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by Deb Shaw

If you’re a fan of RadioLab, you may have heard the last episode about “Colors.” If you haven’t heard it, you’re in for a treat. You can listen, stream, or download the RadioLab Episode on “Colors”  (Episode 13) by clicking here.

The piece jumps into all kinds of subjects about color, including interview snippets with Victoria Finlay, who wrote the book by the name of Color. From Issac Newton and Homer; to how we see (as opposed to dogs, birds, butterflies, and mantis shrimp); to our language about color; to how Gamboge is made — it’s a great show with a fun soundtrack.

If you haven’t listened to RadioLab before, be sure to stick with it. Their station identification pieces are a little longer than most, and I do know people who have thought the program was over, when it was really just getting started.


by Deb Shaw

Even with budget cuts and sequestering, many of our nation’s National Parks offer Artist-in-Residence programs for all different types of artists, including botanical artists.

Applications are open for one such program: the Artist-in-Residence Program at Acadia National Park, SCHOODIC District, in Winter Harbor, Maine. This program offers artists housing for two-week to four-week periods so they can pursue their art while surrounded by the inspiring landscape of the park. The program is open in the spring and fall. No additional stipend is available.

In return, participating artists are asked to donate a piece of work representative of their style and their stay to the park collection. The park collection artworks are displayed to the public on a rotating schedule. Artists are also asked to participate in one public program per week of their residency, based on their preference for educational outreach. These may include demonstrations, talks, or workshops, and are only for a few hours of your stay.

Applications for the Arcadia artist-in-residence program must be received by October 28, 2013.

There are many such programs across the United States, with different applications and due dates. Most applications will need to include at least a few samples of your artwork. Be sure to read about the accommodations in each park before you apply. Some are quite nice; others extremely rustic, but all are available for a botanical adventure.

by Leslie Walker, posted by Deb Shaw

Consider adding a pollinator to your artwork. Enlargement of Salvia apiana image, with friendly bee. © Deborah Shaw, 2012, all rights reserved.

Consider adding a pollinator to your artwork. Enlargement of Salvia apiana image, with friendly bee. © Deborah Shaw, 2012, all rights reserved.

We received an Invitation from the Theodore Payne Foundation (TPF) for a BAGSC Show in 2014, which will require us to work in “Fast Track Mode.” This wonderful new opportunity will showcase our California native artwork, and be titled:

“Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California, the Art and Science of Native Plants”

The juried show will open on January 11, 2014, and go into March 2014. (Exact closing date to be determined.)

Entry deadline is November 30, 2013 when entry forms and scans or photos are due. (Instructions on where and how to send entries will be sent out later.)

Details are being worked out, but there is not a lot of time between now and the entry deadline, so we should be painting now. Each artist will be allowed a maximum of two works, no larger than 16″ w x 20″ l, featuring California natives and their pollinators (if you would like to include them).

The BAGSC entry fee will be $25.00, due prior to November 30, 2013.

All submissions must have the correct scientific binomial identification, which will be verified by Lily Singer at the Theodore Payne Foundation (TPF). All California natives and their pollinators are welcome, but, if you need specimens, you may go to TPF in Sun Valley to find plants to draw on their grounds, or purchase in their nursery. You can also speak to Lily if you need a cutting, which they may be able to provide.

Questions? Please email me.

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