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by Clara Josephs, posted by Deb Shaw

Be sure it’s on your calendar: BAGSC’s general quarterly meeting is coming up in two weeks, on Sunday, September 11. As usual, BAGSC members will receive this meeting notification in an email blast with directions to the location, at the home of BAGSC’s President.

Join us to see the unveiling of BAGSC’s new website, hear plans for workshops and upcoming exhibitions, and see a demonstration of carbon dust. Coffee will be served at 9:30 a.m. and the business meeting will begin promptly at 10. Bring a lunch item to share. The carbon dust demonstration will follow our potluck lunch.

Carpooling is recommended. In addition to your lunch contribution, bring any painting you are working to show or to receive help from our members.  Questions? Contact Pat Mark or Clara Josephs.

Looking forward to seeing you on September 11, at 9:30 a.m!

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by Clara Josephs, posted by Deb Shaw

BAGSC’s Fall general quarterly meeting will be held on Sunday, September 11 at the home of BAGSC’s president. BAGSC members also will receive this meeting notification in an email blast with directions.

Coffee will be served at 9:30 a.m. and the business meeting will begin promptly at 10. A highlight of the meeting will be the official unveiling of our new BAGSC website. Come to the meeting, get a tour of the new site, and learn how your images can be part of our members’ gallery. We also have several new workshops to announce.

Bring a lunch item to share. Following our potluck lunch, Kathy Morgan will demonstrate the use of carbon dust to create stunning botanical portraits. After studying with Olga Eysymontt, Kathy has mastered this unique method of painting known for rich, dark values and flawless transitions. You will have an opportunity to try working with the materials and get feedback from Kathy.

As always, carpooling is recommended. In addition to your lunch contribution, bring any painting you are working to show or to receive help from our members. Questions? Contact Pat Mark or Clara Josephs.

Looking forward to seeing you on September 11, at 9:30 a.m!

by Deb Shaw

Hunt 15th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration
Every three years the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) holds its annual conference in Pittsburgh, PA to coincide with the Hunt Institute’s International Exhibition. This year is no exception: the 15th International Exhibition will open on September 15, and will run through December 15, 2016.

The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation established the International Exhibition in 1964 with the purpose of supporting and encouraging contemporary botanical artists. The upcoming exhibition features 43 works by 43 different artists from 15 different countries. A few selected works from the exhibition can be viewed on the website.

Cover of the Hunt 15th International Exhibition Catalog. Cover art: Soft Tree Fern, Dicksonia antarctica [Dicksonia antarctica Labillardière, Dicksoniaceae], watercolor on paper by Laurie Andrews (1936–), 2008, 76.5 × 56.5 cm, HI Art accession no. 8078, reproduced by permission of the artist.

Cover of the Hunt 15th International Exhibition Catalog. Cover art: Soft Tree Fern, Dicksonia antarctica [Dicksonia antarctica Labillardière, Dicksoniaceae], watercolor on paper by Laurie Andrews (1936–), 2008, 76.5 × 56.5 cm, HI Art accession no. 8078, reproduced by permission of the artist.

As always, the exhibition is accompanied by a full-color catalogue containing reproductions of all of the artworks, as well as biographies and portraits of the artists. Collectively, the 15 catalogues of each exhibition features 1,172 contemporary botanical artists from around the world.

The opening reception on October 13, from 6 pm – 9 pm is open to the public, and also is a highlight of the ASBA conference. The curators of the exhibition will give a short introduction to the exhibition in the gallery at 6:30 pm. Catalogues will be available for sale at the opening.

The Hunt Institute is located at: 4909 Frew Street, 5th Floor, Hunt Library. The exhibition will be on display on the 5th floor of the Hunt Library building at Carnegie Mellon University and will be open to the public free of charge. Hours: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–noon and 1–5 p.m.; Sunday, 1–4 p.m. (except 20 November and 24–27 November). Because the Hunt’s hours of operation are occasionally subject to change, please call or email before your visit to confirm. For further information, contact the Hunt Institute at 412-268-2434, or email.

Early Bird Registration for the 22nd Annual ASBA Meeting and Conference CLOSES AUGUST 7, 2016!
The deadline for early registration discounts for the 22nd Annual ASBA Meeting and Conference closes on August 7, 2016. Early registration fees (on or before August 7) are $360. Register now online. After August 7, registration jumps to $425. Registration closes September 4, 2016, no exceptions.

Join ten other BAGSC members who have registered for the conference so far. See old friends, meet new friends from all over the world, learn new techniques and get inspired.

The conference will be held at the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, just a few blocks from Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Garden, The Carnegie Museum of Natural History, The Carnegie Museum of Art, and the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh. And, of course, there is the Hunt 15th Annual International Exhibition—one of the world’s most prestigious exhibitions of botanical art and a must-see.

BAGSC member Margaret Best will be teaching a one-day workshop on watercolor, “From the Ground Up.” BAGSC member Deborah Shaw will be giving an up-to-the-very-minute lecture about how to protect your images on the web, along with some tips and tricks and a list of helpful and fun apps.

There are still openings in various workshops, including graphite, colored pencil, and pen-and-ink. There are many fascinating lectures available at no additional charge. And there are openings available for a field trip to visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater.

Read about the conference, sessions and instructors on ASBA’s website, make your selections, then go to the online registration site to register.

There are 193 ASBA members who have registered so far. Come join us in Pittsburgh!

by Diane Daly, Alyse Ochniak, and Deb Shaw

We’ve added a new category to our BAGSC Blog; if you look in the left column, you will see a CALENDAR category. If you ever need a quick reference to a date, click the word “CALENDAR” and you will be taken directly to the listing below of important upcoming dates.

We will be updating the calendar constantly as we learn about new information. Something not there that should be? Email Deb Shaw. Corrections, edits, changes? Email Deb about those, too.

March:

1: Submissions can be sent for BAGSC Exhibition at Roger’s Gardens, “Looking for Flora”. Final submission deadline is April 23.

3: LA Arboretum Library walk-through with Susan Eubank (not a BAGSC event)

6:  BAGSC Quarterly Meeting at UC Riverside Botanic Garden CANCELLED due to Rain (hooray for rain!) Watch the blog and email blasts to learn about rescheduling.

16: Deadline for submissions to “Focus on Nature: Natural and Cultural History Illustration Exhibition”. Visit the FON website for information and entry form.

19 and 20:  Lee McCaffree Classes (two classes, one day each): A Painting! What Do You See? and Completing a Painting

 

April:

1: Submissions due for California Islands Symposium, “Island Art Exhibition”. (not a BAGSC event) Details for submission can be found at http://www.californiaislands.net/island-art-exhibition/

3: Submissions due for ASBA Exhibition: “The Beauty of Botanicals”, at the OA Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri. See information on the ASBA website, https://www.asba-art.org/calls-for-entries/beauty-botanicals

5: Opening of Filoli Exhibition, which runs from April 5 – June 12. (not a BAGSC event)

17: Submissions due to Beth Stone: BAGSC Exhibition, “Everything is Coming Up Roses”, Descanso Gardens

23: Submission deadline for BAGSC Exhibition, “Looking for Flora”, Roger’s Gardens

23: Silverpoint at Destination: Art! with Morgan Kari (not a BAGSC event), 9:30 – 3:30

29: Deliver artwork for BAGSC Descanso Exhibition “Everything is Coming Up Roses” (on or before April 29).

29 – May 1:  Christina Baltayian’s class has a Botanical Art show at the LA Arboretum (not a BAGSC event)

 

May: 

6: Submissions due for 19th Annual International ASBA and Horticultural Society of New York exhibition. See information on ASBA’s website, http://asba-art.org

7: Opening reception for BAGSC member Estelle DeRidder’s exhibition at Theodore Payne Foundation, “Scientific Illustrations of California Native Plants and Pollinators”. (not a BAGSC event)

14 – 15: BAGSC Exhibition, Descanso Gardens, “Everything is Coming Up Roses”. Demonstrations at Descanso Gardens.

16: Drop off accepted artwork to Roger’s Gardens.

21:  Roger’s Gardens Opening of BAGSC Exhibition, “Looking for Flora”. Demonstrations at Roger’s Gardens.

21 – June 5: Roger’s Gardens BAGSC Exhibition , “Looking for Flora”will run from May 21 – June 5, 2016

 

June:

3: Opening reception for ASBA “The Beauty of Botanicals” at the OA Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri.

3 – 30: Exhibition dates for ASBA “The Beauty of Botanicals” at the OA Gallery in St. Louis, Missouri.

4: BAGSC Quarterly Meeting: Special garden tour at a private Pasadena-area home garden. The meeting will follow at noon in the Bamboo Room at the Los Angeles County Arboretum.

6: Pick up artwork from Roger’s Gardens.

5 and 19:  Deborah Shaw is teaching at The Getty, “Drawing from the Masters: Nature Journaling”. (not a BAGSC event)

12: Filoli Exhibition closes.

15: Submissions due for BAGSC’s LA Arboretum Library Exhibition, “Capturing the Arboretum: The Art of Botanical Illustration.”

 

July:

3-9:  GNSI Conference in Santa Cruz, Ca.  All are encouraged to come.  Information and registration web address will be posted as soon as it is available. Advance information is available at: http://gnsi.org

6: Last day to submit images and entry forms for California Islands Symposium, “Island Art Exhibition”. (not a BAGSC event) Details for submission can be found at http://www.californiaislands.net/island-art-exhibition/

16: Opening reception for BAGSC’s LA Arboretum Library Exhibition, “Capturing the Arboretum: The Art of Botanical Illustration,” 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm.

16 – December 29, 2016: Exhibition dates for BAGSC’s LA Arboretum Library Exhibition, “Capturing the Arboretum: The Art of Botanical Illustration.”

17:  Deborah Shaw is teaching at The Getty, in conjunction with The Getty’s exhibition “Unruly Nature: The Landscapes of Théodore Rousseau”, “Drawing from the Masters: Drawing Trees”. (not a BAGSC event)

30: Lesley Randall is teaching a workshop entitled “Mixed Media Botanical Art” at the San Diego Botanic Garden. (not a BAGSC event)

 

August:

12: Submission Deadline for BAGSC San Diego Botanic Garden “Cornucopia” Exhibition.

 

September:

11:  BAGSC Quarterly Meeting

23: BAGSC San Diego Botanic Garden, “Cornucopia” Exhibition. Install and opening reception. BAGSC demonstrations.

23 – November 18:  BAGSC San Diego Botanic Garden, “Cornucopia” Exhibition.

 

October:

3 – November 6: California Islands Symposium, “Island Art Exhibition” open to the public in Ventura, California (until October 7) and then in Santa Barbara, California (from October 9 – November 6). (not a BAGSC event)

13 – 15: ASBA Annual Conference, Pittsburgh

 

November:

1: Submissions can be sent for “Out of the Woods: Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens”, the Third New York Botanical Garden Triennial. Submissions will be accepted through April 28, 2017. See information on ASBA’s website, http://asba-art.org

November 6: Closing date for California Islands Symposium, “Island Art Exhibition”, Santa Barbara, California (from October 9 – November 6). (not a BAGSC event)

7 – 11: Anne-Marie Evans workshop at Virginia Robinson Gardens (not a BAGSC event)

18:  “Incredible Edibles” exhibition closes at San Diego Botanic Gardens.

 

December:

3:  BAGSC Quarterly Meeting and Party

 

Important 2017 Dates to Track:

January, 2107

BAGSC Outreach Program to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Laguna Woods Garden Club in Orange County. An anticipated 100 Laguna Woods members will be participating.

October, 2017:

ASBA Annual Conference, San Francisco

2018:

BAGSC Exhibition at Chapman University, Leatherby Libraries. Theme is invasive plants.

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