62. The Fifth Annual

Leaving the hustle and bustle of life behind, we enter into a serenity of nature and art at Brushwood Center every week. Blossoms, barks, seeds and roots...... bees, butterflies and birds..... All turn into an artwork after some laughters and labors. Sometimes the brush works its magic, some other times, not so much, but the journeys are always delightful. Since I started my Botanical Art Program at Brushwood Center in 2012, it has been steadily growing to become a hub of botanical art in Chicago Metropolitan Area. I am so glad and grateful to announce its Fitfh Annual Exhibition in this November.

The Opening Reception: 1 pm - 3 pm, Nov. 24, 2019 with refreshments and live music.
The Exhibit runs:             Nov. 24, 2019 - Jan. 12, 2020.
The Gallery:                    Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods.

The opening reception is open to the public. Attendees will have a chance to meet the talented 21 botanical artists at the opening reception. It is always special to get to know the artists and their stories about the creation of the artworks.

This year, a special event will be added at the end of the reception: Guest Speaker: Joel and Laura Oppenheimer. We will be honored to have the renowned author and owner of Joel Oppenheimer Gallery in Chicago. They will share their story about their new book, The family of Hummingbird: the Complete Prints of John Gould. For this event, registration will be required at www.brushwoodcenter.org.

Mark December 7 and 8 on your calendar for your holiday gift shopping! 
Holiday Art Market is a wonderful opportunity to prepaer one-of-a-kind holiday gifts that are made by local artists and artisans, including me. It will be happening in conjunction with this botanical art exhibition. Shoppers can enjoy the exhibition and get holiday shopping done. 

Botanical Art Demo: During the second day of Holiday Art Market, Dec 8, 1-3 pm, I will do botanial art watercolor demonstration, and a few more botanical artists will show various techniques with ink and colored pencil. When someone has always wanted to learn how to draw and paint, but felt a bit of hesitation to start, I encourage him/her to stop by and watch the demos in relaxing holiday mood. It will be fun. 

Finally, I give my botanical art program at Brushwood Center a formal name, "Heeyoung Kim Botanical Academy at Brushwood Center". I have been building the groundwork for seven years, and I am very proud of  giving some formality to the fully established program with three major media in traditional botanical art, watercolor, ink and graphite pencil from beginners to advanced level. For information about various classes/workshops and schedule, visit my website www.heeyoungkim.net.  

I would like to congratulate all 21 talented and enthusastic artists who make this beautiful exhibit happen. In order to express my gratitude to every one of them, I feature everyone's artwork on the invitaion card. Frankly, there was another reason why I came up with this design concept: I could not choose one artwork to feature on the card, because all of them were worth to be featured. I felt just right when bits of 21 paintings were arranged to make this gorgeous invitation card celebrating 21 botanical artists at Brushwood Center. 

Invitation card to "The Fifth Annual: Enriching Life - Heeyoung Kim & Brushwood Botanical Artists.
21 images contributed by 21 boanical artists at Brushwood Center. Designed by Heeyoung Kim. 

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