Botanical Art Exhibit Opens at the Bedford Library


Submitted by the Art Steering Committee of the Bedford Free Public Library

From the Mountains to the Sea: Plants, Trees, and Shrubs of New England combines art and science in a show by members of the New England Society of Botanical Artists that will be on display at the Bedford Free Public Library from March 13 to May 8..

This juried show, which is traveling to six New England locations, builds on an important history of botanical art and celebrates the diversity and beauty of plants from our own backyards.

Special Events Associated with the Exhibit

There will be an artists’ reception, on Friday, March 23 from 5 to 6pm, and a special talk by artist/educator Sarah Roche on Sunday, April 6 from 5 to 6pm.

Roche will trace the changing role of botanical artists through history. She will explain why, despite technological advances in printing, the work of botanical artists remains so important today, straddling the worlds of art and science. She will also describe the influences that shaped her career as an artist and teacher.

Sarah Roche has taught Botanical Art and Illustration at the South Shore Art Center in Cohasset, Massachusetts, at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, and for the Wellesley College Botanic Garden at the Wellesley College Greenhouses. She is Chair of the Education Committee of the American Society of Botanical Artists. Her illustrations are included in the Collection at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and in collections in the UK, Ireland and Europe as well as in the United States.

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