The Norwegian Society for Botanical Artists – newly founded today!

This has been a very eventful day. As a result of the visit to Kew Gardens today, and a serious discussion there inspired by exhibits in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, we decided to found the Norwegian Society of Botanical Artists – Den Norske Foreningen for Botaniske Kunstnere.

My friend Tone Minde from Norway lives on the south coast in a town called Arendal. She is a garden designer with a special interest in botanical art. She like me, has tried to find other botanical artists or even an organisation that has some interest in this subject in Norway. The only thing that either of us found, were organisations in relation to gardens, mountains, botany and the environment, but nothing in relation to botanical art or illustration. So we decided to try and do something to plug this obvious gap.

I am aware that there are a couple of illustrators living in Norway and attached to botanical gardens in the country.

I know that botanical art has been neglected for many years in some countries. In the UK it has become very popular, as it has in North America, South Africa and Australia, and parts of mainland Europe. It was brought home to us today at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery that Norway is being left behind.

There were three different exhibitions today at the gallery, including one from the Dutch Society of Botanical Artists formed within the last ten years. It was interesting to note that their aims included:

To provide information about botanical art and to bring it to the attention of as wide a public as possible.

To bring together botanical artists, illustrators and anyone interested in botanical art.

To improve the quality of botanical art in the Netherlands.

We would like to promote botanical art in Norway in the same way as has happened in other countries so that our children can learn to look and see and portray the beauty and the detail in the Norwegian landscape.

We are looking for like-minded people to join the group with the intention of developing an interest in studying and painting Norway’s beautiful flora. Do get in touch so that we can tell you more.

Last year I made a start on bringing more botanical art to Norway. I ran a successful workshop on painting Norwegian plants, in Åsgårdstrand in south-eastern Norway. This attracted two Norwegians, one American, one German and four British people. Following the popularity of last year’s event, I will run another workshop in Norway this June. Full details are on my website http://www.gaynorsflora.com.

Tone and Gaynor outside the Orangery at Kew today, after deciding to form the Norwegian Society for Botanical Artists.
Tone and Gaynor outside the Orangery at Kew today, after deciding to form the Norwegian Society for Botanical Artists.
Capturing crocii on camera to take home to the Norwegian winter.
Capturing crocii on camera to take home to the Norwegian winter.
Tone Minde - admiring the crocus display at Kew.
Tone Minde – admiring the crocus display at Kew.
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5 thoughts on “The Norwegian Society for Botanical Artists – newly founded today!

    1. Hei Angie, thank you very much for doing that. Also as partly Norwegian, maybe you would be interested in joining us even though you live in Malta (?). Jeg er sikkert på at Tone også vil være glad.

  1. Hei Gaynor and Tone! Your post “The Norwegian Society for Botanical Artists – newly founded today!” makes my day!!!!:))) I am a freelance botanical artist and live i n Bergen in Norway. I graduated from the London art College in 2013 as a botanical artist and am focused on that. I have DIploma as Artist ( Fine Art painting in oil) as well.
    It sounds so exiting and it is really a great idea to found Den Norske Foreningen for Botaniske Kunstnere i Norge!!! I will be happy to join the group and participate in this project!

  2. Many congratulations on successfully establishing your Norwegian Society of Botanical Artists – Den Norske Foreningen for Botaniske Kunstnere from the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists. We are now in year three, about to have our second AGM and expanding our membership all the time as more artists in Scotland hear about us. We have some very well known international stars as members as well as students of botanical art and illustration. We have a web site and a page on Face Book open to the public as well as a closed group page for members only. Best wishes for a successful and productive 2017 and onwards

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