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Mary Harden's Master Artists present: "Treasures from San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arborteum 2"

On exhibit August 6–26 at the Bay Model Visitor Center Gallery, Sausalito

Mary Harden's Master Artists: Treasures from San Francisco Botanical Garden-2
July 30, 2012 San Francisco-- Join master botanical artists and San Francisco Botanical Garden Society members for a unique experience in Sausalito that combines art with the Bay Model. A special Artist's Reception will occur on Saturday August 11, 2012, from 2:00pm – 4:00pm and will include the sale of original watercolors, prints, and San Francisco Botanical Garden Society's catalog, "Treasures From San Francisco Botanical Garden." Light refreshments will be served.

Master artist, instructor and curator of the exhibition, Mary Harden, explains the nature of the art: "The work in this exhibition heralds an approach to botanical art that is not often seen; one that exalts plant matter as it exists within an ecosystem, with all of its holes, rips, insect bites, dried leaves, withered blossoms, and empty seed pods. Within this framework, each artist's rendering presents a wondrously personal view of a treasured plant in this year, in these seasons, and in the remarkable San Francisco Botanical Garden."

About the Bay Model

The Bay Model is the size of two football fields, and is a fully-accessible education center administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which makes possible the viewing of a scientific tool: a working hydraulic model of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento - San Joaquin River Delta System. The Model provides scientists, educators and citizens interested in San Francisco Bay and the Bay - Delta Model a unique opportunity to view the complete bay-delta system at a glance. The Center gives an introduction and provides an overview of the system.

Bay Model Visitor Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
2100 Bridgeway
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 289-3009
Free Admission, Tuesday – Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm; Saturday and Sunday 10:00am – 5:00pm.

About Mary Harden

Mary has been teaching and inspiring beginners to master artists for 40 years. She has curated educational exhibits for the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture at San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum and the Conservatory of Flowers. She currently teaches botanical illustration and watercolor at Miraloma Park Clubhouse; for more information on classes, visit

About San Francisco Botanical Garden:

San Francisco Botanical Garden is located in the heart of Golden Gate Park on 55 acres and represents a great living collection of cultivated and wild-collected plants. The Garden features over 8,000 taxa from around the world in 26 distinct gardens with a focus on plants from Mediterranean, Temperate, and Cloud Forest habitats. Visitors can explore plants from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, Central and South America, South Africa and our award-winning California Native Plant Garden complete with a century old redwood forest. The most critical collections for conservation include Magnoliaceae, high elevation palms and cloud forest species from Meso-America, South America, and Southeast Asia. San Francisco Botanical Garden Society, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, manages the Garden in partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. The Botanical Garden Society's mission is to build communities of support for the Garden and cultivates the bond between people and plants.


ADMISSION FREE: all San Francisco City & County Residents, Members & School Groups     /     $7 Non-residents     /     Discounted fee: Seniors, Students & Children     |     We are located at the corner of 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way in Golden Gate Park.     |     (415) 661-1316

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