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By Diane Daly

The Leatherby Libraries at Chapman University is pleased to invite us to their Annual Book Sale Preview Night on Wednesday, March 17, 2010 from 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Attendees to the Preview Night will have first choice of the numerous books for sale in the upcoming days.  This year, for the first time, we are also pleased to offer ten watercolor framed original botanical/garden paintings. Light refreshments will be served.

RSVP to Laurie Gates at (714) 532-7742 or

by Suzanne Kuuskmae

Suzanne Kuuskmae is the artist of the month at the Artist Studio Store located at the top of Crenshaw Rd. at the Palos Verdes Art Center. Go check it out! Also, there is a small group of budding botanical artists taking a class from Jennifer Seigal as part of the course offerings up at the Center. I (SK) was honored to be asked to speak to the group this past week about the five-step method of doing botanical drawing/painting. You may see some of these students at future BAGSC meetings.

In addition, I wanted all to know that the newly formed Pastel Society of Southern CA will be holding their first pastel showing from April 3 -17 with reception April 9 from 6 -9:00 p.m. at the Creative Arts Center in Manhattan Beach.  Hope some of you can make it to the reception and show.

The BAGSC Quarterly Meeting will be held Saturday, March 20, 2010, at the home of Deb Shaw.

Coffee will be ready at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting begins promptly at 10:00 a.m. Lunch will be potluck style, so please let Deb know what you are bringing. Members are encouraged to form car pools!

The meeting agenda includes updates on upcoming classes and exhibitions, and our keynote speaker will be Dick Rauh, new President of the ASBA, who will talk about upcoming exhibitions, what juries look for in show submissions, and lots of other hot (botanical art) topics. And, of course, we’re always interested to see what everyone is working on, so please bring your latest to show.

RSVP by email or phone to Deb. Directions will be sent out via email blast. We hope to see you on March 20!

BAGSC General Quarterly Meeting

March 20, 2010
10:00 a.m.
Deb Shaw’s Home


I.     Welcome members and guests

II.    President’s Report

III.   Secretary’s Report

IV.    Treasurer’s Report

V.     Membership Report

VI.    Old Business

  • Margaret Best’s “It’s Not Easy Making Green” Class
  • Arboretum Library Show
  • Aerie Art Garden
  • Dick Rauh’s Plant Morphology Class
  • Arboretum Marketplace Booth 2010

VII.    New Business

  • Water Miser Workshop, City of Newport Beach
  • Rancho Los Alamitos, Long Beach
  • Deborah Raven “Classic Illustration Styles of Beatrix Potter”

Program: Dick Rauh, ASBA President

Next Meeting:  Saturday, June 5, Location TBD

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