by Clara Josephs, posted by Deb Shaw

Before: The BAGSC crew arrives and unpacks artwork.

Before: The BAGSC crew arrives and unpacks artwork. Thank you to all the BAGSC members (and supporters) who came to help!

The Chapman show, “Drought Tolerant Beauty”, is up and it is stunning! There are  59 pieces by 18 of our members. The art is arranged through the gallery areas by drought tolerant mechanisms.  Dr. Jennifer Funk’s students have written wonderful commentaries to accompany the groupings.

Our Artist Reception is Thursday evening, February 7 from 7 – 9 pm.

In addition to the tasty hors d’oeuvres and adult libations, Dr. Funk will talk briefly about her involvement with restoration ecology and drought tolerant plants.

Sorting artwork into drought-tolerant categories.

Sorting artwork into drought-tolerant categories.

Plan to attend with your family and friends. Even if you don’t have a piece in the show, you will enjoy seeing this collection of works by our members. You will see work that was inspired by Anita Walsmit Sachs’  workshop, works in a variety of media, and some very unique ways of composing challenging subjects.

Take time to notice the framing. Almost all the paintings were framed to ASBA show specifications, using a blonde L profile frame. Many of the frames are the Dick Blick renewable bamboo frame we recommended. Several frames are “look-alikes” that blend perfectly with the Dick Blick frame. Do you like the standardized framing look? Proponents say it helps focus attention on the art, and give the art a more professional, less “décor” appearance. Let us know what you think!

Pausing to admire the beautiful art.

Pausing to admire the beautiful art.

If you would like to demonstrate during the reception, please call or email Diane Daly. If you weren’t able to paint for the show, demonstrating during the reception is another great way to participate!

Don’t forget to WEAR YOUR BAGSC NAME TAG! If you don’t have one, please let Deb Shaw know and she will bring one for you.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on the evening of February 7.

 

 

Dr. Jennifer Funk, ecologist with Chapman University, helps categorize the art.

Dr. Jennifer Funk, ecologist with Chapman University, helps categorize the art.

Laurie Gates Cussalli, Chapman University, demonstrates the hanging wire system.

Laurie Gates Cussalli, Chapman University, demonstrates the hanging wire system.

The "Succulent Leaves" Category is up on the wall, waiting for signage and labels.

The “Succulent Leaves” Category is up on the wall, waiting for signage and labels.

The exhibition continues on the other side.

The exhibition continues on the other side.

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