Cafe Botanique, November 2, 6:30-8 p.m.

The Inspired World of Beatrix Potter
Connie Ryle Neumann


This year celebrates the 150th birthday of Beatrix Potter (1866-1943), the famous creator of the British children's classic "The Tale of Peter Rabbit" and other little books, penned over 100 years ago. However, there was much more to the shy but observant Victorian lady whose pursuits in botanical illustration and Lakeland farm conservation broadened her literary legacy. Potter documented the natural world of England and Scotland in her journals, her letters, her little "bunny books" and her vast portfolio of fungi, woodland animals, gardens and landscape paintings. Through slides and readings Connie Neumann will introduce the inspired and imaginative world of Beatrix Potter.

Connie Ryle Neumann served as a school teacher and librarian for over 30 years in Texas, Germany and Colorado. She is a member of the international Beatrix Potter Society and has traveled and studied British children's authors and illustrators since the 1980s.
Wednesday, November 2, 6:30-8 p.m.
Gates Hall

Cafe Botanique, October 12, 6:30 p.m.

Story Hats
Leslie Molen

Colorado textile artist Leslie Molen shares the story of the unique hats she has designed while interpreting Chinese folk art. These textile creations are filled with the symbolism and legends of ancient Chinese culture.

Leslie Molen has been an internationally known textile artist for the last 25 years. She is a member of the National Institute of American Doll Artists (NIADA).

Café Botanique is a program within the School of Botanical Art and Illustration and is open to everyone. The 30-40 minute talk starts at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by a discussion. Café Botanique generally meets on select Wednesdays, each time with a different topic relating to Denver Botanic Gardens’ Botanical Illustration curriculum. 
Wednesday, October 12, 6:30-8 p.m.

Gates Hall 

Cafe Botanique, September 14, 2016

Color and Light in the Landscape
James Gurney

The subject of color often seems like an abstract science, but it really comes to life when it is related to light and atmosphere, the central tools of any realist painter. I’ll cover most of the standard geography of color: hue, value, and chroma; as well as limited palettes, warm and cool color, with many new insights about visual perception from the modern science of neurobiology.  I’ll share clear examples of familiar problems faced by every outdoor painter, including  reflections, rainbows, clouds, dappled light, sunbeams, and subsurface scattering.

James Gurney is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Dinotopia book series. He designed the World of Dinosaurs stamps for the U.S. Postal Service and has worked on over a dozen assignments for National Geographic magazine, painting reconstructions of Moche, Kushite, and Etruscan civilizations. He has won the Hugo, Chesley, Spectrum, and World Fantasy Awards. Solo exhibitions of his artwork have been presented at the Smithsonian Institution, the Norman Rockwell Museum, and the Norton Museum of Art. He has recently been named a “Grand Master” by Spectrum Fantastic Arts and a "Living Master” by the Art Renewal Center. His book, Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painte was Amazon’s #1 bestselling book on painting for over 150 weeks and is based on his daily blog.

September 14, 6:30-8 p.m.
Gates Hall

Cafe Botanique, Wednesday April 6, 6:30 p.m.

Climate Change at the Poles: Not waiting for The Day After Tomorrow
Dr. Ted Scambos, NSIDC, Boulder CO

Both of Earth’s polar regions are changing rapidly and dramatically in response to global warming. Yet they remain spectacular landscapes, wrought of rock and ice and water in ways most of us have never seen. We will review the recent changes in Arctic sea ice, Greenland’s ice sheet, and coastal Antarctica, using satellite data, and go closer, using pictures from field expeditions to get a more personal sense of these far-off, yet hugely important, regions.

Dr. Ted Scambos is the Lead Scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC), and a frequent traveller to the Antarctic for research. He uses satellite data, and field instrumentation, to study the polar region’s responses to climate change. 
Wednesday, April 6, 6:30-8 p.m.
Gates Hall

Cafe Botanique, Thursday, March 10, 6:30-8 p.m.

Frank Henderson in 2016 (left) and at Oathills Farm with two brothers in the 1950s
plucking chickens and wearing home made lambskin jackets (Frank on the left.)

Sustainable Farming and Carbon Sequestration in Farm Soils
Frank (Francis) Henderson, Oathill Farm, Cotswold, U.K.

Frank Henderson is the son of George Henderson, author of “The Farming Ladder,” a classic in agricultural practice published in 1943. He has farmed at Oathill Farm on the Cotswolds all his life, taking over the farm for his parents.

Along with his sister Louise, Henderson raised pigs and produced hay for 40 years. While they no longer have livestock, they remain among the U.K.'s leading small specialist producers of Race Horse Hay.

An inventor and builder of farm machinery, Henderson has won national awards for his innovations and even created a famous bale stacking machine. He was local chairman of the National Farmers Union and currently serves as Chairman of The Oxfordshire Agricultural Discussion Society (TOADS).

Just last summer, the BBC aired a program about Oathill Farm and the the sustainable farming that George Henderson initiated. It also includes a short interview with Frank Henderson. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05vssqg).

Don’t miss this special opportunity!

Cafe Botanique, Wednesday, March 9, 6:30-8 p.m. - Gates Hall

Process of The New Sylva
Dr. Sarah Simblet, U.K.

John Evely’s Sylva, published by the Royal Society in 1664, didn’t include any images. It was the world’s first comprehensive study of trees. In 2014 sivologist Gabriel Hemery and artist Sarah Simblet created a spectacular, contemporary version of the original. Interweaving science, art and history with over 200 exquisite drawings The New Sylva describes the most common tree species in U.K.
Sarah Simblet will tell the story behind The New Sylva and the secrets of capturing the character of trees. In this talk she is providing some penetrating insights into the mind, vision, and technical expertise of an exceptional anatomical artist.


Dr. Sarah Simblet is a fine artist, broadcaster, lecturer and anatomist whose works explores the relationship between science, history and art. She has published three major art reference books with DK: Anatomy for the Artist, The Drawing Book and Botany for the Artist and exhibits her drawings through her books. She contributes regularly to British, American and international television and radio programs about science and art, and consults on national exhibitions. She is a tutor in anatomy at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford, a lecturer at the National Gallery, London.

Cafe Botanique, February 10, 6:30 p.m.

The Secret Star: A Closer Look at Cottonwoods
Kathleen Cain

In an interactive show-and-tell, Colorado author Kathleen Cain shares materials she collected while researching cottonwood trees. The treasures include photos of the former National Plains Cottonwood Champion near Hygiene and hands-on instruction in how to "read" a twig.


Kathleen Cain is the author of “The Cottonwood Tree: An American Champion,” published by Johnson Books in 2007 and is nominated for a Colorado Book Award. She is also a published poet, essayist and member of Denver Botanic Gardens, with an active interest in nature.

CAFÉ BOTANIQUE
Wednesday, February 10, 6:30-8 p.m.
Gates Hall