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December 2013

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC, Features Works by Science Illustrators

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, NC, will present Nature Up Close, featuring works by 20 members of the Carolinas chapter of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, on view in the Nature Art Gallery, from Dec. 6 through Jan. 19, 2014. A reception will be held on Dec. 6, from 6:30-9pm.

The exhibition features many examples of natural science illustrations in multiple mediums, including watercolor, pen/ink, colored or graphite pencil, scratch board, and pastels. All exhibited art is for sale.

Nature Up Close is a unique opportunity to see many different applications of mediums and styles in a single exhibit. The collective resume of the featured artists include publication in field guides, state and national magazines and environmental and conservation periodicals. Individual members have also authored and/or illustrated books for both adults and children. Many Guild of Natural Science Illustrators (GNSI) members have mounted solo exhibits in galleries and museums including the Nature Art Gallery. Viewers will no doubt recognize the work of several artists from past shows, including Patricia Savage and Anne Runyon, as well as illustrative work they have done for permanent displays in zoos, museums, state parks, botanical gardens and universities.

GNSI Carolinas is a regional chapter of the national GNSI which is based in Washington, DC, at the Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. The 60 members of GNSI Carolinas are artists from North and South Carolina who are employed as illustrators or who have a genuine interest in scientific illustration. GNSI Carolinas encourages member education by hosting bi-monthly meetings where members share portfolios and participate in mini-workshops and demonstrations. They also hold an annual workshop and a group weekend retreat. GNSI Carolinas helps promote public awareness and understanding of scientific illustration by producing several group exhibitions each year.

Their home base is the North Carolina Botanical Gardens located in Chapel Hill, NC, and several of the members are graduates of or teach in the UNC Botanical Gardens Botanical Illustration Certificate Program.

For further information check our NC Institutional Gallery listings or call the Nature Art Gallery at 919/707-9854.


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