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Ottawa Society of Botanical Artists

OSBA artists at the Ornamental Gardens | Photo: ©Kerri Weller

Art

&

Plants

Our Story

BRINGING BOTANICAL ARTISTS TOGETHER

OSBA provides its members, whether new to botanical art, experienced botanical artists, or botanical art enthusiasts, a welcoming community where they can develop and pursue their interest in botanical art.  

Our membership and our subjects are drawn from the National Capital Region.

We aim to create a greater awareness of both the region's botanical artists and the plants they portray.

ACTIVITIES

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Bergenia | Kerri Weller

What is botanical art?

A PASSION FOR ART & PLANTS

Botanical artists portray plant subjects with accuracy and artistry, within the fine art traditions of drawing, painting and printmaking. Watercolour, graphite or coloured pencil are customarily used to create the artwork by hand.

The plant is the focus of the work and identifiable to genus if not species.  Pollinators are occasionally included.  

Botanical art is created for scientific illustrations, commercial and fine art purposes.

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ENGAGEMENT

In addition to formal meetings featuring guest speakers, our members are engaged in a variety of projects.

Current highlights are:

•  Calendar 2023

•  Sketch POD•  Botanical Art Research Project

 

EDUCATION

OSBA member meetings feature presentations on a wide range of subjects from botany and photography to art techniques. We offer field trips to botanical gardens of interest, museums and galleries.

Several of our members teach botanical drawing and painting through the City of Ottawa, as well as online courses.

EXHIBITIONS

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OSBA's first online exhibition was presented in November 2021 and is still available for viewing.

It features plants from the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa, including the Arboretum and Ornamental Gardens, and the meadows and sedges of the Fletcher Wildlife Centre .