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by Leslie Walker, posted by Deb Shaw

The background and basic plant shapes are blocked in. Notes and reference photos are taped on the beginnings of the mural.

The background and basic plant shapes are blocked in. Notes and reference photos are taped on the beginnings of the mural. Photo by Leslie Walker, © 2017.

BAGSC member Estelle DeRidder has been painting a mural at the Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center in Torrance, California. She has been working on the wall for the past couple of weeks, but has done a great deal of planning previously.

I have been following the progress of the mural. The first time I saw it, the background was in and Estelle was beginning to paint in the big plants, but I couldn’t take any pictures as I had forgotten my iPad.

This past weekend, there were many more plants blocked in, and places were earmarked where more plants would go.

I will be keeping everyone up-to-date about Estelle’s botanical mural as the work progresses. More plants will continue to be blocked in, after which details will be added, including insects, animals and birds.

You can visit Estelle and the mural at the Madrona Marsh Preserve and Nature Center in Torrance, California. The Madrona Marsh is located at 3201 Plaza del Amo, Torrance, CA 90503, 310-782-3989.

Another section of the mural, with reference photos. Photo by Leslie Walker, © 2017.

Another section of the mural, with reference photos. Photo by Leslie Walker, © 2017.

The Madrona Marsh is open free to the public, Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, excluding holidays. Because most of the Marsh is staffed by volunteers, and because weather can be a factor, the times the Marsh and Nature Center is open is subject to change. Please call (310) 782-3989 before visiting to make sure the Marsh is open. 

Another section of the mural. Photo by Leslie Walker, © 2017.

Another section of the mural. Photo by Leslie Walker, © 2017.

by Estelle DeRidder, posted by Deb Shaw

Nevin's Barberry with Bluebird, by Estelle DeRidder, © 2015, all rights reserved.

Nevin’s Barberry with Bluebird, by Estelle DeRidder, © 2015, all rights reserved.

As an extension of the ‘Flashcard Project’ which was started through a grant from the ASBA to illustrate the plants of the Madrona Marsh in Torrance, California, Estelle DeRidder has illustrated twelve more species, which are now on exhibit.

The exhibit is open to the public until December 3, 2015, with an opening reception on Sunday, November 15 from 1:00 – 3:00pm. Dessert and coffee will be served.

The Madrona Marsh is located at 3201 Plaza Del Amo, Torrance, California 90503, (310-782-3989) and is open Tuesday through Thursday 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Congrats Estelle!

by Sue Kuuskmae, posted by Deb Shaw

Something New in Old Torrance

Something New in Old Torrance

Everyone is invited to the Grand Opening of Destination: Art!
Saturday, November 15, 2014
4:00 –  8:00 pm

Celebrate with us the culmination of a year’s effort to establish a venue for studios and gallery for local South Bay artists, a facility from which to share the value of appreciating and creating fine art, to support our goal to be a nurturing, cooperative environment for local artists, art students, and potential art collectors.

 

  • See the studios and gallery
  • Enjoy the Fine Art
  • Sample appetizers and wine
  • Try for a Gift Basket
  • Celebrate the Ribbon Cutting with Torrance Mayor and City Council at 6pm
  • Support Destination: Art to get classes and workshops started

Please come to show your support and find out more about Destination: Art’s Studios and Gallery, and our future plans. Destination: Art is creating a unique Art facility that will house studios for local Artists, who will flourish in the creative synergy that comes from working with other Artists, as well as demonstrating their craft to the public, thus fulfilling their mission to promote Arts education.

Map to Destination: Art

Map to Destination: Art

Destination: Art is located at 1815 West 213th Street, Torrance, California 90501.

Primary sponsors of the Grand Opening are Chef Shafer of the Depot, Buffalo Fire Department, and the gracious participation of other downtown Torrance establishment. If you would like to become a sponsor, or donate online, please go to our website.

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