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by guest author Rosemarie Dempsey, posted by Deb Shaw

BAGSC member Donald Davidson will be exhibiting his second solo show, “Botanical Field Illustrations in Watercolors II” at
Wohlfarth Galleries, Washington, DC
3418 9th St., NE, DC
March 10 thru April 6, 2018
Artist’s Reception: Saturday, March 10, 2018,  3-5 pm

Davidson’s second solo show of dramatic watercolors of native botanicals at Wohlfarth Galleries goes on display March 10 – April 6, 2018. Last year’s show nearly sold out and focused on works from deserts and Vieques, Puerto Rico, as will this year’s.

Viewers will find a return to the spare, unvarnished approach that seemingly belies Davidson’s devotion to neo-expressionism back in the 1980’s. In his depiction of the Puerto Rican native plant, Talinum fruticosum, an edible succulent related to the portulaga found in many DC area gardens, the artist’s captures its rooted, yet lively dance of nature with direct brush and pen strokes that reveal the anatomical elements key to its botanical identification.

Davidson received his first solo museum show as a painter of native flora from the Centennial Museum of El Paso in 2004. The exhibition became a traveling show displayed at National Park Visitor Centers. His work was featured in a 2016 exhibition, Flora of the National Parks, at the US Botanical Garden on the Smithsonian Mall.

Awarded the Presidential Gold Medal for Volunteer Service, Davidson has created over 600 watercolors spanning 20 years, as an artist-in-the-park, under the auspices of the US Department of Interior in support of its mandate to monitor and preserve native species on public lands nationwide. Ten percent of sales will be donated to Friends Group of the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge to help with Hurricane Maria recovery.

Wohlfarth Galleries are open Wednesdays–Saturday 11-4 and by appointment in the heart of Brookland Arts’ District: 3418 – 9th St. NE WDC 20017  (1 block from Red Line Metro)
Contact: Lavinia Wohlfarth, (202) 526-8022

by Gilly Shaeffer, posted by Deb Shaw

California Poppy, watercolor by Gilly Shaeffer, © 2016, all rights reserved.

California Poppy, watercolor by Gilly Shaeffer, © 2016, all rights reserved.

Gilly Shaeffer recently had two paintings accepted for the exhibit at the United States Botanic Gardens, Washington, D.C.: her paintings of Toyon Berries and California Poppies. These plants can be found at the Channel Islands National Park in California.

Entitled “Celebrating Flora of the U.S. National Parks,” this exhibition is in collaboration with the National Park Service, celebrating their 100th anniversary, and will showcase the diversity of the plant life throughout the U.S. National Parks.

The exhibit will be open from February through October, 2016.

Congratulations Gilly! A great way to start the New Year!

Toyon Berries, watercolor by Gilly Shaeffer, © 2016, all rights reserved.

Toyon Berries, watercolor by Gilly Shaeffer, © 2016, all rights reserved.

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