Current and Upcoming BAGSC Exhibitions
This show will feature plants native to Southern California and to celebrate the California Native Plants garden at Descanso Gardens. This 8-acre garden was opened in 1959 and was designed by legendary Theodore Payne.
The show will run from May 2017 to May 2018. Entries will be due no later than March 20, 2017. See the "Call for Entries" page in the "Members Only" section for further details.
Illustrating the Urban Forest: 20 Years of Botanical Art
This show will be held in conjunction with a celebration of BAGSC's 20th anniversary. The theme of the show will be Mediterranean-climate trees in botanical gardens or arboretum. The trees should be species appropriate for the climate of Southern California. Artists are invited to capture images of these important and beautiful resources.
The show will run from July – September, 2017. Entries will be due no later than June 10, 2017. See the "Call for Entries" page in the "Members Only" section for further details.
Inspired by California
This show will celebrate the plants of summer in California.
The show will run from June 1, 2017 to August 15, 2017 and will be held in the main lobby of the Brody Botanical Center at The Huntington. Entries will be due no later than May 26, 2017. See the "Call for Entries" page in the "Members Only" section for further details.
Inspired by Latin America
This show will celebrate the plants of Latin America.
The show will run from September 1, 2017 to January 15, 2018 and will be held in the main lobby of the Brody Botanical Center at The Huntington Library. Entries will be due no later than August 1, 2017. See the "Call for Entries" page in the "Members Only" section for further details.
Ficus, The Fig Family
Ficus, or the Fig family, includes more than 800 species of woody trees, shrubs and vines. Some species have been widely cultivated from ancient times for their edible fruit. These magnificent and majestic trees are also of considerable cultural importance, and are revered as objects of worship, as well as appreciated all over the world for their many practical uses and for their beauty.
This exhibition will run from November 1–30, 2017. Entries will be due no
later than September 22, 2017. See the "Call for Entries" page in the "Members Only" section for further details.
Want to know more about the Ficus family of plants? See the Ficus article by BAGSC member Lesley Randall on the BAGSC blog.
An "invasive species" is a species that is: 1) non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration; and, 2) whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health. (Executive Order 13112).
Many invasive plants have been introduced to the environment of Southern California. In many instances these plants are fast growing and compete with native plants when water is available but die quickly when the rains stop. The dead invasive plants can then promote fall fires.
This show will spotlight many invasive plants as a means of educating gardeners of plants to avoid in their landscape.
See the "Call for Entries" page in the "Members Only" section for further details.
Bonsais of The Huntington
This show will celebrate the Bonsai as subject matter for drawing and painting—from the aesthetics of overall shapes and forms to very detailed structures and textures. This show will coincide with The Huntington’s Bonsai events in January, February and April, 2018, and may be considered for a “Florilegium” of Huntington plants.
As part of the Bonsai-A-Thon celebrations at the end of February, 2018, BAGSC will have a booth to sell Bonsai prints and cards.
The exhibition will run from January 15, 2018 to April 30, 2018. Entries will be due no later than December 15, 2017. See the "Call for Entries" page in the "Members Only" section for further details.
California Native Plant Society (CNPS) Botanical Art Exhibition
held in conjunction with the CNPS 2018 Conservation Conference
(not a BAGSC-sponsored exhibition)
The CNPS 2018 Conservation Conference features botanic art and photo contests and exhibits to highlight the beauty of California. The botanical art exhibition will be on display throughout the conference.
Artists are invited to enter original artwork in any two-dimensional medium that reflects the beauty and uniqueness of California flora and adheres to high standards of botanical accuracy. All entries must depict plants native to California (no introduced plants).
All the information (guidelines and entry form) are posted online for the botanic art contest and show. Both the entry guidelines and form are downloadable PDFs from this linked page. There are cash prizes for winners in the exhibition, as well as publication in the CNPS journal, Fremontia. There is no additional information included in the BAGSC "members only" area, as this is not a BAGSC-sponsored exhibition.
An article about the CNPS Conference and Exhibition also is posted on the BAGSC News blog.
The Japanese Garden
This show will celebrate the Japanese-themed garden at Descanso Gardens. The plants featured in this garden are native to Asia, and include camellias, azaleas, mondo grass, Japanese maples, cherry trees and plum trees.
The show will run from March, 2018 to March, 2019. Entries will be due no later than February 12, 2018. See the "Call for Entries" page in the "Members Only" section for further details.
2016 BAGSC Exhibitions
Cornucopia focuses on all plants consumable. All life on Earth depends on plants. Cornucopia is a celebration by BAGSC artists of the diversity of plant life used in food, beverages and to enhance flavor. Download a pdf of the postcard invitation here.
Capturing the Arboretum: The Art of Botanical Illustration
A presentation of artwork depicting plants found in the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. The Arboretum is home to a large collection of plants derived from Mediterranean climates around the world.These include biogeographical collections from Africa, Australia, Canary Islands and Madagascar. Many of the “garden plants” found in Southern California were developed and introduced by the Arboretum.
This exhibition is being held in the newly renovated Los Angeles County Arboretum Library.
Everything’s Coming Up Roses
Everything’s Coming Up Roses made its debut on May 10, timed to be on display for Descanso’s Rose Festival on the weekend of May 14 and 15. BAGSC volunteers demonstrated our art form during the Rose Festival.
The Boddy House is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesdays through Sundays and is included with admission to Descanso Gardens.
Looking for Flora
Roger’s Garden's Fine Art Gallery presented a juried exhibition of BAGSC drawings and watercolors. This first time event will began with a “Paint Out” in the gardens with several of the exhibiting artists, followed by a reception with the artist in the Art Gallery.
A Day of Art
BAGSC members returned for the fourth annual Day of Art at
Roger’s Gardens, featuring plein aire and botanical art. BAGSC had an outreach table about botanical art, BAGSC and ASBA, and presented a free Nature Journaling workshop. BAGSC taught Roger's visitors the basics of botanical art, drawing freesias, pansies, and other flowers
from the nursery.
A Passion for Camellias
Presented in conjunction with the Camellia Societies of Southern California first flower show of the 2015 season and a Camellia display by Nuccio’s Nurseries, BAGSC held a two-day botanical art exhibition of Camellias in Van de Kamp Hall. The Camellia Painting Exhibit and Flower Show was open to the public both days, and BAGSC members demonstrated botanical art. The exhibition was subsequently moved to the Boddy House, where it remained on display until May, 2016.
Zoo in Bloom
In an effort to showcase the non-animal living beauties at the Santa Barbara Zoo, BAGSC presented a juried show featuring the plants on the Zoo’s grounds. The exhibition was held in the Volentine Family Gallery, located inside Discovery Pavilion. BAGSC members demonstrated at the opening, Member Morning on October 3, 2015.