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by Deb Shaw

It’s that time of year again, when we get together to share our art and eat delicious food! Come to the BAGSC Annual Holiday Party at Janice’s house on December 10, 2011, starting at 5 pm. Spouses, significant others, family and friends are all welcome!

Bring all of the creative work you’ve done during the year to share with fellow members — not just limited to botanical art! Last year, in addition to wonderful botanical art, we saw oil paintings, portraits, abstracts, landscapes, pastels, quilts, baskets, jewelry, crafts, and more! We’re a multi-talented group and it’s wonderful to see what everyone is doing.

We’ll also have a survey so members can let the Board know which instructors and classes they would like for next year along with announcements of next year’s officers. For those who can’t attend, surveys for class interest will be sent in an email blast.

Please RSVP by December 1 to Janice, by email or phone, and let her know what you’re bringing to the feast. An email blast will be sent out with more details. See everyone there!

by Deb Shaw

The ASBA New England Chapter and the ASBA put together a fantastic conference! Kudos to them. BAGSC members at the ASBA Annual Meeting & Conference in Boston (actually Newton) were: Deborah Friedman, Joan Keesey, Suz Landay, Pat Mark, Debora Resa, Elaine Searle, Gilly Shaeffer, Deb Shaw, Jennifer Thomson, and Leslie Walker.

Keep your eyes on our blog for articles and pictures from the conference. In the meantime, here are pictures of Elaine Searle and Suz Landay taking turns driving the “Duck” on the “Flavor of Boston” tour.

Suz Landay driving the Duck.

Suz Landay driving the Duck.

Elaine Searle driving the Duck.

Elaine Searle driving the Duck.

by Akiko Enokido and Deb Shaw

The Horticultural Society of New York (Hort) is hosting a guided walkthrough of the 14th Annual International Juried Botanical Art Exhibition. Open only to members of the Hort and the American Society of Botanical Artists, the guided walkthrough provides a look at the show through the eyes of the jurors before the show closes on Wednesday, November 23rd. Forty-one artwork were selected from a field of 200 submissions by jurors Patricia Jonas, Kathie Miranda, and Derek Norman, by artists from the US, UK, Japan, Australia, Brazil, and Canada.

Images from the show can be seen on the ASBA’s Blog Posting. Catalogs from this show, as well as other ASBA exhibitions can be ordered through Tania Marien at ArtPlantae.

The walk through is from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Admission is free, although walk through is open to Hort and ASBA members only. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to Chris Murtha at the Hort.

The announcement from the Hort for the walk through came with a photo of the opening, showing Akiko Enokido’s and Deb Shaw’s entries in the show. The photo is also part of the opening page slide show on the Hort website (without the labels of course). What fun!

Opening of NY Hort Show

Photograph from the opening of the New York Hort show, © 2011, The NY Hort.

by Deb Shaw

There are still a few openings in Margaret Best’s upcoming class “The Fruits that Fall or Form in the Fall”. Read all about the class in our previous blog posting.

The class is coming up soon: December 2, 3 and 4, 2011 from 10 am – 4:30 pm. The cost is $275 for BAGSC members or $300 for non-members. Please call or email Leslie for more details and to reserve your spot.

The class will be held in the Oak Room, under the Peacock Cafe, at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden, 301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91007.

by Deb Shaw

The October 7th early bird discount date has passed for the Tuscany botanical art workshop taught by BAGSC member Margaret Best, in conjunction with Quench Trip Design. There has been a great response to the trip, and there are still a few spots open at the regular price.

Margaret will be teaching the workshop in Tuscany, in Spring 2012 (April/May). Participants will stay in a restored medieval village, drawing or painting some of the seasonal displays of flowers or choosing from the local fruit and vegetable offerings. This workshop has been designed for artists at every level, and also features an expert Italian-speaking cultural guide on a memorable eight-night visit to Italy.

The PDF, MargaretBestItaly, contains more details, or please e-mail Quench Trip Design, or call them at 416 366 2777 to book.

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