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Mon, 18 Sep 2006 11:29:59 -0400
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GNSI DC meeting tomorrow evening!

A book: insects, drawings and letters - Diana Marques.
"Have you heard of Jean-Henri Fabre? A 19th century French naturalist
with no scientific training, Fabre combined his acute observations of
insect behavior with a humanistic writing style to produce a
collection of books that made an invaluable contribution to the
popularization of insect natural history. Learn about the project of
a book with the translation of some of Fabre's stories and about the
making of illustrations that bring his words and insects together by
incorporating writing in the images to construct a more comprehensive
and appealing visual message."

Diana gave this presentation at the GNSI conference. It is about 45min.

Australian Adventure - Katie Schuler.
Katie Schuler will give a short presentation on her work down under
(Australia!).   Katie has several sort videos, illustrations and
sculptures she created while spending the semester at school among
the Aussies. Her video was done with a team of students.  It features
a young man named Lorenzo, who decides to face his fear of insects by
visiting the local museum to meet the largest stick insects in the
world and their care-taker. About 25 Min.

Dinner Out - Topic: GNSI Annuall Exhibit Judging.
We will adjourn to a local eatery within easy walking distance to
have some dinner and discuss the work our chapter will be doing to
jury the Annual exhibit for the GNSI Conference next summer.

I encourage you to join us to start off the new season with a great
evening of fun!

Tuesday Sept. 19, 2006
5:30 p.m.- Very light Refreshments/socializing (less food than usual
to leave room for dinner later)
6:05-7:20 p.m. - Program
7:30-9:00 p.m. - Dinner at TEAISM  Restaurant

Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History (NMNH)/ Washington DC
10th and Constitution/ Katherine Kerby Room, East Court, Third Floor

Teaism Restaurant at Penn Quarter:
400 8th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 638-6010

This restaurant is really a counter order operation with general
seating in a common area. It is not too expensive, and is Asian


Here is the October meeting info as well:
Oct. 17th
5:30-8:00 pm
National Museum of Natural History
Katherine Kerby Room, East Court, Third Floor

Microptic Images in Scientific Illustration

USDA Illustrator Marie Metz will guide us through the process of
illustration using images captured with the Microptics Microscope
system. We will first venture to the 5th floor of the museum to see
the "monster" we call Microptics.  The system is very much like a
miniature photo studio. Photo enthusiasts as well as illustrators
will enjoy this new piece of technology..  Microptics has some
advantages over Auto Montage. Marie will demonstrate the value of
Microptics when combined with traditional digital rendering
techniques.  An illustrators understanding is still needed to render
finished scientific images. Such skills plus the addition of
Microptic images can produce a photorealistic image in less time with
heightened detail of a specimen.Do the tools/medias of the present
carry the potential of extreme change in the field of scientific
illustration and education? Or perhaps, the tools of the present will
not change traditional scientific illustration or techniques in any
way?  Is there a line to draw?  Is it possible that illustrators from
the past such as Leonardo De Vinci could supply our present and our
future with answers?

You can find a link to directions and maps on our web site:

More about the Guild of Natural Science illustrators:

And some portfolios of GNSI members can be viewed here:

If you have questions:
Alice Tangerini (202) 633-0915
Britt Griswold  (301) 286-3381


Britt Griswold
823 Holly Drive East
Annapolis, MD 21401
(301) 286-3381 W
(410) 757-8379 H
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