Illustrating Orchids now on exhibit at the Florida Museum for Women Artists


The Florida Museum for Women Artists in historic downtown DeLand, Florida, is pleased to present the historically significant exhibition “Illustrating Orchids”.

The exhibition presents the art of two botanical illustrators whose work is the epitome, not only of scientific illustration, but also of the creative perfection that makes the works great art. Blanche Ames Ames (1878-1969) and Marion Ruff Sheehan (1924-1998) used their extensive artistic abilities to document the form and structure of the numerous genera of orchids. Working in ink and watercolor the artists made precise renderings of the dissected orchids before them. Each of the women teamed with their husbands – prominent scholars of orchid study. The exhibition includes original ink drawings, original watercolors and lithographs made from the originals.

The works are from the collections of the Botanical Libraries of Harvard University, the collection of Thomas and Marian Sheehan The exhibition will be on display to the public at the Florida Museum for Women Artists from Saturday, May 8 through Sunday, August 29, 2010.

The exhibition will be enhanced by presentations about the artists, orchids and illustration.

Sunday, May 30, 2:00pm, Presentation on the Life and Work of Blanche Ames – Mr. T. P. Plimpton, Ormond Beach Landscape Architect, gives a presentation about the life and works of Blanche Ames whose botanical works are included in the exhibition. Mrs. Ames is Mr. Plimpton’s grandmother. Mr. Plimpton will discuss not only the works in the exhibition, but also his grandmother’s fascinating and productive life, such as her work with women’s rights, architectural designs and oil paintings and her inventions. Registration is strongly suggested.  Event is free with your museum admission.

Saturdays, June 12 and 26, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, Orchid Plant Evaluation and Repotting Workshop – Ever wondered what type of orchid you own or how well it is growing? What attention does your orchid need? Does the plant need to be repotted and how do you do that? This is the workshop for you. John Isaac, Wisperwood Orchids and David Swoyer, NovaFolio Orchids, will give a brief introduction to orchids at 1:00 pm. Those with questions and who need to have plants identified should participate then. At 1:30 they will demonstrate how to divide plants and repot.   Event is free with your museum admission.  Then they will repot for anyone paying a fee of $5.00 ($4.00 for members) per plant. Pots and mix will be provided for the paid repotting. Repotting will be done from the registration list on a first-come-first-served basis. Registration is strongly suggested.

Sundays, June 20, 2:00 – 3:00 pm, Walkthrough of the exhibition with the Curator – David Swoyer, the curator for the exhibition and orchid aficionado, will conduct a walkthrough of the exhibition discussing the history, science and aesthetics of the works; the types of orchids in the images; and the careers of the artists that made the works. Registration is strongly suggested.  Event is free with your museum admission.

The Florida Museum for Women Artists is a 501(c)(3) organization. The mission of the Florida Museum for Women Artist is to identify and promote women artists and educate the public about women in the arts.

The Florida Museum of Women Artists is located at 100 N. Woodland Blvd. Suite 1 in DeLand Florida. 

Gallery, Museum Shop and Café hours: Tue-Thursday: 11am to 6pm, Fri-Sat: 11am to 7pm, Sundays: 1pm-5pm Closed: Mondays and major holidays.

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