By Tania Marien and Estelle DeRidder, posted by Deb Shaw

Patricia Mark at the opening reception "For the Love of Botanicals." Photo credit: Tania Marien, © 2016.

Patricia Mark at the opening reception “For the Love of Botanicals.” Photo credit: Tania Marien, © 2016.

This month BAGSC President Patricia Mark shared her passion for plants, gardens and art in her solo exhibition For the Love of Botanicals.

Twenty drawings and paintings adorned the walls of Bunny Gunner Gallery, a bright and airy gallery located along the quaint tree-lined streets of the historic Claremont Village, in Claremont, California.

The exhibition opened with a very successful reception on July 2. The gallery filled immediately with admiring and enthusiastic guests. Guests included members of the public, friends and current and former Guild members.

Patricia’s paintings were rendered on archival cotton rag in watercolor, colored pencil and graphite. The paintings range in size from approximately 10″ x 10″ to 16″ x 20″. With good street exposure, the artwork is clearly visible from outside the intimate gallery, which attracted members of the public who might not have had intentions of visiting a botanical art exhibition. During the reception the guests spent time examining the artwork up-close and admiring the detail. Many of the pieces have sold.

BAGSC members at Patricia Mark's opening reception included (from left to right): Melanie Campbell-Carter, Patricia Mark, Marilyn Parrino, and Nancy Beckham. Photo credit: Tania Marien, © 2016.

BAGSC members at Patricia Mark’s opening reception included (from left to right): Melanie Campbell-Carter, Patricia Mark, Marilyn Parrino, and Nancy Beckham. Photo credit: Tania Marien, © 2016.

Patricia earned a Botanical Art Certificate at Filoli. Her work has been shown at Filoli, Descanso Gardens, Chapman University Leatherby Library, Roger’s Garden, the Pasadena Showcase House, the Theodore Payne Gallery and the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden.

This exhibit has been extended till August 3rd, with an additional Artists’ Reception on Saturday, July 30 from 6 pm – 9 pm.

The Bunny Gunner Gallery is located at 230 West Bonita Avenue, Claremont, California, 91711, 909.624.7238. The gallery is open:
Tuesday: 12 – 6 pm
Wednesday – Friday: 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday: 12 am – 4 pm

Patricia Mark with guests (left to right): Diane Daly, Patricia Mark, and Estelle DeRidder (far right). Photo credit: Jack Daly, © 2016.

Patricia Mark with BAGSC member guests (left to right): Diane Daly, Patricia Mark, Olga Eysymont, and Estelle DeRidder. Photo credit: Jack Daly, © 2016.

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