Chile announces participation in Botanical Art Worldwide

We are pleased to announce that Chile is officially joining the Botanical Art Worldwide project! A new artists' group has been formed: Circulo de Ilustradores Naturalistas de Chile (Circle of Naturalist Illustrators - Chile), and free workshops will be held leading up to the entry deadline. An organizing team has been assembled and work has begun on launching a website. For the time being, email queries are being accepted at: ilustradoresnaturalistaschile@gmail.com. A venue has been secured at Recoleta Dominica Patrimonial Center in Santiago, housing a 400-year old monastery and library. The Center holds a very complete historical book collection, a Decorative Arts Museum, and a collection of three-dimensional art objects.

Chile has a fascinating flora, and contains many plants found nowhere else in the world. Its diverse geography extending over 2,600 miles north to south, with elevations ranging from sea level to over 22,000 feet, have created a broad range of habitats where its unique flora can thrive. We look forward to seeing the images created by this nascent Circle, CINC, in Chile!

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We are very happy to announce that Brazil has joined us in the Botanical Art Worldwide project! Brazil is country number 19 and brings the continent of South America into the list of participating continents. Its steering committee consists of Diana Carneiro, Maria Alice deRezende, and Fátima Zagonel, who have all been recipients of Margaret Mee Fellowships. The fascinating and unique flora of Brazil includes such well-known trees as Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), Rubber Tree (Hevea brasiliensis), and Brazil Nut (Bertholletia excelsa), along with rare and unusual orchids, bromeliads, and mosses. The project and exhibition will be a joint effort between the Municipal Botanical Museum, the Botanical Garden of Curitiba, and the Center of Botanical Illustration of Paraná. See Brazil's page on this website for more information. Below is a painting of the national tree of Brazil, Caesalpinia echinata, by Fátima Zagonel in watercolor on paper. This tree is also now listed as endangered by Brazil and on the IUCN Redlist.

Welcome to Brazil!!

Brazil Zagonel