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By Bonnie Born Ash, posted by Deb Shaw

Mark your calendars for BAGSC 2014 Quarterly Meetings plus our annual holiday party! As you’ll notice, this year we’re alternating Saturday and Sunday meetings to accommodate the schedules of more of our members.

March 9 (Sunday)

May 3 (Saturday)

July 20 (Sunday)

September 6 (Saturday)

December 6 (Saturday) – Annual Holiday Party

Before each meeting, a detailed email blast will be sent to all members with host’s address, links to maps, and RSVP phone numbers. Each meeting will include a special program or demonstration. We will also have our usual creative potluck lunch and everyone is welcome to bring a sample of recent work to show!

Happy painting!

Many botanical artists come to their craft from the applied arts: textiles, jewelry, ceramics and more. BAGSC member Deb Shaw will be teaching two botanical art workshops at Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California, in conjunction with the exhibition “A Quest for Beauty: The Art of Van Cleef & Arpels.” The workshops will be held on February 4 and February 11, 2014 and will explore using graphite, colored pencil and watercolor techniques. Classes will draw from live specimens, using the original drawings of flowers and jewelry on display in the Nature Gallery of the Van Cleef & Arpels exhibition as inspiration.

Enhance your experience by attending the optional 1 PM Gallery Talk and tour of the exhibition, led by Bowers Museum staff (20 minutes) and is free with class registration. Original drawings and paintings for designs are on display in addition to the spectacular jewelry, including many paintings with botanical themes.

Session I | February 4: Graphite and Colored Pencil

Session II | February 11: Graphite and Watercolor

Fee: Individual class: Members: $15, Non-Members: $25
Series: Members $25, Non-Members: $35

One time “materials fee”, payable to instructor: $15

There are a few spots still available. For reservations: e-mail or call the Education Department at 714.567.3677.

“A Quest for Beauty: The Art of Van Cleef & Arpels” is a heritage exhibition spanning more than 100 years of history. The exhibition displays jewelry, watches, and precious accessories, as well as archive drawings and documents of the Place Vendôme High Jewelry Maison. More than 200 pieces from the private collections of Van Cleef & Arpels are  on display. The exhibition is built around four themes that continue to inspire the Maison: Nature, Elegance, Exoticism and Femininity. The exhibition ends on February 15, 2014.

Bowers Museum is located near the intersection of the 5 and the 22 Freeways, at: 2002 North Main Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706.

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