Plein Air Day at Mischler's Florist

Artists: Plein Air Day at Mischler’s set for July 11

Painters and other artists can get inspiration from the outdoor flowers during Plein Air Day 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 11 at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville. The event is free and no registration is necessary. “En plein air”  is a French expression that means “in the open air” and is used to describe the act of painting outdoors. Artists can set up their easels and draw with natural sunlight on their subjects. Many…

Mushrooms by Elizabeth Miller courtesy Audubon Nature Center

June 30 is deadline for Audubon photo contest; photo workshop set for June 20

The deadline is Tuesday, June 30  for submitting photographs to the Audubon Nature Center’s 2015 Nature Photography Contest. You can choose photographs from your collection or shoot new ones. Photographers with any level of experience can enter. All submissions are made online. The Youth Division is for people ages 8-18 or who are still in high school;  the Adult Division is for people 18 and over or are post-high school. Youth and Adult winners in the three categories of Landscapes,…

Jamestown Audubon photo by winner Taegan Smith

Audubon Nature Center is holding photography contest; June 30 is deadline to enter

Tuesday, June 30 is the deadline to enter the 2015 Nature Photography Contest held by the Audubon Nature Center in Jamestown. “If you don’t have a photo you’ve already taken that you want to enter, there is plenty of time to get outdoors and do some shooting,” said Jennifer Schlick, Audubon Nature Center program director. “Part of our mission is to connect people with nature. The photo contest helps us fulfill that mission in two ways: The photographer connects with nature while…

Capen Garden Walk poster 2014

$100 prize offered for artwork for Capen Garden Walk 2015 posters; deadline is April 3

A competition will be held to select original artwork to use on the 2015 posters for the Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk. It is free to enter your artwork and a prize of $100 will be awarded. Anyone may enter. The University Heights Arts Association (UHAA ) will jury the competition. The theme for this year’s competition, “The Beauty in our Backyard,” invites interpretation of anything from a single flower to an entire backyard. Painting, photography, illustration, mixed media and…

leaf from Rick Brightman

See great gardening photos & share your photos, too

by Connie Oswald Stofko Tourists as well as Western New York gardeners love to take photos at the various events of the National Garden Festival and at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens. Rick Brightman of Norwich, NY, was in our area for the Fourth of July weekend and took this photo at the Botanical Gardens. You can find “beauty from a mile away to millimeters away and everywhere in between, no matter where you look,” Brightman said. You…

Winners in Jamestown Audubon photo contest came from around the world

Winners in the Jamestown Audubon’s 2014 Nature Photography Contest came from as near as a few miles from the Audubon Center & Sanctuary to as far away as the other side of the globe. “In the six-year history of the photo contest, we’ve had a number of international entries, but this is the first time we’ve had international winners,” said Jennifer Schlick, Audubon program director and contest coordinator. The purpose of the contest is to fulfill Jamestown Audubon’s mission to…

As you take photos, keep Western New York contests in mind

If you like gardening, you might like taking photos of gardens and nature. And if you’ve got some lovely shots, why not enter them into a photo contest? The deadline for the Jamestown Audubon contest is coming up quickly– June 30– but you have until Dec. 31 to get shots for the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens contest. Jamestown Audubon Society Anyone from beginners and professionals can enter their images in the fourth annual Nature Photography Contest held by…

Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk seeks original artwork for 2014 posters

The Samuel P. Capen Garden Walk is looking for submissions of original artwork for use on the Thirteenth Annual Capen Garden Walk 2014 posters. Entries are due by Wednesday, April 30. The University Heights Arts Association will jury the competition. This year’s theme is “The Art of Gardening.” Painting, photography, illustration, mixed media and digital art will be considered. In addition to a prize for the first-place entry, up to 15 entries will be exhibited in an art crawl. Get…

Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens offers $200 prize for artwork to use on cover

The Black Rock & Riverside Tour of Gardens Committee is seeking original artwork to use on the cover of their beautiful 12-page color map guide, as well as on posters  and other promotional materials, including T-shirts. The winning artist will receive a $200 cash prize. The deadline for submission is Wednesday, April 30. The artwork can be a painting, drawing, illustration or mixed media work and should be related to a garden landscape with statuary, an arbor or water feature…

Get inspired by the winning entries in 2013 Buffalo Botanical Gardens photo contest

by Connie Oswald Stofko I’ve visited the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens many times, but I see the gardens in a new way when I look at the winners of the 2013 photo contest. The winners include some really creative shots that capture the stunning architecture of the gardens. You’ll also find portraits that are anything but posed and flowers that you can almost feel. A dizzying, panoramic view of the dome by Brad Jones was awarded first place…