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An Alphabet of Native Plants of Southwestern Pennsylvania: A Botanical Art Exhibit

Experience a new, collaborative exhibit by Phipps Botancial Art and Illustration program and Allegheny Highlands Botanical Art Society.  

On display here and in the Phipps Welcome Center Gallery, An Alphabet of Native Plants of Southwestern Pennsylvania is part of the Flora Project, a collaboration between Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ Botanical Art and Illustration Program and the Allegheny Highlands Botanical Art Society. This year, the Flora Project combined the letters of the alphabet with botanical portraits of plants native to Southwestern Pennsylvania. Native plants play an important role in our ecosystem, having evolved complex and specific relationships with insects that, in turn, play an essential role in our local food chain.  

Flora participants met the project’s design challenge with 26 distinctly different styles and scale of lettering for the native plant botanical portraits.  Some letter forms were subtly created from the native plant’s organic forms while others were boldly rendered as architectural letters or in the style of illuminated manuscripts.  The alphabet as an integral component of the native plant portraits is a strong compositional feature that complements the native plant and pollinator portraits.

Learn more about Phipps Botanical Art and Illustration program.
 

Allegheny serviceberry, Amelanchier laevis, Colored pencil by Melissa Fabian

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Allegheny serviceberry, Amelanchier laevis
Colored pencil
Melissa Fabian
 

Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis, Watercolor by Terry Smith

B

Bloodroot, Sanguinaria canadensis
Watercolor
Terry Smith
 

Coral bells, Heuchera  americana, Colored pencil by Marguerite Matz

C

Coral bells, Heuchera  americana
Colored pencil
Marguerite Matz
 

Dutchman's breeches, Dicentra cucullaria, Giclée print of watercolor and colored pencil by Catherine Park
D

Dutchman's breeches, Dicentra cucullaria
Giclée print of watercolor and colored pencil
Catherine Park
 

Eastern white pine, Pinus strobus Pen and ink, graphite aquarelle, gouache and gold watercolor by Stephanie Lind

E

Eastern white pine, Pinus strobus
Pen and ink, graphite aquarelle, gouache
and gold watercolor
Stephanie Lind
 

Flowering dogwood, Cornus florida Giclèe print of a watercolor by Mary Reefer
F

Flowering dogwood, Cornus florida
Giclèe print of a watercolor
Mary Reefer
 

Greek valerian, Polemonium reptans, Colored pencil by Gloria Rogulin Blake
G

Greek valerian, Polemonium reptans
Colored pencil
Gloria Rogulin Blake
 

Hackberry, Celtis occidentalis, Giclèe print of colored pencil and watercolor by Sue Ralston

H 

Hackberry, Celtis occidentalis 
Giclèe print of colored pencil and watercolor
Sue Ralston
 

Ilex opaca, American holly, Watercolor and colored pencil by Michele Farrell

I

Ilex opaca, American holly
Watercolor and colored pencil
Michele Farrell
 

Joe-pye weed, Eutrochium fistulosum, Watercolor, ink and gouache by Pamela DeSimone Romeo

J

Joe-pye weed, Eutrochium fistulosum
Watercolor, ink and gouache
Pamela DeSimone Romeo
 

Kalmia latifolia, mountain laurel, Colored pencil and graphite by Robin Menard

K

Kalmia latifolia, mountain laurel
Colored pencil and graphite
Robin Menard
 

Lyre-leaved sage, Salvia lyrata, Colored pencil by Raana Flemm

L

Lyre-leaved sage, Salvia lyrata
Colored pencil
Raana Flemm
 

Marsh marigold, Caltha palustris, Watercolor, graphite and India ink by Jessi Cramer

M

Marsh marigold, Caltha palustris 
Watercolor, graphite and India ink
Jessi Cramer
 

Northern blueflag, Iris versicolor Watercolor and egg tempera by Tena Chiarchiaro

N

Northern blueflag, Iris versicolor
Watercolor and egg tempera
Tena Chiarchiaro
 

Opuntia sp., prickly pear, Watercolor by Linda Hykes
O

Opuntia sp., prickly pear
Watercolor
Linda Hykes
 

Purple trillium, Trillium erectum, Gicleè print of colored pencil and pen and ink by Jim Hansotte

P

Purple trillium, Trillium erectum 
Gicleè print of colored pencil and pen and ink
Jim Hansotte
 

Quercus rubra, northern red oak   24k gold leaf, gouache and watercolor, and pen and ink on vellum by Weldon Doran

Q

Quercus rubra, northern red oak
24k gold leaf, gouache and watercolor, and pen and ink on vellum
Weldon Doran
 

Red mulberry, Morus rubra, Gicleè print of colored pencil and graphite by Autumn Secrest

R

Red mulberry, Morus rubra
Gicleè print of colored pencil and graphite
Autumn Secrest
 

Skunk cabbage, Symplocarpus foetidus, Watercolor by Beth Skwarecki

S

Skunk cabbage, Symplocarpus foetidus
Watercolor
Beth Skwarecki
 

Trumpet honeysuckle, Lonicera sempervirens, Watercolor pencil and micron pen by Janet Wilson

T

Trumpet honeysuckle, Lonicera sempervirens
Watercolor pencil and micron pen
Janet Wilson
 

Ulmus americana, American elm, Colored pencil and graphite graphitint by Teresa Bradley

U

Ulmus americana, American elm
Colored pencil and graphite graphitint
Teresa Bradley
 

Virginia bluebells, Mertensia virginica, Watercolor and colored pencil by Elsa Arce

V

Virginia bluebells, Mertensia virginica
Watercolor and colored pencil
Elsa Arce
 

Wild hydrangea, Hydrangea arborescens, Colored pencil, graphite aquarelle and graphitint by Betty Yee Yates

W

Wild hydrangea, Hydrangea arborescens
Colored pencil, graphite aquarelle and graphitint
Betty Yee Yates
 

Creeping phlox , Phlox stolonifera Colored pencil Brenda Nemeth

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Creeping phlox, Phlox stolonifera
Colored pencil
Brenda Nemeth
 

Yellow harlequin, Corydalis flavula, Colored pencil by Sara Eve Rivera

Y

Yellow harlequin, Corydalis flavula
Colored pencil
Sara Eve Rivera
 

Zigzag goldenrod, Solidago flexicaulis, Colored pencil by Gordon McLean
Z

Zigzag goldenrod, Solidago flexicaulis
Colored pencil
Gordon McLean


Artwork © Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens’ Botanical Art and Illustration program students as listed

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