BOOTHBAY, BRUNSWICK — Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens is joining the Bowdoin College Museum of Art for a collaboration celebrating the artistic talents of two New England botanists, watercolorist Kate Furbish and photographer Edwin Hale Lincoln. Bowdoin’s New England Botanical Studies exhibit addresses the relationship between the arts and sciences in the interest of botany at the dawn of the American industrial age.

On Oct. 13, photographer, Guggenheim Fellow and Bowdoin professor of art Mike Kolster will present a class using Lincoln’s photographs as its primary inspiration. The class will examine the relevance of Lincoln’s work to our own moment in time while exploring the value of close observation of botanical specimens and the role framing, focusing and lighting play in photography. Ample time will be available for participants both to generate and to review each other’s images. The class will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $95 for members and $110 for non-members.

On Oct. 19, Melissa Cullina, CMBG’s research botanist, Kat Stefko, director of Bowdoin’s George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections and Archives and Frank Goodyear, the co-director of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art, will lead a tour of the Bowdoin exhibit.

Participants will examine the body of work by Furbish and Lincoln, each of whom created a vast pictorial archive of work in their chosen medium. Although their work did not intersect during their lifetimes, they pictured many of the same species, and their projects were motivated by similar ambitions. The tour is set from 2-3:30 p.m. The price of the tour is $38 for members and $46 for non-members.

The collaboration culminates on Nov. 7 with a free event led by Cullina. This special tour of the exhibit will take place from 12-1 p.m. at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art. During the tour, Cullina will speak about the plants depicted by Lincoln and Furbish, noting natural history features and habitat preferences of each. She’ll also shed light on the artistic and botanical pursuits of the artists themselves. This tour is free and open to the public.

This series of classes represents the next stage in an ongoing partnership between both institutions.

“We have valued greatly the expert counsel of Melissa Cullina and other botanists at CMBG,” Goodyear said. “They have helped with plant identifications — it’s wonderful to have such friendly and knowledgeable colleagues here in Midcoast Maine.”

Cullina said she is delighted to continue the botanical gardens’ collaborative work with Bowdoin.

“This ongoing series of co-sponsored, multifaceted educational programs celebrates the nexus of botanical art and botanical science,” she said.

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