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by Lori Vreeke, Melanie Campbell-Carter, Diane Daly, posted by Deb Shaw

Lori Vreeke at the "Zoo in Bloom" opening. Photo by Melanie Campbell-Carter, 2015. As Melanie stated, "She's the little one :-)"

Lori Vreeke at the “Zoo in Bloom” opening. Photo by Melanie Campbell-Carter, 2015. As Melanie stated, “She’s the little one :-)”

On Saturday, October 3, 2015, the BAGSC “Zoo in Bloom” exhibition opened at the Santa Barbara Zoo. It was a wonderful day and the exhibit received great reviews!

The Zoo reported there were approximately 600 visitors at the beginning of the day for the “Members Morning” and a total of 1,962 Zoo guests for the entire day!

More than 100 visitors voted for the Peoples’ Choice award at the BAGSC exhibition of nine artists, showing 22 artworks in a variety of media. Awards are as follows:
1st Choice: Asclepias fascicularis, Narrowleaf milkweed with
Danaus plexippus by Estelle DeRidder
2nd Choice: Strelitzia reginae, Bird of Paradise by Lori Vreeke
3rd Choice: Heteromeles arbutifolia, Toyon by Gilly Shaeffer

Artists helping throughout the day included: Lori Vreeke, Jan Clouse, Melanie Campbell-Carter, Gilly Shaffer, Barbara Janelle, and Diane Daly.

The show will hang in the Volentine Gallery in the Zoo’s Discovery Pavilion October 3, 2015 — January 3, 2016.

First place Peoples' Choice award: Asclepias fascicularis, Narrowleaf milkweed with Danaus plexippus by Estelle DeRidder, © 2015, all rights reserved.

First place Peoples’ Choice award: Asclepias fascicularis, Narrowleaf milkweed with Danaus plexippus by Estelle DeRidder, © 2015, all rights reserved.

Second place Peoples' Choice award, Strelitzia reginae, Bird of Paradise by Lori Vreeke, © 2015, all rights reserved.

Second place Peoples’ Choice award, Strelitzia reginae, Bird of Paradise by Lori Vreeke, © 2015, all rights reserved.

Third place Peoples' Choice award: Heteromeles arbutifolia, Toyon by Gilly Shaeffer, © 2015, all rights reserved.

Third place Peoples’ Choice award: Heteromeles arbutifolia, Toyon by Gilly Shaeffer, © 2015, all rights reserved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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by Lori Vreeke, posted by Deb Shaw

Hanging the "Zoo in Bloom" BAGSC exhibition at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Photo by Lori Vreeke, © 2015, all rights reserved.

Hanging the “Zoo in Bloom” BAGSC exhibition at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Photo by Lori Vreeke, © 2015, all rights reserved.

I just wanted to share a few pictures from the Santa Barabara Zoo. The artwork was hung yesterday, and everything looks wonderful!

Please join us on Saturday, October 3 for the opening reception for the exhibition from 10 am – 2 pm. See the posting on the Zoo’s website. The Zoo has offered free entry to our members and families; please wear your BAGSC name badge if you have one, and contact Lori Vreeke for information about free entry.

Hanging the "Zoo in Bloom" BAGSC exhibition at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Photo by Lori Vreeke, © 2015, all rights reserved.

Hanging the “Zoo in Bloom” BAGSC exhibition at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Photo by Lori Vreeke, © 2015, all rights reserved.

The Zoo is anticipating 600 – 800 members in the morning on Saturday. BAGSC artists will be demonstrating throughout the day, and there will be BAGSC-led activities for kids and families. BAGSC volunteers and demonstrators are welcome!! There are still a few volunteer slots available, and the more volunteers available for BAGSC public activities the merrier. Please contact Lori Vreeke to let her if you would like to volunteer for an hour or so, and please bring any extra paper, colored pencils and pencils to share.

Hanging the "Zoo in Bloom" BAGSC exhibition at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Photo by Lori Vreeke, © 2015, all rights reserved.

Hanging the “Zoo in Bloom” BAGSC exhibition at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Photo by Lori Vreeke, © 2015, all rights reserved.

Bring a lunch, or enjoy the café right outside the exhibition hall for a beautiful day in a beautiful setting.

The show will hang in the Volentine Gallery in the Zoo’s Discovery Pavilion October 3—January 3. The Santa Barbara Zoo is located at: 500 Ninos Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93103.
(805) 962-5339 main; (805) 962-6310 info line

 
Looking forward to the exhibit, and hope to see you there!

Hanging the "Zoo in Bloom" BAGSC exhibition at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Photo by Lori Vreeke, © 2015, all rights reserved.

Hanging the “Zoo in Bloom” BAGSC exhibition at the Santa Barbara Zoo. Photo by Lori Vreeke, © 2015, all rights reserved.

by Lori Vreeke, posted by Deb Shaw

Front of "Zoo in Bloom" invitation postcard, with artwork by Lori Vreeke.

Front of “Zoo in Bloom” invitation postcard, with artwork by Lori Vreeke.

The Santa Barbara Zoo is advertising the opening reception and exhibition for the “Zoo in Bloom” exhibition. The show opening is October 3, 2015, from 10:00am – 5:00pm on Saturday, October 3, 2015, in the Volentine Family Gallery. 

The Volentine Family Gallery is located inside the Discovery Pavilion. Zoo admission rates apply, and drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.

BAGSC members will be demonstrating and answering questions all day. Download the PDF invitation postcard by clicking on this link: ZooArtShowInvitation_2015.

Also happening on October 3rd at the Zoo: Member Morning, from 8 am – 10 am; and ZOOs Line is it Anyway?

The Santa Barbara Zoo is located at:
500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 962-5339 main
(805) 962-6310 info line
sbzoo.org

by Deb Shaw

Gilly Shaeffer, Strelitzia nicolai, watercolor on paper © 2015, all rights reserved.

Gilly Shaeffer, Strelitzia nicolai, watercolor on paper © 2015, all rights reserved.

The Santa Barbara Zoo will be hosting an opening reception for the “Zoo in Bloom” exhibition, in conjunction with the gala celebrating Santa Barbara Zoo Members’ Day. The celebration runs from 9:00am – 5:00pm on Saturday, October 3, 2015.

BAGSC artists will be demonstrating throughout the day in the gardens and will staff an information table to answer any questions about our  exhibit and about BAGSC and ASBA.

You do not need to be in the exhibition to volunteer — the more BAGSC members the merrier! Please let Lori Vreeke know when you would like to volunteer and what you would like to do.

Sign up for as many time slots as you would like. Want to carpool to Santa Barbara? Call or email Lori to let her know and to find out who else is coming up from your area.

The Santa Barbara Zoo is located at:
500 Ninos Drive
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(805) 962-5339 main
(805) 962-6310 info line
zooinfo@sbzoo.org

by Lori Vreeke, Deb Shaw

A view of the gallery at the Santa Barbara Zoo where the "Zoo in Bloom" exhibition will hang.

A view of the gallery at the Santa Barbara Zoo where the “Zoo in Bloom” exhibition will hang.

While making plans for your Labor Day weekend, don’t forget that the submission deadline is September 5, 2015 for “Zoo in Bloom,” the juried BAGSC exhibition at the Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens. Jurors are: Olga Eysymontt, Ann Swan, and Chris Briggs.

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. 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. All original artwork must be for sale, prints not allowed.

See previous BAGSC Blog posts with submission details. The submission packet will be sent out again in an email blast to members for convenience.

A view of the gallery at the Santa Barbara Zoo where the "Zoo in Bloom" exhibition will hang.

A view of the gallery at the Santa Barbara Zoo where the “Zoo in Bloom” exhibition will hang.

Questions? Contact Lori Vreeke.

by Deb Shaw

For those BAGSC members still wondering about which plants to paint for the upcoming “Zoo in Bloom” exhibition, a big thank you to BAGSC member Melanie-Campbell Carter for finding an online article featuring more plants at the Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens. Melanie sent a link to Gerhard Bock’s delightful blog and article: “Succulents and More (Embrace Spikiness!)” Santa Barbara Zoo.

Mostly Gerhard’s beautiful photographs, the article shows a range of the plant life at the Zoo. Although, as the blog title suggests, succulents are affectionately featured, there are images of palms, bamboo, a California native Sphaeralcea ambigua (Desert mallow) and more.

Happy painting!

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