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

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