The fact that the nibbles at the Private View are rather scrumptious adds to the attraction.
However this year the main attraction was the fact this is the best Florum exhibition I've seen to date. It includes some fine and very original fine art printmaking from new artists which was refreshing to see.
The 2015 Florum Exhibition can be seen at the Visitor Centre at the Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve.
The aim of the exhibition is twofold - it displays a colourful and inspiring mix of works celebrating plant life and raises funds for the Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve where it is held.
The exhibition opens to the public today and continues until next Saturday. It's open every day from 12th - 19th September (10am - 5pm daily) - and I'll be there stewarding tomorrow!
I'm going to be doing another blog post about this exhibition after I've had a chance to study the artwork more closely tomorrow - and also put together a virtual exhibition - a video slideshow of all the display boards and walls in the exhibition. I've got the photographs I just need to sew them together! I'll be highlighting more artwork in that post.
Elizabeth Smail Memorial Award for Colour and Composition
|Bright Berries by Sue. J. Williams|
Her Bright Berries is both very unusual and enormously effective. It was the first work I commented on when leaving my first view of the exhibition. Knocking the leaves back through the use of graphite really allows us to see the different ways the winter berries cluster and vary in terms of structure and colour.
|Wordsworth's Violets by Sue J. Williams|
List of exhibiting artistsThe exhibition includesa number of new artists - most of whom are highlighted below.
Each artist's name contains a link to their website or a site related to the artist
- Sandra Wall Armitage (President of the Society of Botanical Artists)
- Sarah Ashwell
- Carole Aston
- Debra Barr-Smith
- Ann Bridges
- Linda Brown
- Jean Canter RMS PPSGFA UKCPS - in memoriam. I was sad to see that Jean Canter died in May this year. Her friend and fellow exhibitor provided an 'in memorium' statement for the exhibition. Jean was a Past president of the Society of Graphic Fine Art and a member of the Royal Miniature Society and the UK Coloured Pencil Society.
|In Memorium - Miniatures by Jean Canter|
- Susan Christopher-Coulson (Vice President of the Society of Botanical Artists)
- Yvonne Collard
- Marianne Cox
- Joanna Craig-McFeely
- Julia Craig-McFeely
- Diana Croft
- Susan Dalton
- Pamela Davis
- Margaret Devitt
- Jean Douglas
- Margaret Eggleton
- Sandra Fernandez
- Carole Flanders
|A top down view on the part of the exhibition which focuses on botanical art|
|Exuberant colour and interpretative works in the floral and gardens section of the exhibition|
- Felicity Flutter
- Jackie Gethin
- Pauline Grove
- Lesley Hall
- Amber Halsall
- Helen Hanson
- Stephanie Harrison
- Christina Hart-Davies
- Mayumi Hashi
- Jennifer Jenkins
- Maureen Jordan
- Marion Kemp
- Julie King
- Rosemary Lindsay
- Vicky Mappin
- Alister Mathews
- Sandrine Maugy - another new exhibitor is the author of 'Colours of Nature'
- Sarah Morrish is a first time exhibitor with Florum. She's a botanical and natural history artist and is exhibiting watercolours on vellum. She's currently working on a project called Art and the Hedgerow which has its own blog.
|(Left) Mount Pleasant Lane - Early Spring by Sarah Morrish, Watercolour on Vellum £225|
(Right) Symacamore Samara Sequence, Watercolour on vellum £200
|Rachel Munn with three of her drawings|
(Left) Japanese Anemones, Ink with coloured pencil £550
(Center) Spindleberry, Ink with coloured pencil £550
(Right) Sunflowers, Ink with coloured pencil £550
- Rachel Munn - I adore Rachel Munn's drawings in pen and ink and coloured pencil - not least because these are my two favourite art media! Rachel is also one of the stalwarts of the Organising Committee for Florum.
- Vicky Oldfield - a new artist this year, her artwork is both large and stunning! She creates collographs.
Vicky Oldfield with her collograph prints
- Ann Oliver
- Tessa Pearson - her oil monoprints based on lasercut woodblocks were very effective. Below you can see four - but there are more!
Woodblock prints by Tessa Pearson
- Janie Pirie - another new artist who exhibited some coloured pencil artwork from her RHS Gold Medal winning suite of Orchard Fruits
Orchard fruits - with blossom and fruit - by Janie Pirie
|Oil paintings by Kate Steele|
- Jane Price
- Roger Reynolds
- Carole Robson
- Joyce Rogerson
- Maureen Russ
- Sue Scullard
- Billy Showell
- Julie Small
- Alison Smith
- Tessa Spanton
- Kate Steele is new this year and has some large impressive oil paintings in the show.
- Penny Stenning
- Judi Stone
- Katherine Tyrrell
- Barbara Valentine
- Linda Wallis
- Christiana Webb GM - Christiana's Coconut is amazing - you definitely need to view this exhibition in person to appreciate her work - I liked it very much. You can see the display of work that won Christiana her RHS Gold Medal in my blog post of the 2012 RHS Botanical Art Show
|Coconut by Christiana Webb|
- Sue J. Williams
- John Woodberry - John is also a new artist this year and is a fine printmaker. Five of his exhibits are something I've never ever heard of before - a steam print on watercolour paper.
|Steam prints by John Woodberry (£450 each)|