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Lecture Series

holding butterflyFrequent lectures held at Selby Gardens’ Downtown Sarasota campus offer insights from thought leaders from around the globe.

Selby Gardens is committed to sharing its unique plant collections, botanical and archaeological research, and exhibition programs with the public. The Botanical and Historical Briefings lecture series is offered monthly fall to spring featuring presentations on topics including plants and conservation; regional history; and exhibitions and education.

Virtual Botanical and Historical Briefings are a member and donor benefit and will be offered to these individuals via an email invitation. 

Special Lecture:

Old Florida Captured in Oil – A Personal Journey with The Highwaymen, presented by John McCarthy, vice president for Historic Spanish Point

August 11, Noon to 1 p.m.

John McCarthy Selby Gardens

Registration is required for this lecture. A link will be sent to join the VIRTUAL lecture the day before the event.

In the 1950s, young African Americans on the east coast of Florida were inspired to paint their vision of Florida as they saw it. This began a movement that captured old Florida in colorful and evocative oil paintings. The style has seen a resurgence in recent years as newcomers to Florida discover the seemingly simple, yet powerful images created by native-born artists. This virtual program will explore the presenter’s pursuit of highwaymen paintings, the artists and old Florida memories.  

Botanical Briefing:

The Nature of Glass, presented by artists from Duncan McClellan Glass 

August 18, Noon to 1 p.m.

Dragonfly Glass Vase

Become a member of Selby Gardens to access this virtual lecture.

Join us to learn from three artists working in glass at the DMG Hot Glass Workshop as they share stories of inspiration and technique about their nature inspired works, and the development of their art under the mentorship of Duncan McClellan.  

Dan Alexander, the St. Petersburg Hot Shop manager, creates large blown vessels using traditional Italian techniques with glass cane and murine, and his pieces are inspired by his experiences as a scuba diver and love of the Florida natural experience. Dan graduated from Kent State University, Ohio, and has worked as a team member and lead “gaffer” at the Corning Museum of Glass, as well as acting as studio assistant for Salvadore Studios in Murano Italy. His resume includes numerous posts as teaching assistant, visiting artist, and studio manager for many prestigious artists, schools and studios. 

Lauren Hill, the DMG School Project Director, brings her sense of whimsy to her glass sculptures. She is known for her oversized “Peaches”, often embellished with frog princes and princesses. Lauren received her bachelor’s degree in Glass from the Southern Illinois University, has worked with prestigious artists from around the world, and has been instrumental in developing educational programming for the non-profit DMG School Project. 

Danyell Bauer is the Duncan Mcclellan Gallery Manager, and a board member of the St. Pete Arts Alliance. Her delightful hot sculpted flowers and mushrooms are Pinellas County favorites, and in collections nationwide. Danyell has worked in a variety of capacities for the Duncan McClellan Gallery and the DMG School Project for over ten years and has always focused on honing her glass art practice by collaborating with local and internationally known artists. She maintains an important presence in the burgeoning “Glass Coast” art scene.   

Please note: Members will receive an exclusive email with the registration link for this event.

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