BAGSC Exhibitions, 2019
Almost Dry: Recent Works from 2018
This group show of the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California presented at the Brody Botanical Center, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens has a broader theme: new works completed by BAGSC members in the 2018 calendar year.
The exhibition will run from February 1 - July 2, 2019.
This year is the 25th anniversary of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA). As part of the celebration, ASBA is publishing a catalog with images of members' work based on the theme "Celebrating Silver." Plants with 'silver' in the name (common or scientific), or a plant that has a 'silvery' element are eligible for submission.
Many BAGSC members are drawing and painting a “silver” plant to participate. BAGSC members who have submitted artwork to ASBA's “Celebrating Silver" also participated in a group show of the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California presented at the Brody Botanical Center, The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California, February - June, 2019..
This exhibition will run from July 9 to September 4, 2019. The exhibition will then be moved to the Mt. San Antonio Gardens, where it will be displayed from October 1 to November 26 (see below). A reception will be held at the Mt. San Antonio Gardens' gallery on October 3, 2019.
Weeding the Madrona Marsh: Restoring the Preserve
"A weed is a flower growing in the wrong place."
—George Washington Carver 1864-1943
The land that is now the Madrona Marsh Preserve never had been developed. It was held vacant except for an oil drilling platform begun in the 1920’s.
While the Preserve was left vacant, the areas around the Preserve were developed for residential and commercial use. Along with the development came the introduction of non-native* ornamental plants, grasses and other plant material that was not part of the Preserve’s ecosystem.
Many of these plants have now moved into the Preserve. While they are lovely in a residential garden, in the Preserve they are weeds! There are on-going restoration projects of the land, water, plant and animal life on the Preserve. As part of the restoration, the non-native plants are being removed to allow the Preserve's natives to flourish.
This Exhibition features plants that do not belong in the Preserve.
About the Madrona Marsh Preserve
The Madrona Marsh Preserve has been designated as a Significant Ecological Area by Los Angeles County, which means it contains irreplaceable biological resources.
A botanical study showed a total of 142 species of plants call the Madrona Marsh Preserve "home," representing 40 families. Of those, 101 species have Special Status—that is, they are California native species that have been accorded special legal or management protection because their continued existence is in question. Providing a habitat for these gems requires vigilant removal of non-native and invasive species that constantly threaten the Preserve.
The Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California group exhibition from May 21 – August 9, 2019, focuses on the non-native weedy plants of the Madrona Marsh that require constant removal. The goal of the exhibition is to educate Californians about plants that should be removed from their own environments to help lessen the threat to our native habitats, as well as the determined efforts by dedicated staff and volunteers at the Preserve.
Saturday, June 8, 2019,
1:00 - 3:00 pm
at Mt. San Antonio Gardens
The "Celebrating Silver" exhibition will move from The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens to the studio/exhibition space at the Mt. San Antonio Gardens in Pomona, California, for installation on September 30, 2019.
A reception is planned on October 3, with a short talk to be given about Botanical Art and the ASBA/Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California.
Thursday, October 3, 2019,
The Orchard and Other Fruit
This group show of the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California presented at the Brody Botanical Center, The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens celebrates all the delectable edibles that grow in an Orchard, as well as what we typically consume as fruit. In other words, fruit that grows on trees, or that would grow in an Orchard, in a vineyard, or what is considered “sweet.” Some obvious examples include oranges, peaches, pomegranates, cashews, walnuts, bananas, dates, blueberries--fruits, nuts, and seeds that grow on trees, small trees, or large bushes. Other examples include grapes, kiwi, and strawberries.
We understand the word “fruit” means something very different to a botanist or botanical artist, vs. the average person shopping in the produce section in the grocery store or at the Farmer’s Market. This exhibition, as well as "The Potager" exhibition next year will provide information to the public as to what constitutes a "fruit" as opposed to other parts of a plant.
Submission is open to all BAGSC members in good standing. For details and entry forms, please see the "Member's Only" page.
August 12, 2019
BAGSC Business Cards and Postcards
In 2019, BAGSC had a "Call for Entries" for California Natives to be used on the backs of postcards and business cards.
Additional calls for entries will be ongoing for BAGSC promotional items.