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You and your guests are invited to
The Opening Reception for the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California Art Show at the LA Arboretum Library
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
From 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

In the Library at the
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
301 No. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia CA 91007

Light refreshments will be served.

The Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California Art Show at the Arboretum Library will be on display from April 1 to June 30, 2010.

Parking is in the regular LA Arboretum parking lot for free. Please enter through the green gate next to the green circular exit.

If you have any questions, please contact Janice Sharp.

The following is reprinted here from the LA Arboretum’s email newsletter. The posting can also be seen on the Arboretum’s website, along with Akiko Enokido’s beautiful painting, Silk Floss Tree (Chorisia speciosa).

Open Now – June 30
“Seeing the Details: An Exhibition of Southern California Botanical Art”
April 7 from 5-7pm: Opening Reception
The Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California will be exhibiting their work in The Arboretum Library, April 1 to June 30, 2010. Botanical accuracy and artistic merit will ensure a detailed and breath-taking view of Southern California plants, both native and ornamental. The show will be juried by Olga Eysymontt, Guild Member and Botanical Illustration Instructor at The Arboretum, James E. Henrich, Arboretum Curator of Living Collections, and Susan C. Eubank, Arboretum Librarian. Many works will be available for purchase, with a percentage of sales supporting The Arboretum Library. An opening will be held with the artists, Wednesday, April 7. Watch The Arboretum website for the reception announcement. The Guild is dedicated to encouraging the development of botanical art and the promotion of public awareness of this very old and established artistic tradition. Guild members are committed to improving their artistry and technical abilities through supporting and sponsoring workshops with local experts and visiting lecturers in areas such as drawing and painting botanical subjects, botany, calligraphy, and resources.
Free with admission.

New classes are coming soon! Sign up and make note of the dates below. More information will be coming in the minutes and to the blog as plans get solidified.

Margaret Best: Seeing Red… To your Advantage
June 11-13, 2010

Margaret Best is returning to the LA area for another in her popular series of workshops on specific colors. “Seeing Red …. To your Advantage” will help you develop a deeper of understanding of the red paints available on the market and how to bring them under control to work for you. You will also learn how to match some of the trickier red hues found in nature and how achieve the best possible lasting brilliance.

Many artists find red both challenging in terms of the color application and also in how to balance its presence with regards to overall composition. So part of the class will focus on effective composition and the impact a color such as red can have on your painting.

Margaret has 22 years of experience of working with pigments in addition to her own active involvement as a botanical artist and teacher. As well as benefitting from the technical side of her instruction in watercolor painting, you will find her knowledge of the historical sources of red pigment very interesting.

Come and find out how to make red pigment work … to your advantage.

Join us June 11-13, 2010 from 9:30 a.m to 4:00 p.m. at the
Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden,
1500 N. College Avenue, Claremont CA 91711

Fees for this exciting 3-day workshop:
BAGSC or RSABG Members:  $275.
Non-members: $300.

A  non-refundable $50 deposit will reserve your space. The balance is due by May 15, 2010. Make checks payable to BAGSC and send to Leslie Walker. Please mark all checks as “Best Class” in the memo line. Margaret’s classes fill quickly, so reserve your spot now.


Save the Dates

Next BAGSC Meeting
Saturday, June 5, 2010, location to be announced.

Deborah Raven “Classic Illustration Styles of Beatrix Potter”
August 19 – 21, 2010 at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens.  Final details are being arranged and then class information and descriptions will be posted. If you would like to reserve your place now, mail a  non-refundable $50 deposit. The balance due date will be posted with the class information. Make checks payable to BAGSC and send to Leslie Walker. Please mark all checks as “Raven Class” in the memo line.

Rancho Los Alamitos Exhibition and Demonstration, Long Beach
October 16, 2010. Watch for the call for entries and information about this opportunity at historic Rancho Los Alamitos.

Sasha Viazmensky “Mushrooms”
Sasha Viazmensky will be coming from St. Petersburg, Russia, November 16 – 18, 2010 to teach his wonderful mushroom painting techniques at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. If you would like to reserve your place now, mail a  non-refundable $50 deposit. The balance due date will be posted with the class information. Make checks payable to BAGSC and send to Leslie Walker. Please mark all checks as “Sasha Class” in the memo line.

It was a great BAGSC meeting—watch for additional information to be sent in the minutes and posted to the blog. In the meantime, Joan Keesey and Rita Hopper supplied their recipes. In her email with the recipe, Joan wrote that it was “really interesting hearing about Dick Rauh who is an amazing and inspiring individual, not to mention friendly and accessible as well–a great person to have as the ASBA president. I have attached the salad recipe for the blog along with some notes about the differences between the potato, sweet potato, and yam keeping in the spirit of the class on Plant Morphology that we just took.”

“Botanical Cooking”
by Joan Keesey

Notes on the Sweet Potato with respect to the terrific class on Plant Morphology taught by Dick Rauh.

The sweet potato is neither a potato nor a yam. The sweet potato is the swollen stem tip of the Ipomoea batatas, a member of the morning glory family, CONVOLUACEAE. It is native to northern South America.

The sweet potato and the potato are tubers, stem modifications that swell with stored starch and water and as a stem bears primordial buds, the “eyes,” that generate the stem and roots of the new plant. Potatoes are members of the family, SOLANACEAE, which includes tomatoes, chili, and tobacco, all indigenous to moist, cool regions of Central and South America.

True yams are starchy tubers of tropical plants in the DISCOREACEAE family. The family is related to the grasses and lilies. There are a dozen or so cultivated species of Discorea from Africa, South America and the Pacific. They are seldom seen in mainstream American markets where a “yam” means a sugary orange sweet potato. True yams can grow up to as much as 100 lb.; in the Pacific islands true yams have been honored with their own little houses.

From “On Food and Cooking” by Harold McGee, Scribner, 2004.


Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Black Beans and Chili Dressing
From the NY Times column, The Minimalist, by Mark Bittman

4 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
1 large red onion, chopped
½ cup olive oil

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Toss sweet potatoes and onions with 2 tablespoons of the oil and spread on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and roast, turning occasionally until potatoes begin to brown on corners and are just tender—about 20-30 minutes. Remove from oven.

1-2 tablespoons of seeded and minced fresh hot chili, like serrano or jalapeno
1 clove of garlic, peeled and minced
Juice of 2 limes
Remaining olive oil

Put chilies, garlic, lime juice and remaining oil in blender or mini food processor. Process until blended.

2 cups cooked or canned black beans
1 red, yellow or green pepper, seeded and finely diced
1 cup of cilantro leaves, whole or chopped

Combine warm vegetables with beans, bell pepper, dressing and cilantro. Adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve warm or at room temperatures or refrigerate for up to a day.


Rita Hopper’s Surprise Salad

(Double recipe for a bundt pan)

1 pkg lemon Jello (small) dissolved in
1C cold water
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Boil together 1/2 cup sugar and 1 cup crushed pineapple. Pour into gelatin and let set until almost jelled. Fold in:
1C whipped cream
1C grated cheddar cheese
1C chopped nuts

Refrigerate until firm.

by Arillyn Moran-Lawrence

I participated in the Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Art Club Members’ show at the  Broome Street Gallery, NY, the month of March. My painting was titled “Endangered!” Gardenia brighamii. The painting won a Second Place Award in  watercolor.

The CLWAC has been in existence for 114 years. Catharine Lorillard Wolfe was the first woman to be on the board of directors of the Metropolitan Museum. She began the club and it remains aligned with the Metropolitan to this day.

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