Current/Upcoming Exhibits - BASNCR Website

Current/Upcoming Exhibits

Botanica 2019: The Art and Science of Plants
Co-sponsored by BASNCR and the Brookside Gardens School of Botanical Art & Illustration (BGSBAI)
Exhibit Dates: June 22 - July 19, 2019
Opening Reception: Sunday, June 23, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Location: Brookside Gardens Visitor Center, 1800 Glenallan Avenue, Wheaton, Maryland.
Hours: 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. daily
For Participating Artists: Pick-up Saturday, July 20, 9:00-9:30 a.m.

All In a Garden Green
BASNCR-sponsored juried exhibition featuring native plants of the Eastern United States
Exhibit Dates: August 27 - October 27, 2019
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 8, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Location: Green Spring Gardens, 4603 Green Spring Road, Alexandria, Virginia
Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Sunday noon - 4:30 p.m.
For Participating Artists: Drop-off Monday, August 26, noon-3:00 p.m. Pick-up: Monday, October 28, 10:45-11:45 a.m.

In 1828 English writer Frances Trollope (1779–1863) began a four-year journey around the then United States. Her travels took her up the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers, across the Allegheny Mountains, and along the east coast from Washington, D.C., to Niagara Falls. In her book, “Domestic Manners of the Americans” (1832), she frequently noted the plants she encountered. From the Spanish moss and palmettos of New Orleans, to the mountain laurels of Pennsylvania, to the redbuds, dogwoods, and azaleas around Washington, D.C., she found this country’s flora a constant delight. Dazzled by the number of plants new to her that she couldn’t name, her advice to her countrymen was “let no one visit America without having first studied botany.”

Given that she spent many weeks at houses near both Glen Echo and Green Spring, we thought those venues would be the ideal spots to display pictures of the kinds of plants that Frances Trollope might have encountered on her American adventure.

Ancarrow’s List: Native Plants by the River’s Edge
The Plants of the James River Project was recently awarded the ASBA’s Esther M. Plotnick Artist Grant to fund educational events and a two-venue juried exhibition of regional, native plants of the James River, based on the list by Newton Ancarrow, one of Virginia’s earliest environmentalists. This definitive list, created in the 1960's, has been relied upon extensively for cleanup of the James River.

The exhibitions will feature works by current members of BASNCR, as well as the Central Virginia Botanical Artists (CVABA) and the North Carolina Botanical Artists’ Circle (NCBAC).

Venue 1
Exhibit Dates: October 1-31, 2019
Location: Lora Robins Library at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, 1800 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond, Virginia
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily

Venue 2
Exhibit Dates: November 3 - December 22, 2019
Location: James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University, 901 Park Avenue, Richmond, Virginia 23284
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For Participating Artists: Deadline for receiving accepted work is September 16, 2019.
  Delivery instructions: Call for Entries
  Framing suggestions: American Frame "Basics" and a sample frame


More information on Newton Ancarrow and his botanical documentation:



The Trees of Cylburn Arboretum
Exhibit Dates: February 6-26, 2020
Location: Cylburn Arboretum in Baltimore, Maryland

Beautiful But Deadly
Toxic plants
Exhibit Dates: July 30 - September 6, 2020
Location: The Athenaeum in Alexandria, Virginia



Information about ASBA-sponsored exhibits can be found on the ASBA website .

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