on these Japanese papers. Even though sketching is nothing new to you, you will be surprised how fresh your usual flowers look with the new materials. I love to try and test anything new, so bring anything you want to try, and we will experiment and discover something together!

    Additional fee, plus $15 materials fee paid to instructor, cash only.
    Session Capacity: 
    15
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    Session Materials List: 
    $60.00
    Asuka Hishiki
    Brody Botanical Center, Tollenaere (Lower Level)

    Digital Botanical Photography for Reference Documentation

    This all-day workshop will break for lunch and the mid-day keynote.

    Explore digital scientific photography techniques for use in publications, as well as other uses of photo documentation.

    We will spend some time outdoors, photographing various plants and plant parts, and explaining what, why and how we do it. Then we will return indoors, and photograph plant parts (seeds, fruits, and individual flowers of plants/trees) in a lab setting. We will then view all the photos on our screens and evaluate them.

    [Photo credit: Kathy Musial. István Rácz, (on right) and filmaker Ali (on left), Taiwan, Yushan National Park, Tatachia Saddle at the start of the climb to the peak of Yushan. The tree is Tsuga chinensis.]

    Included with 3-day Symposium registration or Friday (day) registration.

    Session Capacity: 
    8
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    Session Materials List: 
    István Rácz, Ph.D.
    Brody Botanical Center, Danner Conference Room

    Botanicals in Colored Pencil on Mylar

    Unfortunately, this workshop has been cancelled.

    This all-day class will break for lunch and the mid-day keynote.

    Mylar, the generic name for polyester drafting film, is an extremely versatile ground that offers endless possibilities for experimentation. Due to the film’s translucency, colored pencil work has a special brilliance which reproduces exceptionally well. Working on both sides of the film creates a depth of color and luminosity that cannot be achieved on other surfaces. Explore how your usual working methods in colored pencil can be applied to this non-traditional surface for a variety of stunning effects. Techniques presented include: how to build color from a grisaille; altering color saturation; creating depth of space; back-painting with acrylics; stacking multiple sheets for atmospheric effect; and more.

    [Artwork, Kathie Miranda, colored pencil on mylar, © 2015, all rights reserved.]

    Additional fee.

    Session Capacity: 
    12
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    Session Materials List: 
    $120.00
    Kathie Miranda
    Brody Botanical Center, Engemann Applied Tech Lab (Lower Level)

    Paphiopedilum Orchids: Drawing and Watercolor

    This all-day workshop will break for lunch and the mid-day keynote.

    Learn to accurately portray the orchid genus Paphiopedilum by understanding their unique structures through drawing exercises prepared specifically for this orchid. Each student will be provided with a potted Paphiopedilum orchid from The Huntington's collection to illustrate. Students will have the choice of drawing their orchid specimen for the entire class session or use the second half of the class to paint it in watercolor; however, prior skills in painting in watercolors will be necessary. The second half of the class will focus on rendering the veins, spots and varied features of the flower petals. Drawing skills are a strongly recommended prerequisite.

    Additional fee.
    Session Capacity: 
    12
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    Session Materials List: 
    $120.00
    Lisa Pompelli
    Brody Botanical Center, Brody Teaching Lab

    Color Accuracy: Elusive Dream or Hopeless Fantasy?

    This workshop presents methods that have worked to enable a normal photographer to make images and prints as close as possible to the original work. I will discuss integrated software and hardware systems to calibrate scanners, cameras, monitors and printers into a linked system for color balance control. Shooting techniques will be covered to avoid problems with color pollution and distortion. Image post processing steps will be outlined for the Photoshop and Lightroom programs. Finally, we will cover troubleshooting tips for saving images that are from faded film or shoots that have gone wrong.

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration or Friday (day) registration.
    Session Capacity: 
    80
    Session Registration Required: 
    No
    John Sullivan
    Brody Botanical Center, Engemann Applied Tech Lab (Lower Level)

    Techniques Showcase, Portfolio Sharing and Poster Sessions: Session I

    Banta Hall will be the lively gathering place for revolving Techniques Showcases, Portfolio Sharing, Poster Sessions and more! Participants include artists in the "Weird, Wild & Wonderful" exhibition and various presenters from Symposium lectures and keynotes in a casual and friendly open house atmosphere.

    Each morning and afternoon session on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (morning only) will be open to all Symposium participants to watch artists' techniques up-close and personal; look at portfolios, posters and displays; see sample materials; talk to presenters, and ask questions you may not have thought of at the time of the lecture. There will be four participants in each session, and it's presenters' choice as to what they will be demonstrating or showing. A roster will be added here, and will be posted each day at the Information Desk.

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration, Friday (day) registration and open for guests.
    Session Registration Required: 
    No
    Brody Botanical Center, Banta Hall

    Huntington Tours

    There will be various tours each day of The Huntington gardens, libraries, art galleries and more. Garden choices include the Desert Garden, the Garden of Flowering Fragrance (Chinese Garden), the Japanese Garden, the Conservatory and Children's Garden, The Rose Garden, and so much more. Signs and times will be posted each day in Banta Hall at the information desk, or added here as they are scheduled. Or, explore on your own.

    Remember to bring comfortable walking shoes, WATER, and a hat. It will be sunny and hot in July, and The Huntington's grounds are extensive.

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration, Friday (day) registration and open for guests.
    Session Capacity: 
    20
    Session Registration Required: 
    No
    Huntington

    Weird Plants, Beautiful Art

    Join ASBA Executive Director Robin Jess for a tour of “Weird, Wild & Wonderful: The Second New York Botanical Garden Triennial Exhibition, Botanical Illustrations of Remarkable Plants.” This lecture will be repeated on Saturday morning, in case you miss the Friday morning session.

    [Cover art for the "Weird, Wild & Wonderful" catalog, "Kind-hearted Monster," by Asuka Hishiki. Catalogs may be purchased at The Huntington Store in the visitor center by the entrance.]

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration, day registration and open for guests.
    Session Capacity: 
    40
    Session Registration Required: 
    No
    Robin Jess
    Brody Botanical Center, Flora-Legium Room

    Photoshop Tips and Tricks: Recreating Traditional Effects and Techniques on the Computer Screen

    Some of the myths about digital media are that it's not real, or it's really easy. While it's true that there's no waiting for the paint to dry, Photoshop has a very steep learning curve and endless options and settings. Many digital artists agree that making a digital painting look non-Photoshopped is a challenge.

    Ikumi's approach to Photoshop is to recreate traditional tools and techniques in Photoshop and paint, draw, and erase on the computer screen. By painting in Photoshop she can combine the best of both worlds and have the flexibility of a digital painting and an attractive authentic look of a traditionally painted piece. As an experienced surgical illustrator she has also learned how to create the images quickly and efficiently.

    This presentation is aimed at illustrators who use (or have attempted to use) Photoshop and will cover:
      • Tips and Tricks to set up the painting for success
        • How to construct a digital painting Step-by-step
          • How to effectively edit and adjust the illustrations for color correction

          There are plenty of Photoshop tutorials aimed at photographers and designers, but most don't cover illustration and painting techniques. Don't miss this unique opportunity to have Ikumi show you her tools and tricks to paint her medical and scientific illustration pieces using graphite and Photoshop.

          Included with 3-day Symposium registration and Friday (day) registration.
    Session Capacity: 
    65
    Session Registration Required: 
    No
    Ikumi Kayama
    Brody Botanical Center, Botanical Auditorium (Lower Level)

    Private Symposium Tour of 'Beautiful Science: Ideas that Changed the World'

    Join Melissa Lo, Huntington Curator in the History of Science for a private tour of The Huntington's Beautiful Science with a behind-the-scenes look at some botanical treasures not on display. Participants will meet at Banta Hall to walk over together.

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration and Friday (day) registration.
    Session Capacity: 
    15
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    Melissa Lo
    Beautiful Science, Seaver Room

    MID-DAY KEYNOTE: Painting the Wonder Plants of Borneo

    There are enormous numbers of living things in the tropical rain forests of Borneo: giant jungle trees rising 200 to 250 feet high, insects carrying pollen, animals feeding on fruits—all interacting with each other and the unique weather in a complex and mysterious dance.

    Rafflesia, the largest flower on earth, can grow only in this kind of jungle. I have visited Borneo 11 times. Each time, I am fascinated with the energy and mystery that fills the jungle. I hope you can share with me the wonders of the tropical forest in Borneo.

    [Photo: Mieko Ishikawa painting in the jungles of Borneo.]

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration and Friday (day) registration.
    Session Capacity: 
    280
    Session Registration Required: 
    No
    Mieko Ishikawa
    Rothenberg Hall

    Artwork and Manuscript Conservation at The Huntington

    Following the mid-day keynote, meet outside Rothenberg Hall for a short walk over to the Munger Research building, where Holly Moore, Lloyd E. Cotsen Head of Conservation will show participants the fine art of conservation and Annie Wilker will give a 15-minute talk on Japanese Paper use in Paper Conservation.

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration and Friday (day) registration.
    Session Capacity: 
    20
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    Holly Moore and Annie Wilker
    Huntington Conservation Department

    The Physics of Plants in Motion

    Since childhood, I have been fascinated by the winding helices of tendrils and the living springs they seem to form. As a physicist, I longed to study these coiling appendages and learn how their characteristic corkscrew shape affects their function. During my postdoctoral research with MacArthur fellow L. Mahadevan at Harvard, I finally had my chance to investigate the common cucumber tendril. The bizarre coiling and winding behavior we discovered not only stumped our research team, but ultimately demonstrated that plants have much to teach us about physics and engineering.

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration or Friday (day) registration.
    Session Capacity: 
    65
    Session Registration Required: 
    No
    Sharon Gerbode, Ph.D.
    Brody Botanical Center, Botanical Auditorium (Lower Level)

    Techniques Showcase, Portfolio Sharing and Poster Sessions: Session II

    Banta Hall will be the lively gathering place for revolving Techniques Showcases, Portfolio Sharing, Poster Sessions and more! Participants include artists in the "Weird, Wild & Wonderful" exhibition and various presenters from Symposium lectures and keynotes in a casual and friendly open house atmosphere.

    Each morning and afternoon session on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (morning only) will be open to all Symposium participants to watch artists' techniques up-close and personal; look at portfolios, posters and displays; see sample materials; talk to presenters, and ask questions you may not have thought of at the time of the lecture. There will be four participants in each session, and it's presenters' choice as to what they will be demonstrating or showing. A roster will be added here, and will be posted each day at the Information Desk.

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration, Friday (day) registration and open for guests.
    Session Registration Required: 
    No
    Brody Botanical Center, Banta Hall

    Catalog Signing

    Bring your "Weird, Wild & Wonderful" catalog, or purchase more at The Huntington Store. We will try to have as many artists from the exhibition as possible in Banta Hall to autograph their page in the catalog. Bring your cards or create cards to exchange with fellow artists and Symposium attendees.

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration, day registration and open for guests.
    Session Registration Required: 
    No
    Brody Botanical Center, Ahmanson Classroom

    Friday Evening Dinner

    The Huntington Café will close to the public so Symposium attendees can have a private dinner. The Café is conveniently located in the Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center, right next to Rothenberg Hall, where the evening keynote will take place immediately following dinner.

    Dinner is available for purchase starting at 5:30 pm. Beer and wine will be available for purchase as well.

    Open to all Symposium registrants (3-day and day registrants), guests, and Phillip Cribb's evening keynote attendees.
    Session Capacity: 
    280
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    The Huntington Café in the Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center

    KEYNOTE: The Art of Orchids

    After a private dinner (for individual purchase) in the new Huntington Café next to Rothenberg Hall, Dr. Phillip Cribb will deliver the evening keynote.

    The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, has a magnificent collection of original botanical art accumulated over the past 250 years. It is actively being improved and curated and is utilised by Kew’s many botanists and visitors on a daily basis. I will use Kew’s collection to illustrate the development of botanical art through the ages, and improvements of technique and printing that have made it more useful and accessible to both scientists and the wider public. In particular, I will use illustrations from Kew’s wonderful collection of orchid illustrations to illuminate the various points raised and to feature artists who, in my view, made outstanding botanical and artistic contributions. Dr. Cribb’s keynote is generously underwritten by "Orchid Digest."

    [Illustration: W.H. Fitch illustration of Paphiopedilum hirsutissimum from Warner’s Select Orchidaceous Plants, courtesy of Kew, all rights reserved.]

    Included with 3-day Symposium registration, or Friday (day) registration.

    Evening keynote may be purchased individually for $25 for guests and for Saturday or Sunday day registrants.
    Session Capacity: 
    280
    Session Registration Required: 
    No
    Phillip Cribb, Ph.D.
    Rothenberg Hall

    Close-up Botanical Photography: How to Create Astonishingly Detailed Images with a Groundbreaking New Technique

    Get ready to start your journey into the realm of the extreme, where you will literally recreate a bees-eye view of flowers using a revolutionary new technique in close-up photography! In this session, photographer, author and teacher David Leaser will teach you how to create highly detailed botanical images using a groundbreaking technique where you layer dozens of photos together to create a work of art. David will cover everything you need to know, from picking the right subjects to camera settings, lighting and software. David will even show you how to create your own affordable small indoor studio so you can enjoy creating dramatic, close-up botanical photographic works of art.

    Two separate sessions: one in the morning, and one repeated in the afternoon.

    [Photo: "Tiger's Eye," David Leaser, © 2015, all rights reserved.]

    Additional fee.
    Session Capacity: 
    20
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    $60.00
    David Leaser
    Brody Botanical Center, Engemann Applied Tech Lab (Lower Level)

    Unfolding Dimensions: Bringing Herbarium Specimens to Life for Drawing

    Botanist and author Zsolt Debreczy will show how two-dimensional dried herbarium specimens can be rehydrated and reanimated to three dimensions and arranged accurately as they appeared in real life. This technique allows botanical illustration when live samples are not available. Participants will each be given a sample to draw. Samples will include conifers and broad-leaved deciduous and evergreen plants.

    [Artist Emese Gabor drawing from a re-animated conifer, Pinus parviflora (020). The specimens were pressed and dried before shipping from their habitat. They were then rehydrated for initial sketches and kept partially wet while the final plates were illustrated. Location: Dendrological Foundation Herbarium, Budakeszi, Hungary.]

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration or Saturday (day) registration.
    Session Capacity: 
    15
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    Session Materials List: 
    Zsolt Debreczy, Ph.D.
    Brody Botanical Center, Tollenaere (Lower Level)

    Botany for Artists

    Using live plants and dissection microscopes, participants will examine and discuss the form and architecture of plants. In this workshop, Jim will explain how plants grow and how this affects their overall structure, texture, and color. A practicum session will be available in the afternoon for those who are unable to make the morning session.

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration and Saturday (day) registration.
    Session Capacity: 
    30
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    James Folsom, Ph.D.
    Brody Botanical Center, Brody Teaching Lab

    No Color, No Kidding! Graphite Pencil on Paper

    Using a lead holder and 2mm “F” lead rather than a conventional wood or mechanical pencil, we will explore strokes and techniques for rendering details, texture and volume of botanical specimens. Through a few exercises, the handling qualities of the lead holder will become familiar and comfortable, enabling you to create a lively portrait of your plant specimen so that it looks three-dimensional and seems to “pop” off the paper. It’s almost like sculpting on paper!

    Additional fee.

    Session Capacity: 
    16
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    Session Materials List: 
    $60.00
    Martha Kemp
    Brody Botanical Center, Danner Conference Room

    Take on the Challenge of Illustrating Pinecones

    This workshop has been cancelled.

    This all-day workshop will break for lunch and the mid-day keynote.


    Learn how to create the foundation for a beautiful drawing or painting of this complicated subject. The objective is to build an understanding of structure of a cone so that drawing and painting can follow easily.

    Understanding the complexity of cones will make drawing them much easier. We will cover the basic structure of different kinds of pine cones and create a realistic drawing that represents the details as well as the three-dimensional form. An accurate initial representation allows the illustrator to concentrate on applying the color media of their choice.

    Some drawing experience is helpful.

    [Watercolor by Lee McCaffree, © 2015, all rights reserved.]

    Additional fee.

    Session Capacity: 
    16
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    Session Materials List: 
    $120.00
    Lee McCaffree
    Brody Botanical Center, Engemann Applied Tech Lab (Lower Level)

    Weird, Wild and Wonderful Plant Illustration of Earlier Centuries

    Lugene Bruno, Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation Curator of Art will present examples of weird, wild and wonderful plant illustrations from the 17th to the 19th centuries. Ranging from common garden flowers to plant discoveries made during expeditions around the globe; these original and published images broadened the knowledge base of European naturalists, horticulturists and botanists. She will highlight images from the collection of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, and focus on an analysis of visually compelling plant illustrations. The intention of the presentation is to rekindle interest in these past traditions and to inspire new interpretations by the current generation of botanical artists.

    [Photo credit: Engravings of garden plants from Hendrick Cause, De Koninglycke Hovenier … Amsterdam, 1676, Hunt Institute Library +EA7 C374K]

    Included with 3-day registration or Saturday (day) registration.

    Session Capacity: 
    65
    Session Registration Required: 
    No
    Lugene Bruno
    Brody Botanical Center, Botanical Auditorium (Lower Level)

    Techniques Showcase, Portfolio Sharing and Poster Sessions: Session III

    Banta Hall will be the lively gathering place for revolving Techniques Showcases, Portfolio Sharing, Poster Sessions and more! Participants include artists in the "Weird, Wild & Wonderful" exhibition and various presenters from Symposium lectures and keynotes in a casual and friendly open house atmosphere.

    Each morning and afternoon session on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (morning only) will be open to all Symposium participants to watch artists' techniques up-close and personal; look at portfolios, posters and displays; see sample materials; talk to presenters, and ask questions you may not have thought of at the time of the lecture. There will be four participants in each session, and it's presenters' choice as to what they will be demonstrating or showing. A roster will be added here, and will be posted each day at the Information Desk.

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration, Friday (day) registration and open for guests.
    Session Registration Required: 
    No
    Brody Botanical Center, Banta Hall

    Huntington Tours

    There will be various tours each day of The Huntington gardens, libraries, art galleries and more. Garden choices include the Desert Garden, the Garden of Flowering Fragrance (Chinese Garden), the Japanese Garden, the Conservatory and Children's Garden, The Rose Garden, and so much more. Signs and times will be posted each day in Banta Hall at the information desk, or added here as they are scheduled. Or, explore on your own.

    Remember to bring comfortable walking shoes, WATER, and a hat. It will be sunny and hot in July, and The Huntington's grounds are extensive.

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration, Saturday (day) registration and open for guests.
    Session Capacity: 
    20
    Session Registration Required: 
    No
    Huntington

    Today’s Botanical Artists and Plants at Risk

    With an awareness of our changing flora, some botanical artists focus on documenting rare and endangered species. By focusing on at-risk plants around the world, they uncover fascinating backstories for each plant, using their artwork to illustrate the complex nature of biodiversity loss. While mIndful of a lengthy historical legacy, artists work within the context of the modern world. They build bridges between art, science, education and public outreach by navigating through institutions, conservation organizations, horticultural establishments, and galleries.

    [Photo Crested Sahuaro, Arizona. Photo credit: Joan McGann, © 2015, all rights reserved.]

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration or Saturday (day) registration.
    Session Capacity: 
    65
    Session Registration Required: 
    No
    Carol Woodin
    Brody Botanical Center, Botanical Auditorium (Lower Level)

    Weird Plants, Beautiful Art

    Join ASBA Executive Director Robin Jess for a tour of “Weird, Wild & Wonderful: The Second New York Botanical Garden Triennial Exhibition, Botanical Illustrations of Remarkable Plants.” This lecture will be repeated on Saturday morning, in case you miss the Friday morning session.

    [Cover art for the "Weird, Wild & Wonderful" catalog, "Kind-hearted Monster," by Asuka Hishiki. Catalogs may be purchased at The Huntington Store in the visitor center by the entrance.]

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration, day registration and open for guests.
    Session Capacity: 
    40
    Session Registration Required: 
    No
    Robin Jess
    Brody Botanical Center, Flora-Legium Room

    REPEATED Session: Weird Plants, Beautiful Art

    Join ASBA Executive Director Robin Jess for a tour of “Weird, Wild & Wonderful: The Second New York Botanical Garden Triennial Exhibition, Botanical Illustrations of Remarkable Plants.” This lecture is repeated from Friday morning, in case you missed, or simply want to come in for another look.

    [Cover art for the "Weird, Wild & Wonderful" catalog, "Kind-hearted Monster," by Asuka Hishiki. Catalogs may be purchased at The Huntington Store in the visitor center by the entrance.]

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration, day registration and open for guests.
    Session Capacity: 
    40
    Session Registration Required: 
    No
    Robin Jess
    Brody Botanical Center, Flora-Legium Room

    Huntington Ranch Open House

    Although the Ranch is not open to daily visitors, The Huntington offers a regularly scheduled Ranch Open House so guests may self-tour the urban agriculture site and take home some fresh ideas for sustainable gardening. The Huntington also hosts a broad spectrum of programs and educational activities for adults, families, teachers, as well as professional development for people actively involved in teaching gardening on a community, education, or professional level. Follow the signs to the site from the Teaching Greenhouse.

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration, Saturday (day) registration, and open for guests.
    Session Capacity: 
    100
    Session Registration Required: 
    No
    The Ranch

    MID-DAY KEYNOTE: The Beauty of Ancient Plant Representations: Weird or Wonderful?

    Botanical books produced before printing presses became widespread were often illustrated with hand painted color plant representations. They were produced from one another in an uninterrupted chain. Each such unique copy raises more questions than it solves: did the artists deform/transform earlier illustrations in a cumulative way through the centuries? If so, were their representations still useful? And were the representations at the origin of this chain naturalistic? In sum: are their illustrations weird or wonderful? To analyze these and other similar questions, the presentation will take a fresh approach that will lead to new conclusions.

    [Patavinus Seminarii 194: 14th cent. (2nd quarter), paper, 382 x 282 mm., I + 200 + I ff., Constantinople, hand similar to that of Neophytos Prodromênos.]

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration, or Saturday (day) registration.
    Session Capacity: 
    280
    Session Registration Required: 
    No
    Alain Touwaide, Ph.D.
    Rothenberg Hall

    Conservation from The Getty: Preserving What Is Valued

    Lisa Forman, conservator of books, paper and photography at the Getty Research Institute, will discuss "Preserving What Is Valued: A Standoff with the Ten Agents of Deterioration." A broad range of preservation challenges, issues and solutions will be discussed concluding with a discussion of archival artist materials, preservation framing and long term storage solutions from the prospective current research.

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration or Saturday (day) registration.
    Session Capacity: 
    65
    Session Registration Required: 
    No
    Lisa Forman
    Brody Botanical Center, Botanical Auditorium (Lower Level)

    Botany for Artists: OPEN HOUSE

    If you couldn’t make it to the “Botany for Artists” workshop in the morning, come visit the “Botany for Artists: OPEN HOUSE” in the afternoon. Jim will have the same live plants and dissection microscopes available, in a casual, open house environment. Stroll through, look through the microscopes, and examine the form and architecture of plants at your own pace.

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration and Saturday (day) registration.
    Session Capacity: 
    80
    Session Registration Required: 
    No
    James Folsom, Ph.D.
    Brody Botanical Center, Brody Teaching Lab

    REPEATED Session: Close-up Botanical Photography: How to Create Astonishingly Detailed Images with a Groundbreaking New Technique

    By popular demand, a second session of David's workshop. Get ready to start your journey into the realm of the extreme, where you will literally recreate a bees-eye view of flowers using a revolutionary new technique in close-up photography! In this session, photographer, author and teacher David Leaser will teach you how to create highly detailed botanical images using a groundbreaking technique where you layer dozens of photos together to create a work of art. David will cover everything you need to know, from picking the right subjects to camera settings, lighting and software. David will even show you how to create your own affordable small indoor studio so you can enjoy creating dramatic, close-up botanical photographic works of art.

    [Photo: Dendrobium Spectabile, David Leaser, © 2015, all rights reserved.]

    Additional fee.

    Session Capacity: 
    20
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    $60.00
    David Leaser
    Brody Botanical Center, Engemann Applied Tech Lab (Lower Level)

    Photoshop Mistakes to Avoid when Digitizing your Botanical Illustration

    After your beautiful illustration is scanned or photographed, do you ever get frustrated moving and shifting endless settings and changing numbers to get your illustration to look just right? Do you feel like Photoshop is controlling you instead of you controlling Photoshop? Photoshop is a powerful program with so many options, it's very easy to get overwhelmed.

    This half-day workshop will have two parts. First, Ikumi will guide you step-by-step in how to adjust color, change image size, and set up your images for exhibit submission. Second, she will show you how to edit and save the images as optimized web images for your portfolio website while protecting the images.

    The main objective of this course is to familiarize the students with the basic user interface of Photoshop, to understand the image adjustment options, and to be more comfortable in the Photoshop workspace. Being familiar with Photoshop means that the artist can spend more time painting rather than shifting bars and setting numbers.

    The main objective of this course is to familiarize the students with the basic user interface of Photoshop, understand the image adjustment options, and to be more comfortable in the Photoshop workspace. Being familiar with Photoshop means that the artists can spend more time painting rather than shifting bars and setting numbers.

    Additional fee.

    Session Capacity: 
    12
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    $60.00
    Ikumi Kayama
    Brody Botanical Center, Computer Classroom (Lower Level)

    Individual Portfolio Reviews

    Hunt Institute Curator of Art Lugene Bruno is offering 1/2–hour portfolio reviews for artists interested in receiving an objective response to their current body of work. She asks that each botanical artist bring 3–5 artworks that represent their best efforts to date. A combination of original artworks and reproductions is acceptable, but the preference is for original works so as to better discern technique. She will encourage an open dialogue with each artist to determine their artistic and technical strengths that they can build upon in future work.

    Portfolio reviews will be set up by individual appointment once you have registered in order to best accommodate everyone's schedule during the Symposium.

    Additional fee.
    Session Capacity: 
    9
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    ASBA Members
    $50.00
    Lugene Bruno
    Brody Botanical Center, Danner Conference Room

    Techniques Showcase, Portfolio Sharing and Poster Sessions: Session IV

    Banta Hall will be the lively gathering place for revolving Techniques Showcases, Portfolio Sharing, Poster Sessions and more! Participants include artists in the "Weird, Wild & Wonderful" exhibition and various presenters from Symposium lectures and keynotes in a casual and friendly open house atmosphere.

    Each morning and afternoon session on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (morning only) will be open to all Symposium participants to watch artists' techniques up-close and personal; look at portfolios, posters and displays; see sample materials; talk to presenters, and ask questions you may not have thought of at the time of the lecture. There will be four participants in each session, and it's presenters' choice as to what they will be demonstrating or showing. A roster will be added here, and will be posted each day at the Information Desk.

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration, Friday (day) registration and open for guests.
    Session Registration Required: 
    No
    Brody Botanical Center, Banta Hall

    Catalog Signing

    Bring your "Weird, Wild & Wonderful" catalog, or purchase more at The Huntington Store. We will try to have as many artists from the exhibition as possible in Banta Hall to autograph their page in the catalog. Bring your cards or create cards to exchange with fellow artists and Symposium attendees.

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration, day registration and open for guests.
    Session Registration Required: 
    No
    Brody Botanical Center, Ahmanson Classroom

    Saturday Evening Dinner

    The Huntington Café will close to the public so Symposium attendees can have a private dinner. The Café is conveniently located in the Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center, right next to Rothenberg Hall, where the evening keynote will take place immediately following dinner.

    Dinner is available for purchase starting at 5:30 pm. Beer and wine will be available for purchase as well.

    Open to all Symposium registrants (3-day and day registrants), guests, and Zsolt Debreczy and István Rácz's keynote attendees.
    Session Capacity: 
    280
    Session Registration Required: 
    No
    The Huntington Café in the Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center

    KEYNOTE: From Field to Print: Botanical Art and Photography for "Conifers Around the World" and the "Dendrological Atlas"

    It began as a “simple” project to illustrate Alfred Rehder’s "Manual of Cultivated Trees and Shrubs Hardy in North America." Over many decades of fieldwork in the world’s temperate regions, the project expanded dramatically in scope to become the two-volume "Conifers Around the World" (2011) and the still-to-be-published "Dendrological Atlas." Co-authors Debreczy and Rácz will discuss how botanical illustration and photography intersect and complement each other in documenting the world’s woody flora.

    [On the Tienmu Shan, Zhejiang Province, China, Zsolt is next a Japanese-cypress or Sugi (Cryptomeria japonica); István Rácz is crouching in front with the company of researchers, Ph.D students of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. In the extreme right, conifer researcher Qiaoping Xiang, who often accompanied DAP team to different regions of China.]

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration, or Saturday (day) registration.

    Evening keynote may be purchased individually for $25 for guests and for Friday or Sunday day registrants.


    Session Capacity: 
    280
    Session Registration Required: 
    No
    Zsolt Debreczy, Ph.D. and István Rácz, Ph.D.
    Rothenberg Hall

    Individual Portfolio Reviews

    Hunt Institute Curator of Art Lugene Bruno is offering 1/2–hour portfolio reviews for artists interested in receiving an objective response to their current body of work. She asks that each botanical artist bring 3–5 artworks that represent their best efforts to date. A combination of original artworks and reproductions is acceptable, but the preference is for original works so as to better discern technique. She will encourage an open dialogue with each artist to determine their artistic and technical strengths that they can build upon in future work.

    Portfolio reviews will be set up by individual appointment once you have registered in order to best accommodate everyone's schedule during the Symposium.

    Additional fee.
    Session Capacity: 
    9
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    ASBA Members
    $50.00
    Lugene Bruno
    Brody Botanical Center, Danner Conference Room

    Painting Shiny Leaves: Focus on Capturing Reflected Light

    Learn how to paint shiny, glossy leaves using masking techniques and applying multiple layers of color. A variety of leaves will be provided to workshop participants.

    [Camellia leaf study in watercolor by Akiko Enokido, © 2015, all rights reserved.]

    Additional fee.

    Session Capacity: 
    15
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    Session Materials List: 
    $60.00
    Akiko Enokido
    Brody Botanical Center, Engemann Applied Tech Lab (Lower Level)

    Illustrated Children’s Books

    From the Gardens’ extensive holdings of children’s books related to plants and gardens, participants will examine different styles of plant depiction and examine the effectiveness of illustration styles in relationship to the stories being told. Jim will pull books from The Huntington’s rarely seen collection of illustrated children’s books.

    No food or drink please.

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration and day registration.
    Session Capacity: 
    30
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    James Folsom, Ph.D.
    Brody Botanical Center, Atrium (Lower Level)

    Tackling Tangled Roots

    2-day Post-Symposium Workshop (overlaps with last day of Symposium)

    If you are having trouble keeping track of tangled and complicated roots like I am, this class is for you. There is no quick magic trick to organizing the beautiful complexity. I am still struggling after years and years practice. However, I have discovered many techniques and tricks to overcome some of the difficulties, and I would love to share them with you. Let's challenge ourselves to solve the root maze together in this two-day watercolor painting workshop.

    [Onion roots, watercolor by Asuka Hishiki, © 2015, all rights reserved.]

    Additional fee, plus $6 materials fee paid to the instructor, cash, at time of workshop.

    Session Capacity: 
    15
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    Session Materials List: 
    $250.00
    Asuka Hishiki
    Brody Botanical Center, Brody Teaching Lab

    Techniques Showcase, Portfolio Sharing and Poster Sessions: Session V

    Banta Hall will be the lively gathering place for revolving Techniques Showcases, Portfolio Sharing, Poster Sessions and more! Participants include artists in the "Weird, Wild & Wonderful" exhibition and various presenters from Symposium lectures and keynotes in a casual and friendly open house atmosphere.

    Each morning and afternoon session on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (morning only) will be open to all Symposium participants to watch artists' techniques up-close and personal; look at portfolios, posters and displays; see sample materials; talk to presenters, and ask questions you may not have thought of at the time of the lecture. There will be four participants in each session, and it's presenters' choice as to what they will be demonstrating or showing. A roster will be added here, and will be posted each day at the Information Desk.

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration, Friday (day) registration and open for guests.
    Session Registration Required: 
    No
    Brody Botanical Center, Banta Hall

    Plants, Artists, Languages: A Sense of Times and Places

    Thousands of plant representations can be found in multiple ancient books, in manuscript or printed form, in many languages preserved in libraries all over the world. Sometimes original, but more often copied from one another, these illustrations rarely correspond to each another, and do not always allow for an unambiguous identification of the represented plants. Going beyond such notions as artist's individuality, choices, style and their own vision, this workshop will explore what may seem to be weird plant illustrations to decipher their silent language and meaning. Participants will transform incomprehensible images into time- and place-related encyclopedias. Attendees will actively participate with provided images.

    [Patavinus Seminarii 194: 14th cent. (2nd quarter), paper, 382 x 282 mm., I + 200 + I ff., Constantinople, hand similar to that of Neophytos Prodromênos.]

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration and Sunday (day) registration.

    Session Capacity: 
    12
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    Alain Touwaide, Ph.D., and Emanuela Appetiti
    Brody Botanical Center, Computer Classroom

    Dyeing with Indigo

    Throughout most of human history, blue dye for cloth was rare, difficult and expensive to produce. Derived from plants, people from all over the world, from ancient civilizations to modern have sought after indigo dye. Renowned master textile artist Setsuko Hayashi will teach participants the intricacies of dyeing with indigo in this hands-on workshop.

    This workshop will be held in the Head House, which will be hot in July. Indigo dye will stain, so please dress appropriately.

    [Photo credit: Kelly Fernandez, photo of Setsuko Hayashi holding an example of the indigo-dyed scarf we will be producing in the workshop.]

    Included in 3-day registration and Sunday (day) registration.

    Session Capacity: 
    25
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    Setsuko Hayashi
    Head House

    Huntington Tours

    There will be various tours each day of The Huntington gardens, libraries, art galleries and more. Garden choices include the Desert Garden, the Garden of Flowering Fragrance (Chinese Garden), the Japanese Garden, the Conservatory and Children's Garden, the Rose Garden, and so much more. Signs and times will be posted each day in Banta Hall at the information desk, or added here as they are scheduled. Or, explore on your own.

    Remember to bring comfortable walking shoes, WATER, and a hat. It will be sunny and hot in July, and The Huntington's grounds are extensive.

    Included in 3-day Symposium registration, Sunday (day) registration and open for guests.
    Session Capacity: 
    20
    Session Registration Required: 
    No
    Huntington

    Tackling Tangled Roots

    2-day Post-Symposium Workshop (overlaps with last day of Symposium)

    If you are having trouble keeping track of tangled and complicated roots like I am, this class is for you. There is no quick magic trick to organizing the beautiful complexity. I am still struggling after years and years practice. However, I have discovered many techniques and tricks to overcome some of the difficulties, and I would love to share them with you. Let's challenge ourselves to solve the root maze together in this two-day watercolor painting workshop.

    [Onion roots, watercolor by Asuka Hishiki, © 2015, all rights reserved.]

    Additional fee, plus $6 materials fee paid to the instructor, cash, at time of workshop.

    Session Capacity: 
    15
    Session Registration Required: 
    Yes
    Session Materials List: 
    $250.00
    Asuka Hishiki
    Brody Botanical Center, Brody Teaching Lab

    Emanuela Appetiti

    Emanuela Appetiti became interested in Sociology and Anthropology in high school, and was the first to attend college in her family. Focusing on nomadic cultures, especially hunter-gatherers, Emanuela has researched and written about Australian Aborigines and the contemporary sociological and health issues they are facing. This led to in-depth studies about traditional medicine dovetailing with Alain Touwaide’s research on ancient treatments.

    Lugene Bruno

    As Curator of Art at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Lugene Bruno is responsible for all activities of the Art Department, including curating the collection and twice-yearly exhibitions; designing catalogues; giving talks, tours and accessibility to collection materials. She is also an artist working in the mediums of photography and graphite drawing.

    Phillip Cribb, Ph.D.

    Phillip Cribb joined the Kew staff in 1974 and retired in 2006 as Deputy Keeper of the Herbarium and Curator of the Orchid Herbarium. He is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at Kew and continues his research on orchid systematics. He has undertaken numerous expeditions in both the Old and New Worlds, particularly in tropical Africa, Madagascar, China and the Malay Archipelago. He has had a long-standing interest in horticulture and has been a member of the Royal Horticultural Society’s Orchid Committee for more than 35 years.

    Zsolt Debreczy, Ph.D.

    Zsolt Debreczy is a renowned research botanist, explorer and traveler. He currently is Research Director of the International Dendrological Research Institute, Inc., Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA (www.interdendro.org), a position he has held since 1990. With a Ph.D. in botany, he started his career as curator of the higher plant collection at the Botanical Department of the Natural History Museum in Budapest, Hungary. Between 1988 and 1992 he worked as Mercer Fellow and Visiting Scientist at the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University. In 1994 he was a founding member of the International Dendrological Foundation (www.dendrologia.eu), a not-for-profit organisation established in Hungary. He organized and led many explorations worldwide that provided the material for the Dendrological Documentation Project including the reference collections for the recently published book "Conifers Around the World." He was recently awarded Honorary Doctor (Doctor Honoris Causa) at the Budapest Corvinus University.

    Zsolt Debreczy, Ph.D. and István Rácz, Ph.D.

    Dr. Zsolt Debreczy Zsolt Debreczy is a renowned research botanist, explorer and traveler. He currently is Research Director of the International Dendrological Research Institute, Inc., Wellesley, Massachusetts, USA (www.interdendro.org), a position he has held since 1990. With a Ph.D. in botany he started his career as curator of the higher plant collection at the Botanical Department of the Natural History Museum in Budapest, Hungary. Between 1988 and 1992 he worked as Mercer Fellow and Visiting Scientist at the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University. In 1994 he was a founding member of the International Dendrological Foundation (www.dendrologia.eu), a not-for-profit organisation established in Hungary. He organized and led many explorations worldwide that provided the material for the Dendrological Documentation Project including the reference collections for the recently published book "Conifers Around the World." He was recently awarded Honorary Doctor (Doctor Honoris Causa) at the Budapest Corvinus University. Dr. István Rácz With a Ph.D. in forest botany, István Rácz is curator of the conifer collection and the cultivated dendroflora herbarium at the Botanical Department of the Hungarian Natural History Museum. He is an associate of the International Dendrological Research Institute Inc., Massachusetts, USA, and member of the board of the International Dendrological Foundation. He has worked with Zsolt Debreczy since 1975. With Debreczy, he was a Mercer Fellow and Visiting Scientist at the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University from 1988 to 1992. He participated in most of the fieldwork that made "Conifers Around the World" possible in addition to contributing the high-quality, artistic photographs and managing the background documentation. He was recently awarded Titular Professor at the Budapest Corvinus University.

    Akiko Enokido

    Akiko Enokido began her career after obtaining a Certificate in Botanical Illustration at The New York Botanical Garden in 2004. She then moved to California and joined the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California. A few of her exhibitions include: the Annual Botanical Art Exhibition Filoli (receiving a Juror’s Award in 2011); ASBA’s 12th through 16th, and 18th Annual Botanical Art Exhibitions; “Green Currency”; and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation 13th International Exhibition. Returning to Japan in 2012, Akiko has exhibited at the 15th Annual Exhibition of the Japanese Association of Botanical Illustration.

    James Folsom, Ph.D.

    Jim Folsom rides the demographic peak of baby boomers, having been born in southeastern Alabama in 1950. His lifelong love of plants is reflected in a BS in Botany from Auburn University, an MA in Biology from Vanderbilt University, and a PhD in research botany from The University of Texas at Austin. Though his research has centered on the orchid family, with much of the research time spent in Tropical America (including a year in Colombia on a Fulbright Pre-Doctoral Fellowship), Jim’s botanical interests are wide-ranging. As Curator of the Botanical Gardens at The Huntington in San Marino, CA, he dedicates much of his effort to educational programs that increase public interest and understanding of the science, culture, and history of plants and gardens. He lives at The Huntington with his wife, Debra (also a botanist) and children Molly and Jimmy. Jim was recognized as a Friend of the Cactus and Succulent Society of America in 1996, a Member-at-Large of the Garden Club of America in 1998, and presented a Professional Citation by the American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta in 1999. The Garden Club of America awarded him their Medal of Honor in 2007.

    Lisa Forman

    Lisa Forman is currently a conservator of books, paper and photography at the Getty Research Institute. Chief conservator of Hudson Conservation Studio, LLC, a Los Angeles based private conservation practice. Previously held positions at the Huntington Library and Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Previous clients include Skirball Cultural Center, Japanese American National Museum, Norton Simon Museum, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Hammer Museum and Pomona College Museum of Art. Steering Committee member of the Los Angeles Preservation Network.

    Sharon Gerbode, Ph.D.

    Sharon Gerbode, PhD, Assistant Professor at Harvey Mudd College researches soft matter physics. While physicists love to simplify the world, many materials evade traditional classifications as either liquid or solid. Such soft materials abound in everyday life; common examples range from biological tissue to sand dunes. Incorporation of soft matter into modern engineering requires a deeper understanding of these materials. Soft matter physics explores the fundamental physical principles that underlie the complexity of such systems, and has opened up an exciting new class of questions with applications to industry, biology and materials science. The Gerbode lab focuses on two areas at the forefront of experimental soft matter physics: colloids, where microscopic, solid particles suspended in a fluid self-assemble into thermodynamic phases and adaptive biomaterials, where soft microstructured biological tissues actuate complex motions.

    Setsuko Hayashi

    Renowned master textile artist Setsuko Hayashi began her career in Joshibi University, Japan, where she learned textile art in school and in prestigious studios. She taught at the Otsuka Textile Design School in Shinjuku, Tokyo for 15 years and exhibited her work in Shinjuku Gallery, Central Art Gallery, Pacific Ocean Gallery, and Takashimaya Department Store’s Gallery. Setsuko subsequently moved to Orange County, California, where she continued to create her textile works and hold exhibitions. In 1993, Setsuko moved to Jakarta, Indonesia, where she was provided her own studio by the monarchy. In her five years in Indonesia, she continued to exhibit her artwork. In 1998, Setsuko moved back to Southern California, and has set up her studio in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles.

    Asuka Hishiki

    Asuka Hishiki holds a Master of Fine Arts from Kyoto City University of Arts in Japan where she studied oil painting. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions, including: the 14th International Exhibition at the Hunt Institute (2013); the 12th-16th ASBA exhibitions at HSNY (2009-2013); “Focus on Nature” at The New York State Museum, Albany (2010/2012, Jury award winner); “Green Currency” (2011, Silver medal); “Weird, Wild & Wonderful” (2014, Gold medal) at The New York Botanical garden; “A window on nature” (solo show) at The Arsenal gallery in Central Park (2012); and, Wave Hill winter workspace program (2013).

    Jodie S. Holt, Ph.D.

    Jodie S. Holt is a Distinguished Teaching Professor, Professor of Plant Physiology, and Divisional Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the University of California, Riverside, where she has taught plant courses and conducted research on weedy and invasive plants for 30 years. She received her B.S. degree in Botany from the University of Georgia and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Botany from the University of California, Davis. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has won awards for her research and teaching. She regularly engages in botany outreach to a variety of audiences, young and old, and in 2010 the San Diego Botanical Garden awarded her the Paul Ecke, Jr. Award of Excellence for her work promoting plants and conservation. In her spare time she has dabbled in botanical consulting, most notably for the movie Avatar and related products.

    Mieko Ishikawa

    Born in Tokyo, Japan, Mieko Ishikawa graduated from Musashino Art University. Initially working as an illustrator, in recent years she has increasingly focused on botanical art and teaching. She has had several solo shows at Tama Forest Science Garden, Hachioji, Tokyo, the U. S. National Arboretum, Washington D.C., and the Embassy of Japan, Information and Culture Center, Washington D.C. Her work is held in the Highgrove Florilegium Prince of Wales’ s Charitable Foundation, the Hunt Institute, the Lindley Library, Royal Horticultural Society, London, the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and Tokyo Metropolitan Jindai Botanical Park, Tokyo, the Flower Museum, Chiba. She was awarded a Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medal in 2006 and is a member of the Japanese Association of Botanical Illustration, Hunt Institute Associates, and the American Society of Botanical Artists. She has participated in the exhibition “Work from Botanical Artists in the Collection of Dr. Shirley Sherwood OBE.”

    Robin Jess

    Robin A. Jess is the executive director of the American Society of Botanical Artists. She has worked as a botanical illustrator and artist for 40 years and created the botanical illustration certificate program at The New York Botanical Garden.

    Ikumi Kayama

    Ikumi Kayama is the founder of Studio Kayama, creating images that combine science and art to make modern medicine and science relevant and accessible to everyone. Ikumi is currently working with surgeons and researchers to create educational illustrations on neurosurgery and orthopaedic surgery procedures. A two-volume set of "Neurosurgery Tricks of the Trade" that she co-illustrated won first prize in PROSE Awards in Textbook/Clinical Medicine category. When not illustrating surgical procedures, she is walking about drawing, counting, and painting birds. Ikumi holds a MA in Medical and Biological Illustration from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and a BFA in Scientific Illustration from the University of Georgia. Her work has appeared internationally in juried shows, exhibits, textbooks, scientific journals, presentations, and websites. She is a recipient of the Frank Netter Scholarship in medical art, and her first solo art show is scheduled for spring of 2016 at Patuxent Wildlife Refuge Research Center in the metro Washington, DC region. Visit studiokayama.com for more!

    Martha Kemp

    Martha Kemp is a self-taught artist who specializes in using graphite pencil for detailed botanical drawings. She is the recipient of the ASBA Bouchier Award (1999), five Gold Medals from the Royal Horticultural Society and two “Best Drawing in Show” awards at ASBA/HSNY Annual Exhibitions.

    David Leaser

    David Leaser is an award-winning fine art photographer known for his highly detailed, close-up photography of botanical subjects. David’s work has received critical acclaim. Nikon featured David’s groundbreaking techniques in its international magazine, "Nikon World," and his work has appeared in numerous media, including ABC News, Fox News, the "Los Angeles Times," the "New York Times," "Sunset," "Florida Design" and "Architectural Digest." His work, “Tiger’s Eye,” was the only photograph accepted for exhibition at the prestigious London Art Biennale. Ann Landi, contributing editor for "ARTnews," writes that David’s botanical images “seduce us as only an unforgettable work of art can: with an invitation to look, and look again.” David is the author of four books featuring his photographic work. He lives in Southern California with his wife and family.

    Melissa Lo

    Melissa Lo is Dibner Assistant Curator of History of Science, Medicine, and Technology. She received her master's degree from the History, Theory and Criticism of Architecture and Art program at MIT in 2008, and her Ph.D. from Harvard's Department of the History of Science in 2014. Her book in progress is "Between Line and Figure: Picture and Polemic in Cartesian Natural Philosophy, 1620-1690."

    Lee McCaffree

    Lee McCaffree is a botanical illustrator in watercolor. She shares the coordination and implementation of the Filoli Botanical Art Certificate Program and is a primary instructor. She served on the Board of Directors of The American Society of Botanical Artists. She gives regular private classes in the Bay area, and has taught at the ASBA Annual meetings and the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden. She supports botanical artists by helping coordinate teams for art exhibits and jurying. She began her career in London, England studying under Christabel King of Kew Gardens. She has been in numerous juried exhibitions around the world, and has received Medals for her “Pinus” series and “Plants in Peril” series at the Royal Horticultural Society exhibitions in London. Her works are in the permanent collections of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew Collection, London, the Filoli Florilegium and Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation, and other venues. Her work is published in Curtis’s Botanical Magazine, England and Today’s Botanical Artist. Her work was included in “Losing Paradise”, an exhibit of endangered species which traveled throughout the US and to the Shirley Sherwood Gallery at Kew Gardens, London. Currently, she is exhibiting in the Weird, Wild & Wonderful traveling exhibit from the New York Botanical Gardens. Lee’s work concentrates on native plants, which she hopes will increase their visibility and use in public and private landscaping. Her enthusiasm inspires her students to develop their own skills and enjoy the creative process.

    Kathie Miranda

    Kathie Miranda is an award-winning artist, juror and educator of botanical art. She teaches at The New York Botanical Garden and various New York City art institutions. She is an active member of the Connecticut Watercolor Society and the Colored Pencil Society of America.

    Holly Moore

    Holly Moore received her Masters of Library and Information Science with an Advanced Certificate in the Preservation and Conservation of Library and Archival Materials from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998. Prior to coming to the Huntington, she completed internships with the Minnesota History Center paper conservation laboratory and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center book conservation laboratory in Texas. In 2004 and 2005 she completed classes in fine binding at the American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride, Colorado. Holly has worked for the Huntington Library for fourteen years as a conservator for rare books and bound manuscripts. In 2009 she was promoted to Head of Conservation. In this position she is responsible for the development and management of the conservation labs and contributes to various preservation activities at the Huntington.

    Holly Moore and Annie Wilker

    Holly Moore received her Masters of Library and Information Science with an Advanced Certificate in the Preservation and Conservation of Library and Archival Materials from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998. Prior to coming to the Huntington, she completed internships with the Minnesota History Center paper conservation laboratory and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center book conservation laboratory in Texas. In 2004 and 2005 she completed classes in fine binding at the American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride, Colorado. Holly has worked for the Huntington Library for fourteen years as a conservator for rare books and bound manuscripts. In 2009 she was promoted to Head of Conservation. In this position she is responsible for the development and management of the conservation labs and contributes to various preservation activities at the Huntington. Annie Wilker is a Pasadena native who has been a paper conservator at the Huntington Library for two years. She studied studio art at Cornell University and conservation at UT Austin and the Harvard Art Museum’s Straus Center. Annie has completed fellowships in paper conservation at the Library of Congress and the National Gallery of Art and was a Fulbright scholar in Tallinn, Estonia. Prior to joining the lab at the Huntington, she spent four years as a conservator at the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC.

    Lisa Pompelli

    Lisa studied illustration at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California; painting and sculpture in Florence, Italy; and graduated from University of California Los Angeles with a degree in geography. She has designed and illustrated numerous educational posters for teaching botany and natural history which are used extensively by K-12 schools, universities and the National Park Service. Her botanical illustration clients include The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden, "Garden Design", "National Gardening", "Orchid Digest", Houghton Mifflin and the Natural History Museum. Her artwork has appeared in numerous publications including the "Los Angeles Times", "The New York Times" and on the ASBA newsletter cover. Currently she teaches botanical illustration at the Huntington Botanical Gardens where she has worked continuously as a botanical illustrator since 1977. She is an avid gardener and now resides in northern California on 2.5 acres full of botanical inspirations along with various wild and tame creatures.

    István Rácz, Ph.D.

    With a Ph.D. in forest botany, István Rácz is curator of the conifer collection and the cultivated dendroflora herbarium at the Botanical Department of the Hungarian Natural History Museum. He is an associate of the International Dendrological Research Institute Inc., Massachusetts, USA, and member of the board of the International Dendrological Foundation. He has worked with Zsolt Debreczy since 1975. With Debreczy, he was a Mercer Fellow and Visiting Scientist at the Arnold Arboretum at Harvard University from 1988 to 1992. He participated in most of the fieldwork that made "Conifers Around the World" possible in addition to contributing the high-quality, artistic photographs and managing the background documentation. He was recently awarded Titular Professor at the Budapest Corvinus University.

    Susan Rosner

    Susan Rosner specializes in landscape, architectural and garden photography. Her images demonstrate a strong sense of design and character. Her work has been showcased in exhibits including shows in New York City and in the Bay Area at Filoli, Woodside, CA and at Wente Vineyards, Livermore, CA. Rosner's photographs & feature articles have appeared in View Camera and Camera Arts magazine. She is a working professional photographer who teaches photography workshops and more than a dozen short courses a year at the National Historic property, Filoli, in Woodside, CA. Ms. Rosner became a photographer after completing a 15-year career as a product manager at the Bank of California and Wells Fargo Bank. She also spent five years as academic dean of the French graduate business school, Institut Superieure de Gestion, where she taught strategic planning and marketing. Ms. Rosner holds a BA in Music from UC Berkeley and an MBA in Finance & Accounting from John F. Kennedy University. Ms. Rosner is an avid recreational athlete; golf and walking are her favorite sports. She travels as often as possible photographing animals in the wild; getting the next image is her destination. Her website, www.susanrosner.com, features her recent photography. Photography is her passion and she is passion driven.

    Elaine Searle

    Elaine Searle was inspired to become a botanical artist and teacher following completion of the Botanical Painting certificate program directed by Anne-Marie Evans in London. Her striking compositions reflect a former career as a designer. An enthusiastic and experienced tutor, Elaine has enjoyed working with students of varying degrees of experience and many nationalities. She travels to the United States and Europe to teach in settings ranging from private one-to-one coaching to small group master classes, conference workshops, online courses and highly popular botanical painting holidays. Elaine’s work is included in The Highgrove Florilegium, and her paintings have been shown in the 12th International Exhibition at the Hunt Institute. Her work ‘Garden Rhubarb’ won The Talas Award in the 16th ASBA International Show in New York and her work is represented in a number of private collections in the United States, Europe and Asia. More about Elaine on her website: www.paintbotanical.com

    John Sullivan

    John Sullivan is the Head of the Imaging Services Department of The Huntington Library. He has worked as a photographer for the Huntington for more than 30 years and has guided the department from film to digital technology. His specialty is creating digital printed facsimiles of rare manuscripts and book pages. He has created images for numerous Huntington publications and supervised imaging projects involving the photographs of Jack London, the letters of Abraham Lincoln, the Ellesmere Chaucer manuscript, engravings by William Blake and extensive photo essays of the Huntington gardens.

    Alain Touwaide, Ph.D.

    The Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions is the accomplishment of a long personal history. Born into a family of pharmacists, Dr. Touwaide obtained his first degree in Classics. He began to explore ancient Greek pharmaceutical texts at a time when such documents were all too often considered to be missing any scientific value. Discovering that ancient cultures produced and preserved a vast knowledge base of medicinal herb and treatments, Dr. Touwaide started a quest that led from the Department of Classics to laboratories of Botany, Sciences, Medicine, and Pharmacy in universities and research centers around the world to reconstruct lost knowledge from ancient texts and fragmentary testimonies. The strategic importance of this field is rapidly becoming apparent: confronted with many challenges, 21st century medicine is realizing that ancient traditions are an untapped resource for new discoveries.

    Alain Touwaide, Ph.D., and Emanuela Appetiti

    Alain Touwaide The Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions is the accomplishment of a long personal history. Born into a family of pharmacists, Dr. Touwaide obtained his first degree in Classics. He began to explore ancient Greek pharmaceutical texts at a time when such documents were all too often considered to be missing any scientific value. Discovering that ancient cultures produced and preserved a vast knowledge base of medicinal herb and treatments. Dr. Touwaide started a quest that led from the Department of Classics to laboratories of Botany, Sciences, Medicine, and Pharmacy in universities and research centers around the world to reconstruct lost knowledge from ancient texts and fragmentary testimonies. The strategic importance of this field is rapidly becoming apparent: confronted with many challenges, 21st century medicine is realizing that ancient traditions are an untapped resource for new discoveries. Emanuela Appetiti Emanuela Appetiti became interested in Sociology and Anthropology in high school, and was the first to attend college in her family. Focusing on nomadic cultures, especially hunter-gatherers, Emanuela has researched and written about Australian Aborigines and the contemporary sociological and health issues they are facing. This led to in-depth studies about traditional medicine dovetailing with Alain Touwaide’s research on ancient treatments.

    Annie Wilker

    Holly Moore received her Masters of Library and Information Science with an Advanced Certificate in the Preservation and Conservation of Library and Archival Materials from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998. Prior to coming to the Huntington, she completed internships with the Minnesota History Center paper conservation laboratory and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center book conservation laboratory in Texas. In 2004 and 2005 she completed classes in fine binding at the American Academy of Bookbinding in Telluride, Colorado. Holly has worked for the Huntington Library for fourteen years as a conservator for rare books and bound manuscripts. In 2009 she was promoted to Head of Conservation. In this position she is responsible for the development and management of the conservation labs and contributes to various preservation activities at the Huntington.

    Carol Woodin

    Specializing in watercolor on vellum, Carol Woodin’s work has been exhibited around the world. Recipient of the 1998 ASBA Diane Bouchier Artist Award, and an RHS Gold Medal, she served on the Board of the American Society of Botanical Artists, and is now its Director of Exhibitions.
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    The Weird, Wild & Wonderful Symposium "Shakes Up" southern California. ASBA, The Huntington, and the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California joined forces for a weekend of lectures, workshops, and camaraderie surrounding the west coast showing of the New York Botanical Garden Second Triennial Exhibition: Weird, Wild & Wonderful. We survived a small earthquake and power outage for a successful event. Have a look...