Artist in Residence Program
Spring 2012 ~
January 26 – February 24, 2012
Opening reception: Thursday, January 26, 7:00 p.m.
Larry Berk Artist-in-Residence Wendy Hollender opens her residency with a
lecture and slide presentation in Burroughs 120 at 7:00 pm, followed by the opening reception in the Gallery.
Special Musical Guests:
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason at 8:30 pm.
A botanical artist, instructor and author, Wendy Hollender began a career in Botanical illustration after completing a certificate at the New York Botanical Garden in 1998.
Hollender, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, was previously a home furnishing designer. She teaches around the country at the New York Botanical Garden, the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii, as well as locally at the Mohonk Preserve and Mountain House and the Tri Arts Center in Troy, New York. Her book “Botanical Drawing in Color, A Basic Guide to Mastering Realistic Form and Naturalistic Color” was published by Random House in 2010 and is in its second printing.
Papaver by Wendy Hollender
Her book “Botanical Drawing: A Beginner’s Guide” continues to sell steadily on Amazon.com and on the artist’s website www.drawingincolor.com. Her work has been exhibited at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, the Royal Botanical Garden at Kew and the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. Her illustrations have been published in the New York Times, Oprah Magazine, Horticulture Magazine and the Smithsonian Magazine.
Drawing by Wendy Hollender
After living for 30 years in Manhattan, Wendy relocated to Accord, New York in 2009. Her Hollendgold Farm has been developed into a small permaculture organic vegetable farm. Workshops are held in botanical drawing as well as permaculture and growing. Students study and draw the living plants and get to eat the fresh wild and cultivated food prepared on the farm.
The Spring 2012 Artist-in-Residence Workshop Series
Learn to create realistic and scientifically accurate drawings of plants and all their components using the medium of watercolor pencils and colored pencils. Workshops begin with winter branches and seed pods moving into drawing buds, flowers, leaves and fruits as an example of the life cycle of plants.
Workshops include learning toning with a single light source, creating extremely realistic three dimensional forms, perspective drawing and turning simple shapes into detailed forms in nature, color theory and creating accurate colors found in nature.
There is a $40 art supply fee that covers all 3 workshops.
Friday, January 27
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, March 30
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Friday, April 27
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Hollengold Farm, Accord
For more information about Wendy Hollender, try some of the following links:
Botanical Artist Wendy Hollender Exhibits Artwork and Teaches Drawing at SUNY Ulster As Larry Berk Artist-in-Residence ... Botanical artist, instructor and author Wendy Hollender promises to change the way people view plants and nature with a series of workshops and art exhibit at SUNY Ulster as the college’s spring Larry Berk Artist-in-Residence.
Hollender - one of the world’s leading experts in using colored and watercolor pencils for botanical drawing – will present three workshops teaching how to draw plants and also exhibit her botanical illustrations at the Muroff Kotler Visual Arts Gallery on the Stone Ridge campus.
A home furnishings textile designer for more than 20 years, Hollender became intrigued with the complex beauty of plants through her work developing floral designs. She has focused her work in this area since 2002. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, Hollender earned a certificate at the New York Botanical Garden and teaches around the country at the New York Botanical Garden, the National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii, as well as locally at the Mohonk Preserve and Mountain House, and the Tri Arts Center in Troy.
Events in the Larry Berk Artist-in-Residence series include:
- “Botanical Edibles…Wild and Cultivated” exhibit opening Jan. 26, 7 p.m., at the gallery. The author of two books on botanical drawing, Wendy Hollender will give a lecture and slide presentation in Burroughs 120 at 7:00 pm, followed by the reception in the Gallery. Her exhibit focusing on botanicals that are edible for humans – from weeds to wisteria – will run through Feb. 24. In addition to her plant illustrations, Hollender plans to displayed specimens from nature related to her works.
- Hollender will teach her techniques at workshops on Jan. 27 and March 30, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the SUNY Ulster Stone Ridge campus, Algonquin Building, room 102. The final workshop will move into nature at the artist’s Hollengold Farm on April 27, 1 to 4 p.m. The skills she will teach include creating realistic three-dimensional form and toning with a single light source that can be applied to all drawings.
Hollender combines art and the science of botany with her interests in organic farming to create realistic and scientifically accurate drawings of plants. Studying plants under a microscope, she captures and details the plant’s components to present them in a new light.
“Once you study a plant this closely and really learn about it, you realize their differences. It’s like getting to know a person. Each one is unique,” she says. “But then you also discover their similarities and how patterns in nature are repeated. It’s fascinating.”
Hollender, who relocated to her Accord permaculture organic vegetable farm two years ago from Manhattan, said she is excited about sharing her expertise with the local community and expects the series will appeal to those with interests in drawing, gardening, environmental issues, local food and sustainability.
The gallery exhibit is free and open to the public. Hours are Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and closed on college holidays. For gallery information, call 687-5113. A $40 fee covers art supplies for all three workshops. For information on the workshops, call Ms. Hollender at 917-607-7366.
For more information contact:
The Office of Community Relations at 845: 687-5262.