Selby Gardens Presents Natural Connections Art Exhibit and Sale



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Selby Gardens Presents Natural Connections Art Exhibit and Sale
Artistic Talents of New York artist Deborah Ross and Academy of Botanical Art Master Instructor Olivia Braida on Display with Admission to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

January 7 through February 21 (10am to 4:30pm daily)


[December 20, 2010 — Sarasota, Fla.]  Marie Selby Botanical Gardens presents Natural Connections in the Museum of Botany and the Arts inside the Mansion, January 7 through February 21, 2011.


Diverse and exquisite botanical images will be on display in Selby’s Museum of Botany & the Arts from January 7 to February 21, 2011. This exhibit and sale will showcase paintings, drawings, and photographs by nine artists:  Deborah Ross, Academy of Botanical Art founder Olivia Marie Braida, and Academy of Botanical Art instructors Susan Coffey, Diane Harm, Susan Hubbard, Leslie Nicks, Leslie Ramsey, Julia Rega, and Cerise Terry.


Deborah Ross created the enchanting watercolor images for Selby’s beautiful interpretational signage, located throughout the Gardens.  Ms Ross is also one of America’s leading wildlife artists. Her work includes descriptions of nature for zoological parks and natural history institutions as well as scientific and popular publications. She returns to Selby Gardens both for the exhibit and to teach her always popular “Zen Watercolor” workshops in January.


Olivia Marie Braida is a Master Botanical Artist and founder of the Academy of Botanical Art.  Her work is included in the permanent collections of two U.S. museums and several public collections, as well as being the author of twelve books on botanical art instruction. These books are the backbone of the Academy of Botanical Art workshops and certification program offered at Selby Gardens.


The seven Academy instructors who join this exhibit have launched their professional careers in various directions after studying with the Academy.  These talented artists have come to their study of nature through art rather than science. Art is both the road and the bridge to our appreciation for the known and the unknown.


There will be an artist reception open to the public on Thursday, January 13, 2011 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in Selby’s Museum of Botany & the Arts in the Mansion.  For more information or to R.S.V.P to 366-5731, Ext. 239.

About the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a leader in the display and study of orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads, epiphytes and tropical plants with a focus on botany, horticulture and environmental education. For more information please visit

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas, regular admission $17, children 6-11 $6, children under 6 free, (941) 366-5731 or
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