News, Honors, Events, Exhibits

“The place you are called to is the place where your deep gladness

and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

Frederick Buechner (1926– )

Sunflower Seed Head and Song Sparrow

Sunflower Seed Head and Song Sparrow: Pen and Ink

News

Newsletters and Articles 

Enjoy browsing an issue of Botanically Speaking, the newsletter of Deborah Kopka Designs. To be on our mailing list, drop us a line at dkopka@ameritech.net

BOTANICALLY SPEAKING, MARCH 2010

BOTANICALLY SPEAKING, JUNE 2010

BOTANICALLY SPEAKING, SEPT. 2010

BOTANICALLY SPEAKING, DEC. 2010

BOTANICALLY SPEAKING, MARCH 2011

BOTANICALLY SPEAKING, MARCH 2012

BOTANICALLY SPEAKING, APRIL 2013

BOTANICALLY SPEAKING, SEPTEMBER 2013

From the ApexCovantage August 2016 Quarterly Newsletter

Botany in Art: The Botanical Art of Deborah Kopka

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Honors

Thanks to members of the Northwest Ohio Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for voting “Dancing Beans” for inclusion as one of 12 featured images for its 2019 annual calendar.

Dancing Beans: Watercolor

Hannah’s World was awarded this same honor by SCBWI in 2012.

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Hannah’s World: Pen and Ink

Events

Presentation to the Ottawa Hills Garden Club, November 2017

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Ottawa Hills cropped II

With the Ottawa Hills Garden Club in November 2017 giving a presentation on my work processes to a fun, attentive, appreciative audience!

Exhibits

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Exhibit, ODNR Headquarters, Columbus, Ohio, 2012

Ohio Department of Natural Resources Photo

With Gus Smithhisler, Roadway Maintenance Program Manager, Engineering Division, of the ODNR, at my December 2012 month-long exhibit. Gus spearheads ODNR’s “Art in the Halls” program that features the work of an Ohio artist each month. Gus is a well-known master pumpkin carver! Access his website at http://squashcarver.com to see his phenomenal work!

Forest and Tree Exhibit, University of Michigan, Matthaei Botanical Gardens & Nichols Arboretum, Ann Arbor, 2015

Michigan 2015 Exhibit

The painting I exhibited, “Black Oak Leaf,” Watercolor and Pastel, 2012, is dedicated to my brother John (1957–2016). He loved the natural world.

The Society of Floral Painters Full Members Exhibition, Oxmarket Centre of Arts, Chichester, England, May 2016

Society of Floral Painters Exhibit, 2-17

Members organizing submissions for the Society of Floral Painters annual exhibit for full members. At left in the foreground, a committee member prepares my painting of Indian Corn (Zea mays) for hanging.

The Victory Center, Art of Cancer Survivors Exhibit, Toledo, Ohio, January 2018

Victory Center Cropped, 1-25-18

The Victory Center/Toledo, which provides psycho-social support for cancer patients and their caregivers, held a two-day exhibit in January 2018, featuring the art of cancer survivors. I exhibited three paintings in this joyful show, the first cancer-related event I’ve been able to participate in during my recovery from ovarian cancer in 2007. To see my on-air interview with Amy Montgomery of Channel 13/ABC, Toledo, access https://www.facebook.com/deborah.kopka.9/videos/848054615373504/

2020 Guild of Natural Science Illustrators Virtual Conference Juried Member Exhibit (2 images)

Climbing hydrangea, 2-25-20

“Climbing Hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala petiolis)”,  Watercolor, Pastel, Gouache, and Pen and Ink

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“Oranges and Orioles,” Watercolor, Pastel, and Gouache