Out of the Box: Sharing Strategies for Accessing Natural History Collections, 1 - 2 June 2017

Dear WABA Members,

 Natural history collections can be shy beasts – tucked away in drawers and cabinets. We want to get them out and about to inspire more people to love them, use them and support them!

 To do this we are holding a two-day symposium called “Out of the Box: Sharing Strategies for Accessing Natural History Collections” to bring together scientists, museum people, artists, citizen scientists and others who share an interest in promoting natural history collections to wider audiences. We are inviting you to come and share your ideas with us.

 Jointly hosted by the University of Canberra and CSIRO the symposium will take place at the University’s Ann Harding Conference Centre on 1-2 June 2017. Invited speakers will discuss art and natural history, citizen science, conservation of historic specimens and digital collection discovery, and our keynote speaker Deirdre Coleman of the University of Melbourne will delve into the complexities of historical taxonomy and connections between politics, personalities and natural history collections from the past.

 We will take these ideas forward into discussion sessions aimed at developing new, cross-disciplinary networks and relationships to get natural history collections Out of the Box. We will also have workshops on practical techniques for using and caring for natural history collections. We are looking for your ideas and contributions to help us imagine new futures for natural history collections.

When : 1-2 June, 2017

Where: Jointly hosted by the University of Canberra and CSIROAnn Harding Conference Centre, University of Canberra.

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 Registration will be $160, with $80 for concession card holders, plus a symposium dinner on the evening of June 1 (cost TBA). For more information contact Alison Wain at Alison.wain@canberra.edu.au or see the symposium

website at http://www.canberra.edu.au/research/faculty-research-centres/cccr/events/outofthebox/

Artists wanted for demo at 'Out of the Box' symposium

Dear WABA members

The symposium “Out of the Box: Sharing Strategies for Accessing Natural History Collections”, jointly hosted by the University of Canberra and the CSIRO, is being held on Thursday and Friday 1-2 June 2017 at the University’s Ann Harding Conference Centre.

A table will be set aside for a couple of WABA members to demonstrate their art and/or sell WABA cards and artworks. This activity will be for a couple of hours during lunchtime on both days.

If any WABA members are interested in running the WABA stall, please contact Julia Landford at ajlandford@gmail.com for further information.

Julia will be speaking on art and natural history collections and leading a workshop on establishing a national museum of natural history.

Further information about the symposium can be found on the website:

http://www.canberra.edu.au/research/faculty-research-centres/cccr/events/outofthebox/

Regards

Glenda Shelley

Public Officer

Wildlife and Botanical Artists Inc.

M: 0422 405 658

STEP – Forest 20 at the Arboretum - 5th May

Dear WABA members,

The message below is the details regarding an art event to be held at the Southern Tablelands Ecosytems Park (STEP) at the Arboretum on Friday 5 May.  It’s the Arboretum’s contribution to Tree Week celebrations.  The message was sent by STEP’s President, Judy Smith.

To celebrate National Tree Week, bring your chair, easel, sketchbook, paints, pencils or charcoal to Southern Tablelands Ecosystems Park (STEP – Forest 20 at the Arboretum), Friday 5 May for a morning of art, native plant appreciation and good company. This is a free event and morning tea will be provided. For catering, please register your interest via email info@step.asn.au as spaces are limited. Meet at the Village Centre, NAC at 9.15am. (STEP is an easy 5 minute walk from the Arboretum carpark).

Committee Roles at WABA and Quarterly meeting cancelled

Dear WABA members

Unfortunately we have had to cancel the upcoming Quarterly meeting which was to be held on Saturday March 11. We do apologise for any inconvenience caused by this.

This email is also an opportunity to ask members to consider taking on a committee role. Don't be shy!-we are keeping our commitments at a very manageable level this year as our committee has shrunk.

The current committee is:

President: Vacant

Vice President: Vacant

Secretary: Gillian Carter

Treasurer: Sam Blanks

Public Officer: Glenda Shelley

Website Manager: Paul James

Newsletter Editor: Judy Stevenson

Workshop Coordinator: Nilavan Adams

Committee Member: Andrew Henley

Publicity Officer: Vacant

Field Trip Coordinator: Vacant

Not all these positions need to be filled but we do need a President, and one or two more committee members would be great. Please contact anyone on the committee to discuss if you think you could help.

Regards

Gillian Carter on behalf of the WABA committee

Mulligans Flat - Artist in residence exhibition 'Art in the Sanctuary' - Thursday 2 march 6:30pm

You are invited to a night of art at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary.

When : Thursday 2 March 2017, 6:30 – 8:30pm, sunset

Where: The Woolshed at Mulligans Flat Woodland Sanctuary

'Autonomy' is an exhibition by our Artist in Residence - Georgia Black. It explores the idea of protection and the autonomy afforded to animals living at Mulligans Flat, free from the threat of foxes and cats.

Georgia's ceramic works are integrated into the landscape around the Wool Shed - mirroring the essence of the Sanctuary and taking a lively and organic form. 

Please come and join us for this wonderful celebration of art and nature in the Sanctuary!

Georgia Black on 'Autonomy'.

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In this series of ceramics I aimed to create something that was tactile and an immersive experience for the viewer, mirroring the way in which Mulligans Flat Sanctuary is an immersive experience for visitors. It is a wild environment but safe from predators, contained but one can easily get lost.

By night, the sanctuary comes alive and countless pairs of eyes can be seen shining back at you, reflecting the torchlight in your hand. It is a time to listen carefully for the slightest sound, while trying to make not a whisper yourself.

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By day, evidence of the evening’s activity is made visible. Diggings, scratchings, patterns and textures set a vibrant scene for the songs of the skies inhabitants.

These works contain some of the textures of the environment, while mimicking the delicate but sturdy ecosystem that is in place. The clay has been worked until it reaches the delicate stage of holding its form and falling back onto itself. They are hand-built objects, inspired by the protected environment that is Mulligans Flat and the autonomy of the wildlife that live there.

Garden fund raiser - Queanbeyan Uniting Church - Sat 4 March 2016 at 6:00pm

Hello WABA members,

QUC Garden Ministry cordially invites you to attend a fundraising dinner featuring three courses of delicious local produce with special guest poet Laurie McDonald and live music with 5-piece up beat funk band Good Question

Saturday 4 March 2017 from 6pm Queanbeyan Uniting Church Hall Rutledge St, Queanbeyan NSW

Over a pre-dinner (non-alcoholic) drink, meet the passionate people behind the newly established QUC Community Garden that has been contributing fresh produce to St Benedicts over the past 2 years. Purchase a raffle ticket on the night for your chance to win a variety of inspiring prizes.
All proceeds will support the laying of a concrete pathway into, as well as gabion seating throughout, the community garden on the church grounds.

 

Tickets $50 per person; or $340 for a table of 8 (ie save $7.50 per person by booking a group).

Bookings through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/quc-community-garden-fundraising-dinner-tickets-31392710442

Enquiries & group bookings: Natalie Maras 0400 051 978; MarasNatalie@gmail.com

Download flier here

Thankyou.

Call for Natural History and Botanical Artists - reFraming Nature 2017

Hello WABA members,

Each year, the Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens (FRBG) Melbourne present an art exhibition in October.  In 2017, the theme of the exhibition will be natural history entitled reFraming Nature 2017 held in Melbourne from October 7-22.

The exhibition covers topics such as ferns, fungi, insects, butterflies, marine life, pond life, shells, birds, fossils, amphibians as well as botanical subjects (not flower focussed) such as fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts and leaves.  All the paintings and drawings exhibited aim to be as scientifically accurate and detailed as possible while expressing at the same time artistic vision and creative individuality.

We would like to encourage as many artists as possible to enter works and hence would appreciate you distributing this message to any botanical or natural history artists in your region via email or newsletter.

Official entry rules can be obtained from our website (www.rbgfriendsmelbourne.org).  Entry forms will be available on our website a few months before the entry due date of September 1, 2017.  For further information or to join our email list, please email frbgart@gmail.com

Additionally, we have a growing database of botanical artists who we regularly correspond with.  If there is an activity in your area that may be of interest to botanical and natural history artists, please let us know so that I can pass the information on to them.

Thank you for your time.

Andrew Carr

Convenor, Illustrators Group, FRBG Melbourne.

 

reFraming Nature 2017 at a glance:

Date: 7-22 October

Where: Domain House Gallery, Dallas Brooks Drive, Melbourne 3004 (Behind the Shrine of Remembrance)

Times: 10am - 4pm daily

Admission: free (although a gold coin donation will help with our fundraising efforts)

All framed works are for sale as well as artists cards, unframed originals and prints

World Wetlands Day Celebration – Sunday 5 February 2017

Hello WABA members,

You are invited to attend the WABA will be participating in the World Wetlands Day Celebration at the Jerrabomberra Wetlands Office, 2 Dairy Road, Fyshwick, between 10 am and 3 pm.  

A number of activities have already been organised by the committee.  Artist members are invited to sell their small artwork, preferably those that are relating to the wetland flora and fauna.  

WABA will not impose a commission fee but the artists are requested to donate a small portion of their sale to the Jerrabomberra Wetlands Office.  Unfortunately, the committee won’t be able to organise the sale and to mind the artwork during the event.  (Perhaps one person can volunteer to co-ordinate this activity.)  

Anyone wishes to participate in this sale activity, please let Nilavan Adams know at nilavan@hotmail.com or 62543989 by the end of January.  A suitable area and table will be allocated.

Reminder – AGM and final Quarterly meeting for 2016 - Saturday 19 November

Dear Members,

 

Reminder – AGM and final Quarterly meeting for 2016

This coming Saturday 19 November, Banks Building,  Australian National Botanic Gardens.

Please join us from midday to 3pm to catch up with fellow members. Refreshments will be provided. 

Following the meetings, Peter Marsack will hold a seminar/workshop focusing on drawing in the field. Bring your sketchbooks and learn from a master!

Please remember to share the invitation to our Members’ Exhibition with family and friends, which opens on Saturday 26 November at 2pm and will be opened by our Patron, Chrissie Goldrick from Australian Geographic. There will plenty of wonderful artworks, food, wine and prizes. 

There are also plenty of tickets still available for the Members and Friends Dinner on 7 December, which can be purchased through the WABA website,www.waba.net.au

Guest speaker will be Pete Marshall, internationally respected wildlife artist and conservationist.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Saturday,

WABA Members' Dinner and Christmas party 2016 - 7 December - Hellenic Club, Woden, ACT

Dear WABA members,

You are invited to the WABA Members' Dinner and Christmas party 2016, please see details below:

Date:  Wednesday 7 December 2016

Time:  7pm - 11pm

Venue:  Aegean Room, Hellenic Club, Matilda St, Woden ACT

Meal: 3-course dinner; limited bar; Tea and Coffee

(If you have specific dietary requirement please contact WABA at  waba.committee@gmail.com )

Guest Speaker:  Pete Marshall, nationally and internationally respected wildlife artist, focusing on wildlife conservation.

Entertainment: Musician Dan Fernandes

Tickets:  $65 (members) $70 (non-members)

Full payment to WABA to be made by Monday 28 November 2016

Payment methods: EFT, Credit Card or Cheque,

  • Credit Card: click here
  • EFT: Please make your payment to Wildlife & Botanical Artists Inc.
    • Account  BSB 805-022
    • Account number 03417639
    • (Please ensure you include your your initial and surname in reference followed by WMD2016.)
  • Cheque: payable to Wildlife and Botanical Artists

Click here for event flier

Thank you

Botanical illustration with Halina Steele - Saturday 29 April 2017

Dear WABA members,

Wildlife and Botanical Artists Inc (WABA) is organising this one-day workshop by a well-known Canberra botanical artist, Halina Steele. In this workshop, Halina will discuss how to bring your work to life with various painting techniques using watercolour and gouache. The class will explore creating tone, highlights, shadows and texture to give your painting a three-dimensional quality. 

Halina is an award-winning artist with extensive experience in botanical art. She was awarded a Gold Medal and Best Botanical Art Exhibit by the Royal Horticultural Society in the UK in 2015.

When:  Saturday 29 April 2017

Where:  Jerrabomberra Wetlands Office, 2 Dairy Rd, Fyshwick

Cost:  $120 for non-members and $110 for members

For details and bookings, please contact Nilavan Adams of Wildlife and Botanical Artists Inc on 62543989 or at nilavan@hotmail.com

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