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52. 3rd Annual Botanical Art Exhibition by Heeyoung Kim & Students

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3rd Annual Botanical Art Exhibition by Heeyoung Kim & Students
 at Ryerson Woods, 21850 N Riverwoods Road, Deerfield (Riverwoods), IL 60015
Opening Reception: Nov 12, 1 pm - 3 pm, live music and refreshments
Class open to the public on Monday Nov 13, 11 am - 4 pm
The exhibit runs through Dec 21, 2017.


Every Monday and Saturday, Brushwood Center is bustled with artists. Botanical art classes, from beginning to advanced level, are designed and taught by me, Heeyoung Kim. Since I started the program at Brushwood Center in 2011, it has grown steadily and strongly. And Brushwood Center has supported my program by hosting annual exhibit. With the results from the classes, we exhibit our works to the public at the end of the year. Despite Chicago's cold winter, we have attracted big crowd of art supporters, nature enthusiasts, avid gardeners and/or anyone who like to support art and Brushwood Center.  The followers are ever growing.

Brushwood Center is situated in pristine nature pre…

51. Painted Orchids: Slide Show

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Orchids: "Mysterious."
Probably that is the word we often hear about orchids. I feel the same way when I look at them so closely to paint. I need to study every hair :), every curve, and every hidden corner to depict the whole plant accurately. The little nature's wonder amazes me all the time.

For a while, I have been painting orchids species mostly rare ones, along with my documentation of native plants of prairies and woods in Midwestern USA. With this collection, I keep most paintings in 22x30 inches. I incorporate enlarged image very often, which gives the delicate botanical art stronger wall impact.

Enjoy the slide show!
Painted Orchids by Heeyoung Kim



To view it on larger screen, click here 

50. A Passion for Orchids and Conservation: Exhibit at Chicago Botanic Garden Orchid Show

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Some are luxurious and colorful, but some others are ghostly and mysterious. There are even weedy ones, too. Orchids. They have been a beloved group of plants among collectors and viewers as well. I have a special spot for them in my heart, too. Along with wildflowers of prairies and woodlands in Midwestern USA, I have been painting native orchid species locally, and rare species from other parts of the world. A very cute pink orchid, Paphiopedilum delenatii, was once considered as extinct, but found again in Vietnam. Darwin's Orchid, Angraecum sesquipedale, is definitely one of the most impressive and anecdotal species. I painted its pollinator, Xanthopan morgani with several orchids around it emphasizing their 'problematic', long spurs and the incredibly long proboscis of the moth. Two local lady's slipper orchids and Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid are rare and endangered species, which local conservation groups have been working hard to preserve.

Original paintings…

49. Blooms with Birds and Butterflies

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As a botanical Artist, adding insects or birds and butterflies is questionable, because scientific information about the plants was the major concern in traditional botanical art.

However, insects and butterflies, particularly pollinators, and birds, seed dispersers, are very important elements in ecosystem. So, I do not mind including them. They add more actions to the very quiet botanical paintings, and attract broader audiences as well.

Here are some examples of my recent works with fun and pretty birds and butterflies. These images were used for making my new postcards and greeting cards. Certainly people like them more than the cards with only plants.
To buy post cards and greeting cards, http://www.heeyoungkim.net/store/?category=postcards
To see full images, click here http://www.heeyoungkim.net/artists/#/candice-whitman/

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