Exhibitions in the Main Gallery showcase art in all mediums, as well as exhibitions featuring cultural history and science.
Botanica Magnifica: Portraits of the World’s Most Extraordinary Flowers and Plants
May 3 – June 21, 2015
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 3rd 4 – 6 pm
Bayonne-based photographer Jonathan M. Singer has always had a passion for photography. He works with an incredibly powerful and color-perfect Hasselblad digital camera, an Iris printer and various special techniques, such as the White Tulip process, which he developed, to create an unparalleled array of astounding botanical photographs of rare and exotic flowers and plants near extinction. Often capturing an image in a single shot and described as a “glimpse into creation,” it is Mr. Singer’s aim to provide a marriage of art and science that will help us to understand the urgency to conserve the world’s increasingly endangered biodiversity. He worked as a research collaborator with the Department of Botany at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. He was distinguished as a Hasselblad Laureate Award winner based on his “major contribution to fine art photography and to our perception and appreciation of the botanical world” and has received the Carl Linnaeus Silver Medal. In addition to masterful large scale imagery with exquisite detail from Botanica Magnifica presented both in print form and the sublimation process on metal panels, imagery from his Tulipae Hortorum, a limited edition folio, and Photo Nuage series will also be on view during this exhibition.
Gallery Talk: Sunday, May 31st at 2 p.m.
Given by Marc Hachadourian, the Curator of Glasshouse Collections at the New York Botanical Garden and co-author of Botanica Magnifica, a book of Jonathan Singer’s photographs of rare and exotic flowers and plants.
By searching through the botanical treasures of private collectors, respected nurserymen and botanical institutions, a collection of hundreds of images were assembled for consideration in Botanica Magnifica. Located over the span of three years, some botanical subjects were found easily while others required midnight excursions to distant greenhouses, acrobatic balancing acts and a fight against extreme heat and exhaustion. The best images were ultimately selected resulting in this magnificent work. Through these intimate portraits of plants, the creators of Botanica Magnifica hope to foster greater awareness and reawaken interest in the exploration and documentation of the botanical kingdom before many of these plants vanish forever. This engaging talk will focus on the unique stories associated with the quest for this rebirth of botanical illustration.
Free with paid Museum Admission; Museum Members Free
Printing From the Source: Foods and Flowers An Exhibition by Laura Bethmann
May 3 – June 21, 2015
“Nature Prints are direct impressions of life. Fresh plants, fruits and vegetables are carefully inked and printed by hand on paper to reveal their life-size forms, unique characteristics and textures.
This uncomplicated, ancient technique provides the groundwork for my mixed-media nature print paintings. The energy and depth of the nature prints are amplified with the inclusion of watercolor washes or colored pencils. Subjects in a composition that don’t lend themselves to being printed, such as tomatoes, are hand drawn, then painted.
I primarily use Arches, Rives and herbarium papers, Graphic Chemical oil-based water-soluble inks, Winsor & Newton watercolors, and Prismacolor pencils.
My nature print paintings are about garden variety and food for thought.Beauty in Nature, especially the botanical world, is what gets me going and keeps me moving. Once I start printing it’s hard to stop, so I usually work on several compositions at a time. No two are ever the same.” -Laura Bethmann
Printing From the Source: Botanicals – A Workshop with Laura Bethmann
Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 2 pm
Accomplished author of “Hand Printing from Nature” and artist, Laura Bethmann, will guide you in creating unique prints using natural and found materials.
FEE: Members $30 Non-Members $35
Price includes a $5 Supply Fee per person for inks, papers, plants, take home instructions, ink applicators, palettes, and more!
Note: Museum Daily Admission included with your workshop fee! An $8 Value!
Length of Workshop: 2 ½ hours
Age: Adults and Teens
Maximum participants: 18
Location: Monmouth Museum Multi-Purpose Room
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