Nature’s Design: The Art of Carolyn Cohen and Redenta Soprano
Tuesday, September 2 — Sunday, November 16, 2014
Discover the unlikely intersection where art meets science! The Polasek Museum is pleased to present a joint exhibition by botanical artists and friends, Carolyn Cohen and Redenta Soprano. Early scientific illustrators strove to realistically document plant species. Drawing from this tradition and a lifetime of field observation, Cohen and Soprano’s art is based upon those principles, each with a singularly contemporary approach. Carolyn Cohen’s etchings and watercolors are influenced by the art found in illuminated manuscripts, calligraphy and classic botanical illustration. The result is an exquisitely rendered “portrait” of each of her leafy subjects. Redenta Soprano masterfully paints the six patterns that are recurrent in natural forms. From the spiral curves and Fibonacci sequence in growth patterns, to the branching designs contained in trees as well as our own bodies, Soprano captures the refreshing truth and order hidden in nature. From the works of both artists in this exhibit, you too will observe your surroundings with new eyes and begin to see patterns and symmetries emerging from the seemingly chaotic natural world.
Botanical Illustration Presentation
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 7 – 9 PM
In conjunction with the Nature’s Design Exhibit we are pleased to offer an exclusive presentation/lecture with one of our contributing artists, Redenta Soprano. Learn first-hand from the artist about her personal technique and the history of scientific illustration. Soprano, a professional artist and educator in her field, attended the School of Visual Arts, Moore College of Art, has a degree in science and art from Purchase College and earned a post-graduate certificate in Scientific Illustration in England. Her work has been published by Taunton Press and Timber Press among others and is in many private collections. Soprano has taught botanical illustration courses for many years at different venues including the New York Botanical Garden, Harry P. Leu Gardens and more recently, at the John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina. Throughout her lecture she will impart the essence of this art form – keen observation! The lecture will be held in the historic residence, in Polasek’s grand salon room. The presentation will conclude with a complimentary tour of the Exhibition in the Polasek Gallery. Pre-registration is required, $10 admission. Register at 407 – 647-6294 or firstname.lastname@example.org, as seating is limited.
Two-Day Botanical Illustration Workshop
Saturday and Sunday, September 20th and 21st 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
You love the exhibit, now take the first steps and learn the technique for yourself! Sign up for this hands-on workshop that will give you the tools to create botanical illustrations taught by one of our exhibiting artists, Redenta Soprano. Over the course of one weekend, you’ll tackle “Illustrating Nature’s Patterns in Graphite and Color Pencil.” You will be instructed to carefully observe, accurately draw using layers of tracing paper, and color natural science subjects. Come away with intricate artwork that you created! The workshop will be held outdoors in the covered Polasek Carport where our beautiful gardens can inspire your art. Material list will be provided upon class registration. Pre-registration required — sign up today as space is limited. All classes will be held rain or shine. Wear comfortable clothing that is appropriate for the weather and that may get stained. Please bring beverage and lunch for break in the garden. Attendance of Thursday night lecture is recommended. Basic drawing skills are helpful, but not required. General Public: $100, Museum Members: $90
FREE Open House: National Museum Day Saturday, September 27, 2014, 10 AM – 4 PM
The Polasek joins Smithsonian Magazine’s National Museum Day Live! Enjoy free Admission for our open house. If you’ve been putting off a visit to the Museum, now is your chance! Bring your friends, family, and your camera and make a memory with us. Free of charge, one of our exhibiting artists, Carolyn Cohen, will conduct a gallery walkthrough tour at 1:00 PM in the Polasek Gallery. Carolyn Cohen has been a professional artist for 30 years and works from live plant specimens, combining field sketches with the botanical subjects. In addition to publication credits in books and magazines, Carolyn’s artwork is exhibited in galleries and has garnered many awards in outdoor art shows in the U.S. Her work is included in private collections including Walt Disney World, Bok Tower Gardens, Orlando International Airport and the City of Orlando. Carolyn will walk you through her works and discuss her layered process for both her etchings and botanical illustrations. Learn about the etching process straight from the artist! After you’ve been inspired by our current exhibit, Nature’s Design, sit down with Curator Rachel Frisby throughout the day for a hands-on art activity for all ages. Then gather at 11 AM, and again at 3 PM, for a special presentation by The Maitland Art Center’s Curator of History, Christine Madrid French, on The Capen House Preservation Project. What’s it all about and when will it open? Get the scoop from the Capen House Project Director herself. Ask questions, be inspired, and learn about the POWER of Place. Have fun and get involved with your family and with historic places and beautiful settings that matter in our community!
The Museum Day Live! Tickets will be available to download at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/
Saturday, October 18, 2014
11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Incorporate nature’s designs into your décor! In this hands-on workshop you’ll have the opportunity to create your own pattern and take home functional artwork that you made! Learn from professional textile designer Linda Tambini how to translate natural elements into a pleasing graphic textile. You’ll be encouraged to find botanical inspiration in the beautiful sculpture gardens and develop a pattern using hand-painting techniques, stencils, and garden foliage. No previous artistic experience necessary, beginners welcome. Each participant will take home two 20 x 20” accent pillowcases ready to grace a chair or sofa in your home, or to give as thoughtful gifts. In addition, each student will practice their craft on paper suitable for framing. With the gardens as your muse, the pattern possibilities are endless! The workshop will be held outdoors in the covered Polasek carport. Materials are included with registration. Pre-registration required — sign up today, as space is limited. All classes will be held rain or shine. Bring a beverage and wear comfortable, “art friendly” clothing that is appropriate for the weather and that may get stained.
General Public: $50, Museum Members: $45
About the Instructor:
Linda Tambini studied textile design in New York City, where she majored in fashion design at Fashion Industries High School & Fashion Institute of Technology. She was employed as a knit fabric designer in New York before moving to Los Angeles. There she opened her own design business, hand painting fabric for clothing, furniture, and ceramics. Her designs have had cameo appearances on television and in the movies. She taught painting classes at Santa Monica College and at her Venice Beach studio. Now she finds inspiration for her many creative outlets gardening at the Polasek Museum, tending her dramatic amaryllis and orchid collections, and fostering son Oliver’s creativity. Flower arranging, especially ikebana, is another passion that employs her amazing sense of color, pattern and line.