Annual Meeting & Conference 

Pasadena Preview 

October 30 – November 1, 2008 

By Tania Marien  

Originally appeared in The Botanical Artist – Volume 14, Issue 1 


The members of the Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California (BAGSC) are very excited to host the 14th ASBA Annual Meeting and Conference in Pasadena, October 30–November 1, 2008. The conference will be held at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA and the Pasadena Hilton. 

This year, the annual meeting will comprise three full days of activities and learning opportunities. Most of the events scheduled for Thursday, October 30th will occur at the Pasadena Hilton, including perennial favorites such as Portfolio Sharing and Techniques Showcase. Conference participants will also have the opportunity to shop at the Exhibitors’ Hall all day. In the evening, shuttles will take ASBA members to the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino for the reception of the ASBA exhibition Small Works.Then, particpate in an extraordinary opportunity in a Fireside Chat with Anne-Marie Evans, Jenny Phillips, Lizzie Sanders, Pandora Sellars, Alexander Viazmensky and Carol Woodin. 

Friday and Saturday are two full days of learning. Conference participants may pick half-day and full-day classes as well as lectures and panel discussions. A new feature allows some classes to be repeated, so if you miss out on a class on Friday, you may be able to take the same class on Saturday. 

We are honored to offer opportunities to learn from legends in botanical art education from around the world including Anne- Marie Evans and Jenny Phillips, as well as world-class artists Pandora Sellars, Mieko Ishikawa and Alexander Viazmensky. Watercolor on vellum master, Carol Woodin, and the award-winning graphite artist Martha Kemp will share their incredible knowledge. 

The busy bees at BAGSC also have in store such fine artists and teachers as Margaret Best, Kathy Dunham (Nature Journaling), Libby Kyer, Mindy Lighthipe (Light on Form), Lee McCaffree, Kathie Miranda (Art Papers), Hillary Parker (Deliberate Composition), Lisa Pompelli, Dick Rauh (Drawing Trees), Jane Shibata, Deborah Shaw & Bonnie Stein (Photoshop), Mary Ann Wallace (Teaching Botanical Illustration to Children), Catherine Watters, Gloria Whea-Fun Teng (Chinese Brush Painting), and Yoga Master John Childers (Yoga for Artists). Even more offerings are in the works! Field trips are available Friday and Saturday. Participants may visit the Los Angeles Arboretum & Botanic Garden in Arcadia, Descanso Gardens in La Cañada-Flintridge and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Special arrangements have been made with the Getty allowing one lucky group behind-the-scenes to view rare books and artwork by Joris Hoefnagel and Maria Sibylla Merian. 

The business of ASBA will be managed at the Annual Board of Directors Meeting on Thursday. ASBA’s Education Forum and Wildflower Forum will continue to build on the progress made in previous years with some exciting new aspects. And the always exciting Silent Auction will provide an opportunity to take home some great art supplies, note cards, jewelry and - if you’re really persistent – an original piece of botanical art! 

Tempted beyond words? Well then come out to California in October and join us!

  • Inside the large, graceful conservatory at Huntington Gardens. © The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
  • Desert Color at the Huntington Desert Botanical gardens, celebrating their 100th year. © The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.
  • The Tea Room at Huntington. © The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.