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The March 1st Committee Meeting for the 2008 ASBA conference will be held at Deborah Shaw’s house at 10:00 am. All are welcome! Please call or email Deb to RSVP. Address and phone numbers can be found in the roster, and an email blast will be sent as well. See you there!

Kathy Dunham’s Matilija Poppies

Here’s Kathy Dunham applying some last minute touches to her painting of Matilija Poppies. Her painting was selected as the poster image for the Southwest Arts Festival held in January at the Polo Grounds in Indio, California. The festival is a show place for 260 artists from around the country. This was one of the few watercolors ever selected and fewer yet botanical pieces used for the poster.

It’s time to get your entries ready for the LA Garden Show!

This year we’re doing something different:  we’ll be a part of the LA Garden Show Marketplace and not at Peacock Corner (formerly known as The Oak Room).  In addition the show will be on view only for the days of the LA Garden Show (Thursday May 1, 2008 to Sunday May 4, 2008). As a result of the changes we will need less “Show Sitting” although the number of Show sitters may need to be increased as we may (we hope) see increased business.

Eligibility Requirements:
The show is open to all BAGSC members who wish to enter original work or prints of original work which have been created within the past two (2) years. As always, members also have the option of selling prints, notecards, etc. of their work. Participating members also need to give time at shifts at the show or participate in other show-related activity.

Subject matter:
Anything botanical, including realistic portrayals of flowers, plants, fruits and vegetables or studies in botanical art. The primary subject matter must be botanical, although insects or animals may be shown.

Watercolor, Graphite, Pen and Ink, Colored Pencil, etc.

Show Entry Deadline:  March 12, 2008

More details, including drop-off information and forms are available from our .pdf entry form or by mail. The .pdf entry form will be emailed to all members (and mailed to those members who do not have computer access) the week of February 18th. If you don’t receive a copy, or need another copy, please contact Janice Sharp, LA Garden Show Committee Chair.

The LA Arboretum is planning a bigger and better show than ever before. See you there!

On February 2nd, the 2008 Conference Committee met at El Adobe Restaurant in historic San Juan Capistrano to discuss the myriad of tasks that need to be addressed in preparation for the 14th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Botanical Artists scheduled for October 30 – November 1, 2008 at the Huntington Library, Art Collection and Botanical Gardens and the Pasadena Hilton. As a result of their efforts during their working lunch, many sub-committees were established. The following committees were created at this meeting: Chapter Conference Poster & Signage; Exhibit Reception/Banquet; Banquet Decorations; ASBA Evening Entertainment; Small Works Exhibit; Transportation & Field Trips; Holiday Themes; Instructors & Classes; Portfolio Sharing; Registration; Silent Auction; Techniques Showcase; Volunteer Task List; and Conference Websites.

Conference co-chairs, Deborah Shaw and Tania Marien, are still looking for volunteers to head up the following tasks:

  • Activities for Spouses & Kids: One person is needed to gather information about activities for spouses and children traveling with ASBA members. This person would not be making reservations or making detailed arrangements. They would simply serve as the go-to person who would direct spouses and children towards activities that may be of interest to them.
  • Advertising/Vendors’ Exhibit: There will be an Exhibitors’ Hall this year. At least two people are required to assist with coordinating vendors, advertisers and sponsors.
  • Homestays & Roommates: One person is needed to help ASBA members, interested in sharing costs with a roommate, pair up with their conference roomie.

If you would like to assist with any of the tasks above, please contact Tania Marien.

The 2008 Conference Committee will meet next on March 1, 2008. Details are forthcoming.

The Huntington’s exhibit showcasing 110 rare illustrated herbals and rose books, including a first edition of Redoute’s Les Roses, opened on February 9. I got a first glimpse of the show at a preview on February 8 along with a very enthusiastic crowd enjoying the work amid the perfume of baskets of dried rose petals (yes, you are encouraged to pick up and smell the roses). The botanical books on display trace the history of roses and are also marvelous “textbooks” on composition and technique for painters of flowers. In addition to the preview of the show, I enjoyed finding a wonderful book in the exhibit gift shop. It’s a new Taschen edition of The Roses and includes all of Redoute’s rose plates and a great chapter on his engraving techniques. Stock was running low when I was there, but the store manager said they should have more by the end of this month.

The exhibition is part of the 100th anniversary of the Rose Garden at the Huntington. Many rose garden events are planned during the year including a botanical watercolor class with Lisa Pompelli focusing on roses. Her class starts March 29 (and runs four Saturdays) when the rose garden should be in great bloom. Hint: If you want to attend make a reservation now, her classes fill up quickly.

“La Rose Imperiale” will be open through April 28. Don’t forget that the Huntington is now open on Mondays and closed on Tuesdays. Weekday hours are noon to 4:30; weekend hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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