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by Lori Vreeke, posted by Deb Shaw

Flower images photographed by Lori Vreeke at the Santa Barbara Zoo, © 2015, all rights reserved.

Flower images photographed by Lori Vreeke at the Santa Barbara Zoo, © 2015, all rights reserved.

BAGSC will be holding a juried exhibition at the Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens, entitled “Zoo in Bloom”.

All current BAGSC members in good standing are eligible to enter up to two (2) original works of art of botanical flowering specimens grown at the zoo (no prints).  Artwork must depict plants that grow at the Zoo, but does not have to be drawn there. There is no size limitation, and works may have been shown in previous BAGSC, ASBA, Filoli or other exhibitions.

The exhibition will continue through the end of the 2015 and will be open every day to visitors of the zoo. Due to space constraints, this will be a juried show with approximately 30 pieces of art hung. Jurors will be a zoo representative, a local Southern California juror and a juror from the UK. All original artwork must be for sale, prints not allowed.

Submission Deadline is September 5, 2015. Questions? Contact Lori Vreeke.

Flower images photographed by Lori Vreeke at the Santa Barbara Zoo, © 2015, all rights reserved.

Flower images photographed by Lori Vreeke at the Santa Barbara Zoo, © 2015, all rights reserved.

A plant list and the Call for Entries packet will be emailed to BAGSC members.

The opening reception for this wonderful opportunity will be in conjunction with the gala celebrating Santa Barbara Zoo Members Day, running from 9:00am – 5:00pm on Saturday, October 3, 2015. BAGSC artists will be  demonstrating throughout the day in the gardens and an information table will be set up to answer any questions about our exhibit and BAGSC. Sign-up requests to follow.

The Santa Barbara zoo is home to over 600 animals on 30 acres of lush gardens overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  The property was originally  home to a private residence and was gifted to the city as a park. In 1963, the zoo opened to the public featuring formal gardens and lawns, native plants and trees, cacti and succulents, ornamentals and exotic species throughout the park to recreate natural habitat.

Flower images photographed by Lori Vreeke at the Santa Barbara Zoo, © 2015, all rights reserved.

Flower images photographed by Lori Vreeke at the Santa Barbara Zoo, © 2015, all rights reserved.

by Leslie Walker and Carol Woodin, posted by Deb Shaw

California Islands SymposiaThe 9th Annual California Islands Symposium is holding a juried show in conjunction with the National Park Service Centennial Celebration.

Exhibition dates:
October 3-7, 2016, Ventura Beach Marriott, Ventura, California

With special showing
October 9 – November 6, 2016, Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, California

Accepting Submissions: April 1, 2016 – July 1, 2016

Details for submission can be found at

Artists are invited to enter original artwork in any two-dimensional medium that reflects the beauty and uniqueness of the California islands. All entries must depict the flora, fauna, or landscapes of the California islands. The show will be hung for the duration of the conference. A special showing at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden will follow. Cash prize awards.

The California Islands Symposium and National Park Service believe that including the arts in the international symposium is a critical component in cultivating a greater appreciation of the unique California islands.

First Place $500
Second Place $300
Third Place $200

All winning entries and the Conference Choice entry will be published on the California Islands, Channel Islands National Park, and Santa Barbara Botanical Garden websites.

2016 Exhibition Calendar

  • April 1, 2016: Accepting entry forms and digital images
  • July 6: Deadline for receipt of images
  • August 3: Selection results mailed
  • September 26: Deadline for shipped artwork to be received
  • September 28: Deadline for hand-carried artwork
  • October 3: Exhibition opens to California Islands Symposium attendees and the public
  • October 7: Exhibition closes at 1:00 pm
  • October 9: Exhibition opens at Santa Barbara Botanical Garden
  • November 6: Exhibition closes at 3:00 pm. Pick-up until 5:00 pm
  • November 8: Artwork shipped back to artists

Open to all artists. Artists are invited to enter original artwork in any two-dimensional medium that reflects the beauty and uniqueness of the flora, fauna, and landscapes of the California Islands.

Digital Image Procedure
Entries may include up to three digital images. Artists will pay one entry fee for three images. All work must be .jpg file at least 300 dpi. It is crucial that all images be on the highest quality so our judges can fully appreciate and scrutinize your entry.

Entry Fees
$35 for each entry.

Jury Procedure
All artwork will be juried by digital image. Criteria for acceptance will include artistic presentation and technical use of medium, represented by a high-quality digital image. Artists whose work has been accepted will be notified by email by July 30, 2016. Winners will be selected by judges; final choices will be confirmed in person at the conference. The Conference Choice winner will be chosen by attendee votes at the conference.

Further Information
For further information, please check the California Islands Symposium website, or contact Paula Power, (805)658-5784.


Bruce Everett, Professor Emeritus, California State University Northridge, is a renowned landscape painter with over 50 years of experience teaching at the college level as Professor of Painting, Drawing and Design. His work is represented in museum and corporate collections, public commissions, and has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Everett’s work appears in many publications including L.A.Rising: SoCal Artists Before 1980.

Hank Pitcher, painter of California culture and the coastal landscape, is a Senior Lecturer SOE of the College of Creative Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he has been part of the core faculty since 1971. A cross-disciplinarian active in conservation, Pitcher is a member of the Advisory Committee of the University of California Natural Reserve System, the Oak Group, and supporter of numerous local and national conservation organizations. He is represented by Sullivan Goss, An American Gallery, Santa Barbara.

Karen Kitchel is intrigued by concepts of native vs. invasive, and landscapes that contain stories of human exploration, occupation, and change. The resulting paintings combine meticulous craftsmanship with a conceptual point of view and aggressive, minimalist presentation.

Kitchel’s oil paintings have been featured in exhibitions throughout the U.S., and are in numerous private and public collections worldwide, including the Denver Art Museum, the Palm Springs Art Museum, and the U.S. State Department, among others.

Karen Kitchel was born in Battle Creek, Michigan and graduated from Kalamazoo College and Claremont Graduate University. She has exhibited professionally for over thirty years, and is represented by Robischon Gallery of Denver, CO, and Gerald Peters Gallery of Santa Fe, NM and New York, NY.

alert sent by GNSI member Miste Caulder, posted by Deb Shaw

Orange County Creatives in Laguna Beach, CA has a call for entries out for their 2015 exhibition, “Flora and Fauna.” Entry deadline is August 15, 2015; the entry fee for one – five artworks is $35.00, with a media fee to place the image on the website (per sample over minimum) of $5.00.

The exhibition is juried, and celebrates all the plants and animals of all regions and times, from artists around the world. Information about the exhibition and the link to the exhibition application can be found on the website.

Orange County Creatives is located at:
761 S Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Hours: M-W 1 to 5 F 1 to 5, Sat and Sun 11 to 5
First Thursday of the month 6 to 9

by Clara Josephs, posted by Deb Shaw

Here is some helpful information regarding the cost of Olga’s Sunday class at the LA Arboretum. The base cost of the class (through Otis) for noncredit is $435 plus the required amount of $39 for insurance and registration fees. You may deduct up to two $50 ($100 total!) discounts as they apply to you.

Choose from any two of the following:

  • Senior, 60 and over: subtract $50
  • KCRW member with valid card in your name: subtract $50
  • Early bird registration until August 23: subtract $50
  • Alumni discount: subtract $50

Take two discounts and the cost of the class is $374 for 8 full days of instruction!

For convenience, here is the basic information posted in a previous BAGSC Blog post:
Graphite for Botanical Illustration. Classes will held for 8 Sundays, from September 13 through November 1, 9:30–4:30 and is appropriate for all skill levels. Register through Otis College 310 665 6950 class # XILU3556. This class is not yet up on the website, but will fill quickly. If you are interested, register soon by phone.

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