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posted by Deb Shaw

In anticipation of the opening of The Chinese and Japanese Gardens at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, this 2020 group show by the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California (BAGSC) focuses on the plants of Asia.

The exhibition can be viewed at the Brody Botanical Center during regular visitor hours, from January 15 – May 6, 2020.

BAGSC artists in the exhibition include: Natalia Alatortseva, Stephanie Buehler, Akiko Enokido, Janice Hoiberg, Laurel Tucker Krishock, Susan Mark-Raymond, Terri Munroe, Lang Anh Pham, Mitsuko Schultz, Beth Stone, and Jin Wang.

BAGSC artworks in the Brody Botanical Center at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.

BAGSC artworks in the Brody Botanical Center at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.

BAGSC artworks in the Brody Botanical Center at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.

BAGSC artworks in the Brody Botanical Center at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens.

by Deb Shaw

Adrian Higgins, a columnist with The Washington Post wrote a wonderful article yesterday, January 29, 2020 about Alice Tangerini and botanical art. Entitled Botanical illustration is becoming endangered, but the job is essential, the article covers Alice’s important work, and also interviews Bobbi Angell.

See the article and images here.

by The Natural History Institute, posted by Deb Shaw

Artwork by Melanie Campbell-Carter, Cylindropuntia leptocaulis, Christmas Cholla, © 2019.

Artwork by Melanie Campbell-Carter, Cylindropuntia leptocaulis, Christmas Cholla, © 2019.

Melanie Campbell-Carter will give a botanical talk at the Natural History Institute on Thursday, February 6th at 7 pm (Mountain Standard Time, MST). Entitled Passion, Devotion, Intimacy: Art and Natural History, Melanie will explore the strong connection between art and natural history. She will also share some of the stories behind Arizona Originals: Native Plants of Arizona, an exhibition by the Southwest Society of Botanical Artists on display from from January 24 – April 10, 2020 in the gallery at The Natural History Institute.

Melanie Campbell-Carter

Melanie Campbell-Carter

Everyone is invited to join Melanie and other artists from the Southwest Society chapter for an evening of fresh ideas about a cherished tradition belonging to both art and natural history. This event is free to the public and will also be available via livestream for those who can’t attend. To watch the livestream lecture, click here. It will be livestreamed at 7 pm MST Thursday, February 6, then archived at the same link for future viewing.

For more information about these events, or to register for the field workshop, contact the Natural History Institute: info@naturalhistoryinstitute.org ~ (928) 863-3232. The Natural History Institute is located at 126 N. Marina Street, Prescott, Arizona, 86301.

Two other events will take place around the Arizona Originals exhbition. The first is an opening reception, which will take place on Friday, January 24th, from 5 – 7:30 pm MST. This free kickoff event is open to the public and is part of Prescott’s 4th Friday Art Walk.

The second and final event takes place on Saturday, March 7th, 1-5 pm MST. From Eye to Paper: Artists’ Insights, is a field workshop led by the Southwest Society of Botanical Artists and naturalist Bob Ellis.

The workshop will begin at the Natural History Institute, then move to a nearby field location where a team of artists and naturalists will guide participants in a direct experience of observation and drawing. The registration fee is $25. Space is limited to 12 participants.

The Southwest Society of Botanical Artists (SWSBA) is the Arizona chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the tradition of botanical art which combines science and art.

by Janet Parker, posted by Deb Shaw

Heeyoung Kim Pen & Ink Workshop

Acclaimed botanical artist and instructor, Heeyoung Kim, will give a 3-day workshop in Portland, Oregon this spring in pen-and-ink:
Thursday-through-Saturday
April 16 thru 18

Heeyoung is the 2012 recipient of the ASBA’s highest honor, The Diane Bouchier Award for Excellence in Botanical Art. She’s also a skilled and patient teacher.

The workshop will be held at the Oregon Society of Artists.
For more information and to register, please visit the workshop page for the Oregon Society of Artists website.

To learn more about Heeyoung and her work, here’s a link to her website.

Questions? Contact Janet Parker.

The Oregon Society of Artists is located at:
2185 S.W. Park Place, Portland, Oregon 97205, 503-228-0706

The BAGSC Botanical Day of Art is almost here, and the website has been updated with more information. There are still a few spots available for:
Sunday, January 26, 2020
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden
301 N Baldwin Ave, Arcadia, CA 91007

Cost, BAGSC Members: $50
Non-Members: $60

Be sure to visit the BAGSC website at https://bagsc.org/classes/bagsc-botanical-art-workshop-2020 to review updated information, including:

  • A full schedule of the day;
  • Instructors and subjects for each of the four sessions;
  • Supplies provided;
  • Supplies for sharing;
  • AND the BAGSC Mercado!

Last year we sold extras from the art supplies purchased for the Day of Art, and participants were clamoring for more. We have just added a BAGSC “Mercado” to the day: in addition to the workshop sessions, BAGSC will be selling extra art supplies purchased for the “Day of Art” as well as gently-used art supplies in our very own Art Supply Mercado.

Please bring cash or check; credit cards will not be accepted for the Art Supply Mercado.

Registration is online and easy. Hope to see you there!

by Suzanne Kuuskmae

Olga Ryabstova is back at Destination: Art to teach a second Silverpoint workshop. This workshop will build on the first, but is still appropriate for beginners and those new to silverpoint.

Registration is at: www.destination-art.net  Click on classes and pay on-line by credit card.
Silverpoint with Olga Ryabtsova
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Tuition: $85
Tools: $20 in class (if you need them)
9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Olga Ryabtsova, Magnolia, silverpoint

Olga Ryabtsova, Magnolia, silverpoint, © 2019, all rights reserved.

Silverpoint is a metal media that can leave a mark on the prepared abrasive surface and is known for its fine, delicate strokes as well as high archival qualities. Many silverpoint drawings by Old Masters can be seen in museums. All supplies will be provided for this class if you are a beginning student: stylus with silver point, paper, and suggested subjects. You may also bring your own simple image if you wish.

Olga will be guiding you with making appropriate strokes to make a beautiful rendering of your subject. The supplies charge will be $20 additional payable at class directly to Olga. If you already have supplies, you can bring them to class.

Olga Ryabstova is a member of Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California and the American Society of Botanical Artists and has been teaching silverpoint techniques for several years.

by Deb Shaw

Back by popular demand! Last year’s BAGSC BOTANICAL ART WORKSHOP was such a great success, we’ve created a new one! Start a creative 2020 with:

BASIC BOTANICAL ART WORKSHOP
A Day of Botanical Art Skills & Techniques for All Levels

Sunday, January 26, 2020
9am to 4pm
Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden
301 N. Baldwin Ave., Arcadia, CA 91007

Participants may choose from a variety hands-on sessions taught by skilled BAGSC teachers in a new, longer, 80-minute format! Choose which sessions you want to attend the day of the event.

  • Color Mixing and Pigments
  • Colored Pencil and Watercolor Pencil
  • Drawing Leaves and Flowers
  • Dry Brush Technique
  • Fixing Fiddly Bits with Masking Fluid
  • Graphite (Pencil) Techniques
  • Nature Journaling
  • Pen & Ink
  • Pen, Watercolor & Colored Pencil
  • Silverpoint
  • Watercolor
  • AND MORE!

BAGSC Artists include:

  • Cristina Baltayian
  • Sally Jacobs
  • Kathlyn Powell
  • Lesley Randall
  • Olga Ryabtsova
  • Mitsuko Schultz
  • Gilly Shaeffer
  • Deborah Shaw

$50 BAGSC Members ~ $60 Non-Members 

Register online at
https://bagsc.org/classes/bagsc-botanical-art-workshop-2020

No refunds after January 17, 2020.

BAGSC Basic Botanical Art, photo © Deborah Shaw.

All basic supplies are included in the registration cost. Beginners can try new techniques while others can brush up their skills and try out new materials.

Please register early. Spaces are limited, and this workshop is open to the public. Registrations are expected to fill quickly.

Questions? Contact BAGSC’s education chair at the link on the online registration page above.

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