Nature Art challenge with resident artists The Botanical Alchemists

Posted on October 13, 2020 at 6:00 am


The Botanical Alchemists challenge you to create your own nature art and share it with them! Your nature art creation could be featured during an upcoming library program.

Here’s how to go about it:

  1. Watch the video below for directions and examples.
  2. Or download the PDF for the written instructions.
  3. Create your nature art.
  4. Email a photo of your finished artwork to

Download Nature Art challenge written instructions (PDF).

Your artwork could be shared online during our Resident Artists: Nature Art online program on Sunday, October 25!

Be sure to sign up for the online library program soon to see and learn more about Nature Art. Registration closes at 5pm on Saturday, Oct 24, or when the class is full.


Resident Artist: Paper Flower Making

Learn to create paper flowers with handouts and instructions to help you create beyond this workshop. Plus see beautiful examples of this art form created by the resident artists and others. A supplemental materials kit will be available for curbside pickup for registered participants. Adults

Registration is required, and you’ll need email to receive login information.

Saturday, Oct 17, 2–3pm

If you missed Paper Flower Making, check out this video with instructions from The Botanical Alchemists.

Resident Artist: Nature Art

Learn about nature art and see examples that have been created in October by others in the community and the resident artists. Instructions for gathering natural materials and creating your art will be shared during this program. Adults

Registration is required, and you’ll need email to receive login information.

Sunday, Oct 25, 2–3pm | REGISTER


Discover local artists as they share their talents in a virtual residency at The Lab at North Spokane Library from October through January. Each month, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in workshops and classes led by the resident artist or artists.

The resident artists for October are Ava Barany and Sarah Edwards, also known as The Botanical Alchemists.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the North Spokane Library.


Ava Barany & Sarah Edwards

We came together through our mutual love of plants and began making art as The Botanical Alchemists for the simple joy of creation. We have made dozens of floral installations in Spokane using repurposed flowers and elements from the natural world that embody our intention to transform the energy of a space using nature.

We have built our partnership, The Botanical Alchemists, on the foundation of creating works of art in public areas using gathered natural items and recycled flowers to make Spokane more beautiful, surprising, and engaging.

We believe this art form has the power to help people develop a deeper connection with Earth, with themselves, and with their community. This art medium has been a powerful tool of transformation in our own lives as well as those we have been able to reach thus far.

Nature art is also a form of art therapy, helping people process emotions like grief, joy, anger, and stress. We wish to offer this incredible tool to as many people in our community as possible, breaking down barriers such as perceived artistic abilities, income, age, location, nationality, or gender.

Making art out of found objects in nature is such a simple act, yet it is so powerful. Any time of year, you can find botanical items: sticks, pinecones, moss, leaves, stones, seed pods, feathers, and even snow. We encourage you to walk around your neighborhood and take a closer look at the life springing forth all around you. You may just discover a whole new world, a world that changes with the coming of each new season.


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