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One hundred twenty acres of gardens, twelve eager volunteers, 11 meeting rooms, 9 classrooms, two patios, one fireplace, one ballroom, one arcade, and one invaluable project management application. This sums up the meeting that kicked off Conference Year 2008.

On January 5th, an eager group of conference volunteers toured both venues of the 2008 ASBA conference. Members of the Conference Committee were led on a tour of all classroom and exhibit spaces that the ASBA will use during the conference. Melanie Thorpe provided detailed information about the Huntington’s classroom as she led the committee through the botanical center. Melanie also lead the group through the Teaching Greenhouse, the Head House, and the conservatory.

Upon completing the tour of the botanical center, committee members carpooled to the Pasadena Hilton where they met with Nancy Ceballos, Convention Services Manager, who gave a guided tour of the meeting rooms that will serve as the settings for half-day and full-day workshops, the Portfolio Sharing session, the Techniques Showcase, the Silent Auction and the annual banquet. Committee members also received a sneak peek of the very comfortable guest rooms that will be waiting for conference participants when they arrive later this year.

The Conference Committee continued their meeting over lunch at the hotel restaurant. Deborah Shaw introduced the committee to Basecamp, the Web-based project management application that is being used to organize the many, many, many tasks related to the conference. Deborah demonstrated how committee members can access Basecamp to complete assigned tasks and how they can notify fellow members so that all committee members remain informed about the committee’s progress. Committee members who attended the meeting were given access to Basecamp and are ready to receive conference information. Guild members who were unable to attend the meeting will be given access and a tutorial at future meetings. So do not feel left out. There is plenty of room for you at Basecamp!

Learn more about the conference at the January 19th Guild meeting. A detailed task list will be distributed and discussed. If you are unable to attend this meeting, but would like to volunteer, please contact Tania Marien.

The Conference Committee will meet again on February 2, 2008. Details will be announced shortly.

Special Acknowledgment
The 2008 Conference Committee would like to genuinely thank Melanie Thorpe and Nancy Ceballos for making time to meet with them on January 5th.

The Filoli Botanical Art Certificate Program offers a unique in-depth study of botanical art through challenging, integrated and comprehensive courses. The curriculum includes the systematic study of artistic skills and concepts, basic botany and botanical art history. A certificate will be presented upon successful completion of the course work (180 classroom hours plus homework) and presentation of a portfolio and final project. This program is for the serious student who wishes to develop knowledge and skills in botanical art.

1. Welcome members & guests (Leslie Walker)
2. Secretary’s Report (Tania Marien)
3. Treasurer’s Report (Deborah Shaw)
4. Membership Report (Joann Leonard)


BAGSC Insurance Responsibilities (Deborah Shaw)

ASBA Conference at the Huntington. Oct. 30-Nov.1, 2008 (Tania Marien)
Progress Report Handout
Revised Volunteer Task List Handout
Volunteer Sign-up Sheet

BAGSC Blog (Deborah Shaw & Rocio Martinez)


L.A. Garden Show, May 1-4, 2008 (Tania Marien & Deborah Shaw)
Introduce Marketplace Coordinator, Janice Sharp
Introduce Guild Liason, Kate Gaman

Classes for 2008 (so far)
Margaret Best
Anne-Marie Evans
Jenny Phillips
“After Conference” Classes


Collection for Julie
(Please see blog article at Donated art supplies and/or
other items from list on blog.

Portfolio Sharing (All): Bring what you’ve been working on!

Gary Greene Colored Pencil Class Review (Sue Kuuskmae)

Demonstration of Basecamp (for those interested): Project Management
for the ASBA Conference and LA Garden Show (Deborah Shaw)

Anne-Marie Evans(Submitted by Tania Norris, posted by D. Shaw)

A plant will be selected from the garden to paint in watercolour.

February 5 – 8, 2008
10:00 am – 3:00 pm daily

Virginia Robinson Gardens
1008 Elden Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Fees: Members of the Friends of Robinson Gardens – $535.00: Non-members $565.00
Make checks payable to: “Friends of Robinson Gardens” and mail to the address above as soon as possible, as spaces are limited. Supply lists and other information will be sent after your registration is received.

Please call the Friends Office at (310) 550-2068 with any questions.

Jenny Phillips(Submitted by Tania Norris and posted by D. Shaw)

To be held under the sponsorship of The Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California (BAGSC)
at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens
1151 Oxford Street, San Marino, California

June 23 – 27, 2008
Fees: $525 for members of BAGSC: $550 for non-members

Checks should be made payable to: The Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California and mailed to: Tania Norris (please see her address in the roster). Registration should be received no later than June 1, 2008 as space is limited and will be allocated by the date your check is received. A materials list will be sent once registration has been received.

For further information contact Tania Norris.

(Submitted by Jill Berry and posted by D. Shaw)

301 North Baldwin Ave.
Arcadia, CA 91007
Registration: Call 626.821.4624 or email Jill Berry.

Understanding and Practicing Proportion & Perspective in Graphite
January 16, 23, 30 | Oak Room
3 Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 2:00 pm (12 hours of class)
$165 / $181 non-member

Materials for class : 14″ X 17″ Strathmore Drawing Pad, series 400, medium surface (no sketch or recycled paper), Drafting Pencil with holder and Sharpener, 2H, HB and 2B leads, Kneaded Erase, Staedtler Mars White Plastic Eraser Stick, Erasing shield, Drafting Brush, Mars Drafting Dots (masking tape,)14” x 17” Medium Weight Tracing Paper, Portable Task Lite ( Ott-Lite). (Vis a Vis wet erase fine point marker, 1 Clip, 8″ X 10″ Plexi and 2 – 8″ X 10″ format supplied by instructor for $10.00)

Using Basic Shapes with Natural Forms in Graphite
(Sphere, Cylinder and Cone)
February 6, 20, 27 | Oak Room
3 Wednesdays, 9:30 am — 2 pm (12 hours of class)
$165 / $181 non-member

Botanical Illustration: Flowers in Continuous Tone in Graphite

March 5 (Palm Room), March 12 (Bamboo Room), March 19 & 26 (Oak Room)
4 Wednesdays, 9:30 am – 1:00 pm (12 hours of class)
$165 / $181 non-member

Introduction to Colored Pencil Techniques in Botanical Illustration
April 2, 9 (Bamboo Room), 23, 30 (Oak Room)
4 Wednesdays, 9:30-1:00 pm (12 hours)
$165 / $181 non-member

Plant Families in Colored Pencil
May 7, 14, 21, 28 (Oak Room)
4 Wednesdays, 9:30-1:00 pm (12 hours)
$165 / $181 non-member

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