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by Deb Shaw

California Islands SymposiaThe deadline for submission to The California Islands Symposium Art Exhibition has been extended to July 19, 2106!

The California Islands Symposium Art Exhibition will be held October 3 – 7, 2016 in Ventura, California during the Symposium and then moved to the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden in Santa Barbara, California, where it will be on display for one month, from October 9 – November 6, 2016.

Artists are invited to enter original artwork in any two-dimensional medium that reflects the beauty and uniqueness of the California Islands. One source of the flora found on the islands is: https://www.nps.gov/chis/learn/nature/plants.htm. Submissions are not limited to the plant life, but can include marine life, shells, birds and fauna. The only qualifier for content is that the subject matter must be connected to the California Channel Islands. Many of the plants that grow on the Channel Islands also grow on the mainland. Check the lists; if you’ve painted any California natives, you may already have a painting in the drawer that qualifies for submission.

Entries are accepted through http://www.onlinejuriedshows.com and the deadline is July 19th. The symposium website can be found at: http://www.californiaislands.net/island-art-exhibition/. There will be prize money for the top three artists.

“We believe that including the arts in the international island symposium is a critical component in cultivating a greater appreciation of the unique California islands.  The juried Art Exhibition is a special event associated with the scientific symposium.”

Questions? Contact the 9th California Islands Symposium Planning Committee at: californiaislands@gmail.com

by Lori Vreeke, posted by Deb Shaw

Flower images photographed by Lori Vreeke at the Santa Barbara Zoo, © 2015, all rights reserved.

Flower images photographed by Lori Vreeke at the Santa Barbara Zoo, © 2015, all rights reserved.

BAGSC will be holding a juried exhibition at the Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens, entitled “Zoo in Bloom”.

All current BAGSC members in good standing are eligible to enter up to two (2) original works of art of botanical flowering specimens grown at the zoo (no prints).  Artwork must depict plants that grow at the Zoo, but does not have to be drawn there. There is no size limitation, and works may have been shown in previous BAGSC, ASBA, Filoli or other exhibitions.

The exhibition will continue through the end of the 2015 and will be open every day to visitors of the zoo. Due to space constraints, this will be a juried show with approximately 30 pieces of art hung. Jurors will be a zoo representative, a local Southern California juror and a juror from the UK. All original artwork must be for sale, prints not allowed.

Submission Deadline is September 5, 2015. Questions? Contact Lori Vreeke.

Flower images photographed by Lori Vreeke at the Santa Barbara Zoo, © 2015, all rights reserved.

Flower images photographed by Lori Vreeke at the Santa Barbara Zoo, © 2015, all rights reserved.

A plant list and the Call for Entries packet will be emailed to BAGSC members.

The opening reception for this wonderful opportunity will be in conjunction with the gala celebrating Santa Barbara Zoo Members Day, running from 9:00am – 5:00pm on Saturday, October 3, 2015. BAGSC artists will be  demonstrating throughout the day in the gardens and an information table will be set up to answer any questions about our exhibit and BAGSC. Sign-up requests to follow.

The Santa Barbara zoo is home to over 600 animals on 30 acres of lush gardens overlooking the Pacific Ocean.  The property was originally  home to a private residence and was gifted to the city as a park. In 1963, the zoo opened to the public featuring formal gardens and lawns, native plants and trees, cacti and succulents, ornamentals and exotic species throughout the park to recreate natural habitat.

Flower images photographed by Lori Vreeke at the Santa Barbara Zoo, © 2015, all rights reserved.

Flower images photographed by Lori Vreeke at the Santa Barbara Zoo, © 2015, all rights reserved.

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