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

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