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by Leslie Walker and Bonnie Born Ash (published by Deb Shaw)

Join us for the BAGSC Quarterly Meeting on
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Home of Alison Denning
Coffee at 9:30 a.m. Meeting begins at 10:00 a.m. sharp!

RSVP by email to Alison (or call her) and let her know what you plan to bring for our usual pot lunch!  Carpooling is recommended!! An email blast will be sent to all members with directions. The email blast will also include instructions for all those wishing to carpool from Hedy Marien’s house.


Coffee at 9:30

I.     President’s Report

II.    Secretary’s Report

III.   Treasurer’s Report

IV.     Membership Report

V.      Old Business

  • Rancho Los Alamitos
  • GNSI Conference in Washington
  • Filoli Classes

VI. New Business

  • Calligraphy Class
  • “The Fruits that Fall or Form in the Fall” with Margaret Best, December 2- 4
  • ASBA Conference in Boston, October 27-29
  • Election of Officers
  • Tania Marien, Art Plantae, now handling ASBA publication distribution and will bring the latest show catalogue – $25

Pat Mark, Clara Josephs, and Deborah Shaw share what they learned at the GNSI Conference and classes at Filoli.

Potluck Lunch

And bring your latest work to show!! Looking forward to seeing everyone there!

by Leslie Walker/Margaret Best (published by Deb Shaw)

Rosa canina, Rose Hips, watercolor, © 2010, Margaret Best, all rights reserved.

Rosa canina, Rose Hips, watercolor, © 2010, Margaret Best, all rights reserved.

Why does a botanical artist need to know anything about brown when there are stunning pink, purple, or blue flowers to paint? Aren’t brown botanical subjects dead, dried up or dull? And then there are all those oxides, umbers and siennas, “burnt” and “raw”. What do these names mean and why can’t you just mix browns from other colours?  Just how important can they be in a world that demands eye-popping, saturated hues?

To find out the answer to all of these questions and so much more, join us at Margaret Best’s upcoming class titled the The Fruits that Fall or Form in Fall. This 3-day workshop is designed to give you a meaningful opportunity to explore the range of available watercolor earth pigments. You will discover the warmth and richness of color that they can bring to your work when you know how to use them. Their multitude of useful applications will surprise you!

The timing of this class has been specifically planned for you to utilize your earth color  discoveries effectively in the drawing and painting of a choice of seasonally available subject matter. You will need your preferred supply of paper and paints but the earth pigments for testing and color matching will be provided.

This class will be held December 2, 3 and 4, 2011 from 10 am – 4:30 pm in the Oak Room, under the Peacock Cafe, at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91007.

The cost is $275 for BAGSC members or $300 for non-members. A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space, with balance due November 1, 2011. Please mail checks to Leslie Walker, made out to BAGSC, with an indication that the check is for Margaret’s class. Questions? Please call or email Leslie.


by Clara Josephs (posted by Deb Shaw)

Thank you to Clara for finding a news article about the ASBA Art Show and Sale in Texas (partially reprinted as follows):

The American Society of Bovine Artists will conduct its third art show and sale October 15 and 16 at Cactus Jacks Gallery in downtown historic Gruene, Texas. The society is dedicated to the advancement of bovines as an artistic subject matter.

by Deb Shaw

The annual juried exhibition of the ASBA/Horticultural Society of New York opens on September 21, 2011, and runs through November 23, 2011 at The Horticultural Society of New York.

Erythrina sp., Coral Tree Seeds.

Erythrina sp., Coral Tree Seeds, graphite and watercolor on veilum, © 2010, Deborah Shaw, all rights reserved.

Forty works were selected from a field of 199 entries, by jurors Patricia Jonas, Kathie Miranda and Derek Norman. Artists from the US, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Japan, and the UK are in the show, including BAGSC members Akiko Enokido and Deborah Shaw.

An artists’ reception will be held from 6 – 8 pm on September 21 at The Horticultural Society of New York, 148 W. 37th Street, 13th Floor, New York, New York. A catalog has been published, and can be ordered through Tania Marien at Art Plantae Books (see BAGSC News blog article below).

by Deb Shaw

The California Native Plant Society (CNPS) has issued a “Call for Entries” for botanical art, in preparation for their CNPS 2012 Conservation Conference: Conserving and Restoring the Roots of California’s Richness. The conference will take place January 12 – 14, 2012 at the Town and Country Resort and Conference Center, San Diego, CA.

Among the many objectives of this conference is to “foment a greater understanding and appreciation of California’s unique flora”. The juried botanical art exhibition will contribute to this goal. All winning artwork will be published in Fremontia, a CNPS publication and awarded the following prizes: 1st Place: $500, 2nd Place: $300, 3rd Place: $200, along with a “Conference Choice”- (voted on by conference attendees).

Artists are invited to enter original artwork in any two-dimensional medium that reflects the beauty and uniqueness of California flora and adheres to high standards of botanical accuracy. All entries must depict plants indigenous to California (no introduced plants, please!). All work for the show must be framed and wired for hanging and “glassed” with plexiglass (no glass please!). The show will be hung for the duration of the conference and security will be provided. Cash prizes will be awarded.

Deadline for submission: October 15, 2011

Entry form specifics:
Please go to the Art Contest page on the CNPS website to download the (one and two page) PDFs for the:

  • CNPS 2012 Conservation Conference Flyer
  • Official Call for Entries
  • Botanical Art Exhibition Prospectus
  • Botanical Art Contest Entry Form

Entries may include up to three digital images submitted on CD. A separate fee will be paid for each entry. All work will be juried using digital images sent in jpg file format, at least 300 dpi. Accepted entries will be hung and available for viewing by conference attendees. Attendees will have an opportunity to vote for “Conference Choice” from those entries on display. Artists will be notified by November 30th if their work has been selected for hanging in the show. Winners will be posted on Saturday, January 14, 2012. The Exhibition will be open to the public Saturday, January 14, from 10 am – 3 pm.

Entries will be judged by: Kristin Jakob, Lee McCaffree, and Geri Hulse-Stevens.

by Deb Shaw

Our beloved ArtPlantae Books, by Tania Marien, is now the official source for purchasing ASBA Catalogs; including catalogs of past exhibitions. A portion of each sale will be donated to the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) to support their mission and goals of promoting public awareness of contemporary botanical art, to honoring its traditions, and to furthering its development.

For fastest service and easiest ordering, use your credit card at the ArtPlantae Books website, click on “ASBA Exhibition Catalogs” and complete the order form. Catalogs can also be purchased by check by sending an order form and check, including shipping and handling and sales tax (if applicable), made out  to ArtPlantae Books at:
5225 Canyon Crest Drive, Suite 71-127
Riverside, California 92507

ASBA Losing Paradise Catalog

Cover of the ASBA's, "Losing Paradise?" catalog

ASBA members ordering through the ArtPlantae Books website can enjoy a special discount on the Losing Paradise? Endangered Plants Here and Around the World catalog. Regularly $29.95, the Losing Paradise? catalog can be purchased through ArtPlantae Books for $25.00. See the last page of your latest issue of the ASBA journal, The Botanical Artist for the special checkout code, or contact Tania Marien.

After a successful show in New York, Losing Paradise? Endangered Plants Here and Around the World, opened at the the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, UK on June 25, 2011.  This exhibition at Kew is an integral component of a larger exhibition called Plants in Peril that will be on view at the gallery until Sunday, October 16, 2011.

The Losing Paradise? exhibition features 44 works of original art depicting threatened and endangered plants from North & South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. The exhibition catalog was produced by the American Society of Botanical Artists and features the artwork that appeared in the original exhibition in New York, as well as information about each plant. The catalog also includes essays by leading plant scientists and conservationists. Learn more about the Losing Paradise? exhibition on the blog at

by Deb Shaw

BAGSC member Tania Marien, ArtPlantae, will be teaching “Learning through Natural Science Illustration: Tree Life Cycle” at the Environmental Nature Center (ENC) in Newport Beach, CA on Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 10 – 11 am.

Children ages 5 and 6 (and their parents) will learn what happens to a tree after it falls to the ground during a reading of “A Log’s Life”, by Wendy Pfeffer. They will then learn about the amazing paper sculptures used to illustrate the book, created by artist and natural science illustrator Robin Brickman, before creating their own paper sculptures of Fall leaves.

Fee: $12 per child, ages 5 – 6. Art supplies will be provided. Call the ENC at 949.645.8489 to reserve a space, or email Lori Whalen at the ENC. Reservations are required. The ENC is located at: 1601 16th Street, Newport Beach, CA 92663.

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