by Clara Josephs

Through the special efforts of member Diane Daly, BAGSC has received an exciting invitation from Charlene Baldwin, Dean of Leatherby Libraries at Chapman University to conduct an exhibition of members’ works sometime shortly after the new year. Chapman University is located in central Orange County, off the 55, 57, or 22 freeways. This would be the first BAGSC exhibition to be held in Orange County.

Initial meeting to discuss the show.

Initial meeting to discuss the show.

On June 15, Leslie Walker, Diane Daly, Akiko Enokido, and Clara Josephs met with university officials to begin discussing arrangements. Leatherby Libraries is located in the center of the campus, with parking nearby. A beautiful, four-story building, it has elegant lecture and exhibition spaces, which are alarmed and insured.

The exhibition space is approximately 60 feet long, and paintings can be double hung. That gives us ample space to showcase the talents of our members. The thinking at this time is to request that all paintings be framed in light natural wood, to unify the appearance of the exhibit. There is room for lectures and demonstrations in an area adjacent to the exhibition area that is beautifully filled with abundant natural light. The library has three locked, rolling display cases which we can use to show botanical books or artist’s equipment.

Area for hanging.

Looking at an area for hanging.

The university has catering which will provide refreshments for an opening reception.

While the university has a professor of botany whose interest is in native California plants, the thinking at this time is to open the exhibit to all botanical subjects.

The exact date for the exhibit opening has not been set, but will most likely be in late January or early February and run for 4-6 weeks.  However, now is the time to get planning and painting.

Stayed tuned for dates and details on this wonderful opportunity.

Current Library Exhibition.

Looking at a current exhibition hanging at Chapman University.

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