BAGSC Celebrates Native Plants Through Art and Science

The Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California has been invited to exhibit paintings of native California plants at the Theodore Payne Foundation for Wildflowers and Native Plants in Sun Valley, California. The foundation was established in 1960 to promote and restore California landscapes and to habitats, to propagate and make available California native plants and wildflowers, and provide education about California flora and natural history.

Theodore Payne came to Los Angeles in 1893 from England and dedicated his life to the preservation of California flora.

The exhibit, entitled Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California: The Art and Science of Native Plants, has 23 works by 14 guild members. Artists include: Nina Antze, Diane Daly, Estelle DeRidder, Clara Josephs, Joan Keesey, Patricia A. Mark, Arillyn Moran-Lawrence, Lesley Randall, Mitsuko Schultz, Gilly Shaeffer, Janice Sharp, Deborah Shaw, Gayle Uyehara, and Jude Wiesenfeld. Out-going guild president Leslie Walker coordinated the exhibit with the foundation. It will be displayed January 11- March 15, 2014. An artist's reception was held on opening day. Many of the paintings include the plant's pollinator.

  • Salvia spathacea, Hummingbird Sage, watercolor, ©Joan Keesey
  • Asclepias speciosa, Milkweed, pen and ink, ©Lesley Randall