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by Janice Sharp (from her iPhone), posted by Deb Shaw

More than 1,300 people attended the Friday night opening of “Grow! A Garden Festival” at the LA Arboretum.  Food, wine, music and wonderful evening.  Lots of plants, and outdoor decor, not to mention beautiful art at the BAGSC booth. Looks like it will be a great weekend. Get out and join us!

Goodnight for now, but see you there this weekend!

by Jill Berry and Cristina Baltayian, posted by Deb Shaw

Cristina Baltayian, © 2011, all rights reserved

Cristina Baltayian, © 2011, all rights reserved

BAGSC member Cristina Baltayian will be teaching colored pencil classes at the LA Arboretum through December 2012 on both Tuesdays AND now on Saturdays as well!

USING COLORED PENCILS In Botanical Art
At the Arboretum, 301 North Baldwin Avenue, Arcadia, CA 91007, phone: 626.821.4623

These classes will focus on techniques, composition and color mixing. All levels of experience are welcome.

Cristina Baltayian, Instructor
10am-2pm (includes one hour lunch break) – 3 hours of class
$255 Arboretum members per month
$275 non-members per month

Pre-registration required; please call 626.821.4623

Cristina Baltayian has a background in drawing (graphite, charcoal, pen and ink), two-dimensional design, watercolor, and colored pencils.

Her work has been shown at Filoli, the Los Angeles County Arboretum, and Chapman University. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, and The Botanical Guild of Southern California. A supply list will be provided upon registration. You may bring your lunch or purchase it at the Peacock Café.

Tuesdays, 2012:
May 1, 8, 15, 22
June 5, 12, 19, 26
July 10, 17, 24, 31

August (No Classes)

September 4, 11, 18, 25
October 2, 9, 16, 23

November (No Classes)

December 4, 11, 18 ((December classes go from 10am – 3:15pm)

Saturdays, 2012
Each individual class will explore flowers, fruits, vegetables and more, using colored pencil techniques to get beautiful, painterly results. You may register for one class at a time if you wish.

A supply list will be provided upon registration; you can also bring your lunch or purchase it at the Peacock Café.

10am – 4pm (includes one hour lunch break) – 5 hours of class
$ 95 Arboretum members per Saturday
$115 Non-members per Saturday

Pre-registration required; please call 626.821.4623

May 12
June 9
July 14
August 18
September 15
October 13

(No class in November)

December 15

by Bonnie Born Ash and Leslie Walker, posted by Deb Shaw

Join us for the BAGSC General Quarterly Meeting,
Saturday, May 19, 2012
10:00 a.m., at Cristina’s home

Agenda

Coffee at 9:30

I.  President’s Report – Leslie Walker

II.  Secretary’s Report – Bonnie Born Ash

III.  Treasurer’s Report – Janice Sharp

IV.  Membership Report – Joan Keesey

V.  Old Business

  • Field Trip to Lotusland, April 28
  • L. A. Arboretum “GROW! A Garden Festival” May 4-6

VI.  New Business

  • Classes for 2012
  • Chapman University Exhibition  – Drought Tolerant Plants

VII. Program

  • Estelle DeRidder – British Society of Botanical Artists Diploma Course
  • Lori Vreeke – Ann Swan colored pencil class in Dedham, England
  • Bring your work to show

Potluck Lunch

An email blast will be sent out with directions. Please RSVP to Cristina. See you there!!

by Deb Shaw

Leslie Walker and Janice Sharp give directions during the show hanging.

Leslie Walker and Janice Sharp give directions during the show hanging.

BAGSC Members Janice Sharp, Norma Sarkin, Leslie Walker, Kathy Morgan, and Deb Shaw were on hand to set up the BAGSC show in Ayres Hall at the LA Arboretum today. BAGSC has a corner area in a prime location next to the entrance to Ayres Hall, with member Tania Marien, ArtPlantae in the booth right next door. Perfect!

We have a nice showing with 35 works by 14 BAGSC artists. The display encompasses originals in graphite, ink, watercolor, silverpoint, colored pencil and mixed media, as well as prints, cards, etc. for sale.

Festivities start tonight, Friday evening, May 4 – with tequila cocktails by Nobleza Tequila and wine flights offered by Phantom Rivers Winery, accompanied by appetizers from Claud & Company Catering and the Peacock Café. Not to mention a “Beer for Books” booth, where all proceeds will go toward new books for the Arboretum Library.

Leslie Walker and Norma Sarkin working, while Janice Sharp and Deb Shaw offer helpful advice.

Leslie Walker and Norma Sarkin working, while Janice Sharp and Deb Shaw offer helpful advice.

Also on hand will be live music by the Big Band Theory, a garden sculpture exhibit, “Earth Dreams: Beyond the Sculptural Landscape,” where visitors have an opportunity to meet the eight featured artists.

The show continues on Saturday and Sunday, May 5-6, with plenty of kids’ activities, live entertainment throughout the day, food trucks, guided tours the gardens, and much more!

There is a fantastic lineup of educational Q&A sessions from top garden experts. These forums feature topics on everything from bee-keeping and backyard chickens, maximizing your edible garden production to drought-friendly ornamental landscaping.

And, of course, there are shopping opportunities! The Marketplace has more than 50 vendors with a full array of garden accessories, and over 25 Plant Vendors & Societies offering unique plants and great information. The Arboretum Gift Shop will be offering special discounts on all merchandise as well. I already have a list of things I “must have” from various vendors, and that was just from looking at a few vendors as they were unpacking to set up.

GROW! will also be the first opportunity to see the newly designed Garden for All Seasons – a demonstration garden of cutting-edge water harvesting techniques and urban homesteading principles.

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