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Arizona Originals: Native Plants of Arizona

Friday, January 24 @ 5:00 pm - Friday, April 10 @ 7:30 pm

Join the Natural History Institute for a series of three events focused on an exhibit by 15 members of the Southwest Society of Botanical Artists, featuring original paintings of plants found from the Grand Canyon to the Sonoran Desert.

The first event, an opening reception for Arizona Originals: Native Plants of Arizona, will take place on Friday, January 24th, from 5-7:30PM. This free kickoff event is open to the public and is part of Prescott’s 4th Friday Art Walk.
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. Artists seek to understand the structure of plants and to communicate this knowledge in an aesthetically pleasing manner.
The range of styles includes scientific illustration as well as realistic drawing and painting of botanical subjects. The majority of these SWSBA artists hold a Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration; some also have fine arts and graphic design degrees.
The next event in the lineup will take place at the Natural History Institute on Thursday, February 6th at 7PM. In her talk titled Passion, Devotion, Intimacy: Art and Natural History, botanical artist Melanie Campbell-Carter will explore the strong connection between art and natural history. She will also share some of the stories behind the Southwest Society of Botanical Artists’ Arizona Originals, on exhibit in our gallery from January 24 – April 10, 2020.

Please join Melanie, and other artists from the 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.

The final event happens on Saturday, March 7th, 1-5PM. From Eye to Paper: Artists’ Insights, is a field workshop led by Southwest Society of Botanical Artists and naturalist Bob Ellis. Cost is $25 and space is limited to 12 participants. For more information or to register for the field workshop, contact the Natural History Institute.


Bob Ellis


Natural History Institute
126 N. Marina Street Prescott, AZ United States


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