GLENCOE, Ill. (December 12, 2012)- This January through April, Chicago Botanic Garden will host the first-ever Midwest exhibition of prints by artist Bryan Nash Gill, whose book Woodcut is among the bestselling art books for 2012. Gill’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Martha Stewart Living, Vogue, and other major publications. His work has been displayed in numerous galleries and included in collections across the globe.
The exhibition, also titled Woodcut, reveals the fascinating history of individual trees through prints made of cross-sections of salvaged wood ranging from an old telephone pole to a tree hit by lightning. The 31 original woodcut prints will be displayed in the Joutras Gallery of the Chicago Botanic Garden from January 19 through April 14, 2013. Gill’s prints are made from wood salvaged from land near his home in New Hartford, Connecticut. He then sands and burns the wood to prepare it and makes the actual print by carefully pressing paper down on the individual ridges and shapes unique to each block. Each print is made by hand, so that every print is slightly different. Additional details about the exhibition, including a video detailing the printing process, is available on the Garden website at http://www.chicagobotanic.org/exhibitions.
Gill has also created an original series of prints, exclusively for the exhibition, made from an English oak tree that once stood at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Print number 1 will be displayed in the Joutras Gallery while additional artist variation prints are available in the Garden Shop either framed ($899.99) or unframed ($599.99). Nash’s book, Woodcut, is also available in the Garden Shop and online. All proceeds from the sale of these items benefit the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Also included in the exhibition will be three custom benches made from an ash tree removed from the Chicago Botanic Garden due to emerald ash borer infestation. The wood was milled in spring during World Environment Day, then sanded and sealed to create the tops of these unique benches.
The Chicago Botanic Garden will feature special classes (listed below) and family-friendly programs to highlight the exhibition. A special tree-themed story and craft time will be held in the Lenhardt Library on Monday, April 8, from 10 to 11 a.m. After the story, children will walk to the Joutras Gallery where they will make their own miniature woodcut prints.
On Sunday, January 27, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Chicago Botanic Garden will celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish Festival of Trees. In addition to taking in the Woodcut exhibition, families will be invited to explore trees in the Greenhouses, plant a seedling to take home, enjoy a reading corner about trees and Tu B’Shevat, and more. Tu B’Shevat activities are held in cooperation with the National Council of Jewish Women, Chicago North Shore Section.
Tree Risk Assessment Update: Thursday, February 14, 9 a.m. – noon
New ANSI A300 Standard, ISA Qualification, and BMP
E. Thomas Smiley, Ph.D., arboricultural researcher, Bartlett Tree Research Lab, and Erik Grossnickle, arborist representative, Bartlett Tree Experts
$54 nonmember; members receive 20% discount
E. Thomas Smiley will discuss recent developments in tree risk assessment. This will include information on the new ANSI A300 standard on risk assessment, the upcoming ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification, and the ISA Best Management Practice (BMP) on tree risk assessment. Erik Grossnickle will provide some local examples of tree risk assessments.
Deciduous Trees in Winter: Thursday, February 21, 1 – 4 p.m.
Andrew Bell, curator of woody plants, Chicago Botanic Garden
$62 nonmember; members receive 20% discount
Winter can be an ideal time to identify trees and shrubs in the landscape perspective of forms and shapes. Learn to identify a variety of native trees and shrubs by buds, twigs, bark, and shape. Botanical keys to identify trees will be supplemented by other sources of information and observation. Classroom discussion will use slides, cut twigs, and identification keying exercises. The class will also spend part of the afternoon identifying trees outdoors. Dress for the weather.
Treewhispers: Handmade Paper Art Workshop: Friday, March 8, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Plant Science Lab
Pamela Paulsrud, artist and creator of Treewhispers
$125 nonmember; members receive 20% discount
Spend the day exploring the artistic papermaking process used in the Treewhispers exhibition. You will begin the workshop with an introduction to the stunning handmade paper rounds used in the Treewhispers project. Then, roll up your sleeves and create your own paper rounds under the guidance of the visionary for the exhibit, artist Pamela Paulsrud. This will be a fun and invigorating workshop suitable for all.
New! Ginkgo: The Tree That Time Forgot: Thursday, March 14, 6:30 – 8 p.m.
A special engagement and book signing
Sir Peter Crane, FRS, dean, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
$25 nonmember; members receive 20% discount
Ginkgo is perhaps the world's most distinctive and ancient tree. An arboreal oddity with one of the longest of all botanical pedigrees, ginkgo has a life story deeply intertwined with that of our planet. Ginkgo grew up with the dinosaurs and has come down to us almost unchanged for two hundred and fifty million years. Follow the prehistory of ginkgo from its origin, proliferation and spread across the planet, to its decline and near extinction before its dramatic reprieve. This lecture celebrates a beautiful book that tells the evolutionary and cultural life story of ginkgo.
Success with Trees and Shrubs: Saturday, March 16, 9:30 a.m. – noon
Garden View Room
Glenn Grosch, horticulturist and agronomist
$45 nonmember; members receive 20% discount
Learn all you need to know about growing trees and shrubs and how to be consistently successful in growing all types of woody plants (both deciduous and evergreen). Specific discussion includes matching plants to the site, planting practices, first-year maintenance, and long-term care. This session is of value to all skill levels.
Tree and Shrub Trimming Demystified: Thurs., Mar. 21, 7 – 8:30 p.m. and Sat., Mar. 23, 9 – 11 a.m.
Gilbert Smith and Lesley Bruce Smith, ISA certified arborists, owners, Arborsmith Ltd.
$62 nonmember; members receive 20% discount
Learn the secrets that only certified arborists know— that it is fun and simple to trim your trees and shrubs when their leaves are absent! Through demonstrations and discussions, you will learn the basics of tree physiology and how it is affected by trimming, proper practices of trimming during the winter months, and the advantages of winter trimming of certain species for maximum health and plant performance. Also, learn the secrets for trimming evergreens, which is best done in late spring and summer. Whether beginner or professional you will find this class informative and practical. Please dress for the weather for Saturday’s hands-on session.
New! Trees 4 Seasons: Sun., Apr. 28, 1:30 – 3 p.m.
Dan Weinbach, landscape architect, Daniel Weinbach and Partners, Ltd.
$24 nonmember; members receive 20% discount
The program will be a celebration of the seasonal changes of deciduous trees. Each specimen tree is presented as it is transformed from a skeleton of bare branches, adds a spring floral display, changes to summer foliage, and finishes with fruit and vibrant colors in the fall. The presentation is derived from Dan Weinbach’s new book, Trees 4 Seasons, a Visual Guide. Dan is a practicing landscape architect in Chicago, and his book has been 30 years in the making. Books will be available for purchase and signing.