The art of Flowers of Crete

The intrinsic beauty of Crete's flowers inspires many artists and provides a way of reaching people who might not otherwise be involved with natural history or conservation.

The purpose of our exhibitions in conjunction with the Orthodox Academy of Crete at Kolymbari is to offer a bridge between art and science, inviting members of the local community to visit and enjoy not only the art, but the newly inaugurated Museum of Cretan Flora and the fledgling botanic gardens.

1st exhibition: ‘Wild flowers of Crete’ held at the Orthodox Academy of Crete in Kolymbari

Flowers of Crete arranged this exhibition to run alongside the International Conference on Biodiversity which was held in Kolymbari 4th – 10th May 2010.

Rosemary and I had a wonderful and very informative time at the conference and we were able to make our work known to a wider audience. We received very positive feedback and made some excellent contacts and new friends.

The art exhibition proved very popular with delegates to the Conference, but it was agreed by all involved that next year’s exhibition needs to be incorporated into the Conference itself and needed a high level of publicity and promotional material.

Many of the contributing artists’ images have been collected into a post-event catalogue that you can view by clicking on the PDF symbol or here.

For more information, please contact individual artists directly or by e-mailing julia@flowersofcrete.info

2nd exhibition: A Flowers of Crete Art and Photography Exhibition at the Orthodox Academy of Crete in June 2011. 

The title of the exhibition was Rare and Endangered Plants and it was held during the ECOTHEE Conference on the Environment. This Conference was attended by delegates from around the world and was an opportunity for artists committed to the environment to share a stage with people from other disciplines.

Botanic Art by Julia Jones
for Flowers of Crete

There was an opportunity to display Julia’s botanic watercolour work of endemic species of Crete during the Exhibition and Conference at Kolymbari in May 2010. 

This series of sixty images show the wide diversity of plants on the island and help to draw attention to the need for conservation and education.

More of Julia’s work can be seen by visiting her website jjbotanicart.com

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