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Greetings, GNSI Family and Friends!
Fall is seriously underway here in the Mitten State! For those of you who don't experience the glory of the annual leaf color show, I am truly sorry. It does help to make up for our miserable winters! But I digress...whatever weather you are experiencing, I hope you have a few mintues to check out the latest and greatest on your GNSI website!

EVENTS

2015 GNSI ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Get on over to Glenside! The next conference will be held at Arcadia University in Glenside, PA (in suburban Philadelphia). July 5th -11th, 2014. Planning is well underway. Please visit the website, and please, share your expertise and skills with us: the Presentation Proposal form link is now active.

Tour of Q?rius Facilities at Smithsonian's NMNH
GNSI-DC October Meeting

DATE: October 21, 2014 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm
October's 21st meeting will be a tour of Q?rius (pronounced "Curious") at Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. Now in existence for about a year, Q?rius is a place that was created specifically for "teens and tweens" and their families as a new type of education center, pairing unusual and fun experiences in science and making sense of them in terms of everyday life.

BLOGS

Where Have All the Kolinsky Sable Brushes Gone?
Deb Shaw's blog post compiles background information, history, rumors and facts about the shortage of kolinsky sable brushes.

EXHIBITS

GNSI Greater New York Chapter Exhibit
Echoes: An Homage to Plants and Animals in Art

DATE: September 7 - October 31, 2014
LOCATION: Highstead Nature Center/Arboretum, Redding, CT

Patience, Paper, Pen, and Brush: Botanical Artwork by Dick Rauh
DATE: September 27, 2014 through January 27, 2015
LOCATION: Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Renowned botanical illustrator Dick Rauh, a fellow of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium Society, has drawn a number of trees in the living collection, including specimens from the Gardens important bonsai collection, the focus of this exhibition.

EXHIBIT CALL

California Native Plant Society - Call for the 2015 Art Exhibit
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:
November 1, 2014
The California Native Plant Society is preparing for the CNPS 2015 Conservation Conference: Celebrating 50 Years of Progress and Promise. The conference will be held January 13-17, 2015. This juried botanical art exhibition will encourage a greater understanding and appreciation of the unique California flora, one of the goals of the conference.

WORKSHOPS

Advanced Watercolor with Linda Feltner
DATE:
October 6 - November 3, 2014
LOCATION: Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute
[Prerequisite: Watercolor 2]
Take your prior experience in watercolor to a new level on your artistic journey. Challenge yourself with further exploration into the realm of reflected light, shadow, texture and atmosphere. Strengthen the foundation of your art with advanced techniques on subjects most familiar in the Sonoran desert.

Sonoran Desert Birds II- Weekend Workshop with Linda Feltner
DATE:
October 31 - November 2, 2014
LOCATION: Arizona Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute
[NOTE: Certificate Elective Prerequisite: Drawing I + Sonoran Desert Birds Workshop I (or equivalent)]
Take your bird drawing skills up a notch! This workshop will move beyond bird drawing basics and concentrate on techniques and skills that will achieve greater accuracy. Further techniques for drawing and painting feathers as well as eyes, beaks and feet, will provide greater confidence and accuracy. The study will include slides, specimens, as well as the engaging avian ambassadors from the desert museum.

Celebrations For Days Of The Dead (Dias De Los Muertos)
DATE:
October 27 - November 2, 2014
LOCATION: Ghost Ranch Abiquiu, NM
INSTRUCTOR: Helen Byers
Days of the Dead (Das de los Muertos) is the Latin American holiday coinciding with Halloween and All Souls Day. This week-long workshop/retreat explores the cultural history, ideology, and creative whimsy of this ancient acknowledgment and transcendence of death.

Artistic Adventure Tour - Costa Rica
DATE:
February 6 - February 16, 2015
INSTRUCTORS: Mindy Lighthipe- Botanical and Nature Artist
Nancy Richmond- Nature Photographer
n this 10 day workshop students will tour the country of Costa Rica. Travel to different locations where the rainforest is our classroom. Learn field sketching, field research, color notation, composition and to use digital photography for reference details. This workshop is for all levels and welcomes photographers as well.

Layering Watercolors with Peggy Macnamara
DATE:
October 25 - October 26, 2014 (2 Sessions)
LOCATION: Cornell Plantations Nevin Welcome Center, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
COST: $180; $160 for members of Plantations and GNSI
The GNSI Finger Lakes Chapter has partnered with the Cornell Plantations to invite Peggy Macnamara to Ithaca, NY to teach her watercolor technique. This class is made possible with a grant from the GNSI Education Fund.

FORUM

Distance Learning Opportunity
GNSI Member and teacher Gretchen Halpert is beginning a new session of her independent study course "Scientific Illustration-Distance Learning". It begins October 6. This is the first session of the series. Her forum post provides a description. Email Gretchen ([log in to unmask]) for more information.

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That's it ... for now! Stay tuned and stop by the GNSI website regularly for news and updates!
Regards,
Gail Guth
GNSI Outreach Director

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Gail Guth
Guth Illustration & Design
139 Lathrop Avenue
Battle Creek, MI  49014-5076
269-963-1311
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www.guthillustration.com


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