Art.Science.Gallery. announces the opening of Flourish, an exhibition of contemporary botanical drawings created during the gallery’s spring 2016 courses in Field Sketching & Nature Reportage Drawing and Botanical Illustration.
Juried by drawing instructors Jedidiah Dore and Clair Gaston, the exhibit opens Friday, May 13th from 7-10pm with an opening reception sponsored by Austin-based distillery Genius Gin. The exhibit closes Saturday, June 11th with Far Out Films #3, a free screening of short films inspired by the exhibit. A 10-foot botanical mural by Jedidiah Dore will be unveiled at the opening, and the opening reception will also serve as the catalogue release party for the gallery’s summer course offerings.
Like the botanical subjects they have drawn, the students in this show have flourished creatively under the instruction of Jedidiah Dore and Clair Gaston. “This show is all about learning,” says instructor Jedidiah Dore, “What’s the common denominator between art and science? It’s the propensity of artists and scientists to want to learn and share what they’ve learned.”
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
All events are held at Art.Science.Gallery. 916 Springdale Rd. Bldg 2 #102, Austin, TX. Additional listings and updates will be posted to www.artsciencegallery.eventbrite.com.
Exhibit On View // May 13 – June 11, 2016
Gallery Hours are Tues – Sat 12pm – 6pm.
Opening Reception // Friday May 13, 2016 7-10pm
Donations gratefully accepted at the door or at www.artsciencegallery.eventbrite.com.
Far Out Films #3 (film screening) // Saturday, June 11, 2016 7pm
New for 2016! We’re closing each show with a rad science movie night! Join us for this screening as Art.Science.Gallery. closes the Flourish exhibit with short films inspired by botany, native plants and drawing. Enjoy popcorn and movie candy while you take in tonight’s films! Seating is limited to 40 guests.
ABOUT THE GALLERY’S BOTANICAL COURSES
The gallery offers courses for curious and enthusiastic people to learn more about scientific topics that are difficult to access outside of a college classroom. Integrating the arts into these courses makes them more accessible and enjoyable. Jedidiah Dore’s Field Sketching & Nature Reportage Drawing course teaches students to create location-based drawings and illustrations with emphasis on natural and botanical scenes. Works by his students were drawn on-location at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the Zilker Botanical Garden and The Natural Gardener and focus on native Austin plants and wildlife. Students in Clair Gaston’s Botanical Illustration course learn the history of botanical illustration, select botanical specimens and learn to render botanical subjects realistically.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTORS & JURORS
Jedidiah Dore, MFA // An award-winning illustrator, Jedidiah Dore is founder/owner of Ink & Sword art and design studio. He earned a BFA in drawing and communication design and an MFA in painting from the Pratt Institute and studied under Dave Passalacqua at the Passalacqua School of Drawing and Illustration.
Clair Gaston, MFA // An artist with a passion for nature and all things botanical, Clair Gaston has been teaching botanical illustration since 2005. She earned her MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Houston.