March 18th – An update from BASNCR’s President

Dear BASNCR Members and Friends.

Reminder: Tonight is the Margaret Mee film at National Museum for Women in the Arts @ 7:00

1. Our next meeting is less than a month away. You should be receiving your newsletter in the next couple of days. There are a couple of reminders and items that have come up since the newsletter went to press.

2. Take down for “Did you know” is 9:00 April 8. The set up for another show will start at 9:30 so please be on time.

3. We have applied for a new exhibition and the focus is on CONTEMPORARY BOTANICAL ART. That shouldn’t be anything new to you, but the focus is still on botanical accuracy, but it invites increased emphasis on, vitality, composition, and the use of a variety of media. More information about this exhibition will be forthcoming. However, the fact that Hillary Parker, Scott Rawlings, and Mindy Lighthipe are coming to teach at Brookside was a factor in deciding on this theme. Each of these artists is innovative in their approach to botanical art and should be able to give your art work an “edge” in this juried competition. Please sign up for these classes quickly since the deadline is very close. You can sign on online, or call 301-962-1451.

4. Please submit works to Botanica. Because of our January deadline, Our Exhibit “Did you know” did not fill two shows. Therefore, we are encouraging ALL of our members to send 3- 5 pieces of work to Botanica. Margaret Saul will jury all art work but there will be a section of the show that displays art work by BASNCR members who do not have a previous affiliation with Brookside. Members living in Central Virginia will be able to carpool their work to the exhibition for set-up and take-down.

This link will take you to the ENTRY FORM and EXHIBIT INFORMATION Please read both documents carefully. The exhibit is from June 29- August 9. Submissions deadline is May 13. Take down is 9:00 August 10.

5. If you have not already signed up for our blog, please do so, go to the home page at That will take you to

. At the bottom of the web page is a box that says “Join”. Click on that and you will receive e-mails with something new is posted. Much of this information is about exhibitions, or websites, or topics of a immediate nature and not something that is appropriate for the newsletter. Hopefully, that will eventually replace my group e-mails, since our organization is getting big enough that it is hard to insure that all the e-mails go through or are not tagged as spam.

Cordially, Mary Jane Zander, President, BASNCR,


An amazing film called Margaret Mee and the Moonflower:

HI all,
As the current president of BASNCR, I have already invited members to come to this. I bought 5 tickets and 3 of them are taken and 2 others are going to buy them at the door. This is a great opportunity for our members and I will re-send the invitation soon. Pamela, that may be one of the e-mails you missed, it wasn’t intentional. I’ll fix that. Jane

—– Forwarded Message —–
From: Rana Koll-Mandel
Cc: Helen Strong ; Flo Stone
Sent: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 3:35 PM
Subject: Environmental Film Festival Features MARGARET MEE

I work with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital and am wondering if you’d be willing to
help us promote the screening of this amazing film called MARGARET MEE AND THE MOONFLOWER,
which will be shown during the 21st annual Environmental Film Festival on Mon March 18 at 7:00 pm
at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

As a well-known and respected organization, anything you can do to help get the word out about this
special event to the members and friends of the Botanical Arts Society in the National Capital Region
would be greatly appreciated.

For a description of the film, see: or the

Margaret Mee was a botanical illustrator who’s technique is recognized worldwide and is regarded
as the work of one of the great European illustrators of all time. She spent 36 years in Brazil, where
she organized and carried out 15 expeditions to the Amazon rainforest, leaving behind an important
artistic legacy.

The Environmental Film Festival, March 12 through 24, presents 190 documentary, narrative, animated, archival, experimental and children’s films selected to provide fresh perspectives on environmental issues facing our planet. The vital role of rivers and watersheds in the global environment is a special theme of the 2013 Festival, which features cinematic work from 50 countries and 110 Washington, D.C., United States and World premieres. Some 196 filmmakers and special guests will discuss their work at the Festival.

For complete information about the Festival schedule, see:

Thank you for your time and interest.

Best regards, Rana

Rana Koll-Mandel
Public Affairs Assistant
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
1228 1/2 31st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Tel: 202.342.2564
Fax: 202.298.8518

2013 Environmental Film Festival, March 12-24
Selected for the 2012-2013 Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington


Call for Entries Extended for Illustration Awards

The Society of Floral Painters: Experienced Guides in All Forms of Flower Portraiture

Botanical illustration is about mixing science with art. Today, as in years past, botanical illustrations relay information that contributes to our scientific knowledge about plants. Botanical artists spend hundreds of hours studying plant specimens, drawing them and then painting them. Traditional plant portraits are painted on a white ground. This is one of the traditions […]


Call for Entries Extended for Illustration Awards

The call for entries for the AOI Illustration Awards 2013 has been extended to March 10, 2013. This year the Association of Illustrators (AOI) has added a new category called Research & Knowledge Communication. This is illustration commissioned for the purpose of undertaking research and communicating knowledge. Or illustration that is used as a research […]

GNSI Illustrators,

The Illustrators Club has recently issued their annual Exhibit Call. The
show is open to all illustrators in the Mid-Atlantic region. If you would
like to show your art to a wider audience, this might be the opportunity
for you.

The group is well aware of science and nature illustration. They even have
a science/medical illustrator on the judging panel.

The announcement is below.


Dear Illustrators,

It’s our Sweet Sixteen!

The 16th biennial Juried Exhibition of the DC/MD/VA Illustrators Club will
be held at PEPCO’s beautiful Edison Place Gallery in downtown DC. The
exhibition will run from June 10 through July 13, 2013 and will feature
works chosen by our group of eminent judges.

Illustrators from DC, MD, VA, PA, DE, WV, NJ and NY area are welcome to
submit their recent illustrations. This is an excellent opportunity to
showcase your work.

Our website is now open for entries. Upload you work at

ENTRY FEES: $20 for members, $30 for non-members, $10 for students


SooJin Buzelli, A.D. for PlanSponsor and PlanAdviser
Zina Deretsky, Medical and scientific illustrator
John Hendrix, Editorial and children’s book illustrator
Anita Kunz, Editorial illustrator
Ellen Weinstein, Editorial illustrator


– Editorial
– Advertising
– Book
– Institutional
– Medical/Scientific
– Packaging
– Student
– Uncommissioned and Promotional


Accepted entrants will be notified by May 1, 2013. A hanging fee will be
required, and accepted work will be displayed at PEPCO’s Edison Place
Gallery in Washington, D.C. this summer, June 10 through July 13, 2013.

Show Co-Chairs: Meredith Nelson and Nargol Arefi


This is a wonderful month to visit Lewis Ginter!

Central Virginia Botanical Artists
This is a note from our up-coming speaker, Susie Kowalik, about her exhibition at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond, VA

This is a wonderful month to visit Lewis Ginter, and also take in the Nature Journal exhibit in the Library for the month of March. Bring a friend! Have lunch! Spend the day!!!
Sincerely, Susie Kowalik

The following is a link for a blog page I wrote for the CVABA blog… enjoy!:


An update from BASNCR’s President…

1. PICK UP DATE and time for “Did you know?” IS APRIL 8TH at 9:00 AM. IT WAS UNCORRECT IN THE NEWSLETTER! Be sure to change your calendar.
2. CONGRATULATIONS to Betsy Farr, Judy Brown, Mary Elcano, and Joan Ducore for sales at the Brookside reception for our exhibition.
3. JOIN ME March 18, 2012, 7:00-9:30pm. I have 5 reservation for the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) for a documentary on Margaret Mee. More reservations are available from the museum at $5.00.
4. The exhibition “In Bartram’s Footsteps” is scheduled as listed below. Please contact Mary Elcano(mselcano@ if you are interested in going, as part of a group, to the exhibition in Philadelphia.
Bartram’s Garden Gallery
54th Street and Lindbergh Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA
April 26 – May 24, 2013