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by Deb Shaw

Leucospermum cordifolium, Pincushion protea, colored pencil by Estelle DeRidder, © 2015, all rights reserved.

Leucospermum cordifolium, Pincushion protea, colored pencil by Estelle DeRidder, © 2015, all rights reserved.

“The Beauty of Botanicals” exhibition has opened at OA Gallery in Kirkwood, Missouri (St. Louis area). Open exclusively to ASBA members for submissions, the juried show runs from June 3 through June 30, 2016. The Gallery is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of artwork in the exhibition to ASBA.

Salvia spathacea, watercolor on paper by Joan Keesey, © 2016, all rights reserved.

Salvia spathacea, watercolor on paper by Joan Keesey, © 2016, all rights reserved.

BAGSC members Estelle DeRidder, Joan Keesey and Deborah Shaw had work accepted into the exhibition, and Estelle received an “Award of Merit” (see below).

Photos of the exhibition space can be found on ASBA’s website.

ASBA President Jody Williams gave a lecture at the Gallery about botanical art on Sunday, June 5: “More Beautiful Botanicals from Art, Nature, History and the Economy: a look at contemporary botanical art from recent exhibitions of the American Society of Botanical Artists.”

Congratulations to the award winners selected by Lisa Ober and Shawn Cornell, OA Gallery partners:

“Best in Show” went to Robert McNeill for his “Protea magnifica”.

“Awards of Excellence” went to Jeannetta vanRaalte for “Sunflower Awakening” and Dorothy Depaulo for “Aspen in Winter”.

Romneya coulteri, watercolor on paper by Joan Keesey, © 2016, all rights reserved.

Romneya coulteri, watercolor on paper by Joan Keesey, © 2016, all rights reserved.

“Awards of Merit” went to BAGSC member Estelle DeRidder for “Pincushion protea”, Karen Kluglein for “Two Narcissus Bulbs”, Lizzie Sanders for “Rhododendron ‘Waxen Bell'”, and Denise Walser-Kolar for “Hyacinth”.

Carrie Di Costanzo’s “Pussy Willows” received the “President’s Award,” selected by Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson, President of the Missouri Botanical Garden who was one of the  jurors for the exhibition.

Solanium melongena, Ophelia and Calliope Miniature Eggplants, watercolor on vellum by Deborah Shaw. © 2016, all rights reserved; protected by Digimarc.

Solanium melongena, Ophelia and Calliope Miniature Eggplants, watercolor on vellum by Deborah Shaw. © 2016, all rights reserved; protected by Digimarc.

Congratulations to all of the artists whose work was accepted: milly acharya, Beverly Allen, Bobbi Angell, Victor Blakey, Monika De Vries Gohlke, Jeanne Debons, Dorothy Depaulo, Estelle DeRidder, Carrie Di Constanzo, Margaret Ellen Duarte, Margaret Farr, Ingrid Finnan, Pauline Goldsmith, Carol Hamilton, Ann Hoffenberg, Rose Marie James, Joan Keesey, Ku-mie Kim, Karen Kluglein, Patricia Luppino, Joan McGann, Robert McNeill, Carrie Megan, Deborah Montgomerie, Keiko Nibu Tarver, Hillary Parker, Sally Petru, Kelly Radding, Dick Rauh, Lizzie Sanders, Susan Sapanera, Deborah Shaw, Faye Van Wert, Jeanneatta van Raalte, Denise Walser-Kolar and Kerri Weller.

OA Gallery is located at: 101A W Argonne, Kirkwood, Missouri, 63122, 314-821-6241. Hours are Wednesday through Saturday, noon – 5 pm, or by appointment.

 

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by Jody Williams, posted by Deb Shaw

OA Gallery logo

OA Gallery logo

A new ASBA exhibition opportunity has materialized rather quickly:  OA Gallery, a fine art gallery specializing in representational art is hosting an international exhibition of botanical art open exclusively to members of ASBA in June, 2016.

The Beauty of Botanicals 2016
A Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Botanical Art
by Members of the American Society of Botanical Artists

They are offering a $1000 (US) prize for Best in Show and will be contributing 20 percent of sales to ASBA, as well as providing opportunities to promote ASBA and ASBA membership in conjunction with this event.

We are also excited that Dr. Peter Wyse Jackson, President of the Missouri Botanical Garden has agreed to be on the selection jury for this exhibition.

OA Gallery, Call for Entries, The Beauty of Botanicals 2016. © OA Gallery, 2016, all rights reserved.

OA Gallery, Call for Entries, The Beauty of Botanicals 2016. © OA Gallery, 2016, all rights reserved.

Entries are due soon: April 3, 2016.  As this is a gallery exhibition, you may enter artwork that has been exhibited in prior exhibitions, including ASBA exhibitions.

OA Gallery is located in Kirkwood, MO, a charming suburb of St. Louis with neighborhoods of turn-of-the-century homes, a thriving business community, and an active interest in the arts and gardening. OA Gallery has joined ASBA as an institutional member and one of their partners, Steve Morris (whose work was recently accepted into Filoli’s next exhibition) is an individual member of ASBA.

We hope that this will be a step toward increasing awareness of botanical art in the St. Louis region, already a world renowned hotbed of activity in the plant sciences, horticulture and agriculture, and lay some groundwork for our ASBA conference in St. Louis in 2018.

You can see the call for entries on the ASBA website or on OnlineJuriedShows.com, which OA Gallery is using to handle entries. More information about the exhibition can be seen on the following websites:

ASBA website
Online Juried Shows website
OA Gallery website

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