Thursday, August 18, 2016

Flora and Fauna and the Bruce Museum

Artist Francesca Anderson specializes in capturing natural history in her exquisite illustrations of plants and wildlife. Twenty of her scratchboard and pen-and-ink drawings will be on view in the exhibition Flora and Fauna: Drawings by Francesca Anderson at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT. The runs through October 30, 2016.

Flora and Fauna brings together a selection of Anderson's large-scale botanical illustrations for which she is best-known and life-size scratchboard illustrations of birdsThe three-foot tall, black-and-white images are striking, meticulously drawn from life in exacting detail. Two new pieces created for this show spotlight mounted birds selected from the Bruce Museum collection -- a red-breasted merganser and a barred owl.
Anderson’s work has been featured in prominent scientific publications, field guides, books and magazines. Her art has been exhibited in museums in Sweden, Great Britain, South Africa, Germany and Japan and is held in private collections worldwide. Winner of the American Society of Botanical Artists "Artist of the Year" award and two-time winner of the Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medal, Anderson is a Fellow of the Linnaean Society, London, a former trustee of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, and former director of the American Society of Botanical Artists. She earned her BFA from Manhattanville College, MA from Hunter College, MFA from Brooklyn College and a certificate in botanical illustration from the New York Botanical Garden.
Flora and Fauna: Drawings by Francesca Anderson is organized by the Bruce Museum and supported by Jim and Pat Murphy, the Charles M. and Deborah G. Royce Exhibition Fund, and Connecticut Office of the Arts.

The Bruce Museum is located at 1 Museum Drive, in downtown Greenwich, Connecticut, just off exit 3 of I-95. Hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm. For more information, call 203-869-0376 or visit

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