Conservation Foundation welcomes the Sarasota Nature Printers and their exhibit - Art of our Natural Environment. Mother Nature’s myriad variety of shapes and forms provides the inspiration for the Nature Printer’s philosophy of respect for, and preservation of, the natural environment through the art of the print.
Nature printing is an ancient art form that takes objects in nature and through the use of a wide variety of techniques, transfers the beauty of those objects into art. Plant printing flourished in Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries when it was used by physicians and pharmacists to pass on knowledge about medicinal plants. Leaf prints were used to prevent counterfeiters from duplicating Colonial currency issued by Benjamin Franklin in 1700s early America, and in Japan fish rubbings appeared in the 1800s as a way of preserving record fish catches. The basic “wet rubbing” techniques used by fishermen were eventually refined into the sophisticated art form of “gyotaku” (print of the fish).
In 1976, the Nature Printing Society - a non-profit arts organization dedicated to the education, the history and practice of the art of nature printing - was founded. Organized to advance nature printing, it has since established guidelines for printing, promotes workshops and exhibits, and has helped nature printing gain popularity in its many applications.
A division of the Nature Printing Society, the Sarasota Nature Printers, are a group of artists who meet locally October through March to create nature prints on various substrates: paper, fabric, clothing, linens, silk, rugs, tile, wood, leather, clay, and more. As is demonstrated in the exhibit, no surface is safe from their creative enthusiasm! Featuring the work of nine different artists, Art of our Natural Environment, promises to be a unique art experience for the nature lover.
Join us for the opening reception.
The exhibit may be viewed M - F, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM March 6, 2019 thru April 26, 2019, at Conservation Foundation's headquarters, 400 Palmetto Ave in Osprey.