BAGSC 20th Anniversary, 2017

Save the Date for the
BAGSC 20th Anniversary Celebration

August 26, 2017

by Gilly Shaeffer

The Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California (BAGSC) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year.

Mark your calendars: on August 26, 2017, the Guild will be having a gala celebration in honor of our Anniversary.

We have good reason to celebrate! Since 1997, our group has grown, changed and keeps getting better. Members continue to develop their botanical art skills through classes and workshops. As a result of our dedication and hard work, we have more and more opportunities to show our art. Through outreach, exhibition and educational activities, and by partnering with like-minded organizations, BAGSC has increased southern Californian's awareness and appreciation of this art form.

We have many activities planned in honor of our 20-year milestone.

BAGSC festivities will start with an exhibition to be held at the Los Angeles Arboretum Library called “Illustrating the Urban Forest: 20 Years of Botanical Art”. The exhibition will be on display from early July until the end of September.

On August 26 we will hold a 20th Anniversary Celebration at the Los Angeles Arboretum:

4:00 – BAGSC artists will lead a tour of the exhibition.

5:00 – A special presentation will be given by Matt Ritter, author of A Californian's Guide to Trees Among Us. Matt is a professor at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, a tree expert and a photographer. This promises to be a delightful and informative presentation.

6:00 – The Anniversary Dinner will be held at the Peacock Café Patio at sunset. Olga Eysymontt, long time botanical art instructor, will share memories of BAGSC beginnings and how botanical art got started in Los Angeles. And there will be opportunities for all to connect with old friends and meet new ones.

Invitations to this special event will be available soon. The suggested donation for attending is $60.

Keep your eyes open for invitations and more information to come, through our BAGSC News blog and this page of the website.

Entries for the exhibition at the LA Arboretum Library, “Illustrating the Urban Forest: 20 Years of Botanical Art” are due May 12, 2017. The "Call for Entries" can be found on the BAGSC website Exhibitions page and in the Members Only section. Exhibition questions? Please contact BAGSC's Exhibitions Coordinator.

We are looking forward to sharing a beautiful afternoon and evening with members, friends, family, special guests from the botanical gardens community and more. We hope all will join us for this magical anniversary celebration. Questions about the 20th Anniversary Celebration? Contact our 20th Anniversary Chair.

    Save-the-date postcard, designed by Jan and Chas Clouse, featuring Gilly Shaeffer's watercolor of a California native walnut, © 2017.

Save-the-date postcard, designed by Jan and Chas Clouse, featuring Gilly Shaeffer's watercolor of a California native walnut,
© 2017.

Download a PDF of the Save-the-Date card above.