September 2021 News

The society is participating in Open Studios at Stirchley Baths Community Centre on 18th & 19th September. There will be art on display and cards and prints all available to purchase.

For any member wishing to have a page on the gallery on this web site the information is available.

The society also has a stand at the Creative Craft Show and Art Materials Live at the NEC, Birmingham from 4th – 7th November 2021

Another exciting piece of news is that we will once again have an exhibition at The Granary Art Gallery at Weston Park from 31st August – 28th September 2022. Weston Park is set in 1,000 acres of Capability Brown parkland. Surrounding the house are formal gardens with rose beds, lawns, the sunken Italian Gardens and a Rose Walk. The Temple Wood is a naturalistic and romantic paradise. Below the art gallery is a restaurant  where you can get a just a coffee or a meal.

The Finnis Scott Foundation is inviting entries from Botanical Art Groups for their 2022 Botanical Art award. This two yearly award of up to £10,000 is intended to fund discrete projects that promote and encourage the practice and appreciation of botanical art. Do any members have ideas that we could put forward to take advantage of this ? please contact a committee member.

Meetings begin again August 2021

Our first meeting since March 2020 will be on 15th August 2021. We will begin by holding our Annual General Meeting after which members can catch up with what people have been doing during the last months. Please bring your own refreshments to this meeting.

The society will be taking part in Open Studio 2021 at Stirchley Baths (2 Bournville Lane B30 2JT) on the weekend of 18th & 19th September where art will be on display. Cards, original work and prints will be available to purchase.

Society member Celia Scottow has an exhibition of her art at the Tea Room and Weir Room at the Canal Heritage Centre, Beeston NG9 1LZ from1st to 29th August. For further details please see their web site.

Update on meetings and congratulations

Congratulations to Carol Gordon, Celia Scottow and Jane Wilkes who had paintings accepted and displayed on the recent SBA Plantae Exhibition which was held on line again for the second year.

Unfortunately due to the delay in the re-opening of indoor meetings the BSBA Annual General Meeting will now take place on Sunday August 15th 2021. The plan is to hold the AGM in the morning and use the afternoon to catch up with everyone and see some of the things we have been keeping busy with over ‘lockdown’

Morton Hall & Worcester Exhibition

On Wednesday 26th May some members visited the gardens at Morton Hall near Redditch, private gardens open by appointment. The approach to the hall was through meadow that was filled with buttercups. After an introductory talk on the history of the house and garden we started our tour at the Japanese stroll garden. Here was a typical Tea House and the waters edge was lined by candelabra primula. There are seven individual gardens, including a more formal area and a vegetable garden all designed to give colour from March until October. The gardens were stunning, packed with interesting perennials, roses, clematis and shrubs and the views across the surrounding valley such a surprise. A lovely afternoon finished with tea and cake.

Exhibition – Botanical Treasures: Inspiration from Nature in Porcelain and on Paper. From 27th May until 31st October at the Museum of Royal Worcester during the museum opening hours. This is an exhibition between the Museum and the Gloucestershire Society for Botanical Illustration (GSBI). The artworks displayed alongside the museums collections of porcelain. There will be artist demonstrations from GSBI members every other week. One of our society members Carol Hardie will be demonstrating on Saturday 3rd July and Saturday 21st August.

Characteristics of Trees in Spring Workshop

On 24th April 2021 some members of the society took part in a Zoom workshop with Sarah Morrish. The topic was ‘Characteristics of Trees in Spring. Twigs and Bursting Buds in Pen and Ink’. Sarah gave a comprehensive talk on the key features to look for on winter twigs which was accompanied with a handout e-mailed prior to the talk. This was followed by a demonstration in pen and ink of an outline and stippling of a bursting horse chestnut bud. Members found this workshop inspirational.

We are now in the last two weeks of our exhibition at Weston park. There will be demonstrations in the Granary Art Gallery. The feed back from visitors has been very positive.

Monday 17th & 24th May – Jane Wilkes – 11am-3pm –  Colored Pencil.                    Tuesday 26th May – Liz Green – 11am – 4pm – Watercolour Painting and Drawing.            Thursday 27th May – Jeni Neale – 11am-3.30pm – Watercolour Painting