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Wild Harvest: nectar, berries, capsules and seeds

From 2-30 June

Botanical art curated by Mary van Blommestein in association with BAASA and SANBI will include programme of events and on-line catalogue.

An exhibition of botanical art at the UCT Irma Stern Museum, titled, Wild Harvest: nectar, berries, capsules and seeds, curated by Mary van Blommestein, celebrates the bounty of the season of autumn. It will run for a month from 2 until 30 June. Arranged in association with the SANBI Herbarium in Pretoria and members of the Botanical Artists' Association of Southern Africa (BAASA), who have created new work specially for this show. In addition to paintings recording the life cycle and showing the development stages of our indigenous flora, there is a small, separate component featuring birds by Kenneth Newman, which are fruit and seed eaters, sometimes found in local private and public gardens. These watercolours have been generously made available by members of the Newman family.

Highlights regarding the botanical loans are the selection of plates from the publication, Wild Flowers of the Transvaal by Cythna Letty, the first resident botanical artist at what is now known as SANBI ( SA National Biodiversity Institute) in Pretoria, as well as work by one of her successors, internationally renowned, Gillian Condy, who has contributed illustrations to Geophytic Pelargoniums and Grass Aloes of the South African Veld.

A supplementary programme of events has been arranged to promote appreciation of our rich natural heritage and encourage participation in its conservation.

You are invited to enjoy the pop up tearoom and join the walkabouts to be offered on Wednesdays from 10.30am-12.30pm. Each Saturday there will be an art workshop, except for the public holiday on Sat 16 June, when the museum will be closed. Erik Dippennaar Artistic Director: Camerata Tinta Barocca, will present a concert: Of Plants and Animals: Baroque music inspired by nature, on Sat 30 June at 11am. Tickets:R150 at Webticket, include entry to the museum and a complimentary glass of wine.

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Posted: 2018/05/30 (11:15:48 AM)

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