Vendors and Artists
Check back in the fall of 2021 to find out about our spotlight artist, to see a listing of participating vendors, to learn about the 2022 symposium booths, displays, and more!
2020 Symposium Watercolor
by Robin Wilgus
A member of the Davidson Garden Club, Robin Wilgus has painted original gardenscapes for the Davidson Horticultural Symposium for the last 26 years. Her elegant watercolors adorn our brochures and note cards, as her imaginative artwork is a clever rendering of the year’s symposium theme.
Robin grew up in Madison, New Jersey, and studied fashion illustration at the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Art Students League of New York in Manhattan. She went on to have a long career as a fashion illustrator and worked with Epstein’s in New Jersey, Jordan Marsh in Boston, the Hecht Company in Washington, D.C., as well as Robinson’s in St. Petersburg, Florida.
More recently, she has freelanced as an illustrator and has worked with textile companies in North Carolina. Her artistic talent extends to folk art and home decor.
We are fortunate to have such a talented member of our garden club willing to contribute her beautiful work to our symposium.
2020 Spotlight Artist
Jane A. Wiley
Jane was born in Kittery, Maine, and raised in North Carolina by a long line of avid amateur photographers and adventurous women.
“I’ll shoot with anything that can make an image – film, digital, toy, lensless . . .
it all makes me happy and can tell a story in the proper voice.”
The artist is a recent convert to alternative process printing. She prefers to combine old and new technology because she believes historic processes soften the hard edges of digital storytelling. She prints in the mediums of gum bichromate, platinum/palladium and cyanotype.
2020 Spotlight Artist Jane A. Wiley
Jane A. Wiley explains her work:
The series, Portraits From a Moonlight Garden, was born out of my own need to create a quiet, contemplative visual monologue that could pull me out of the chaos of day to day life. The series began after a particularly rough day in the newsroom where I worked. I needed to decompress and remind myself that there was still beauty in the world.
I shoot the flowers in black and white, as though the blooms are sitting for formal portraits. The contrast of the white flowers against the black backdrop lends a meditative quality and, hopefully, eases the mind.