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by Jill Berry, Los Angeles Arboretum

In this introductory course the student will learn the difference between Chinese brush painting and other watercolor painting. The class will teach the beginning painter to use Chinese brushes and ink to create beautiful paintings on rice paper. At the end of this course, a completed painting will be ready to be framed and displayed. For more experienced students, you will continue to refine your work and learn new techniques. The instructor is a very talented artist who has taught a variety of courses over the years.  She has also studied botanical illustration at Otis College of Art & Design.

4 Thursdays, January 6 – January 27
4 Thursdays, February 3 – 24
12:30-2:30pm / Oak Room
The Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden
301 North Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007
Gloria Whea-Fun Teng, instructor
$120 members per session/ $130 non-members per session

To register, contact Jill Berry, Education Manager via email, or call 626.821.4624. (Please call to pay by credit card.)

Wendy is a well-known botanical artist and master of colored pencil from New York Botanical Gardens, and she will be stopping in Los Angeles on her way to Filoli and Tropical Botanical Garden in Kauai.  She has workshops planned in both those locations.  If there is interest in spending a few days with Wendy, Sue Kuuskmae will start looking for a spot to hold the workshop.  It would be at least a six hour class and would cost in the range of $80 to $100 a day depending on whether or not we could find a low cost (or no cost) place to hold it.  Let Sue know right away if you are interested.  or 310-546-7872

Thanks,  Sue K

By Jill Berry, LA Arboretum and Olga Eysymontt

The schedule below is for Olga Eysymontt’s botanical illustration classes for January through June. Please call 626.821.4623 to register; pre-registration is required as her classes fill quickly and space is limited. You may also email Jill Berry and she can register you with a credit card.  Happy Holidays to all!

Botanical Illustration with Olga Eysymontt
A Monthly Series on Tuesdays or Wednesdays at the Arboretum, 301 North Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007
9:30am – 2:30pm
Fees: $160 members per month / $190 for non-members per month

Registration: Call 626.821.4623 or email Jill Berry.

Unlike previous years, the Spring Botanical Illustration classes will meet twice a month, with each class session being 4 hours, for a total of 8 hours per session. Tuesdays will be dedicated to Graphite Pencil and Wednesdays to Watercolor. Sign up for the Tuesday sessions OR the Wednesday sessions (or both!). The goal of these sessions is to practice and refine your preferred technique. Students should have some experience with their chosen medium. A finished piece is not expected. The cost of each monthly 8 hr session is $160 for Arboretum members and $190 for non-members.

Graphite                  Watercolor

Jan. 11 & 25                 Jan. 12 & 26
Quick Sketching skills:  getting the right angle before I commit

Feb. 8 & 22                  Feb. 9 & 23
Form: how dark or light should I make my specimen?

March 8 & 22              March 9 & 23
Overlap and Transition: making things look clear and precise in a 2 D world

April 5 & 19                  April 6 & 20
Details: Oh that fuzz!

May 3 & 17                    May 4 & 18
Composition: what is the focus and how do I get inspired to make a statement piece?

May 31 & June 14        June 1 & 15
Experimentation: being unpredictable and refreshing

Since 1997, Olga Eysymontt has taught Botanical Illustration classes for the Arboretum. She is a former instructor at Otis College of Art, and a Fine Arts graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology. Olga is passionate about teaching and the thrill of bringing out each student’s vision. Aside from Botanical Illustration, her current interests include landscape and macro photography.

by Deborah Shaw/Clara Josephs

Chapman Leatherby Libraries Exhibition Committee meeting

The Chapman Leatherby Libraries Exhibition Committee (L to R: Deborah Shaw, Mitsuko Schulz, Leslie Walker, Akiko Enokido, Diane Daly, and Irene Horiuchi (crouching)) meet at Diane's house and review submissions.

The BAGSC committee organizing the Chapman Leatherby Libraries exhibition met on Friday, 3 December to finalize details for the show. It’s looking like a wonderful exhibition; 22 BAGSC artists with 77 artworks. Keep an eye open for announcements about the opening reception, artwork delivery, etc. If you have any questions, please contact committee chairs Clara Josephs or Diane Daly.

All members should have received an email blast with an invitation to please join us at Janice’s home to celebrate the holidays — BAGSC-style!

Date: December 11, 2010
Time: 5 pm – Whenever
Place: Janice’s

Significant others are welcome. We will celebrate in our BAGSC potluck fashion; please let Janice know what you will be bringing.

Everyone should also bring something they have made this year so we can have an impromptu BAGSC exhibit. It doesn’t need to be botanical art; we find our members are quite talented and produce all kinds of art, as well as crafts. Please bring something you have made that you would like to share.

We won’t be having a formal meeting, but we will share (in handout form) information about:
• What we’ve done this past year;
• The Treasurer’s report; and,
• What is in the planning stages for next year.

We will also have a suggestion box available. Please bring (or write on cards that will be provided), any suggestions you have that you would like to see implemented in the coming year. If you can’t attend, we’ll miss you, but please send your suggestions to Leslie.

Please join us in eating, drinking and merriment and have a wonderful holiday season!

by Deborah Shaw

Basket flyer

Flyer for Basket Exhibition by Janice Sharp and Jill Carlson, © J Sharp 2010

BAGSC member Janice Sharp and BAGSC friend Jill Carlson of The Alta Collina Studio have an exhibition of their baskets at the Creative Arts Group Gallery, 108 N. Baldwin Avenue, Sierra Madre, California 91024. Their baskets are on display (and for sale) December 1, 2010 – January 31, 2011.

The Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, and will be closed December 24 to January 3.

All proceeds from the sale of items in the Gallery go directly back to funding the programs offered by the Creative Arts Group, which reaches more than 2,000 adults and children each year.

Congrats to Janice and Jill!

by Deborah Shaw

Sue Kuuskmae won a first place award of $100 at the Palos Verdes Art Center Holiday Art Exhibition with her painting, “Dogwood in Fall”.

Sue Kuuskmae's painting, "Dogwood in Fall"

Sue Kuuskmae's award-winning painting, "Dogwood in Fall", © 2010, photo by Sue Kusskmae

The show will be up until January 8, 2011 at the Norris Gallery at the Palos Verdes Art Center, 5504 W. Crestridge Road, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275, 310-541-2479. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays – Saturdays; 1-4 p.m. Sundays. The Gallery is closed on major holidays.


Congratulations Sue!

by Leslie Walker

BAGSC sign at the entrance to the Secret Garden, © DB Shaw, 2010

BAGSC sign at the entrance to the Secret Garden, © DB Shaw, 2010

On October 16, 2010, Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California members, Akiko Enokido, Clara Josephs, Janice Sharp, Deborah Shaw, Leslie Walker, Joan Keesey and her husband John spent the day at the Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens, meeting and greeting the attendees to a John Schoustra garden lecture, and hosting an Art Exhibit of members’ work, with botanical art demonstrations and sales by BAGSC.

BAGSC artists participating in the exhibition throughout the historic house were: Margaret Best, Akiko Enokido, Clara Josephs, Joan Keesey, Janice Sharp, Deborah Shaw, and Leslie Walker.  Clara Josephs’ painting of a Rosa ‘Just Joey’, and Margaret Best’s painting of Hemerocallis thunbergii, Day Lily, were chosen by the Gardens to promote the event.

R to L: Clara Josephs, Akiko Enokido and Janice Sharp demonstrate in the Secret Garden, © DB Shaw 2010

R to L: Clara Josephs, Akiko Enokido and Janice Sharp demonstrate in the Secret Garden, © DB Shaw 2010

The day was a bit blustery, but we were welcomed by the garden personnel with lunch, then tea and cookies as we began to get chilly in the afternoon. Akiko sold a framed print, and our cards were well-received too! The Rancho Los Alamitos Gardens are building a new classroom, etc., space where they would welcome us for classes. Located just off the 405 freeway in Long Beach we all felt it was a great location. Easy for all of us to get to and the place is lovely — worthy of a visit and support. As Clara Josephs emphatically stated, “it’s MY new FAVORITE place!”

Deb Shaw demonstrates on the Back Patio, © DB Shaw 2010

Deb Shaw demonstrates on the Back Patio, © DB Shaw 2010

Joan's husband, John Keesey, joined us to demonstrate plein aire painting in watercolor, © DB Shaw 2010

Joan's husband, John Keesey, joined us to demonstrate plein aire painting in watercolor, © DB Shaw 2010

Joan Keesey manning the BAGSC sales table, © DB Shaw 2010

Joan Keesey manning the BAGSC sales table, © DB Shaw 2010

Leslie Walker, © DB Shaw 2010

Leslie Walker, bundled up against the drizzle, © DB Shaw 2010

by Deborah Shaw/Bonnie Born Ash

Last year Bonnie and Nicolas brought a fantastic Stilton and Walnut Pie to the BAGSC Holiday Party. This fabulous treat will be joining us at the 2010 BAGSC Holiday Party too! (Can’t wait.) Here’s the recipe:

Pastry for double 9” crust – your favorite recipe

For the filling –

2 eggs (or 3 if you glaze crust)
12 oz. cream cheese
Small bunch parsley, chopped
6 oz. Stilton, rind removed
6 oz. Walnuts, chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
Salt and pepper

A little oil for frying

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Peel and finely chop the onion and sauté it in a little oil until just softened. Set aside to cool. Beat 2 eggs well, then mix in cream cheese, chopped parsley, salt and pepper to taste, and blend until smooth. Add the sautéed onion, the grated or crumbled Stilton, and well-chopped walnuts and blend well.

Line a 9” pie or tart pan with half the pastry. Smooth the cheesy filling into this. Roll out remaining pastry to make a lid, and seal it with a little water around the edges. Any pastry trimmings can be made into leaves or shapes to decorate the top, and fix these in place with a little beaten egg. Brush the rest of the beaten egg over the top of the pie to give a nice glazed finish. Bake for 45 minutes, and allow to the pie to cool before lifting out of the pan.

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