Celebration of the Orchid

Art Exhibition and Program Series – September 30 – October 9, 2016, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., closed Mondays and Tuesdays

Vendors, art exhibit, lectures, and more! The Orchid – the largest and most diverse flowering plant family on earth, loved for its unmatched exotic beauty – will be in the spotlight at the Rawlings Conservatory. The Conservatory, in partnership with the Maryland Orchid Society (MOS) and the Friends of the Rawlings Conservatory, will be hosting this orchid display, art exhibit, and program series to celebrate the completion of the renovation of the Orchid Room, which is one of the original 1888 structures.

Through the duration, MOS members will be on hand for discussion and questions – some will bring prize-winning plants from their own collections. There will be a selection of plants and potting materials for sale.

Friday, September 30 – Sunday October 9, (closed Monday and Tuesday) - 
Art Exhibition -  The orchid is nature’s most diverse plant family – the art on exhibit reflects that diversity, with watercolor, mosaic, oil, photography, soft sculpture, mixed media, and collage on display. The exhibition and reception are both free and open to the public. All artwork is for sale and proceeds from sales will be donated to the Conservatory. Scroll to bottom of page for list of artists. 

Friday, September 30, 1 p.m. –
FREE lecture Orchid Botany 101—An Introduction to Orchids with Sarah Spence. 

Friday, September 30 – Sunday, October 2
FEATURED VENDOR, The Little Greenhouse, orchid specialists, will be selling orchids and tropicals from their shop on Harford Road. 

Wednesday, October 5, 10 – 11 a.m. –
FREE orchid potting demonstration with Alice Hisley and Bob Johnston

Wednesday, October 5, 6 – 8 p.m. –
Artists Reception The exhibition and reception are both free and open to the public, although donations are gratefully accepted. Meet the artists, and view the exhibit in the enchanting lighting and atmosphere of the Conservatory after dark.  Some artwork is for sale and proceeds from sales will be donated to the Conservatory.

Thursday, October 6, 1 – 4 p.m. & 5 – 8 p.m. –
CANCELLED – Wine and Paint, We regret having to cancel our Wine and Paint event for Thursday, October 6. We will be rescheduling at a later date, so please stay tuned. And let us know at jhandley09@aol.com if you would be interested in this future event.
$35/person, registration required. All materials will be provided. 1 glass of wine and light refreshments included, additional libations and snacks will be available for purchase – cash only.
• A professional artist will lead you step-by-step to recreate an original painting of an orchid variety from the celebration. Painting is a great way to relax and socialize! Absolutely NO experience is necessary. The artist will guide you and teach you some new skills. Just bring your creativity and prepare to have fun!

• REGISTRATION – Visit Tutoring Art’s website to register, and for more information, including FAQs.
Register now! 1- 4 p.m. session               Register now! 5 – 8 p.m. session

Friday, October 7, 1 p.m.-
FREE lecture Phalaenopsis and BeyondOrchids for home growers,  with Dr. Riley.  
• One of the easiest orchids to grow, Phalaenopsis has become so popular in recent years that it’s now commonplace in grocery and hardware stores. Dr. Riley will speak about the cultural requirements in easy to understand language, and share over fifty years of experience with these and other orchids that thrive under similar conditions.
• Dr. Clark Riley is a nationally known speaker on a wide range of orchid-related topics. In 1957, at the age of six, he got his first orchid. The plant died a miserable death in a short time, but not before cementing a love of orchids that has lasted over half a century. He grows a many different types of orchids, including several thousand terrestrials, hardy species, ladyslippers, Brazilian Laelias, and specialty Phalaenopsis, often from seed. He was the producer of a book for the North American Native Terrestrial Orchid Conference. He is a member of the Maryland Orchid Society, the American Orchid Society, the International Phalaenopsis Alliance, and has a background in chemistry.



The participating artists for the exhibition include:

Amanda Adams
Darcie Book
Barbara Buck
Zoe Friedman
Palden Hamilton
Yulia Hanansen
Carole Aine Langrall
Marni Manning
JoAnn McKinney-Ajamu
Christine Neil
Michael Pusin
Michael Rosendale
Paula Adelsberger Simon
Susan McCurdy Yonkers
Curated by Gloria Azucena

The Celebration of the Orchid Art Exhibit and Program Series is presented by the Rawlings Conservatory and Botanic Gardens of Baltimore, in partnership with the Maryland Orchid Society, the Friends of the Rawlings Conservatory, the Federated Garden Clubs of Maryland, The Little Greenhouse, and Free Fall Baltimore. We rely on the help of volunteers to bring quality programming to you. Special thanks to Curator Gloria Azucena, all of participating artists, and Designer Paula Simon.
Free Fall Baltimore is a program of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts made possible by presenting sponsor BGE, with generous support from The Abell Foundation, Atapco Properties, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Henry and Ruth Blaustein Rosenberg Foundation.