ASBA 20th Annual International Exhibition

I travelled to New York City on the eighth of November to attend the opening of ASBA’s 20th Annual International Exhibition. This is planned to be the final exhibition at the 1stdibs showroom at the New York Design Center. I attempted to go last year to discover that the showroom is only open weekdays! Although it’s a nice venue for the exhibition, and a lot better than the previous venue at the Horticultural Society offices, this is a real disadvantage in terms of getting visitor traffic. Next year the exhibition will take place at Wave Hill, in the Bronx, which is a delightful location.

I was impressed by the very high standard of the work. There were several large format works, which really popped on the wall. Botanical paintings often don’t make much of an impression from a distance. These did: Carrie di Costanzo’s “Cockscomb III” (24 x 19); Linda Lufkins’s “Sunflower x 2” (22¼ x 18½); Olga Ryabtsova’s “Bird of Paradise” (22 x 29). Each had as the subject a single flower. I liked the decorative qualities of Monika DeVries Gohlke’s “’Blackcurrant Swirl’ Datura” (24 x 18), which was a more complex composition. It’s always fun to see different media, in this case, an “Aquatint Etching with Chine Collé, hand-colored.”

Lee D’Zmura’s lovely pencil drawing of Boxelder was the only local picture in the show. (Lee was there too!) This exhibition is open until the 21st of December. “Out of the Woods” is showing concurrently (until April 22, 2018) at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx (just a short train ride from Grand Central). If you plan to be in New York before Christmas, put them both on your list. You can even do some last minute shopping!

Karen Ringstrand

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Bonnie is on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA). She is a member of the Botanical Artists of the National Capital Region (BASNCR), Immediate Past President of the Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE), and Editor of the BAEE book American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic.