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Northern California Readers, click image to download flyer.

Northern California Readers, click image to download flyer.

The Gardens at Heather Farm will host their annual Mother’s Day event on May 11, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at The Gardens on 1540 Marchbanks Drive in Walnut Creek.

Relax and enjoy soothing music provided by InSteel Caribbean Steel Drummers.

Bring a blanket and have a picnic in the Meadow Garden, stroll along the winding paths of 24 unique gardens, or simply sit on a bench and soak up the natural beauty of the breathtaking surroundings.

Storytelling sessions will be held in the Gazebo at 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm. There will also be root beer floats for $3 and fundraising prizes. Tickets will be available for purchase on the day of the event.

The craft activities for all ages and gift items for sale by local Bay Area artists are not to be missed!

All proceeds from this event support garden programs for youth, adults, and persons with disabilities.


Directions to The Gardens at Heather Farm

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Encelia Train. © Mary-Austin Klein. All rights reserved.

Encelia Train. © Mary-Austin Klein. All rights reserved.

Mary-Austin Klein is known for her exquisite small-scale paintings of the California desert that capture the light conditions unique to California. In her current exhibition at the Theodore Payne Foundation, she brings attention to human encroachment on native plant environments and desert landscapes.

Mary-Austin Klein is the Theodore Payne Foundation’s fourth Aritst-in-Residence. During her residency, she traveled to locations in Central and Southern California to gather material for a series of oil paintings interpreting the infringement of man on the California landscape. Klein explains what motivates her to bring attention to this topic:

The ability to contain vast and deep landscapes into small, flat paintings makes me feel like a wrangler of space. The power to capture the magic of the California

Chuparosa Anza,© Mary-Austin Klein. All rights reserved.

Chuparosa Anza,© Mary-Austin Klein. All rights reserved.

desert and contain it within a frame is enthralling. It lets me transport the desert to others, sharing the beauty and promoting preservation of these vistas for future generations. Desert flora especially inspires me because of their toughness, resiliency and resourcefulness, when it comes to surviving the extreme conditions they call home.

The native Los Angeles artist has exhibited her work in galleries in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Laguna Beach, Santa Barbara and Joshua Tree. Her artwork and her advocacy efforts have been featured in The Guide to the Wild Mojave, a publication sponsored by the California Wilderness Coalition, as well as in The Desert Trail and LA Architect magazines.

Klein’s current exhibition, The Native Edge: Human Encroachment on Native Plant Environments, will be on view in the gallery at Theodore Payne through December 28, 2013.

Directions to Theodore Payne Foundation

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MAKportraitforposter Oil Pastel Painting Workshop with Mary-Austin Klein
Theodore Payne Foundation
November 2, 2013
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Experience the technique of oil pastel painting and create an 11″ x 14″ still life of native flora on a gessoed panel. Play with color, brushwork and composition in this casual art workshop. No experience necessary!

Mary-Austin Klein is a Los Angeles-based painter whose small-scaled paintings document the natural landscapes and unique light of Southern California. She is the Theodore Payne Foundation’s 2013 Artist-in-Residence. An exhibition of her work is now on view in the gallery at the Theodore Payne Foundation in Sun Valley, CA.

Cost: $30 members, $40 non-members (includes materials fee)

For more information or to sign up, please contact Lili at 818-768-1802.
Online registration



About the Theodore Payne Foundation

The Theodore Payne Foundation for Wild Flowers and Native Plants, Inc., is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping others discover the beauty of California native plants. It is located north of Los Angeles in Sun Valley, CA.
www.theodorepayne.org

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poster_SustainabilityFair The Contra Costa Master Gardeners (CCMG) invite you to the Sustainability Fair celebrating their 30th anniversary of promoting healthy gardening. The Sustainability Fair will be held
September 7, 2013 from 10 AM – 3 PM at the CCMG garden in Walnut Creek, CA on the corner of N. Wiget Lane and Shadelands Drive (map).

“Growing your own vegetables can be a first step in a sustainable, healthy lifestyle that connects you in new ways to the food you eat”, according to Jackie Kennedy, CCMG Association President of the all-volunteer organization.

Visit the Sustainability Fair to learn about canning and preserving, growing winter vegetables, raising chickens, beekeeping, and making compost. You can also learn about sustainable strategies such as recycling, sheet mulching, smart-water usage and how to replace a lawn using the drought-tolerant UC Davis Arboretum All-Stars. Attend lectures, buy plants, go on a self-guided tour of the garden, enjoy healthful food and have fun with the kids in the Children’s Activity Center.

Sounds like a grand celebration and the perfect launch to a new school year!

Master Gardeners are educators trained by the University of California in horticulture, pest management and home gardening. Among the program’s goals is to produce an annual crop of educated volunteers to join the ranks of seasoned Master Gardeners. This year, Contra Costa Master Gardeners (CCMG) celebrates 30 years of providing research-based, sustainable gardening advice to home gardeners.

View Fair Schedule, Get Directions

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BotanicalArtIntoThirdMilleniumSales of the wildly popular Italian catalog, Botanical Art into the Third Millenium, are winding down. Unsold catalogs need to be returned to Italy at the end of the month. Only eleven copies remain. After these copies are sold (or returned to the publisher), this catalog must be ordered from the publisher in Pisa, Italy.

The eleven remaining copies are the “hurts” — catalogs that received bumped corners during their trip to California (see example). The pages of these catalogs are in new condition, clean and secure in the book.

Bumped corners, interior pages clean and tight. 15% off, plus free US shipping.

Bumped corners, interior pages clean and tight. 15% off, plus free US shipping.


To move these copies out, we’re having a hurts sale. These eleven copies are priced at 15% off and will ship free to any US address.

The catalog is paperback, has 244 pages and illustrations. The exhibition features over 150 pieces of art, including work by Margaret Stones, Rory McEwen and Margaret Mee, as well as art from the Shirley Sherwood Collection.

Pages 1-69 present the collection and the exhibition. They contain about 12 illustrated pages. Pages 70-235 are the catalogue. The catalogue is divided in 5 sections. Each section has a 2 page presentation (1 page in Italian, 1 page in English). So out of 165 pages, 10 of them are text only, 155 are full-page illustrations. Pages 236-243 are index pages. The book is 7.9″ x 10.5″.

To add this catalog to your library while it is still being shipped from California, go to ArtPlantae Books.

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Regardless of where you live, you can learn how to create an expressive journal for summer with mixed-media artist, Jane LaFazio.

See what’s new at Classes Near You > Southern California:


Jane LaFazio

janeville.blogspot.com
Jane is a mixed media artist and a member of the San Diego Sketchcrawl group. Jane teaches at conferences across the U.S. and leads classes in Italy and Greece too. In addition to sketching classes, Jane teaches workshops in collage, mixed media, and quilting. There are always many, many opportunities to learn from Jane in-person. Below is a short list of classes that may be of interest to you. To view all of Jane’s upcoming classes, see her teaching schedule online.

Also see this interview with Jane and her Ask The Artist Q&A with readers.


Sketching & Watercolor: Journal Style

Six-week online class.
Learn how to record your life, your summer vacation and other adventures using a loose and quick style of journaling. Participants in this online class will learn a new technique or subject each week and will receive links to supporting material. Communicate with fellow participants and see each others’ projects progress. Designed for beginners. Cost: $85. Online classroom open June 16.
View Details/Register.


Sketching and Watercolor in a Mixed Media Journal

Six-week online class.
Learn to draw from life using Jane’s quick approach to drawing. Take your art journaling to a whole new level! Cost: $90. Online classroom open June 16.
View Details/Register


Learn from Jane In-person
:

  • Lavender Sage Art Retreat with Pamela Underwood – June 10-14, 2013. Mixed media retreat in Taos, New Mexico. View Details/Register
  • Walking and Watercolor in Italy – October 7-13, 2013
  • ArtWalk: San Diego – January 13-19, 2014
  • ArtWalk: Italy – May 24-30, 2014
  • ArtWalk: The French Riviera – June 1-7, 2014

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chinocreekearthdayThe annual Earth Day Celebration at Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park will be held tomorrow from 4-7 PM. Located in the city of Chino in southern California, this event will include environmental exhibits, free giveaways, hands-on activities and performances.

This event is co-hosted by the Inland Empire Utilities Agency, the City of Chino and the Santa Ana Watershed Association.

Organizations participating in this celebration include: ArtPlantae, Rancho Santa Ana Botanic Garden, Inside the Outdoors, the Inland Empire Resource Conservation District, plus many other organizations dedicated to environmental awareness. See you there!

Directions to Chino Creek Wetlands and Educational Park

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