Upcoming Meeting Details

Quarterly Meeting: Sunday, March 21, 2021

Noon-12:20 – Meet and Greet: Log into Zoom meeting and greet other participants to share what you’ve been up to during the shutdown.
12:20-12:40 – BASNCR Chapter Meeting: reports; upcoming meeting dates, exhibits, activities and programs.
12:40-1:20 – Presentation: Margaret Best will provide us with a new appreciation for colors, information which is applicable to all mediums (see below).
1:20 – Meeting wrap-up and adjourn.
Note: Times are approximate and subject to slight adjustments as we continue adjusting to the Zoom meeting format.

An Intimate Relationship with Colour
Margarget Best will discuss the importance of developing a good working palette, how to make good paint choices and developing colour memory. She will touch on the history of colour theory and colour wheels and developing a useful colour reference. She will include what is known about Ferdinand Bauer’s colour system and how he was able to be hugely productive – producing thousand of paintings and illustrations.

Ferdinand Bauer accompanied plant hunters and botanists on two famous trips as the official plant recorder/illustrator. The first was the Mediterranean region with an Oxford Botany Professor John Sibthorp. I have seen this remarkable collection of work twice – once on my own with Stephen Harris showing me the works and herbarium specimens that Baeur worked from, and another when took group of artists there. Also saw the original paintings and copy of Flora Graeca. The second was the trip to Australia with Sir Joseph Banks.

Margaret Best
Born in South Africa, Margaret graduated from the University of Cape Town as a teacher of Art and Mathematics. She taught both subjects in Cape Town before immigrating to Canada.

She has exhibited her work in England, Italy, South Africa, Canada, in numerous American Society of Botanical Art international juried exhibitions in the USA and the 12th International Exhibition at the Hunt Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. In 2012, the Bermuda Society of Artists hosted a successful solo exhibition of her paintings, Bermuda Botanica. In 2018, her work was included in an international invitational exhibition in Florence, Italy.

Margaret has been a regular illustrator for Canadian Wildlife Magazine and has been commissioned to design numerous coins for the Royal Canadian Mint. Her work is in the collection of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Library and numerous private and corporate collections around the globe. In July 2016, her work was included in an exhibition to mark the bicentennial celebrations of the Royal Botanical Gardens of Sydney, Australia.

Since 2005, she has maintained an active teaching schedule in Canada, USA, Bermuda and South Africa. She has also taught workshops in France, Italy, Spain and Morocco. The late Pandora Sellars mentored Margaret for both her painting and teaching skills in botanical art over a period of close to seven years.

Margaret is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), the Bermuda Society of Botanical Artists (BSBA), Botanical Artists Guild of Southern California (BAGSC), Botanical Artists Guild of Southern Alberta (BAGSA), Botanical Artists of South Africa (BAASA), and the Florilegium Society of Royal Botanical Gardens of Sydney, Australia.

Learn more about Margaret from her website, bestbotanical.com

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