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 email@example.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!
Friday, October 7, 1 p.m.-
FREE lecture Phalaenopsis and Beyond — Orchids 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:
Carole Aine Langrall
Paula Adelsberger Simon
Susan McCurdy Yonkers
Curated by Gloria Azucena