by The Natural History Institute, posted by Deb Shaw

Artwork by Melanie Campbell-Carter, Cylindropuntia leptocaulis, Christmas Cholla, © 2019.

Artwork by Melanie Campbell-Carter, Cylindropuntia leptocaulis, Christmas Cholla, © 2019.

Melanie Campbell-Carter will give a botanical talk at the Natural History Institute on Thursday, February 6th at 7 pm (Mountain Standard Time, MST). Entitled Passion, Devotion, Intimacy: Art and Natural History, Melanie will explore the strong connection between art and natural history. She will also share some of the stories behind Arizona Originals: Native Plants of Arizona, an exhibition by the Southwest Society of Botanical Artists on display from from January 24 – April 10, 2020 in the gallery at The Natural History Institute.

Melanie Campbell-Carter

Melanie Campbell-Carter

Everyone is invited to join Melanie and other artists from the Southwest Society chapter for an evening of fresh ideas about a cherished tradition belonging to both art and natural history. This event is free to the public and will also be available via livestream for those who can’t attend. To watch the livestream lecture, click here. It will be livestreamed at 7 pm MST Thursday, February 6, then archived at the same link for future viewing.

For more information about these events, or to register for the field workshop, contact the Natural History Institute: info@naturalhistoryinstitute.org ~ (928) 863-3232. The Natural History Institute is located at 126 N. Marina Street, Prescott, Arizona, 86301.

Two other events will take place around the Arizona Originals exhbition. The first is an opening reception, which will take place on Friday, January 24th, from 5 – 7:30 pm MST. This free kickoff event is open to the public and is part of Prescott’s 4th Friday Art Walk.

The second and final event takes place on Saturday, March 7th, 1-5 pm MST. From Eye to Paper: Artists’ Insights, is a field workshop led by the Southwest Society of Botanical Artists and naturalist Bob Ellis.

The workshop will begin at the Natural History Institute, then move to a nearby field location where a team of artists and naturalists will guide participants in a direct experience of observation and drawing. The registration fee is $25. Space is limited to 12 participants.

The Southwest Society of Botanical Artists (SWSBA) is the Arizona chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the tradition of botanical art which combines science and art.