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by Akiko Enokido, Deb Shaw, and Leslie Walker

Our friends in the Japanese botanical artist’s group will be having a meeting in Tokyo on May 8th, and BAGSC members are writing letters of sympathy and support on botanical art cards that Mieko Ishikawa will present at their meeting. Please bring your cards to any of the BAGSC gatherings in April (see below — Elaine Searle’s “Meet and Greet”; Margaret’s Blue Class; or Susan Frei Nathan’s Workshop), or send them to Akiko for inclusion in our package to them.

If you have cards of your own work, or would like to bring additional cards for others to sign, that would be wonderful.

Our hearts, prayers, and thoughts go out to everyone there, and all those who have friends and families in Japan.

Thank you.

Keep your eye on the calendar for April! An email blast was sent out to members with information on the following April dates:

Come Meet and Greet Elaine Searle (and potluck)
Saturday April 2, 2011
at Tania’s.

Margaret Best class: “A Brush with Blue”
April 15, 16 & 17, 2011, 10 am – 4 pm
at Sally’s new studio — there are still a few openings left. See the blog posting below and contact Leslie.

Susan Frei Nathan at the Huntington Library
April 28-29, 2011
See the blog posting below and contact Deb.

Next meeting
The next meeting will be May 21 instead of May 28, 2011 at Norma’s house.

by Deb Shaw

Susan Frei Nathan will be presenting a workshop at the The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens on

April 28-29, 2011

Susan Frei Nathan is an ASBA Board Member, and a gallery owner specializing in botanical art representing Jean Emmons, Martha Kemp, Karen Kluglein, Kate Nessler, Lizzie Sanders, Catherine Watters and Carol Woodin, among others.

She has a talent for helping artists bring their work to the next level. Susan will give a lecture on the morning of April 28 (cost $10 for members; $15 for non-members), followed by individual meetings with artists in a half-hour, one-on-one portfolio review/critique session ($50) that afternoon and on Friday, April 29. Susan will discuss each artist’s work as well as marketing and personal artistic goals.

The lecture/discussion will cover:

  • the current market valuation for botanical art
  • how botanical art has been valued over time
  • choosing subject matters with the intention of selling your work
  • quality of work and how this is determined
  • how to find the right gallery to represent your work
  • what collectors look for
  • building collections
  • dissecting specific collections Susan has built and exploring the collector’s mind

The individual critiques will cover:

  • evaluation of the artist’s potential to sell artwork within the fine art market
  • discussion of technique, composition, color, choice of subject matter
  • individual professional goals

Take advantage of this valuable opportunity. To reserve your space for the lecture AND for an individual critique, send your $10 deposit to Deb Shaw. To schedule an individual session with Susan Frei Nathan contact Deb. Every attempt will be made to schedule BAGSC members who come from far away for the Thursday afternoon sessions after the lecture/discussion. The $50 payment for the individual session can be paid in advance, or the morning of the lecture.

by Sue Kuuskmae

The Pastel Society of Southern California show is opening this Saturday, March 26. The reception is at the Creative Arts Center, Manhattan Blvd., Manhattan Beach, CA.

We will have food, wine and non-alcoholic  beverages, a piano player, and an enthusiastic bunch of 50 artists showing their work. Please come and join in the fun as we vote for our favorite landscape, plein aire painting, still life, or abstract. The hours are from 6 – 9:00 p.m., the perfect cocktail hour.

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