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posted by Deb Shaw

Saying "happy trails" to Melanie; photo © Gayle Uyehara, 2017.

The BAGSC meeting and workshop took place in Gilly’s beautiful studio; photo © Gayle Uyehara, 2017.

The April 2 BAGSC quarterly meeting was held at Gilly Shaeffer’s home and we appreciate her warm hospitality. The meeting served as a farewell to Melanie Campbell-Carter who has since moved to Tucson. She will be missed by all of us at BAGSC for her enthusiasm, outstanding art work, dedication to the organization and outreach to all she met. Cristina Baltayian made an imaginative “Happy Trails” cake complete with cactus trim to speed her on her way.

Cristina Batalyian created a delicious chocolate cake succulent garden as a bon voyage for Melanie. Photo by Olga Ryabtsova, © 2017.

Cristina Batalyian created a delicious chocolate cake succulent garden as a bon voyage for Melanie. Photo by Olga Ryabtsova, © 2017.

The Educational portion of the meeting featured a mini class on Metalpoint techniques, led by Janice Sharp. The technique for preparing paper for metalpoint was demonstrated. Each participant was provided with a piece of prepared paper, “sandpaper” film, a thin piece of copper wire and a shell to draw. Everyone produced wonderful metalpoint shell drawings and had a great deal of fun investigating the potential of the technique.

Janice’s handout will be posted to the BAGSC website soon.

Janice demonstrated how to prepare the paper and showed sample metalpoint drawings before members got to work with the materials themselves.  Photo by Olga Ryabtsova, © 2017.

Janice demonstrated how to prepare the paper and showed sample metalpoint drawings before members got to work with the materials themselves. Photo by Olga Ryabtsova, © 2017.

BAGSC members hard at work on their shell drawings in metalpoint. Photo by Olga Ryabtsova, © 2017.

BAGSC members hard at work on their shell drawings in metalpoint. Photo by Olga Ryabtsova, © 2017.

One of the metalpoint drawings created during the workshop. Photo by Olga Ryabtsova, © 2017.

One of the metalpoint drawings created during the workshop. Photo by Olga Ryabtsova, © 2017.

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!

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 Clara Josephs

The June 4 BAGSC quarterly meeting is approaching! We will meet at 9:45 am at the San Marino home of BAGSC member Cordelia for a tour of her unique and amazing garden. The tour should last about an hour. Please RSVP to Alyse, our secretary. She will send you additional details about the day.

After the tour we will travel to the Los Angeles Arboretum for the business portion of our meeting. We will meet under the library, down the ramp, in the Bamboo Room. We plan to start the meeting no later than 12 noon. Please bring a sack lunch and drink. Food is available at the Peacock Cafe, however, lines can be long on the weekend.

Your tour of Cordelia’s garden will be greatly enhanced by reading her article that explains the inspiration for the garden and some of the construction specifics that went into its creation. You should have received a blast email with the article, address and specifics. If not, please email Deb.

The last BAGSC quarterly meeting, with the tour of the UC Riverside Botanic Garden was cancelled due to rain. We have a lot to cover at this meeting. Looking forward to seeing you on June 4!

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!

by Deb Shaw

There’s been a change in the meeting date for February. It will now be on February 9th, instead of February 2. A group email blast will be sent out shortly with details and the agenda for the meeting.

So, the BAGSC quarterly meetings for 2013 plus the holiday party are now as follows:

  • February 9
  • April 20
  • June 29
  • September 14
  • and the December 7 Holiday Party (no meeting included, just eating, drinking, and enjoying ourselves)

Let us know of any workshops or presentations you would like to see at one of the meetings.

Keep your eyes peeled for blog and email announcements of classes, workshops, activities and exhibitions. Next year will start off with a lot happening in January, and lots more to come. It promises to be an exciting year!

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