23rd Annual Meeting & Conference - 2017

San Francisco, California

  • Clock tower and Sunken Garden at Filoli

Join us for ASBA’s 23rd Annual Meeting & Conference in San Francisco, California October 12, 13, 14, 2017

 
The Northern California Society of Botanical Artists (NCalSBA) invites you to join us in San Francisco for ASBA’s 23rd Annual Meeting and Conference, to be hosted in conjunction with Filoli.


Whether you are a beginner or an accomplished artist, there is something for you at ASBA’s annual conference. You’ll be immersed in botanical art and leave with memories to inspire you for a long time to come. In addition to the three-day core conference, there are pre- and post-conference workshops providing in-depth study. This year’s conference activities will be held at the historic Filoli estate in Woodside, and the San Mateo Marriott Hotel, nine miles south of San Francisco Airport. Filoli is recognized as one of the last remaining country estates of the early 20th century. The huge Georgian country house, surrounded by 16 acres of spectacular formal gardens, is on a 654- acre estate now owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Conference attendees will have opportunities to tour the historic house, gardens, and grounds.

 
In addition, the Marriott Hotel’s location is a great take-off point for planned field trips or individual travel to the San Francisco Bay Area’s many natural and cultural attractions.

 
Pre-and Post-Conference Workshops
Come early or stay late! Two-day workshops preceding the conference are Extreme Detail on Kelmscott Vellum with legendary artist Jean Emmons, and Subtle Colors – Exploring an Orchid with Beverly Allen, 2016 winner of the ASBA Diane Bouchier Artist Award for Excellence in Botanical Art. Stay after the conference for the chance to spend three days with Scotland-based Robert McNeill, known for his meticulous approach to detail and extraordinary use of light, for Creating Botanicals with Impact.

 
Your Day-by-Day Conference Activities

 
Welcome Reception

Wednesday evening, take a short bus ride to enjoy the evening as a guest of Filoli. View the 19th Annual Botanical Art Exhibit in the Visitor and Education Center and the Filoli Florilegium, works from this year’s graduates, and select pieces from the Highgrove and Banks’ Florilegia in the historic House. Enjoy complimentary tasty appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages. A wine and beer bar will be open. Complete your evening with a stroll through our amazing Garden. Meet up with old friends and make new ones as we begin a full schedule of activities.
 
Small Works Exhibition
All ASBA Members who register for the conference are eligible to participate in the Golden Gate to Garden Gate small works exhibition. Submissions are due by July 29th.  You may enter online. See the exhibition Call for Entry -here-

 

Classes, Lectures, Trips and More! 
On Thursday, October 12, the popular Portfolio Sharing will be held at the San Mateo Marriott. Everyone, at every level, is invited to share what they’ve been working on throughout the year. You will be able to purchase original art, prints, and cards from the artists, with 30% of sales contributed back to support ASBA programs. The Annual Meeting and Luncheon, an opportunity to catch up on ASBA activities, will be followed by the Techniques Showcase featuring Martin Allen (Watercolor), John Muir Laws (Foreshortening Flowers and Leaves), and Carol Woodin (Stretching Vellum). Classes and lectures fill the day, and we end with Beyond Accuracy, a panel discussion of works by multiple artists. 
Friday and Saturday will include many hands-on classes, lectures, tours, and the Open Studio, where you can drop in throughout the day to watch free demonstrations by noted botanical artists, paint on your own, meet new friends, or just hang out. 
The Art Bazaar, which everyone enjoyed so much in 2015 and 2016, and the Awards Banquet (open to all attendees and their guests) when ASBA honors its members, are great finales to the conference. 


NCalSBA and Filoli look forward to welcoming you to ASBA’s Annual Meeting and Conference in San Francisco this Fall. 

San Francisco, California
October 12 - 14
San Mateo Marriott

1770 S Amphlett Blvd.
San Mateo, CA 94402

San Mateo Marriott is a 7.8-mile drive from San Francisco International Airport and 8.4 miles from Filoli. It is 26 miles from the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport. It is 24.3 miles from Oakland International Airport. Traffic can be quite heavy throughout the area so allow plenty of time for travel.
 
THE SAN MATEO MARRIOTT IS COMPLETELY FULL AS OF JUNE 22, 2017. Please contact the TownePlace Suites to reserve rooms for the conference. 
 
We have reserved a block of rooms at the TownePlace Suites Marriott, 1229 Chess Drive, Foster City, CA 94404 (about 2 miles from the San Mateo Marriott). The rooms are $229 per night plus applicable taxes. TownePlace Suites will provide a shuttle to the San Mateo Marriott at 7:30 every morning and will provide a return shuttle at 4:30 each day. All other transportation between the two hotels is the responsibility of the attendee. Rooms are available at this rate from October 9-17, 2017, and must be booked by September 11, 2017. After September 11, all unreserved rooms will be released. To make a reservation, call 800.257.3000 (please refer to the group name and rate when calling). 

Wish to share expenses? Betsy Rogers-Knox (brogersknox@gmail.com) has agreed to be roommate coordinator for the conference again this year. Having a roommate is a great way to share expenses and fun, especially if this is your first conference. If you have already reserved a room and would like to share with another member, please let Betsy know. Betsy is not available September 15 - October 3. Contact Denise Walser-Kolar (annualmeeting@asba-art.org) if you need help during that time. 

 

The Marriott has a free, hourly, airport shuttle to San Francisco International Airport from 5am – 9pm daily. It leaves the hotel for the airport on the hour and leaves the airport for the hotel about quarter past the hour. Look for ground transportation/hotel shuttle signs outside the airport by baggage claim. The hotel shuttles all have their name on the side of the shuttle.

Super Shuttle (supershuttle.com) fee from San Francisco International Airport to the San Mateo Marriott approx. $21(one way)

Estimated taxi fare from San Francisco International Airport to the San Mateo Marriott approx. $35 (one way)

There will be a bus to take people from the hotel to Filoli and back.

Title
Instructor
Location

Extreme Detail on Kelmscott Vellum

Refine your drybrush skills while investigating Kelmscott Vellum. Considered the smoothest and hardest of vellums, Kelmscott’s special character allows for crisp detail and bright, luminous color. However, its unique topcoat requires a careful touch. After a series of exercises in building, lifting and repairing, we will paint dried leaves.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$300.00
Jean Emmons
San Mateo Marriott, Connect 3

Subtle Colors - Exploring an Orchid

Working with one subject, probably a cymbidium orchid, the class will build your skills by demonstration of techniques from initial washes to dry brush finishing with individual instruction. The emphasis will be on close observation, accurate drawing, the use of light and the many subtleties of color to create a 3D painting.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$300.00
Beverly Allen
San Mateo Marriott, Connect 1

Extreme Detail on Kelmscott Vellum

Refine your drybrush skills while investigating Kelmscott Vellum. Considered the smoothest and hardest of vellums, Kelmscott’s special character allows for crisp detail and bright, luminous color. However, its unique topcoat requires a careful touch. After a series of exercises in building, lifting and repairing, we will paint dried leaves.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$300.00
Jean Emmons
San Mateo Marriott, Connect 3

Subtle Colors - Exploring an Orchid

Working with one subject, probably a cymbidium orchid, the class will build your skills by demonstration of techniques from initial washes to dry brush finishing with individual instruction. The emphasis will be on close observation, accurate drawing, the use of light and the many subtleties of color to create a 3D painting.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$300.00
Beverly Allen
San Mateo Marriott, Connect 1

Welcome Reception

Wednesday evening, take a short bus ride to enjoy the evening as a guest of Filoli. View the 19th Annual Botanical Art Exhibit in the Visitor and Education Center and the Filoli Florilegium, works from this year’s graduates, and select pieces from the Highgrove and Banks’ Florilegia in the historic House. Enjoy complimentary tasty appetizers and non-alcoholic beverages. A wine and beer bar will be open. Complete your evening with a stroll through our amazing Garden. Meet up with old friends and make new ones as we begin a full schedule of activities.
Session Capacity: 
240
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
Guests
$0.00
Filoli

Thursday Breakfast

Continental Breakfast Buffet Includes: Sliced fresh seasonal fruit, Fresh orange & grapefruit juices, Freshly baked breakfast breads & pastries, Assorted Cereals, Plain Greek style yogurt & house made granola, Oatmeal bar, Hard boiled eggs , Seattle’s Best coffee & Tazo tea service
Session Capacity: 
300
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$48.00
San Mateo Marriott, Inspire

Alcatraz - Creation of a Florilegium

The Alcatraz Florilegium, created by seventy-seven artists who are members of the Northern CA Society of Botanical Artists, depicts 127 images of the “Survivor” plants growing on Alcatraz. The three-part lecture will outline the History of Alcatraz, the Restoration of the Gardens and Creation of the Alcatraz Florilegium.
Session Capacity: 
45
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Sally Petru and Catherine Watters
San Mateo Marriott, Connect 4

Portfolio Sharing and Sales

Everyone, at every level, is invited to share what they’ve been working on throughout the year. It’s a fun, no-pressure event where you can see the works of other botanical artists and get feedback on your work. Artists will once again be able to sell botanical art and agree to donate 30% of sales to the ASBA. No registration necessary to attend, but do register if you plan to show and to sell your work (there will be a small fee to use wi-fi).
Session Registration Required: 
No
ASBA Members
$0.00
San Mateo Marriott, Synergy 2 and Synergy 4

The Story of Vellum

Learn about the making and use of different types of vellum from Jesse Meyer, whose family company, Pergamena, has been preparing animal skins since 1550.
Session Capacity: 
45
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Jesse Meyer
San Mateo Marriott, Connect 5

General Membership Meeting and Luncheon

The Annual Meeting and Luncheon is an opportunity to catch up on ASBA activities. Choose from the following meal options:
•Sautéed breast of chicken with roasted shallot & chardonnay demi-glace
•Blackened sea bass over jambalaya style rice with a saffron garlic butter
•Vegetable wellington with tomato coulis

All meals include: Mixed field green salad, Fresh vegetable and starch, Fresh baked bread, Seattle’s Best coffee, tazo tea & iced tea service, Fruit tart dessert
Session Capacity: 
300
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$68.00
San Mateo Marriott, Inspire

Leaves and Greens for Beginners

Accurately matching the wide range of Mother Nature’s green palette can be daunting. Leaf shapes, edges and vein structures can be equally challenging. Margaret Best loves helping aspiring artists find those breakthrough ‘aha’ moments so her hands-on sessions on how to achieve natural-looking greens and practical techniques for painting effectively will prove invaluable! Note: this is a day and a half class.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$200.00
Margaret Best
San Mateo Marriott, Connect 1

Painting Mushrooms and Incorporating Habitat

Join us as we first spend an afternoon with Enrique Sanchez of the Mycological Society of San Francisco, learning the basics of mushroom and fungi structure, basic identification skills, and tales from a mushroom forager! Then spend the next day painting the wild mushrooms of California as supplied by our local friends. Learn how to draw and paint common mushroom shapes, develop and mix fungi colors, and compose a painting incorporating elements that help to tell the story of that particular fungi…leaves, acorns, bark, grasses, and more. Note: this is a day and a half class.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$225.00
Margaret Saylor
San Mateo Marriott, Connect 3

Introduction to Drawing with a Lead Holder (Neither a Wood Pencil nor a Mechanical Pencil)

Are you relatively new to botanical art? A wood pencil is a familiar drawing tool, but prepare to be amazed at the control and exceptional detail that can be achieved when drawing with a lead holder and using its accompanying tools. Beginners are welcome!
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$65.00
Martha Kemp
San Mateo Marriott, Connect 4

Education Forum

If you are interested in sharing your love of botanical art, learning about new teaching methods or just soaking up the enthusiasm of our speakers please do not miss this special Education Forum.

John Muir Laws One of the most dynamic instructors in natural science education, Jack will share his philosophies on teaching and making nature accessible to all. His goal is to connect people to nature through field journaling, combining art and science. Much of his educational information is free to teachers. From his website, ‘He teaches the tools to help people develop as naturalists and stewards including, ways to improve your observation, memory and curiosity, conservation biology, natural history, scientific illustration, and field sketching all while having fun and falling more deeply in love with the world.’

Lyndsay Murphy Our recipient of the ASBA grant for 2017 is passionate about teaching botanical art to underserved young people. It’s this dedication which lights the fire in the next generation. She will share her experiences and her strategies on how to develop creativity and observation to learn about botanical specimens and the natural world.

Education Exchange

Tips and Tricks for teaching difficult subjects in botanical art.

Please bring in teaching tools, methods and strategies to share with your fellow instructors. Methods differ for each venue, skill level and audience. Share how you handle working with these challenging situations.
Session Capacity: 
45
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
Teachers/Educators
$0.00
Deborah Shaw and Suzanne Wegener
San Mateo Marriott, Connect 6

Techniques Showcase on Stage

Three artists demonstrate and discuss on stage with close-ups of their techniques projected onto a large screen.
1:30 – Watercolor, Martin Allen
2:30 – Foreshortening Flowers & Leaves, John Muir Laws
3:30 – Stretching Vellum, Carol Woodin
Session Capacity: 
200
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$10.00
Martin Allen, John Muir Laws, and Carol Woodin
San Mateo Marriott, Inspire

Grant Recipients Awards Presentation

Sign up for the inspiring ASBA Grant Recipient Presentations. This year, Lyndsay Murphree will talk about “Local Color,” a project with Chicago high school students from underserved backgrounds; she is teaching them about local nature and botanical art, and helping them mount an exhibition of their work. Vicky Earle will talk about “Duets,” an exhibition of her paintings highlighting unique adaptations and interrelationships that have evolved between tropical plants, insects, animals and/or people.
Session Capacity: 
200
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
San Mateo Marriott, Inspire

Beyond Accuracy - Creating Art, Panel Discussion

Botanical artists straddle two worlds - one of accuracy in portraying plants and the other of creating art. How can we combine these two without sacrificing one for the other? This illustrated discussion considers the concept of moving beyond merely accurate images into art. Work by many artists will be shown and there will be time for audience questions.
Session Capacity: 
200
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Jean Emmons, Susan Fisher, Robin Jess, and Patricia Jonas
San Mateo Marriott, Inspire

Friday Breakfast for Alcatraz Tour

Pick up your breakfast in the Marriott lobby before getting on the bus to Alcatraz. Includes, Bagel (Cream cheese on the side), Granola bar, Apple, Coffee, Tea, Orange juice 
Session Capacity: 
200
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$28.00
San Mateo Marriott

Friday Breakfast

Continental Breakfast Buffet Includes: Sliced fresh seasonal fruit, Fresh orange & grapefruit juices, Freshly baked breakfast breads & pastries, Assorted Cereals, Plain Greek style yogurt & house made granola, Oatmeal bar, Hard boiled eggs , Seattle’s Best coffee & Tazo tea service
Session Capacity: 
200
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$48.00
San Mateo Marriott, Engage

Alcatraz Tour

Take a bus to Pier 33 in San Francisco, then get ferried in groups for docent-led tours of the Alcatraz Gardens. You’ll pause in the Rose Garden for refreshments if weather permits. The guided tour will end at the Main Cell house where you can view the Alcatraz Florilegium. Self-guided cell block tours including an audio headset are being provided at no cost for those who wish or you may choose to explore the many shops and restaurants of the San Francisco Embarcadero. Lunch is on your own and a light breakfast will be available to eat on the bus (please remember to order breakfast separately when registering - free for ASBA members, $28 for guests).
Session Capacity: 
200
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
Guests
$50.00
San Mateo Marriott

Vibrant Colored Pencil on Pastel Board

Create sparkling images with all the excitement of alla prima work. Wet and dry techniques work so well on this lovely surface. Colored pencil on marble dust surfaces allows fast, non-smudging rich color, fine detail, lively and transformative backgrounds and the option to frame without glass!
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$65.00
Libby Kyer
San Mateo Marriott, Synergy 2

The Drama of Dark and Light - Painting Pale Flowers on Dyed Parchment

Contrast is dramatic! Working on dyed goatskin parchment, we will explore the compositional effects of light against dark by painting pale botanical subjects on a dark background. In addition to working on vellum, learn the technique of adding white paint to your pigments to create opacity and how to use layers for a luminous look. We will take a short field trip to the Pergamena table for a Q&A session and for you to pick and purchase your own piece of dyed goatskin parchment.
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$145.00
Kelly Leahy Radding
San Mateo Marriott, Connect 4

Painting the Dark Side

Shadow theory, color mixing and practice; in particular shadows in life-like representation of subjects. Please note this class is intended to stretch experienced artists: beginners will probably struggle.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$145.00
Martin Allen
Filoli, Roth Room

Painting Mushrooms and Incorporating Habitat

Join us as we first spend an afternoon with Enrique Sanchez of the Mycological Society of San Francisco, learning the basics of mushroom and fungi structure, basic identification skills, and tales from a mushroom forager! Then spend the next day painting the wild mushrooms of California as supplied by our local friends. Learn how to draw and paint common mushroom shapes, develop and mix fungi colors, and compose a painting incorporating elements that help to tell the story of that particular fungi…leaves, acorns, bark, grasses, and more. Note: this is a day and a half class.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$225.00
Margaret Saylor
San Mateo Marriott, Connect 3

A View Inside

In this class you will be exploring the intricate detail within botanical subjects (some under a microscope) whilst experiencing and comparing different techniques used for enlarging features. We will be using some of these techniques to illustrate elements of the plants and flowers in graphite pencil and watercolor, within a study page format.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$145.00
Sarah Morrish
Filoli, Room D

Drawing with a Paintbrush

Learn how to create magical textures using fine brushes and almost no water. Bring an accurate drawing of your chosen autumn fruit and Lizzie will teach you how to produce perfect surface texture, build depth of color and create shape and form on it.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$145.00
Lizzie Sanders
Filoli, Lecture Hall B

Autumn Leaves in Colored Pencil

Spend a day playing with a variety of colored pencil techniques while exploring the vibrant colors of the changing autumn leaves. We will experiment with creating interesting, rich color, try out different surfaces, and learn various ways to use under-painting to enhance our work (session fee includes some supplies).
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$155.00
Nina Antze
Filoli, Lecture Hall C

Composition: Yes!

Raise your enthusiasm and improve your work. Get a different approach to creating artistic and compelling compositions. Practice three tools that produce exciting results for any size and type of art. The lasting advantage to this workshop is the confidence boost guaranteed to bring excitement to the planning stage of your artistry. You want this class under your botanical belt.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$140.00
Susan T. Fisher
Filoli, Bourn Room

Mastering Dry Brush and Wash in Watercolor

Robert will lead you through the application process 
for wash and dry brush techniques that he uses to replicate the complexities of his chosen subjects. Through his tuition you will enjoy capturing 
the finer detail of your botanical subjects.

Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$145.00
Robert McNeill
San Mateo Marriott, Connect 5

Open Studio

Drop in throughout the day to watch free demonstrations by noted botanical artists, paint on your own, meet new friends, or just hang out. There will be a schedule in your registration packet of artists and times they will be demonstrating.
Session Registration Required: 
No
ASBA Members
$0.00
San Mateo Marriott, Collaborate 3

Leaves and Greens for Beginners

Accurately matching the wide range of Mother Nature’s green palette can be daunting. Leaf shapes, edges and vein structures can be equally challenging. Margaret Best loves helping aspiring artists find those breakthrough ‘aha’ moments so her hands-on sessions on how to achieve natural-looking greens and practical techniques for painting effectively will prove invaluable! Note: this is a day and a half class.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$200.00
Margaret Best
San Mateo Marriott, Connect 1

Filoli Orchard Walk

The heirloom Orchard at Filoli is 6.8 acres in size and includes a wide variety of fruit trees including apples, pears, plums, quince, nectarines, plums, nuts, and more. It also boasts a collection of 130 grape varieties. Take a guided walk, learn more about this defining landscape feature and taste fruit (when available) right off the tree
Session Capacity: 
60
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
Guests
$10.00
Filoli

Friday Box Lunch

Friday Box Lunches - Marriott (includes: whole apple, cookie & bottle of water)
• Very Veggie Sandwich: Cucumber, vine-ripened tomatoes, sweet grated carrots, daikon sprouts with a chive cream cheese spread
• Mediterranean Tuna Sandwich: A zesty tuna blend with crunchy red & green bell peppers, golden raisins with a light curry dressing
• Arrosto Beef Rafano Sandwich: Roast beef with Monterey Jack cheese, caramelized onions and spicy remoulade

Friday Box Lunches - Filoli (includes: caesar salad, brownie & soft drink)
• Grilled Chicken Pesto Sandwich: Sun dried tomatoes, basil pesto spread, tomato, avocado, mayo on ciabatta
• Grilled Portobello Sandwich: Fresh Provolone cheese, marinated tomatoes, olive tapenade, fresh basil, spinach and balsamic vinaigrette on focaccia
• Filoli Chicken Salad: Spring mix, grilled chicken breast, candied pecans, fresh blueberries and strawberries, crumbled blue cheese (on side) and balsamic vinaigrette

Be sure to order lunch for the correct location. Your lunch ticket will say Filoli or Marriott and will only be good at that location. Please do not order a box lunch if you will be on a San Francisco tour.
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$34.00

Filoli Nature Hike

Did you know that Filoli’s nature preserve has more than seven miles of trails crisscrossing six different types of California habitats? Join experienced Nature Education Docents on a guided, two-hour hike along some of these well-maintained trails. Experience the beauty and tranquility of our nature preserve while learning about the natural environment and the wildlife that make Filoli their home.
Session Capacity: 
60
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
Guests
$10.00
Filoli

Filoli House and Garden Tour

These guided tours include facts and stories about the rich history of this country estate and the families that lived here. Participants will learn about the design and construction, the compelling features of the House and Garden, and what we are doing to preserve it. An hour is spent in the House and an hour is spent in the Garden. The walking is at a casual pace as the docents talk about each area.
Session Capacity: 
60
Session Registration Required: 
No
ASBA Members
Guests
$10.00
Filoli

Sketching Filoli's Bonsai Collection

Take the opportunity to learn about Bonsai by drawing them in an outdoor patio setting. Using pen and ink (or graphite) students will draw the essence of the structure and movement of the tree designs. It will be easier to draw a miniature tree that mimics a large tree while keeping in mind proportion and asymmetry. It is a good opportunity to do a quick study. All levels are welcome.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$65.00
Lee McCaffree
Filoli, Main House Dining Room Patio

Roses - Creating a Study Sheet

A rose is not just a pretty flower. Learn to see and draw botanical details as you create a pleasing Study Sheet, balancing graphite line and tone drawings with watercolor – an essential step toward a beautiful and accurate botanical painting, or a work of art in itself.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$65.00
Maria Cecilia Freeman
San Mateo Marriott, Synergy 2

This is Your Brain on Paper: The Art and Science of Keeping a Nature Journal

Open the door to rich discovery, better memory and more fun in nature. Learn ways to use a journal to focus your observation and stimulate your creativity. Much more than a sketchbook, no tool has a more profound effect on your ability to see and think. Join us for a light buffet meal (pasta salads with and without chicken, bread rolls, brownies and iced tea) and then a riveting talk by Jack Laws, artist, naturalist and educator. Sponsored by NCalSBA.
Session Capacity: 
200
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$10.00
Guests
$40.00
John Muir Laws
San Mateo Marriott, Engage

Saturday Breakfast

Continental Breakfast Buffet Includes: Sliced fresh seasonal fruit, Fresh orange & grapefruit juices, Freshly baked breakfast breads & pastries, Assorted Cereals, Plain Greek style yogurt & house made granola, Oatmeal bar, Hard boiled eggs , Seattle’s Best coffee & Tazo tea service
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$48.00
San Mateo Marriott, Convene

Golden Gate Park Tour II

The bus will take you to San Francisco Botanical Garden for a guided tour. See the special exhibit by renowned botanical illustrator Kristin Jakob in the Helen Crocker Russell Library. Then spend the rest of the day on your own exploring the many options in Golden Gate Park (California Academy of Art and Science, De Young Art Museum, Japanese Tea Gardens, and San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers - maps will be provided). Buses will leave the Marriott at 8:45am and will leave Golden Gate Park to return to the hotel at 3:00pm. Lunch is on your own.
Session Capacity: 
60
Session Registration Required: 
No
ASBA Members
Guests
$50.00
San Mateo Marriott

Golden Gate Park Tour III

The bus will take you to the California Academy of Science for a “Back of the House” Tour including the Herbarium, Scientific Illustrators, Roof Gardens, and Architectural Features. Then spend the rest of the day on your own exploring the many options in Golden Gate Park (California Academy of Art and Science, De Young Art Museum, Japanese Tea Gardens, and San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers - maps will be provided). Buses will leave the Marriott at 8:45am and will leave Golden Gate Park to return to the hotel at 3:00pm. Lunch is on your own.
Session Capacity: 
32
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
Guests
$85.00
San Mateo Marriott

Golden Gate Park Tour I

The bus will drop you off at Golden Gate Park where you will spend the day on your own. Explore the San Francisco Botanical Gardens, California Academy of Art and Science, De Young Art Museum, Japanese Tea Gardens, and San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers (maps will be provided). Buses will leave the Marriott at 8:45am and will leave Golden Gate Park to return to the hotel at 3:00pm. Lunch is on your own.
Session Capacity: 
90
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
Guests
$30.00
San Mateo Marriott

Pricing Botanical Art

Pricing artwork is one of the most difficult things we as artists do. We’ll discuss rationalizing the process through several considerations relating to costs and evaluations of your own work and the genre at large.
Session Capacity: 
45
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Carol Woodin
Filoli, Lecture Hall BC

Pierre-Joseph Redouté

Pierre-Joseph Redouté (1759-1840) is the most famous botanical artist of the ‘Golden Age of Botanical Art’. Follow his journey from Belgium to his charmed life in France focusing on his two famous patrons, Queen Marie-Antoinette and Empress Josephine, and the numerous botanical works that he produced for them.
Session Capacity: 
45
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Catherine Watters
Filoli, Lecture Hall A

Introduction to Drawing and Painting on Vellum

From medieval manuscripts to the great botanical artists of the seventeenth century to contemporary botanical artists—paintings on vellum are known for their luminous glow. This workshop is structured especially for those new to vellum—as well as those wishing to experiment. In the morning, learn about the materials, a variety of techniques, watch demonstrations, and complete exercises. Enjoy a private selection opportunity with Pergamena before lunch. The afternoon will focus on hands-on drawing, painting, and individual feedback. Some watercolor experience required if using paint (registration price includes vellum).
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$165.00
Deborah Shaw
San Mateo Marriott, Connect 3

The Appeal of Oranges on Vellum

Discover the joy of painting luminous watercolor on Kelmscott vellum. Using oranges, we will be exploring how to render form through careful color transitions, and using the drybrush techniques to render the different surface textures, from glossy peel to the softness of pith (registration fee includes vellum).
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$160.00
Shevaun Doherty
San Mateo Marriott, Connect 4

Demystifying the Fibonacci Sequence: A Workshop in Graphite

Learn about these intriguing patterns in nature, including how to identify the sequence and draw it in a simpli ed way from an actual subject. Line and tone drawing techniques will also be taught to create depth and texture in your drawings.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$145.00
Dianne Sutherland
Filoli, Bourn Room

The Challenge of White Flowers

Painting white flowers on white paper without using white paint - what a crazy thought! Actually in nature a white flower is suffused with reflection and shadow and picks up the subtle shades from whatever it is around. In this watercolor workshop learn how to mix and use grays, create pastel mixes and position foliage to bring out the three-dimensional image of the flower, making it appear even whiter than the paper!
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$145.00
Betsy Rogers-Knox
San Mateo Marriott, Synergy 2

Drybrush Skills for Botanical Artists

Are you new to botanical art or not entirely confident in your drybrush watercolor skills? Beginning or veteran botanical painters, we’ll refine your abilities while aiming for increased precision and hand comfort. After completing some worksheets we will paint a small fruit.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$145.00
Jean Emmons
Filoli, Roth Room

Petals

From their unfurling, to the sensuality of petals in full bloom, to the fading beauty of petals in their fragile moments, we will capture these moments using wet and dry watercolor techniques, exploring the nuances of color, light, and form to bring vitality to our painting.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$145.00
Mary Dillon
San Mateo Marriott, Connect 1

Graphite on Drafting Film

Working with a combination of Black Lumograph pencils, film leads and water color on drafting film participants will create a drawing of a plant using live plant models and prints of the specimens. The graphite will be done as a fully rendered drawing with color added in an underlying layer. This technique is designed to give the drawing the appearance of a hand tinted photograph
Session Capacity: 
12
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$155.00
Alice Tangerini
San Mateo Marriott, Connect 6

Camellias: Delicacy and Solidity in Opening Buds (Colored Pencil)

You’ll learn how to portray the solid form of opening Camellia buds at the same time as maintaining their delicacy. Learn about choosing the right pencil colors and how to lay them in the best order to get the optically mixed result you need.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$145.00
Gaynor Dickeson
Filoli, Room D

Botanical Patterns in Silverpoint on TerraSkin

Discover the special qualities of drawing with a small rod of silver sharpened to a point and used like a pencil. Our drawing surface will be TerraSkin, a “paper” made of stone. Add touches of colorful pastel to enhance the drawing.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$145.00
Kathie Miranda
San Mateo Marriott, Connect 5

Open Studio

Drop in throughout the day to watch free demonstrations by noted botanical artists, paint on your own, meet new friends, or just hang out. There will be a schedule in your registration packet of artists and times they will be demonstrating.
Session Registration Required: 
No
ASBA Members
$0.00
San Mateo Marriott, Collaborate 3

Filoli Orchard Walk

The heirloom Orchard at Filoli is 6.8 acres in size and includes a wide variety of fruit trees including apples, pears, plums, quince, nectarines, plums, nuts, and more. It also boasts a collection of 130 grape varieties. Take a guided walk, learn more about this defining landscape feature and taste fruit (when available) right off the tree
Session Capacity: 
60
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
Guests
$10.00
Filoli

Approaching a Gallery

Conditions, commissions, contacts, and contracts: Get first-hand information about the business life of an art gallery. This lecture will help you to create a professional application and make a good impression at your first personal contact. Knowledge about customary agreements in traditional galleries will help you to evaluate conditions of open art fairs and exhibitions in institutes or companies as well. Sylvia shares her experiences from both sides—as an artist and, since 2009, as a gallery owner (Forum Botanische Kunst Germany).
Session Capacity: 
45
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Sylvia Peter
Filoli, Lecture Hall BC

Saturday Box Lunch

Saturday Box Lunches - Marriott
• Mozzarella Fresca V Sandwich: Fresh mozzarella, plump tomatoes, fresh basil leaves and romaine hearts with a sun dried tomato dressing. Includes: whole apple, cookie & bottle of water.
• Cranberry Turkey Pesto Sandwich: Roasted turkey with whole cranberries and basil pesto dressing. Includes: whole apple, cookie & bottle of water.
• Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado and Tomato Sandwich: Served on dutch crunch with a garlic aioli. Includes: whole apple, cookie & bottle of water.

Saturday Box Lunch - Filoli
• Roast Beef Sandwich: Provolone cheese, sautéed mushrooms, roasted red bell peppers, red onions, and creamy horseradish spread on soft french roll. Includes: caesar salad, brownie & soft drink.
• Grilled Portobello Sandwich: Fresh Provolone cheese, marinated tomatoes, olive tapenade, fresh basil, spinach and balsamic vinaigrette on focaccia. Includes: caesar salad, brownie & soft drink.
• Filoli Chicken Salad: Spring mix, grilled chicken breast, candied pecans, fresh blueberries and strawberries, crumbled blue cheese (on side) and balsamic vinaigrette. Includes: roll and butter, brownie & soft drink

Be sure to order lunch for the correct location. Your lunch ticket will say Filoli or Marriott and will only be good at that location. Please do not order a box lunch if you will be on a San Francisco tour.
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$34.00

USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection

The USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection, 7,700 watercolor paintings of fruit specimens created by botanical artists at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) 1886-1942, is a valuable resource. Learn about the nature and scope of the work, why, where, and how it was done, the artists, and the Collection today.
Session Capacity: 
45
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Pam Harrington
Filoli, Lecture Hall BC

Filoli Nature Hike

Did you know that Filoli’s nature preserve has more than seven miles of trails crisscrossing six different types of California habitats? Join experienced Nature Education Docents on a guided, two-hour hike along some of these well-maintained trails. Experience the beauty and tranquility of our nature preserve while learning about the natural environment and the wildlife that make Filoli their home.
Session Capacity: 
60
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
Guests
$10.00
Filoli

Filoli House and Garden Tour

These guided tours include facts and stories about the rich history of this country estate and the families that lived here. Participants will learn about the design and construction, the compelling features of the House and Garden, and what we are doing to preserve it. An hour is spent in the House and an hour is spent in the Garden. The walking is at a casual pace as the docents talk about each area.
Session Capacity: 
60
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
Guests
$10.00
Filoli

Juror Training

A review of the topics needed to serve as a juror in ASBA exhibitions, including policies and procedures and criteria used in scoring artworks. Learn to look at botanical art with a critical eye, when participants divide up into teams to jury a small exhibition.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Carol Woodin
Filoli, Lecture Hall A

Making Photographic Notes

Digital photographs are convenient for making quick and comprehensive notes on plant material; taken and used intelligently they can be a very useful asset to the artist.
Session Capacity: 
45
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Martin Allen
Filoli, Lecture Hall BC

Art Bazaar and Artist Sales

The Art Bazaar on Saturday evening before the banquet gives you the options to donate, sell your items, and snatch up treasures. All are opportunities for you to benefit while supporting ASBA’s mission. You can request a table for yourself or your group to sell items during the Art Bazaar and donate 30% of the proceeds to ASBA. No registration required to attend, only register if you want to reserve a table to sell artwork (there will be a small fee to use wi-fi).
Session Registration Required: 
No
ASBA Members
Guests
$0.00
San Mateo Marriott, Engage

Annual Awards Banquet

Enjoy a relaxing dinner with friends new and old as we honor members’ achievements at the Grand Finale of ASBA’s conference activities. Menu Choices:
• Herb rubbed pork loin with pistachio & cherry bread pudding
• Sautéed breast of chicken with wild mushroom and chardonnay reduction
• Vegetable risotto with roasted shallot, wild mushrooms & reggiano cheese

All meals include: Baby mixed green salad with dried cranberries, shaved fennel & pecans, Fresh baked bread, Fresh vegetable, Starch, Seattle’s Best coffee, tazo tea & iced tea service, Strawberry bagatelle dessert (sponge cake, strawberries & whipped cream).
Session Capacity: 
400
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$68.00
San Mateo Marriott, Convene

Creating Botanicals with Impact

Robert will explain his methods for creating botanicals with impact, leading you through practical sessions that will enable you to explore this important aspect of the creative process, including aspects of lighting, color, perspective, structure, and scale.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$450.00
Robert McNeill
San Mateo Marriott

Creating Botanicals with Impact

Robert will explain his methods for creating botanicals with impact, leading you through practical sessions that will enable you to explore this important aspect of the creative process, including aspects of lighting, color, perspective, structure, and scale.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$450.00
Robert McNeill
San Mateo Marriott

Creating Botanicals with Impact

Robert will explain his methods for creating botanicals with impact, leading you through practical sessions that will enable you to explore this important aspect of the creative process, including aspects of lighting, color, perspective, structure, and scale.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$450.00
Robert McNeill
San Mateo Marriott

Beverly Allen

Beverly Allen has been a botanical artist for 19 years and teaching for 13 years. Her work is held in the Shirley Sherwood Collection, the Highgrove Florilegium, the RHS Lindley Library, Royal Botanic Gardens Library Kew, the Isaac and Alisa Sutton Collection, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. She holds gold medals from the RHS and the NYBG and the ASBA Diane Bouchier Artist Award for Excellence in Botanical Art in 2016.

Martin Allen

Martin is a Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medallist, Emeritus Fellow of the Chelsea Physic Garden Florilegium Society, with paintings in the collection of the Hunt Institute and Shirley Sherwood. He has a degree in Environmental Horticulture and works in native plant conservation in the UK.

Nina Antze

Nina is a California artist with a degree in Fine Arts and a Certificate in Botanical Illustration from the New York Botanical Gardens. She teaches Colored Pencil in the Filoli Certificate program. She is a member of the Filoli Florilegium and the Alcatraz Florilegium. Her web site is www.pcquilt.com

Margaret Best

Margaret Best is a qualified art teacher with many years experience – the past twelve exclusively in botanical art. Her popular workshops and lectures have taken her to eight countries. Margaret’s paintings have been included in ten ASBA International exhibitions and numerous group exhibitions in South Africa, UK, USA and Canada. Her work can be found in the Hunt Institute, Kew Library, Florilegium of the Royal Sydney Botanical Gardens and private collections around the globe.

Gaynor Dickeson

Gaynor Dickeson is English. She has Royal Horticultural Society awards for watercolor and colored pencil work. Her pictures are in collections worldwide, including the Hunt Institute, in 2103. Gaynor teaches botanical art in the UK, Norway, France, USA and online, with students from around the world.

Mary Dillon

Mary Dillon is an award-winning artist whose work is held in prestigious corporate and private collections worldwide. Preferring to work in large format, colour, light and form, along with painting the essence of a plant with its sensuality and frailty, permeates all her work.

Shevaun Doherty

Shevaun Doherty is an award-winning artist from Ireland and a tutor for the SBA. It was whilst living in Egypt that she first became interested in botanical art. Now living in Dublin, she shares her passion for art and nature conservation through teaching

Jean Emmons

An avid gardener, Jean Emmons has 2 gold medals and "Best Painting of Show" (London, 2011) from the Royal Horticultural Society and the 2005 ASBA Diane Bouchier Artist Award for Excellence in Botanical Art.

Susan T. Fisher

Susan T. Fisher is the former Coordinator for the Botanical Art and Illustration Program at Denver Botanic Gardens. She is also the former Director of the Art Institute at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Susan is a past president and former member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Botanical Artists. 
Her illustrations and sculptures appear in numerous periodicals, books, florilegia, private collections and national exhibits including the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation.

Maria Cecilia Freeman

Maria Cecilia Freeman's award-winning work, bridging scientific illustration and botanically accurate fine art, has appeared in solo and juried exhibitions around the U.S. and in Europe. She is a Florilegium artist at Filoli, and an Alcatraz Florilegium Artist. She particularly loves drawing and painting heritage and species roses.

Pam Harrington

Pam Harrington is a botanical artist, horticulturist and garden enthusiast. She received her training in botanical art at the Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Garden’s Program, is active in ASBA’s New England Chapter, and is fascinated by the history of botanical art.

Robin Jess

Robin A. Jess is the former Executive Director of ASBA. Robin is fluent in graphite, watercolor, pen and ink, and etching. Currently the Coordinator of The New York Botanical Garden’s Botanical Art and Illustration Program, Robin’s work is represented in the Hunt Institute’s collection. Robin lives in Edison, NJ and received a Distinguished Artist Fellowship from the NJ State Council on the Arts.

Patricia Jonas

Patricia Jonas is American Society of Botanical Artists exhibitions committee chair, former board member, and recipient of the James White Service Award for Dedication to Botanical Art. She has been a juror for ASBA Annual International exhibitions and for Filoli, and was curator of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium. She was also curator of "Drawing from Life: Maud H. Purdy and 90 Years of Women Artists at Brooklyn Botanic Garden,” and author of the accompanying exhibition catalog. She has been author and editor of ASBA exhibition catalogs, and was one of the authors of the recent Plant: Exploring the Botanical World. Among her other writing credits was the weekly gardening advice for the "Cuttings" column in the New York Times.

Martha Kemp

Martha Kemp is a self-taught artist who specializes in using graphite pencil for detailed botanical drawings. She is the recipient of the 1999 ASBA Diane Bouchier Artist Award for Excellence in Botanical Art, has received five Gold Medals from the Royal Horticultural Society and two “Best Drawing in Show” awards at ASBA/HSNY Annual Exhibitions.

Libby Kyer

Libby Kyer has been teaching colored pencil arts since 2000. A professed control freak, she loves the demands of realism, nature and intricate detail. Libby is a warm and supportive teacher, passionate about sharing botanical art, and author of Today’s Botanical Artist (Schiffer Publishing). libby@lkyerstudio.com

John Muir Laws

John Muir Laws is a naturalist and educator. His work focuses on teaching people to use nature journals to connect more deeply with the natural world. He teaches free monthly nature drawing workshops in the Bay Area and is the author of the Laws Guide to Nature Drawing and Journaling.

Kelly Leahy Radding

Kelly Leahy Radding is a contemporary Artist-Naturalist who specializes in botanical and wildlife art. She works with watercolors on calfskin vellum and paper, casein, graphite & silverpoint. Her ideas begin with field observations that she translates to finished paintings in the studio.

Lee McCaffree

Lee McCaffree is a primary instructor in the Filoli Botanical Art Certificate Program and shares its coordination. She gives regular private classes in the SF Bay area and has instructed at ASBA Annual Conferences. She received instruction in England and from master artists. Watercolor is her main media and she believes understanding basic plants structure is essential to create an aesthetic painting. Bonsai sketching is a perfect opportunity for practicing aesthetics.

Robert McNeill

Robert McNeill is an award-winning international botanical artist renowned for his exceptional use of light and rigorous attention to detail. He has work in the collections of Dr Shirley Sherwood and the Hunt Institute for Botanical Illustration.

Jesse Meyer

Jesse Meyer's family company, Pergamena, has been preparing animal skins since 1550. He has refined the quality of parchment skins for use by artists, calligraphers, bookbinders and designers.

Kathie Miranda

Kathie Miranda is an award-winning natural history artist. She teaches at the Art Students League, NYC and New York Botanical Garden. She maintains active memberships in the American Society of Botanical Artists; the American Watercolor Society; Connecticut Watercolor Society and the Colored Pencil Society of America.

Sarah Morrish

Sarah’s fascination and passion of illustrating the natural world stems from childhood and her careers, in education for nearly 20 years and latterly in conservation. Her work in education now continues - in lifelong learning, as she teaches courses and workshops in Hampshire and Dorset UK, in botanical art and natural science illustration.

Sylvia Peter

Sylvia Peter trained as a porcelain painter and studied painting at the Art Academy in Halle, Germany. One of her paintings is part of the Shirley Sherwood Collection. In 2009 she founded the “Forum Botanische Kunst”, a gallery for contemporary arts with focus on plants.

Sally Petru

Sally Petru emerged as a botanical artist out of a passion for horticulture and design. After several years building her skills in watercolor, she saw the need to be involved in the organization. She is founding President for the Northern California chapter and has served on the ASBA board for 3 years. She is a member of the Filoli Florilegium, having exhibited there nearly every yea since 2003. Sally teaches in her home studio and in local botanical gardens. She has enjoyed the enrichment of creating the Alcatraz Florilegium with her co-coordinators.

Betsy Rogers-Knox

Betsy earned a Certificate in Botanical Illustration from The NYBG and is enchanted by the full lifecycle of plants.  Her work has been included in the 13-19th ASBA Annual Exhibitions, Weird, Wild and Wonderful, Focus on Nature, Following in the Bartrams Footsteps and The Royal Horticultural Society Exhibition  in London in 2016.             

Enrique Sanchez

Enrique Sanchez has been an active member of the Mycological Society of San Francisco for over 15 years. A lifelong interest in herbs passed on by his grandmother led him to explore what else in the natural world could be beneficial for humans. This curiosity led him to bio-dynamic gardening, bee keeping and mushrooms. He helps lead forays around the bay area.

Lizzie Sanders

Lizzie teaches for the RBGE Illustration Diploma Course in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has won 3 Royal Horticultural Society gold medals and in 2004, was honoured with the ASBA Diane Bouchier Artist Award for Excellence in Botanical Art.. Her work is held in the Hunt Institute, the RHS Lindley Library and the Sherwood Collection. She has 2 pieces in The Highgrove Florilegeum.

Margaret Saylor

Margaret Saylor paints fungi and mushrooms in her native Berks County, Pennsylvania. She is the Editor/Designer of The Botanical Artist, and teaches extensively around the southeast Pennsylvania region. Her painting, Dryad’s Saddle, was part of ASBA’s 17th Annual International exhibition.

Deborah Shaw

Deborah Shaw has a degree in fine art as well as studying botany, native California flora and scientific illustration. Ms. Shaw is a member of ASBA, two ASBA chapters, and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. She teaches botanical art, and taught illustration, design and information design at UC Irvine Extension, where she was recipient of the "Distinguished Instructor" award. Deborah's work is in the permanent collection at the Hunt and in private collections. Her preferred media include graphite, watercolor, colored pencil, scratchboard, Illustrator and Photoshop.

Dianne Sutherland

Dianne Sutherland is a British artist, originally trained in the Royal Doulton Design Studio. Working in Graphite and watercolour on paper and vellum. She holds a BSc in Biology, and enjoys combining science with art . Works held in the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation and the Sydney Florilegium. SBA Council member and Royal Horticultural Society exhibitor.

Alice Tangerini

As a Staff Illustrator for the Botany Department at the Smithsonian Institution, Alice Tangerini has been specializing in drawing plants in pen and ink and graphite since 1972. Her illustrations of plants appear in scientific periodicals, floras, and botanical and nature books. In addition she teaches classes in her illustration techniques in botanical gardens and in academic institutions.

Catherine Watters

Catherine is the co-founder and primary instructor of the Filoli Botanical Art Certificate Program. She also teaches throughout the U.S and in France. Her paintings are included in several Florilegia: the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens; the Brooklyn Botanic Garden; Filoli and Alcatraz. Also in the Hunt; the Sutton Collection; the Museum of Natural History, Paris; the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Carol Woodin

Specializing in watercolor on vellum, Carol Woodin’s work has been exhibited around the world. Recipient of the 1998 ASBA Diane Bouchier Artist Award, and an RHS Gold Medal, she served on the Board of the American Society of Botanical Artists, and is now its Director of Exhibitions.
Conference Fee - Early Registration: 
$395.00
Early Registration Deadline: 
08/12/2017
Conference Fee: 
$460.00
Registration Deadline: 
08/31/2017
Fee Includes: 

Most meals are covered by the conference fee including breakfast and lunch on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, and the Saturday evening banquet. Light refreshments will be served at the Welcome Reception on Wednesday. Many activities are free including: Portfolio Sharing, The Story of Vellum, Juror Training, Education Forum, Open Studio, Grant Project Presentations, Beyond Accuracy presentation, and many of the lectures. If any discrepancies exist between policies described in the Journal and those online, the policies appearing online take precedence. 

How to Register: 

Change in Registration Procedure

Thank you for your patience as we work to recover from technical difficulties experienced during opening of conference registration last Saturday, July 22.
 
We have been working since then with the group of individuals who were affected last week. If you are part of that group and have already filled out the conference survey, THIS INFORMATION DOES NOT APPLY TO YOU. If you replied and filled out the survey this week, please do not do so again.
 
All remaining members will have the opportunity to register for the conference beginning on Saturday, July 29th at noon.
 
The process will be slightly different than was communicated before.
 
On Saturday, July 29, at noon you will receive an email invitation including a link to a survey tool where you can enter your conference choices. You will have the opportunity to convey 1st, 2nd, 3rd....choices for all sessions in which you are interested in enrolling. There are many wonderful choices and we expect there will still be openings in many/most activities.
 
We will manually enter your registration in the order that we receive the completed survey. You can also include comments on the survey with any special instructions you would like for us to consider as we process your registration. You will then receive an email confirmation with a balance due and instructions on how to pay.
 
We apologize for the delay in registration and this change in procedure - but want to ensure that you can register for the conference while reducing the risk of further technical issues.  Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
 
See you in San Francisco!


Questions: Regarding selection of classes email annualmeeting@asba-art.org or, regarding a change in your registration, email conf.registration@asba-art.org or contact the ASBA office at 1.866.691.9080. 

 

Policy: 

1. Current ASBA membership is required for registration. Please be sure that your membership dues are paid well in advance of July 22, 2017, when registration opens or you will not receive email notifications regarding conference registration details.

 
2. The ASBA Annual Meeting and Conference is a three-day event. Partial registration is not available.

 
3. Registration Fees: Registration fee on or before August 12, 2017: $395 
Registration fee after August 12, 2017: $460

 
4. Registration Deadline:
Registration is closed as of August 31, 2017. No registrations are accepted after this time, no exceptions.

 
5. Refund and Cancellation Policy: Cancellation on or before August 12, 2017 - $75 fee. All workshop fees refunded. Conference cancellation after August 12 through August 21, 2017- $150 fee plus 80% of workshop fees will be refunded. Cancellation after August 21 through August 31, 2017 - $200 fee plus 50% of workshop fees will be refunded. Cancellation Pre- and Post-Conference Workshops on or before August 12, 2017 – 50% of fee. Pre- and Post-Conference Workshop cancellation after August 12, 2017 – no refund. No refunds of registration fee or workshops dropped after August 31, 2017. Health emergency or death in the immediate family: Refunds will be the same as above except cancellation on or after October 1 through October 10, $200 of the basic registration fee and 50% of all other fees will be refunded to the registrant. If a guest cancels due to health emergency or death in the immediate family on or after October 1, 75% of guest meal fees and 50% of any other fees will be refunded.
ASBA reserves the right to cancel any workshop that does not meet a minimum registration, and to substitute an instructor in the event that the scheduled instructor is unable to fulfill the teaching obligation.

 
6. San Mateo Marriott - See the information under the Lodging Tab for details. Cancellation of hotel reservations is the responsibility of the registrant. You must ask for the American Society of Botanical Artists block to receive the conference rate. The ASBA block rate is good if booked by September 11, 2017. After that, the discount rate will no longer be available. If you stay somewhere other than the hotel, ASBA is not responsible for your hotel arrangements nor transportation to/from your hotel. 

Three Ways to Participate! Sell, Donate Items, & Shop

To Sell:

The Artist Sale Tables at the Art Bazaar have become a big success.  Artists have the opportunity to sell their work, prints, cards, related products etc. (there will be a small fee to use wi-fi). You can go it alone, or share a table with another artist or chapter. In return you are asked to donate just 30% of your sales to ASBA. Simply sign up when you register for the conference.

To Donate Items:

Please consider donating an item or two to the Art Bazaar. Items such as art supplies, botanical art books, jewelry, scarves, gift items, note cards and mounted prints are always popular. Donate your item(s) by submitting a Donation Form between now and September 29. Items can either be shipped by October 4, or hand-delivered to the Conference.

To donate, please email ArtBazaar@asba-art.org . Include the following information in your email: name, full mailing address, email, phone, description of donated item, value of donated item, selling price (if different from value), and whether you intend to ship or hand deliver the item.  If you prefer, you may download and complete the Art Bazaar Donation Form  and scan and email it to ArtBazaar@asba-art.org 


To Shop:

The Art Bazaar runs from 5:00 to 7:00 pm - right before the Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday, October 14, 2017. Your purchase supports ASBA programs and you go home with a treasure!