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posted by Deb Shaw

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Descanso Gardens had perfect specimens of California native plants on the demonstration tables, with the botanical and common names on tags.

The most recent of BAGSC’s ongoing exhibitions at the Descanso Gardens opened on Friday May 19, 20017. The theme of the show is California Natives.

On the May 20 and 21 weekend, BAGSC held botanical art demonstrations in the Boddy House in conjunction with the exhibition opening and the Rose Festival at Descanso. Thank you Estelle DeRidder, Mitsuko Schultz and Janice Sharp for demonstrating botanical art and talking with the public.

Upon arrival at the Body House the demonstration artists were presented with fresh-cut California native flowers in vases on our cloth-covered tables. Each flower had a tag printed with its common name as well as its botanical name. Each was a perfect example of the species.

The continuous stream of visitors to the Boddy House were very enthusiastic about the art and the Native Plants on the table.

Docents at the Boddy House were very excited and complementary about our art and enjoyed seeing the change over of art. (They keep tabs on the exhibitions.)

The BAGSC sign at the beginning of the exhibition gives information about our organization and mission.

The BAGSC sign at the beginning of the exhibition gives information about our organization and mission.

The Boddy House at Descanso Gardens is open daily (except Mondays) from 10 am to 4 pm (the gardens are open daily 9-5).

The California Native Plants show runs until May 2018. The next BAGSC Descanso Garden show theme will be Plants from a Japanese Garden and will run from March, 2018 to March, 2019. Entries are due no later than February 12, 2018. Visit the BAGSC Exhibitions page for more details.

Happy painting.

Hanging along wall in the Boddy House at Descanso Gardens.

Hanging along wall in the Boddy House at Descanso Gardens.

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by Beth Stone

© 2016, Descanso Gardens Guild, Inc. Image information: Matilija Poppies, © Descanso Gardens.

© 2016, Descanso Gardens Guild, Inc. Image information: Matilija Poppies, © Descanso Gardens.

Descanso Gardens has announced a call for entries for its second juried exhibition, entitled “Portraits of the Garden II — BLOOM!” Following its popular 2014 exhibition “Portraits of the Garden,” Descanso hopes to cover the walls of the Sturt Haaga Gallery with artwork of flowers.

Any artwork depicting flowers, floral forms, and the flower’s role in the life-cycle of plants in any artwork style and medium will be considered.

Entries may be submitted at callforentry.org. Descanso Gardens members receive a 75 percent discount off the $60 entry fee; members should use promo code Flower17 to receive the discount.

The deadline for submissions is January 11, 2017. “BLOOM!” will be on display at the Sturt Haaga Gallery from March 7 to May 28, 2017. Read detailed Exhibition and Artwork Requirements here.

Descanso Gardens is located at: 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge 91011.

by Beth Stone

Boddy House Postcard from 1967.

Boddy House Postcard from 1967.

In the 1930’s Descanso’s Boddy House was built for E. Manchester Boddy, founder of Descanso Gardens, as a home for his family. It is situated majestically on a hillside with grand views of the San Gabriel Mountains. This elegant Hollywood Regency style mansion now serves as a museum preserving Descanso Garden history and continues as a location for entertaining in style.

In the Spring of 2015, BAGSC’s “A Passion for Camellias” exhibit was hung along an interior hallway of the Boddy House, leading to and spilling into the kitchen. The space is ideally suited to botanical art as it invites close observation and is sheltered from sunlight, protecting sensitive media. The botanical art style is very compatible with the feel of the mansion.

Boddy House: Photo by Beth Stone © 2013, all rights reserved.

Boddy House: Photo by Beth Stone © 2013, all rights reserved.

Artists Diane Daly, Estelle DeRidder, Clara Josephs, Joan Keesey, Patricia Mark, Mitsuko Schultz, Gilly Shaeffer, Janice Sharp, and Beth Stone contributed the artwork for BAGSC’s “A Passion for Camellias” exhibit which graced the walls of Descanso’s Boddy House for a full year.

On Monday May 9th the BAGSC Camellia artworks were taken down and a new exhibit celebrating roses was hung in their place.

Camellia Exhibit: Photo by Beth Stone © 2015, all rights reserved.

Camellia Exhibit: Photo by Beth Stone © 2015, all rights reserved.

BAGSC artists contributing to the new exhibit “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” are Bonnie Born Ash, Cynthia Jackson, Suzanne Kuushmae, Lee McCaffree, Marilyn Parrino, Gilly Shaeffer, Janice Sharp, Beth Stone and Ellie Tu. Thanks to the variety and quality of the artworks and the professional hanging the exhibit is lovely! “Everything’s Coming Up Roses” made its debute May 10th , timed to be on display for Descanso’s Rose Festival on the weekend of May 14th & 15th. BAGSC volunteers will demonstrate our art form during the Rose Festival.

Rose Hanging in Progress: Photo by Beth Stone © 2016, all rights reserved.

Rose Hanging in Progress: Photo by Beth Stone © 2016, all rights reserved.

The Boddy House is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays and is included with admission to Descanso Gardens.

Many thanks to Descanso Gardens, especially David Brown, Susan Armstrong and Cris Martinez for welcoming BAGSC artworks to the Boddy House. Thanks also to Paul Gellman for his thoughtful, professional hanging of the new exhibit.

by Janice Sharp and Beth Stone, posted by Deb Shaw

Rose Hips, Rosa californica (California Rose), Janice Sharp, colored pencil, © 2016, all rights reserved.

Rose Hips, Rosa californica (California Rose), Janice Sharp, colored pencil, © 2016, all rights reserved.

In 2015, BAGSC had a wonderful opportunity to exhibit in Van de Kamp Hall at Descanso Gardens. The show, A Passion for Camellias, was shown in conjunction with the first Camellia flower show of the 2015 show season. [Read about the past articles right here on the BAGSC Blog: https://bagscblog.com/2015/05/01/bagsc-botanical-camellia-art-exhibit-at-descansos-boddy-house/ and https://bagscblog.com/2015/01/20/bagsc-exhibits-botanical-camellia-art-at-descanso-camellia-flower-show/%5D

The show was so successful, Descanso Gardens requested 11 art works from the initial display of 20 be re-hung in the historic and beautifully restored Boddy House, where they have remained on display.

BAGSC now has the opportunity to exhibit at Descanso as a feature of their May 14th and 15th, 2016 Rose Festival.  Entitled “Everything’s Coming Up Roses”, the subject matter, is, of course, ROSES!

Rosa (Watercolor Rose -- really the common name; I wouldn't kid you about that), Beth Stone, watercolor, © 2016, all rights reserved.

Rosa (Watercolor Rose — really the common name; I wouldn’t kid you about that), Beth Stone, watercolor, © 2016, all rights reserved.

This exhibition will replace the Camellia exhibition, and will run until 2017.

Questions? Contact either: Janice Sharp or Beth Stone.

Complete submission of up to two (2) artworks, forms and $35 entry fee are due by April 17, 2016. The official “Call for Entries” packet has been emailed to BAGSC members. Please contact Janice or Beth if you did not receive the Call for Entries packet.

Happy painting!

by Janice Sharp and Beth Stone

Gilly Shaeffer demonstrating her watercolor technique. Gilly Shaeffer demonstrating her watercolor technique. Photo credit: Brad King (SCCS President).

Gilly Shaeffer demonstrating her watercolor technique. Gilly Shaeffer demonstrating her watercolor technique. Photo credit: Brad King (SCCS President).

In January of 2015 BAGSC staged a show entitled A Passion for Camellias in Van de Kamp Hall at Descanso Gardens. The exhibit was an exciting addition to the first Camellia flower show of the 2015 show season. BAGSC members were on hand all that weekend to answer questions and to provide demonstrations.

At the request of Descanso Gardens, 11 art works from the initial display of 20 have been re-hung in the historic and beautifully restored Boddy House where they are expected to remain well into 2016. Art works were selected to represent as many contributing artists as possible. The area where the botanicals are hanging invites close observation, along the interior hallway leading to and spilling into the kitchen.

You’ll want to set aside some time to bring friends and family to visit Descanso Gardens and see this lovely display in person. For an orientation to the Boddy House, please refer to the Descanso Gardens web site: https://www.descansogardens.org/explore/boddy-house

Artist Tania Norris chatting with Camellia enthusiast Hiromi Sato.

Artist Tania Norris chatting with Camellia enthusiast Hiromi Sato.

While you’re there, be sure to stop into the Sturt Haaga Gallery to see California Light opening May 3rd:
https://www.descansogardens.org/explore/upcoming-exhibition/

Many thanks to David Brown, Susan Armstrong and Cris Martinez of Descanso Gardens for welcoming BAGSC’s Passion for Camellias to the Boddy House.

Watercolor of C. japonica ‘Berenice Boddy’ by Clara Josephs, © 2015, all rights reserved.

Watercolor of C. japonica ‘Berenice Boddy’ by Clara Josephs, © 2015, all rights reserved.

Camellia Botanicals in Descanso’s Boddy House.

Camellia Botanicals in Descanso’s Boddy House.

by Beth Stone, posted by Deb Shaw

Camellia japonica 'Guilio Nuccio' with Camellia japonica 'Horkan' and Camellia wabisuke 'Sukiya', watercolor by Beth Stone, © 2104, all rights reserved.

Camellia japonica ‘Guilio Nuccio’ with Camellia japonica ‘Horkan’ and Camellia wabisuke ‘Sukiya’, watercolor by Beth Stone, © 2104, all rights reserved.

The winter months are Camellia show season. This year, BAGSC members will have a Camellia Painting Exhibition at Descanso Gardens, Saturday, January 17 and Sunday, January 18, 2015.

The BAGSC Camellia Painting Exhibit will take place in Van de Kamp Hall, just inside the main entrance, in conjunction with the first Camellia flower show of the 2015 season. Camellia shows are exhibitions of hundreds of individual Camellia blooms presented for judging by amateur Camellia growers. Blooms are placed into classes based upon Camellia Species and characteristics such as nominal bloom size and culture conditions.

Each show has about 25 individual classes. Each class is judged by one of several teams of three judges. The teams select first place blooms of each cultivar entered in the class. They also choose multiple first place blooms from each class that merit further judging. All judges present, typically about 20, then vote for the top blooms in each class, evaluating the first place cultivars against one another. The ballots are tallied and a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place from each class is determined. Winners may choose crystal “trophies” or may accumulate points throughout the show season, which are then converted into a gift certificate redeemable at Nuccio’s Nurseries.

Camellia Grand Prix, by Janice Sharp, colored pencil, © 2014, all rights reserved.

Camellia Grand Prix, by Janice Sharp, colored pencil, © 2014, all rights reserved.

Southern California has a consortium of five different Camellia Societies which conduct Camellia flower shows nearly every weekend from mid-January to mid-March each year in locations ranging from Bakersfield to San Diego. The January 17 and 18, 2015 exhibition at Descanso is the Pacific Camellia Society’s 50th annual show.

The Camellia Painting Exhibit and Flower Show will be open to the public:
Saturday January 17, 2015 1:00 PM (pending completion of the flower show judging) to 4:30 PM
Sunday January 18, 2015 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Admission to the Camellia Painting Exhibit and Flower Show is included with admission to Descanso Gardens. General admission is $9. Seniors 65 and over and students are admitted for $6. Children (5 to 12 years) are $4. Descanso members and children under five are admitted for free. There is ample parking at Descanso and you can also get a quick, easy and tasty lunch at their café.

Descanso Gardens is located near the intersection of the 210 and 2 freeways at 1418 Descanso Drive, La Cañada Flintridge, California, 91011. It is a 20-minute drive from downtown Los Angeles, depending on traffic.

Allow time on your visit to Descanso Gardens to take a walk through the Camellia Forest and visit the Camellia room in the Boddy House. You may also want to explore the newly opened natural Oak Woodland.

Minato-no-haru Camellia, Clara Josephs, watercolor, © 2014, all rights reserved.

Minato-no-haru Camellia, by Clara Josephs, watercolor, © 2014, all rights reserved.

More information about the Camellia Societies and Camellia culture can be found at http://www.socalcamellias.org.

Nuccio’s Nurseries will also have an exhibit in Van de Kamp hall for the duration of this show which will be packed with examples of everything currently blooming in their Nursery. If you haven’t been to Nuccio’s, you owe it to yourself to see one of Southern California’s nursery treasures. Everything Camellia and Azalea can be found at Nuccio’s.

Want to volunteer to help with the Camellia Exhibition?

BAGSC volunteers are needed to help

  • Stage and hang the show on Friday, January 16, 2015.
  • Stay with the exhibit all weekend while it is open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, January 17 and 18, 2015. BAGSC volunteers supporting the exhibit will provide information to the public about BAGSC and our art form and will handle any sales. [There will also be at least one Camellia Society volunteer on hand at all times while the exhibit is open to talk with the public about the Camellias on display.] All BAGSC members are invited to volunteer and help support the show; you may volunteer regardless of whether or not you have work in the exhibition.
  • Help with taking down and packing up the exhibit on Sunday, January 18, 2015.

An email blast went out to all BAGSC members with a call for volunteers. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Beth Stone.

See you there!

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