by Leslie Walker and Deb Shaw

Salvia spathacea, Hummingbird Sage, watercolor by Joan Keesey, © 2013, all rights reserved.

Salvia spathacea, Hummingbird Sage, watercolor by Joan Keesey, © 2013, all rights reserved.

The Theodore Payne Foundation will be hosting an opening reception for the exhibition “The Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California, The Art and Science of Native Plants” on
January 11, 2014
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The exhibition is open for viewing from January 11 – March 15.

This juried exhibition was created by the Theodore Payne Foundation (TPF) in recognition of the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California (BAGSC) and the continuing importance of botanical art in the service of both science and art, knowledge and beauty. Jurors were: Olga Eysymott: Artist and teacher; founder of BAGSC; Bart O’Brien: Director Special Projects, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden; Co-author of “California Native Plants for the Garden”; and John Wickham: Past president of the board, Theodore Payne Foundation; native plant gardener.

The exhibition consists of 23 artworks by 14 BAGSC artists, including: Nina Antze, Diane Daly, Estelle DeRidder, Clara Josephs, Joan Keesey, Patricia A. Mark, Arillyn Moran-Lawrence, Lesley Randall, Mitsuko Schultz, Gilly Shaeffer, Janice Sharp, Deborah Shaw, Gayle Uyehara, and Jude Wiesenfeld.

The show encompasses a range of styles and media: from scientific illustration to plant portraits. Works effectively use pen and ink, watercolor on paper and vellum, colored pencil on paper and film, and mixed media to depict California native plants — many with their pollinators.

The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers & Native Plants is located at 10459 Tuxford Street, Sun Vally, CA 91352. Hours are Tuesday – Saturday. 8:30 – 4:30. The Theodore Payne Foundation is closed Sundays and Mondays. For information, call (818) 768-1802 during business hours.

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