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by Deborah Shaw

WaterMiser Event LogoBAGSC Members have the opportunity to show their work and demonstrate botanical art during the second annual, two-hour City of Newport Beach WaterMiser Workshop on March 11, 2010 at the Newport Beach Central Library, Newport Beach, CA.

The Keynote Speaker will be Ron Vanderhoff, Master Gardener of Rogers’s Gardens in Newport Beach. This free event will focus on conserving precious landscape water and demonstrating how to grow a beautiful, thriving garden with limited water resources. Participants will be able to: learn about Newport Beach conservation efforts; ask questions of Ron Vanderhoff, Master Gardener, Rogers’s Gardens and Wendy Proud, Master Gardener, Mountain States Wholesale Nursery; and find out how to transform  gardens with California Friendly® and native plants. Light refreshments will be served by Baja Fresh.

Framed originals or prints will be displayed in the presentation area during the workshop. We will also have a table in the courtyard in the vendor fair area to display additional originals and prints, and demonstrate botanical art. We are able to sell prints, cards, bookmarks, etc. at our table. Paintings and illustrations of California Friendly®, native plants, or any other drought-tolerant (i.e., Australian or South African natives) are preferred, but other plants are acceptable as well. There is no entry fee.

We will be joined by Tania Marien, who is bringing ArtPlantae. The vendor fair (so far) includes:

  • ArtPlantae
  • Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California
  • Baja Fresh (catering)
  • Bushman Water Tanks
  • Hunter Industries
  • Kellogg Garden Products
  • Lab-Clean (waterless car wash)
  • Mountain States Wholesale Nursery
  • Rogers Gardens
  • True North Landscape

To participate, please let Deb Shaw know and arrange to have your materials to her by March 8, 2010. Space may be limited. Artwork and any unsold cards, etc. will be returned at the next BAGSC meeting, on March 20th. If you would like to  demonstrate, let her know that too! Set-up is on March 11 and will begin no later than 5:30 pm.

Prizes will be raffled off at the end of the workshop. If you have any materials you are willing to donate to the raffle, please let us know.

Although this is not a formal exhibit, and artwork viewing may not be optimal, this is a wonderful opportunity to provide educational outreach.

The workshop is free to all participants. If you have friends or family who would like to attend, please RSVP at 949.644.3214, or via email.

When: March 11, 2010

Where: Newport Beach Central Library
1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach, California 92660

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

by Deborah Shaw

Postcard front for Gloria Whea-Fun Teng's Long Beach show

For those of you who weren't able to attend the last BAGSC meeting, here's a sample from the same printer of the postcard front for Gloria Whea-Fun Teng's Long Beach show. © 2009, Gloria Whea-Fun Teng

BAGSC members have the opportunity to have their artwork printed on promotional artwork postcards at trade prices in conjunction with our show at the LA Arboretum Library. (Please see the call for entries further down on our BAGSC Blog.) The postcards are on heavy white stock, full color on the front, with a full, glossy, varnish on the color side. The back will be printed one color with the information about the LA Arboretum Library show. You may also order your postcards with a blank back, and only your artwork on the front.

Here’s how it works

1. Send your high-resolution (at least 300 dpi) color-corrected scans of your artwork to Deb on or before 2 March, 2010.

2. Include your name as you want it to appear on the postcard front, along with: the name of the painting (please check spelling carefully, what you send is what is printed); the media (if you want to list that); and, the date of the painting for the copyright line. For example, the information that might appear on the front of the card would be:
Deborah Shaw
Arisaema ringens
Watercolor, © 2009, Deborah Shaw

3. Deb will email you a PDF proof of the front and back of your card on or before 8 March. All approvals are due by noon on 9 March, and the postcards will go to the printer.

4. Postcards will be handed out at the BAGSC meeting at Deb’s house on Saturday, 20 March.

Printing specifications and pricing

Final printed size: 4″ x 6″. Your image can be printed in a horizontal or vertical format. The information about the LA Arboretum Library show will be printed in a horizontal format.

Color(s) and varnish: Full color on the front; the color can bleed off four sides of the card if desired. Printing of black-and-white artwork (graphite or pen-and-ink) will still be done on a full color press, and may have the appearance of a slight color tint. The artwork side of the postcard will have a full coating of a high gloss (UV) varnish.

Paper: 14 pt, white card stock, to meet Post Office regulations for mailing.

Optional copy on the back: All of the backs will be printed with the same information about our LA Arboretum Library show and the reception invitation. You can also elect to have no printing on the back (i.e., the back will be blank), but the cost will be the same.

Costs: The cost below includes printing and shipping to Deb’s house. Deb will set up the artwork for the printer at no charge. Orange County sales tax of 8.75% will be added to the amounts below. Checks should be made out to BAGSC, and received by Deb Shaw by 9 March.
100 quantity: $30.00
250 quantity: $35.00
500 quantity: $40.00
1,000 quantity: $45.00
2,500 quantity: $92.00
5,000 quantity: $128.00

Important Dates to Remember:

2 March, 2010: Scans and copy must be in Deb’s hands
8 March, 2010: Deb will email PDF proofs on (or before) this date
9 March, 2010: Approvals must be received by noon (or before) this date, or the postcards will go to print as is and the artist will be obligated to pay the cost
9 March, 2010: Payment must be received
20 March, 2010: Beautiful cards will be handed out at the BAGSC meeting

We’ve had a lot of interest in these postcards. If successful, we’ll repeat this offer several times each year in conjunction with events or exhibits. If you have any questions, please let Deb know.

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