Botanical art workshop attracts 22 artists

In order to give Chilean artists, students, or professionals the basic skills to undertake botanical painting, a botanical art workshop was held at the Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago from the 18th to 22nd October 2010. The workshop was co-led by Gülnur Ekşi (one of the three Turkish artists involved in preparing paintings for the book on Chilean forest plants) and Jacqui Pestell who is the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh's (RBGE) botanical art course director. The course was based on the highly successful series of botanical illustration courses developed and run at the RBGE. The workshop was sponsored by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Centro del Desierto de Atacama, Chagual, Jardin Botanico de Santiago and British Council

The Participents were:

Mónica Aspillaga (Reñaca); Isabel  Benavente (Santiago); Carmen Luz  Court (Santiago); María Edwards (Panguipulli); Carmen Gloria  Gomien (Santiago); Maren  Kruuse (Santiago ); Geraldine  MacKinnon (Santiago); Grace  Mariangel (Santiago); Alessandra  Merello (Concepción); Claudia  Moreno (Santiago); Marcia Naretto (Rancagua); Rommy  Oliva (Santiago); Magdalena  Pérez de Arce (Santiago); Francisco  Ramos (Santiago); Loreto  Rodríguez (Santiago); Gloria  Rojas (Santiago); Paula Tocornal (Santiago); Andrea  Ugarte (Santiago); Ángeles Vargas (Santiago); Laura  Varsky (Buenos Aires, Argentina); Beatrice Weil (Santiago).