Today I attended the opening of a display of Botanic Works of Art, by the Millennium Artists, a group of artists led by Jennifer Small. Their exhibition is entitled "Paradise Lost".
I know a number of these artists having been invited to take them of a field trip last Spring, when we went down to Tourist Road, Kangaloon.
Their work is very fine indeed. That is something of an revelation to me. When I took them out into the field, I am afraid I had no idea quite how talented and experienced they were. No doubt some of them thought I was patronizing in my simplistic explanation of botanical parts of the flowers, etc. It was only at the end when some of them produced magnifying glasses and hand lenses, that I realised they already did know their stigmas from their styles.
Their exhibition is on at the Bowral and District Art Society (BDAS) Gallery, which is tucked around the back from the Library and past the Police Station, at 1 Short Street, Bowral.
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I was invited there by Dr Cathryn Coutts, one of the artists, and a personal friend of mine, and a Robertson resident. I also met up with Helen Moon, another talented artist and who is regarded as their Orchid specialist, appropriately enough, as I know Helen from the Illawarra Branch of the Australasian Native Orchid Society.