As I write this, the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens is preparing an exhibit showcasing the work of Dick Rauh, a botanical illustrator who has distinguished himself as a master of botanical illustration since he picked up a pen and paper in his retirement. In a show called "Patience, Paper, Pen and Brush," the Gardens will be showcasing Rauh's stunning work in the service of botany. An opening reception and a chance to meet with the artist will take place on September 28th from 2pm-4pm. The exhibit runs through January 27, 2015. From their website:

Renowned botanical illustrator Dick Rauh, a fellow of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium Society, has drawn a number of trees in the living collection, including specimens from the Garden’s important bonsai collection, the focus of this exhibition. Informed by a deep understanding of botany and plant morphology, Rauh’s work brings to light the architectural beauty of plants. Displayed alongside the artist’s botanical drawings and paintings will be his chapbooks, which contain additional plant illustrations as well as poems.

Patience, Paper, Pen and Brush

Steinhardt Conservatory Gallery

Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

150 Eastern Parkway

990 Washington Avenue

Brooklyn, NY 11225

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For the third year running, we are turning September into a month-long celebration of science artists by delivering a new morsel of sciart to chew on each day. Totally yum? Check out what was previously featured on this day:

2013: Piled Higher and Deeper with artwork by Jorge Cham of PhD comics



2012: MicROCKscopica with artwork by Professor Bernardo Cesare