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by Deb Shaw

BAGSC members will be exhibiting in a non-juried show at the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden for “GROW! A Garden Festival” on May 4, 5 and 6, 2012. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to show and/or sell your work, whether you’re a new member or a founding member!

Call for Entry packets were emailed out to all members in February; a reminder email packet will be emailed along with the posting of this blog reminder. Entry forms and a check for $35.00 per person must be sent to Janice Sharp by April 18th. Artwork must be delivered to a designated BAGSC show committee member before May 4th, or directly to the Arboretum on May 4th. Details will be sent out to participants.

Janice Sharp and Norma Sarkin are co-chairs of the L. A. Arboretum Show, and Pat Mark has agreed to assist. As always, we’ll need lots of volunteers. Watch for more information and finish up your paintings!

by Leslie Walker, posted by Deb Shaw

GROW! A Garden Festival will be at the Los Angeles Arboretum from May 4-6, 2012 in a celebration of gardening. The Festival will feature favorites
from past LA Garden Shows plus much more!

  • Unique and Unusual Plants for Sale: Fruit trees, herbs, vegetables, succulents, California natives and ornamental favorites from over 25 leading growers and specialty plant societies
  • Marketplace Vendors and Arboretum Garden & Gift Shop
  • 40 vendors showcasing garden tools, books, home gardening accessories, container plants & other botanical inspired items
  • Earth Dreams: Beyond the Sculptural Landscape: an Exhibition of sculptures and art installations curated by Juliet Rosati Bello of Cream Gallery – featuring works by James Hill, Susan Elizalde, Fred Rose, Patrick E., Diana Markessinis, Patrick Crabb, Bill Fillmore and Pamela Burgess
  • Garden Chats: Lectures, Demonstrations and Meet the Experts: Saturday & Sunday only, including featured speakers: Leigh Adams, Marco Barrantes, JoAnn Carey, Rosalind Creasy, Scott Daigre (Tomatomania), Steve Gerischer, Dan Hinkley, John Lyons, Jill Morganelli, Lili Singer, Nicholas Staddon and more!
  • Resources & plant information services provided by environmental and gardening associations
  • Let’s Move! Gardening & Healthy Activities for Kids and Families: Saturday & Sunday: 9:00am – 3:00pm – featuring Sparky the Dragon Pizza Oven
  • Debut of the Newly Designed Garden for All Seasons
  • A demonstration site for small-scale, water-efficient, sustainable gardening and cultivation of fruits and vegetables
  • Educational Landscape Designs from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers California Chapter, Greater Los Angeles District; UCLA Student Chapter of American Society of Landscape Architects
  • Food Trucks & Snacks
  • Peacock Café BBQ, The Coffee Gallery, Jamba Juice (South Pasadena ), Kealey’s Poppin’, Mother Moo Creamery, and food trucks – Grilled Cheese, Kabob ‘n Roll, Pie & Burger and Slammin’ Sliders
  • Beer for Books: Friday 5:00 – 8:00pm; Saturday & Sunday 11:00am – 4:30pm, Beer, wine & used book sales to benefit the Arboretum library
  • Live Entertainment, Walking Tours & Artists Painting in the Gardens
  • AND (most importantly) the Botanical Art Exhibition by the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California!!
Ad for "Grow! A Garden Festival" at the LA Arboretum

Ad for "Grow! A Garden Festival" at the LA Arboretum

Friday Evening, May 4, 5:00 – 8:00pm – Let the Festivities Begin!
Arboretum Members – Adults: $5 – Children ages 5-12: $1 – under 5 free
Non-Members – Adults: $10 – Children ages 5-12: $2 – under 5 free
Parking: Free parking in Arboretum parking lots
Enjoy the Arboretum during evening hours with live music by Big Band Theory, and first choice of plants and merchandise. Meet the artists. Sample wine flights (additional fee) by Phantom Rivers Winery, accompanied by appetizers from Chef Claud Beltran of Claud & Company Catering, Executive chef of Noir Food & Wine, and signature tequila cocktails (additional fee) created by Nobleza Tequila

Saturday & Sunday May 5 & 6, *9:00am – 4:30pm (*8:00am entry for Arboretum members)
Arboretum Members – Free
Non-Members – Adults: $8 – Seniors & Students: $6 – Children ages 5-12: $3 – under 5 free
Parking: Arboretum lots $10; Santa Anita Race Track (Gate 8) $4 with complimentary shuttle service
Be sure to bring your own cart or wagon to carry all of your purchases

by Clara Josephs, posted by Deb Shaw

Joan Keesey with two of her paintings at the Theodore Payne Foundation.

Joan Keesey with two of her paintings at the Theodore Payne Foundation.

It’s closer than you think!

Continue about 15 minutes beyond the Huntington exit on the 210 and you are at the Theodore Payne Foundation in Sun Valley.  BAGSC member Joan Kessey’s Artist Reception was held there this past Sunday and it was so worth the drive!

For 30 years Joan has been painting the wildflowers near her summer cabin at Mineral King (Sequoia National Park).  Her paintings are lyrical records of the delicate and charming plants that populate the area. The paintings were hung around the room in order of increasing altitude, and a map that Joan and her husband created showed the location of each specimen she painted.

The reception room was packed with art and plant lovers who were drawn to the enchanting colors and compositions of Joan’s informative paintings. If you are questioning whether wildflowers and drought tolerant plants can be beautiful, then head up the 210 and be prepared to be delighted. Joan’s show runs through June 30. Theodore Payne is closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Three of Joan Keesey's paintings.

Three of Joan Keesey's paintings.

by Clara Joseph, posted by Deb Shaw

Filoli grounds

Filoli grounds, image © 2012, Clara Josephs

The Artist Reception at Woodside’s Filoli Estates 14th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition was held the evening of March 29.  The 56 pieces by 36 artists filled the Visitor and Education Center. BAGSC was well represented this year by the works of five members: Akiko Enokido, Clara Josephs, Deb Shaw, Mitsuko Schultz, and Patty Van Osterhoudt.

Artists and their guests were treated to a dusk stroll through the magnificent gardens prior to the reception. Tulips, camellias, and magnolias were at the height of their blooming display. The reception was a wonderful time for the artists to meet each other and share the excitement. The show was juried by Jean Emmons, botanical artist, and Dr. Peggy Fiedler, botanist and Director of the University of California Natural Reserve System.

This year’s Juror’s award went to Catherine Watters for  distinction in botanical art presentation. The Bourn Award for distinction with an emphasis on horticultural presentation went to Pria Graves for her life sized portrait of Kentucky Wonder pole beans and Regina Gardner Milan received the Roth Award for distinction with an emphasis on Traditional botanical art presentation. The show will be on display until June 24. Don’t miss it!

Patty Van Osterhoudt with her painting, image © 2012

Patty Van Osterhoudt with her painting, image © 2012

Mitsuko Schultz (L) and Clara Josephs (R) at the Filoli Artist Reception, image © 2012, Jerry Josephs

Mitsuko Schultz (L) and Clara Josephs (R) at the Filoli Artist Reception, image © 2012, Jerry Josephs

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