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ASBA 30th Annual Conference

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Pre-Conference: Tuesday, October 15 & Wednesday, October 16, 2024
Conference:  October 17-19, 2024
Post-Conference: Sunday, October 20 - Tuesday, October 22, 2024

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Join us in Pittsburgh for ASBA’s 30th Annual Conference. Headquartered at our new conference hotel Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square along the banks of the Monongahela River. 

A highlight of the ASBA Pittsburgh Conference is the Hunt Institute's 17th International Exhibition-one of the world’s most prestigious exhibitions of contemporary botanical art. The Reception on Thursday evening is open to artists, conference attendees, and the general public.

Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation



Come Early or Stay Late!


Take a Pre- or Post-Conference Workshop, tour the exciting and beautiful city of Pittsburgh, or stay for a choice of two three-day post conference workshops. Two renowned botanical artists will offer exciting two-day preconference workshop opportunities on Tuesday and Wednesday. Join Lucy Smith and dive into pen and ink techniques for botanical sketchbooks or explore illustrating ferns with Laura Silburn. 

Stay after the conference for the chance to spend three days with John Pastoriza-Pinol painting late summer plants and flowers or focus on painting structure with Jean Emmons. 

The 2024 ASBA Conference will be a great blend of hands-on workshops, demonstrations, lectures, tours, and social gatherings. Guaranteed there will be something for everyone!

The complete 2024 conference schedule and registration information will be posted on the ASBA website in June and in the June issue of The Botanical Artist. Registration appointment requests will begin June 1st. Watch for emails that will alert you to this information well in advance.

We are looking forward to the 30th ASBA Conference in Pittsburgh this fall and hope to see you there!

About Pittsburgh


Pittsburgh, PA is all about the rivers, the natural resources and hilly topography which are an indirect product of glaciation at the end of the last Ice Age 10,000 years ago.

Warhol Bridge        Photo credit Dustin McGrew


Pittsburgh is located at the confluence of the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers. With steep sloping hillsides down to flatter areas near the riverbanks. This terrain and climate also determined the general botany / biology of southwestern Pennsylvania. These conditions helped form a wide range of coniferous and deciduous tree, palustrine wetlands, and a wide variety of native plants and flowers. The natural resources like coal, silica sand, natural gas, iron ore and navigable rivers put Pittsburgh on the rapidly developing “Western Frontier” (early 1800s) and the Second Industrial Revolution (1870-1914).


Phipps Conservatory Photo credit: Phil Johnson


Major heavy industries like: glass, steel, and coal attracted financers, entrepreneurs, industrialists, and philanthropists like Andrew Carnegie, Henry W. Phipps, Henry Clay Frick and Andrew Mellon plus Roy Hunt and Rachel McMasters Miller Hunt’s Botanical Library and other who eventually built or donated private and public art collections such as the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation (the largest collection of botanical art in the Western Hemisphere).  Andrew Carnegie’s, the Carnegie Museum of Art (the first museum in the United States with a strong focus on contemporary art, instructed to collect the “old masters of tomorrow”) and his Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s best in the world collection of herbarium specimens from western Pennsylvania and the greatest number of specimens from the rest of North America and beyond).  Henry W. Phipps’s gift (1893) of the Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens (with numerous individual plant collections and seasonal flower shows. Phipps wanted to erect something that {would} provide a source of instruction as well as pleasure to the people of Pittsburgh.  This philanthropic largesse built the institutions that encouraged and now preserved the science, education, and fine art of botanical art and illustration in Pittsburgh.

Duquesne Incline Photo credit: Dustin McGrew


So as October begins the natural transition of the greens of summer into the vivid reds, oranges, yellows and browns of fall foliage brings the fields, forests ,parks, and nature preserve alive, come join us in Pittsburgh frequently voted as, “America’s Most Livable City”. Now in the 21st century Pittsburgh has again reinvented itself into a center of high technology, robotics, medical research & development, oil & natural gas, and a major center of higher education.  


One of the most iconic views of Pittsburgh awaits visitors approaching from the Pittsburgh International Airport on I 376 East as they emerge from the Fort Pitt Tunnel and directly into “downtown” Pittsburgh.

Lotus Pond at Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.     Photo credit: Pittsburgh Botanic Garden


https://www.visitpittsburgh.com

hotel information

Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square
300 W. Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Station Square is a beautiful 52-acre riverfront complex with over 1.2 miles of Pittsburgh’s most unique dining, entertainment and boutique shopping. The South Shore is a riverfront neighborhood anchored by Station Square, a shopping and entertainment complex with souvenir shops, casual restaurants and plenty of bustling bars, some with live music. Highmark Stadium hosts professional soccer, and there are walking and cycling paths along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. The Duquesne and Monongahela Inclines depart from here and climb up Mount Washington. 

https://www.stationsquare.com

The ASBA Conference room rate is $189 plus applicable taxes. This rate applies to either King or to Two Queen standard rooms. The rate of $189 per night is extended to ASBA for the period October 13th – 22nd  

Please use this link to book your stay and receive the ASBA Group Rate:  https://www.marriott.com/event-reservations/reservation-link.mi?id=1717617592662&key=GRP&app=resvlink


Rooms fill quickly, so make your reservation as soon as possible. 


Check-in:  4:00 pm 
Check-out: 11:00 am 
Smoke Free Property
On-Site Parking Daily: $30

airport information

Pittsburgh International Airport
Distance From Property: 18.8 Miles
https://flypittsburgh.com

Allegheny County Airport 
Distance From Property: 12.0 Miles
https://flypittsburgh.com/allegheny-county-airport/

seeking a roommate?

 

You can connect directly with other members seeking a roommate. Follow these simple stems and connect:

1. If you are not already logged in, log into the ASBA website HERE  
2. Locate the “Member Features” menu
3. Click on “View > Member Interests
4. Click on the down arrow next to “Annual Conference Hotel Room Sharing
5. Click “View Members”.  You will be able to see all members who are seeking a roommate.
6. To add your name to the list, click on "Sign Me Up"
7. Coordinate room sharing with any listed members by contacting them directly.  
8. Once you have finalized plans with your roommate, don't forget to remove your name from the list by clicking "Remove Me"







2024 Conference Registration Timeline 


Key Dates 
June 1:
Conference information published on the ASBA website for Pittsburgh 
June 1-30:
Members planning to attend conference may request a registration appointment 
June 23:
Reminder email sent to members who have not yet requested an Early Registration appointment 
July 1:
Small Works entries open to members planning to attend Pittsburgh conference 
July 8-9:
Members will receive their randomly generated early registration appointment time and a link and password for the Early Registration site 
July 20-24:
Early Registration for members with appointments to register for conference 
July 31-Aug 31:
Open Registration – any member may register for the Pittsburgh conference 
August 31:
Small Works exhibition entry deadline
October 1: 
Small Works exhibition entry MUST BE RECEIVED at designated shipping address
October 17:
2024 Pittsburgh Conference opens

tips for a successful registration experience

On June 1, ASBA members will receive an email with instructions on how to request an appointment for Early Registration. The Appointment Request period runs through June 30

For members with appointment times
•On July 8 through July 9, all who made an Appointment Request will receive an email that contains your randomly assigned appointment time for Early Registration as well as a link and password for the Early Registration site. Appointment times are scheduled in fifteen-minute allotments during the Early Registration period of July 20-24.  Please do not discard this email.
•You must register during your assigned registration appointment time. 
•Be ready with your Session and Meal choices and your credit card before registering. 
•If for some reason your assigned appointment time is not convenient, you are encouraged to give your Registration Form and credit card info to a friend who can register for you.
•To keep the process fair, randomly assigned appointment times may not be changed. Those who miss their Early Registration appointment times will be able to register during the Open Registration period.
For members registering during Open Registration beginning July 31
 •Members who do not participate in Early Registration may register in the Open Registration period beginning July 31, 7:00 a.m Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) without an appointment time.  
 •Open registration runs July 31 through August 31, 2024. Registration closes at midnight EDT on August 31, 2024 and additional registrations will not be accepted.

Please be sure that your membership is up to date (2024 dues paid) in advance of registering or you will not receive email notifications regarding conference registration. 

Policy

Most meals are covered by the conference fee including breakfast and lunch on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and the Saturday evening banquet. Light refreshments will be served at the Welcome Reception on Wednesday and hotel pre-reception  and charter transportation to The Hunt Institute International Exhibition on Thursday. Many activities are free, including Portfolio Sharing, Open Studio, and Beyond the Studio (Grant Project Presentations). If any discrepancies exist between policies described in the Journal and those online, the policies appearing online take precedence. 

1. Current ASBA membership is required for registration. Please be sure that your membership dues are paid well in advance of June 1, 2024, or you will not receive email notifications about conference registration details.

2. The ASBA Annual Meeting and Conference is a three-day event. Partial registration is not available. 

3. Registration Fee:  Members - $460*, Guests - $25

4. Registration Deadline: 
Registration is closed as of August 31, 2024. No registrations are accepted after that time, no exceptions. 

5. Refund and Cancellation Policy:

Cancellation on or before August 12, 2024:
- $75 fee retained
- all workshop fees, pre and post conference workshop fees, tour fees and guest meal fees refunded.
 
Cancellation August 13, 2024 – August 31, 2024
- $200 fee retained
- 50% of all other fees will be refunded (including workshop fees, tour fees, pre and post-conference workshop fees, guest meal fees)
 
No refunds after August 31, 2024 other than health emergency/death below.
 
Health emergency or death in the immediate family with cancellation after October 1, 2024 
- $200 fee retained
- 50% of all other fees will be refunded (including workshop fees, tour fees, pre and post-conference workshop fees, guest meal fees) 
 

ASBA reserves the right to cancel any workshop that does not meet a minimum registration, and to substitute an instructor if the scheduled instructor is unable to fulfill the teaching obligation. 

Volunteer

Consider volunteering at the Annual Conference.  This is a great way to meet and interact with ASBA members!
Volunteer Here


ASBA is committed to the health and safety of conference attendees. ASBA and the Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square will follow Health and Safety laws, rules, regulations, and guidelines established by the State of Pennsylvania, the city of Pittsburgh, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) (collectively, the “Regulations”). We will ask conference attendees to agree to comply with all regulations in effect at the time of the conference.

*ASBA does its best to keep costs down, particularly for our Annual Conference. Registration fees are used to cover costs that ASBA incurs for hotel meals, receptions, lecture and workshop room rentals and A/V services as well as transportation to offsite programs. We do not make money off conference registrations. ASBA has been charging a fee of $395 for conference registration since 2017. Costs have gone up in the last 7 years and we are forced to increase this year's registration fee to $460. Although we know that our members' costs to attend the conference are substantial, we believe there is still great value in gathering in person, initiating, and building lasting friendships, and sharing our common passion for botanical art - in person!


HELEN ALLEN BA,(HONS)PGCERT ED, DIP EGS, FLS 

A botanical artist and teacher for over twenty-five years - I have been so fortunate to study, develop and share my childhood ‘loves’. 
My pencils, paper and paints, threads and fabrics, lead me towards textile design and repeat patterns.  Combining them has been an incredible journey.

 



Mary Dillon

Mary Dillon is an award winning Irish botanical artist. Her work belongs in the collection of the Hunt Institute of Botanical Art and Documentation in Pittsburgh and The Dr. Shirley Sherwood Collection in The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. The National Gallery of Ireland chose Mary's work as the signature image for their exhibition, 'Drawn From Nature'. Along with exhibiting and teaching botanical art in Ireland Mary also enjoys opportunities to teach in Greece, Spain, the UK and the US. Mary finds teaching botanical art the perfect opportunity to bring together her three passions of painting, plants and working with people.


Jean Emmons

A dedicated gardener, Emmons has received two Gold Medals and Best Painting of Show from the Royal Horticultural Society, London and the 2005 ASBA Diane Bouchier Award for Excellence in Botanical Art. Recent awards include the bronze medal at NYBG’s Fourth Triennial and “Best in Show” at the ASBA’s 21st International.  Recent books featuring her work include Plant: The Art and Science of Botany by Phaidon Press; RHS Botanical Illustration, The Gold Medal Winners by Charlotte Brooks; The Shirley Sherwood Collection, Modern Masterpieces of Botanical Art by Shirley Sherwood; and Botanical Art Techniques edited by Carol Woodin and Robin Jess.


Christiane Fashek

Lichens are the focus of Christiane’s recent work and colored pencils are her preferred medium. She uses scale, perspective, and color to highlight their fascinating features. Christiane is an instructor at various botanical gardens and offers workshops virtually and in person. Two of her lichen paintings feature in NYBG’s Fifth Triennial, “Curious Allies.” She was awarded ASBA’s 2022 Esther Plotnick Artist Grant to teach primary school students about lichens and botanical art and is the recipient of ASBA’s 2023 Lizzie Sanders New Artist Award. 


Sharon Field

Working as a full-time artist since 2009, I seek to push the boundaries of what is considered traditional botanical art in new directions, whilst continuing to maintain its beauty and dramatic form in a meticulous and unique way. My work does not follow the traditional botanical art “line”. My subject matter provides a unique view of the world, while at the same time maintaining the tradition of excellence in execution and technique, working on both paper and vellum (animal skin).


lara call gastinger

Lara Call Gastinger is an artist and botanical illustrator from Charlottesville, Virginia and was the chief illustrator of the Flora of Virginia, a botanical reference. She has her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Virginia and a master's degree in plant ecology from Virginia Tech. She has been awarded two gold medals (2007, 2018) at the Royal Horticultural Society Botanical Art shows in London and her work is in the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. Her artwork appears in the latest Peterson's Field Guide to Mushrooms and ASBA's Botanical Art Techniques Handbook.


Clair Gaston

A lifelong naturalist, artist, and native Texan, Clair Gaston has always been interested in painting and drawing.  She holds a BFA from the University of North Texas and an MFA from the University of Houston.  She has been teaching painting and drawing for over 20 years, and currently teaches for The Art School of The Contemporary Austin, The Denver School of Botanical Art and Illustration, and private classes.  Her work has been shown throughout Texas, on the East Coast, and in France.  She works in her studio in Round Rock.


Marianne Hazlewood

Marianne Hazlewood specializes in detail, structure and pattern, creating modern botanical illustrations. 
 
She exhibits with the Open Eye Gallery, Scotland, and exhibits with various societies, arts fairs and with botanical societies ASBA, SBA, RHS, BISCOT, ESBA and SSBA.
 
Marianne has a residency in June at Marchmont House, birthplace of artist Rory McEwen. She has a commission from the Hugo Burge Foundation to produce a triptych inspired by Marchmont House and Rory McEwen’s legacy.
 
Awards and recognition for her work include an RHS Gold. Her work is held in the RBGE Florilegium, Hugo Burge Foundation and NHS Lothian Art Collection.





Vincent Jeannerot

Vincent Jeannerot was born in Lyon in France and studied at the National School of Fine Arts of Lyon. He is member of “La Maison des Artistes”, the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), the French Society of Botanical Illustration (SFIB), and the Society of French Watercolor (SFA). He has exhibited in Paris, London, Melbourne and Moscow and he runs international workshops in USA, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Italy, Russia, and Japan. He published several books and exhibits in his own permanent gallery in Lyon.  



Molly margaret Kunkel

Molly Margaret is an artist based in Nashville, TN who specializes in event calligraphy and instruction. Through years of studying under master penmen as well as teaching her own classes, Molly has developed a unique style that reflects her creativity and fun-loving personality, all the while staying true to her classically trained roots. Molly has been a proud member of IAMPETH for 14 years and is passionate about connecting with her peers to share knowledge and further grow the craft. Molly's favorite thing about calligraphy is finding the perfect way to add personality to any project with hand lettering. 



Jesse Meyer


After graduating with a BFA from New Paltz, Jesse Meyer planned on getting far away from his family’s tannery. But with a background in sculpture, an eye for design, and absolutely no fear of getting his hands dirty; he had something the generations before him did not. The ability to see the tannery through a creative lens, and not a manufacturing one. By blending ancient and modern manufacturing techniques he has not only been able to supply creators with bespoke material, but he has become known as one of the leading technical and artistic experts in the world of parchment. 


Irina Neacsu

Irina Neacsu is a former architect, specialised in botanical art. She runs her own practice in Transylvania, Romania, and her work includes botanical painting, illustration and design, teaching and curatorial work. While her team carries the Cembra Botanical Art and Design School project, her focus is on stretching the boundaries of botanical art while investigating contemporary approaces. Her personal interests evolve around cultural landscape and wild flora of Transylvania and the Carpathians.



JOHN PASTORIZA-PIÑOL

I am a contemporary visual artist specializing in botanical art. While my work is rooted in this genre, I strive to challenge and break away from its traditional representations and tropes. Over the past 22 years, I have shown my art both nationally and internationally, through solo and group exhibitions held in various private and public galleries. Painting has become a fundamental part of my artistic practice, serving as both a method and a means for deeper exploration and analysis. My work is characterized by the use of vibrant and luminous colors, giving life to exotic 
and rare botanical specimens. However, my paintings go beyond mere representations of flowers. Upon closer examination, they reveal a certain ambiguity of form and intention, conveying a complex and dark narrative that is influenced by the intricate connection between sight, touch, and thought.

I have received several prestigious awards and recognition throughout my career, including the American Society of Botanic Artists (ASBA) Dianne Bouchier Award for Excellence in Botanical Art in 2013. My artwork is included in numerous public and private collections around the world, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Art Gallery of Ballarat, Hunt Institute in the USA, Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew (UK), Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne, RMIT University, and the Collection of Alisa and Isaac M. Sutton. I am proud to have contributed to both the ‘Highgrove Florilegium’ and ‘Transylvania Florilegium’ under the auspices of the H.R.H Prince of Wales’ 
Charitable Foundation.

Currently, I am being represented by Scott Livesey Galleries in Australia. Additionally, I to teach intermediate and advanced classes through: the Geelong School of Botanic Art, (Geelong Gardens) and Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. I have expanded my teaching circuit to include interstate and international masterclasses too.


Scott Rawlins

Scott Rawlins graduated from Earlham College with a degree in biology, and holds graduate degrees in museum education and medical & biological illustration from the George Washington University and the University of Michigan respectively. Scott is a Professor Emeritus at Arcadia University where he teaches scientific illustration.  He also teaches classes for the certificate program in botanical illustration at he New York Botanical Garden.  He has served on the board of the American Society of Botanical Artists as well as the boards of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators and the Philadelphia Society of Botanical Illustrators.  Scott’s illustrations have appeared in numerous books, including Your Inner Fish, The Guild Handbook of Scientific Illustration and Shackelford’s Surgery of the Alimentary Tract.  Journals that have published his illustrations include Acta Zoologica, Records of the Australian Museum, Harvard’s Bulletin of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, Geobios and Zootaxa.   



Jeanne Reiner

Jeanne Reiner has exhibited at Wave Hill, the New York Horticultural Society, and New York Botanical Garden; Filoli, Woodside, CA; Newport, RI with the New England Society of Botanical Artists; the Flinn Gallery in Greenwich, CT; and shows, galleries and stores in NY, NJ, CT, FL and CA.

Jeanne is the co-founder of the Tri-State Botanical Artists of New York Botanical Garden and serves on the board of the American Society of Botanical Artists. She is a fellow of the Society of Botanical Artists (SBA) in the United Kingdom. She teaches botanical art at the New York Botanical Garden and workshops in different locations.


Betsy Rogers-Knox

Betsy earned a Certificate in Botanical Illustration from The NYBG and is enchanted by the full lifecycle of plants and their habitats. Her work has been shown widely in the US including the 13th-21st ASBA International Exhibitions, the NYBG Triennial , Out of the Woods, and the RHS Botanical Art Exhibit in London in 2016 and 2018 where she received the Judges Special Award for the educational and ecological value of the work. Her work is held in the collection at the RHS Lindley Library in London.


Jenny Rowe

Jenny Rowe is the Creative Director of The Stoneground Paint Co., a handmade paint company located in Saskatchewan, Canada, and has been involved in the art industry for over twenty years.  She holds a B.A in Art History, and an M.A. in History from the University of Regina.  When she isn’t making paint, she can be found researching pigments, drawing plants, or working in her garden.



Margaret Saylor

Mushrooms and fungi have become Margaret Saylor's signature subject. Featured in watercolor, graphite, and egg tempera, Margaret forages in her native Berks County, Pennsylvania, or wherever she happens to be. Observation, good drawing skills, and enthusiasm are key to any botanical painting and Margaret conveys this to her students in a fun and engaging manner. For 10 years, she has taught both in person and now online for many venues, including public gardens, art institutes, and botanical art societies. She was awarded a certificate, with distinction, in botanical art from the New York Botanical Garden. Margaret exhibits her work but gets the most satisfaction from finding the perfect subject and painting it for the love of art.


Deborah B. Shaw

Deborah Shaw has a degree in fine art from Pomona College, The Claremont Colleges, where she had the good fortune to study botany and native California flora. 

Her work has been displayed internationally; is in the permanent collection at the Hunt; is part of the Botanical Collections at The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens; and is in private collections. She has taught botanical art at US and international venues and taught design, illustration, and data visualization at UC, Irvine, Extension where she was recipient of the “Distinguished Instructor” award. 

She is the recipient of the 2020 ASBA James White Service Award and is a contributor to the ASBA publication, "Botanical Art Techniques,” by ASBA, Carol Woodin, and Robin Jess.

Her favorite media include graphite, watercolor, colored pencil, pen and ink, scratchboard, Illustrator, Photoshop and various digital painting apps. Most recently, she is honored to be part of the Grootbos Florilegium project. 



Laura Silburn

Laura first studied watercolor with Mally Francis in Heligan Gardens, Cornwall, where she now teaches. Laura has three RHS gold medals (London 2013, London 2014 and London 2018) and Best in Show and Best Botanical Painting awards (2014, 2018). Laura has seven paintings in the prestigious Transylvania Florilegium and has work in the Hunt Institute, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney Florilegium, RHS Lindley Library, Shirley Sherwood Collection and Grootbos Florilegium in South Africa. Laura is a painter and tutor for the Eden Project Florilegium Society, near her home in South-West England, and is probably best known for her work painting ferns.




Lucy T. Smith

Lucy T. Smith (BVA, MCA, FLS) is an international award-winning botanical artist and illustrator. A freelance botanical artist for Kew Gardens for the past 24 years, hundreds of her illustrations in watercolor and pen and ink have been published in scientific journals and books. Her book “Botanical Sketchbooks: An Artist’s Guide to Plant Studies” is due early 2024. In 2021 she received the ASBA Award for Excellent in Scientific Botanical Art.

 


Susan Tomlinson

Susan Tomlinson is an Associate Professor in the Honors College at Texas Tech University, where she teaches seminars in botanical art and scientific illustration. She is currently working on a book under contract, featuring botanical paintings of the many different species and cultivars of cotton. 



Liv Virta-Meyer

Liv Virta-Meyer is honored to be hands down “the worst artist at this conference.” Because with that title comes the ability to say, “if I can achieve this, just imagine what you could do with this material and talent!” While she was never officially offered a job at Pergamena, she just kept showing up and asking Jesse questions and answering the phone. Now the Director of Sustainability and Special Projects -a title she made up- her goal is to  provide first-hand information and to inspire all artists to explore Pergamena’s materials without fear. 


Carol Woodin


Carol Woodin enjoys spending time out in the gardens, fields and forests looking at and making studies of plants for future paintings. Her paintings in watercolor on vellum have been collected and exhibited around the world. She has taught botanical watercolor for over 25 years, and is co-editor of the ‘new standard’ botanical art instruction book Botanical Art Techniques, A Comprehensive Guide, published by ASBA and Timber Press. She received a Gold Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society in 1995, the 1998 ASBA Diane Bouchier Artist Award, the 2016 Orchid Digest Medal of Honor.


Fatima Zagonel

Brazil – 1954
Graphic designer for 20 years before becoming a botanical illustrator.
Margaret Mee Foundation Fellowship – RBG Kew – 1999
Founder member of the Center of Botanical Illustration of Paraná – 2000
Collections: RBG – Kew; Shirley Sherwood; Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation; Focus on Nature – NY State Museum; Oak Spring Garden Foundation;
















PRE-CONFERENCE

TUE/WED OCT 15-16, 9AM-5PM

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WORKSHOP: Watercolor, Pen and Ink techniques for Botanical Sketchbooks with Lucy Smith
WORKSHOP: Watercolor, Pen and Ink techniques for Botanical Sketchbooks with Lucy Smith
In this workshop we will explore the technique of using pen and ink with watercolor in our botanical sketchbooks to document a group of plants representing a Time and Place or a Special Collection. Working on one page, or across a double page of our sketchbooks, we will use either plant material or prepared reference photos to draw our chosen plants. They will first be drawn at life-size in pencil, before outlining in ink and finally adding watercolor. Considerations besides technique will include achieving compositional balance and telling a story. Alongside demonstrations, I will show a range of examples from my own sketchbooks. 
*Includes boxed lunch for both days of workshop.
Tuesday:
Roasted Chicken Salad Wrap, Bottled Water, and a bag of chips.
Seasonal Greens Salad with julienned carrots, Cherry Tomatoes, Sliced Cucumber, Chickpeas, Garlic Croutons, and Ranch Dressing

Wednesday:
Roasted Turkey Breast with Dijon Mustard and Mayo, Gruyere Cheese, Bibb Lettuce, and Tomato on Ciabatta, Bottled Water, and a bag of chips.
 Marinated and Grilled Veggie Wrap, Bottled Water, and a bag of chips.
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SESSION CAPACITY: 14
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes
 SESSION SUPPLY LIST
ASBA Members
$395.00
 
Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square – Elwood I



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WORKSHOP: Illustrating ferns with Laura Silburn
WORKSHOP: Illustrating ferns with Laura Silburn
We will look at garden and houseplant ferns to explore the botany of this fascinating and ancient group of plants and consider how you might go about recording them in graphite. As we go along, we will do some exercises to learn about ferns and break our task of recording our chosen fern down into simpler steps.

We will cover:
The natural history and reproduction of ferns.
Identifying parts of a fern: structure and terminology: We will look closely at the botanical features: divisions, pinnae etc. to identify and name structures, making diagrams of different types.
Habit studies: making sketches of the habits of our ferns including height and spread.
Drawing a frond We will look closely at a frond to note and record its features.
Drawing a pinna: looking closely and recording the features of the pinnae of our fronds.
Planning a composition: looking at different ways to compose pictures of ferns and sketching possible compositions for our own plant material.
*Includes boxed lunch for both days of workshop.
Tuesday:
Roasted Chicken Salad Wrap, Bottled Water, and a bag of chips.
Seasonal Greens Salad with julienned carrots, Cherry Tomatoes, Sliced Cucumber, Chickpeas, Garlic Croutons, and Ranch Dressing

Wednesday:
Roasted Turkey Breast with Dijon Mustard and Mayo, Gruyere Cheese, Bibb Lettuce, and Tomato on Ciabatta, Bottled Water, and a bag of chips.
 Marinated and Grilled Veggie Wrap, Bottled Water, and a bag of chips.


SESSION CAPACITY: 14
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes
 SESSION SUPPLY LIST
ASBA Members
$395.00
 
Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square – Elwood II



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ON YOUR OWN Hunt Institute 17th International Exhibition
ON YOUR OWN Hunt Institute 17th International Exhibition
The 17th International Exhibition opens September 17 and runs through December 17, 2024. If you come to the conference early or stay afterwards, feel free to visit the Hunt Monday through Friday from 9 am – noon and from 1 pm – 5 pm. Transportation is on your own. 

SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: No
 
ASBA Members
Guests
$0.00


CONFERENCE

WED OCT 16, 12PM-2PM

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TOUR: Gateway Clipper Tour: Autumn Serenade Luncheon Cruise & Tour
TOUR: Gateway Clipper Tour: Autumn Serenade Luncheon Cruise & Tour
Enjoy an Autumn Serenade on this Three Rivers Cruise in Pittsburgh!

Steps from the conference hotel, join us on a riverboat tour celebrating the beauty of autumn on the Three Rivers of Pittsburgh. Experience the scenery from our top deck, enjoy our tasty Autumn Harvest luncheon, and then get ready for the one-of-a-kind show “The Autumn Harvest Serenade.”

LUNCHEON CRUISE & TOUR TRIP DETAILS:
Buffet lunch will be available upon boarding, please help yourself. The food will remain available for 30 minutes after sailing.
A full-service cash bar is available on board- ask our bartenders for the weekly special! 
Our friendly photo team will capture a boarding picture of your group- you can purchase the day of OR pre purchase during check out.
This cruise features DJ Entertainment, brief narration, and the most beautiful city skyline in the USA!


SESSION CAPACITY: 50
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes

ASBA Members
$65.00
Guests
$65.00


WED OCT 16, 1PM-5PM

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Conference Check-In, Catalog Sales, and Art Bazaar Drop Off
Conference Check-In, Catalog Sales, and Art Bazaar Drop Off
Welcome to the Conference! Pick up your conference packet that includes all the details you will need. Catalogs from ASBA Exhibitions and the 17th Hunt Annual International are available for purchase.

SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: No

Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square – Grand Station III Foyer


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Vendor Sales
Vendor Sales
Talk with art product vendors and buy with confidence from them.

SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: No
 
ASBA Members
Guests
$0.00

Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square –Grand Station I


WED, OCT 16, 5PM-7PM

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RECEPTION Welcome Reception
RECEPTION Welcome Reception
Greet old friends and make new ones - and welcome first-time conference attendees. Enjoy the Small Works premiere while you sample the artisanal charcuterie spread filled with artisan cured & smoked meats, grain mustard crème fraiche, mixed marinated olives & house pickles with artisan breads & crostini and cash bar. 



SESSION CAPACITY: 275
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes

ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$22.00

Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel Station Square- Grand Station Ballroom


THURS OCT 17, 7AM-8:30AM

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Thursday Breakfast Buffet
Thursday Breakfast Buffet
 Start your day with the Executive Continental Breakfast with Greek Yogurts with Granola, Honey and Berry Compote, Fresh Baked Muffins, Danishes, and Croissants, Bagels with Cream Cheese, Jams and Sweet Cream Butter, Fresh Seasonal Sliced Fruit, Assorted Breakfast Cereals with Milk & Almond Milk and Assorted Fruit Juices, Freshly Brewed Coffee, and Assorted Teas. 

SESSION CAPACITY: 275
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes

ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$43.00

Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel Station Square- Grand Station Ballroom


THURS OCT 17, 8:30AM-5PM

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Vendor Sales
Vendor Sales
Talk with art product vendors and buy with confidence from them.

SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: No
 
ASBA Members
Guests
$0.00

Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square –Grand Station I


THURS OCT 17, 8:30AM-10AM

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Conference Check-in, Art Bazaar Dropoff, Catalog Sales
Conference Check-in, Art Bazaar Dropoff, Catalog Sales
Welcome to the Conference! Pick up your conference packet that includes all the details you will need. Catalogs from ASBA Exhibitions and the 17th Hunt Annual International are available for purchase.

SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: No

Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square – Grand Station III Foyer


THURS OCT 17, 8:30AM-10:30AM

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Portfolio Sharing
Portfolio Sharing
ASBA Members of all experience levels are welcome to reserve a table and show your portfolio of completed works and/or works in progress. Artists may sell cards, prints and other items, with a 30% commission to ASBA.
N
ote: only register for this session if you are reserving a table. No registration required to attend.

SESSION CAPACITY: 40
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes (for those reserving a table)

ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$0.00

Table Reservation: $10.00


Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square – Grand Station Ballroom


THURS OCT 17, 9:15AM-10:45AM

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PANEL Educators Forum
PANEL Educators Forum
Whether you are a seasoned instructor, someone who is thinking about teaching or an interested botanical artist please join us for the Education Forum. We will hear from instructors and administrators who will discuss what goes into planning a class or curriculum. Participants are encouraged to bring tips and share your teaching and demonstration techniques. Join us for an exciting and informative panel discussion addressing the changes and concerns affecting adult botanical art instruction. Whether you are a student or an instructor, you have probably felt the shifts in adult education. We will look at formal botanical art certificate programs, informal classes, online learning and You Tube videos. The second half of the forum will be a share your ideas and techniques session. Bring your tips and tricks to share.

SESSION CAPACITY: 75
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes

ASBA Members
$0.00

Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square – Fountainview


THURS OCT 17, 11AM-1PM

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Luncheon and Program
Luncheon and Program

The ASBA Annual Conference Luncheon gives us all the chance to greet old friends and new and share ideas and experiences. Enjoy an informative presentation while you dine.
Lunch includes an Arugula Salad with Toasted Walnuts, Granny Smith Apples, Crumbled Chevre & Sherry Shallot Vinaigrette and dessert. 

Choice of Entrée:
1. Butter-Herb Basted Roasted Amish Chicken with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Haricot Vert & Pan Jus  
2. Pan Seared Bay of Fundy Salmon with Fork Smashed Dill Yukon Gold Potatoes & Sofrito 
3. Seasonal Vegetable Risotto with Foraged Mushrooms, Shaved Parmesan, Caramelized Onions  

SESSION CAPACITY: 275
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes

ASBA Members
$0.00

Guests
1. Chicken $65.00
2.Salmon $67.00
3. Vegetable Risotto $61.00 

Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel Station Square- Grand Station Ballroom


THURS OCT 17, 1:30PM-4:30PM

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Techniques Showcase on Stage with John Pastoriza-Pinol, Betsy Rogers-Knox, Helen Allen
Techniques Showcase on Stage with John Pastoriza-Pinol, Betsy Rogers-Knox, Helen Allen
Three artists demonstrate and discuss on stage with close-ups of their techniques projected onto a large screen.

1:30pm Helen Allen - If oranges and lemons have surface texture why do the ‘edges’ in paintings seldom show the bumps?

So often texture ends at the ‘edge’ of the painted orange or lemon which looks very odd.  Surely the texture continues around the back and full circle to the front of a solid from.  This is true for so many fruits and other textured forms.  Let’s have some fun telling the whole story of texture in graphite and watercolor.

2:30 Betsy Rogers Knox - "Prickly Personalities" - plants with prickly, spiny, thorny oddities!

In nature, the purpose of thorns, spines and prickles is to protect plants from would-be predators. In this demonstration we’ll take a close-up look at why and how prickles, thorns and spines are formed and attached to certain plants.

3:30 John Pastoriza-Piñol - Masking fluid, when and where to use it?

Masking fluid can be a helpful tool in preserving intricate details during the initial stages of a painting, particularly when working in a wet-on-wet technique. Discover more about the proper application and timing of masking fluid, as well as the various types of details that can be achieved, ranging from fine hair strands to intricate leaf patterns.

SESSION CAPACITY: 250
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes

ASBA Members
$75.00

Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square -Grand Station III-V


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CLASS Juror Training with Carol Woodin
CLASS Juror Training with Carol Woodin
A review of the topics needed to serve as a juror for ASBA exhibitions, including policies and procedures, and criteria used in scoring artworks. Participants learn to look at botanical art with a critical eye, when they divide up into teams and jury a small exhibition.

SESSION CAPACITY: 16
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes

ASBA Members
$25.00

Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square - Elwood I


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CLASS How to paint veins of leaves in watercolor with Vincent Jeannerot
CLASS How to paint veins of leaves in watercolor with Vincent Jeannerot
“How to Paint Veins of Leaves”

We will explore the beauty of veins of leaves and learn how to paint them using watercolor. During the half day, we will focus on building the vein’s system of the leaves with “natural” reserves. You will also learn about cross-hatching technique to build the color between the veins through several demonstrations.


SESSION CAPACITY: 14
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes
 SESSION SUPPLY LIST
ASBA Members
$75.00
 
Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square – Elwood II


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CLASS Sharpen Up! – Using dry brush to crisp edges and smooth blends with Laura Silburn
CLASS Sharpen Up! – Using dry brush to crisp edges and smooth blends with Laura Silburn
Bring your work into focus in the final stages for clarity and crispness. We will look at which brush to use and how much water to add, we’ll consider how to spread the paint on the palette, how to prepare your brush and how to hold and move the brush when applying the paint. We will also look at how different marks can help you ‘patch up’ where needed, taking control of the finish of your picture.

We will put this into practice making a badly painted shape and then smartening it up to make a crisp and clear finished image!


SESSION CAPACITY: 14
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes
 
ASBA Members
$75.00
 SESSION SUPPLY LIST
Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square – Haselton I


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CLASS Mastering Composition in Graphite with Irina Neacsu
CLASS Mastering Composition in Graphite with Irina Neacsu
This class is suitable for beginners and intermediates. It consists of various fast exercises on composition. Playing with various subjects, we will discuss how to approach, or rather not to approach the positive and the negative space, the relations between elements, depth of field, focus point and balance. 


SESSION CAPACITY: 14
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes
SESSION SUPPLY LIST 
ASBA Members
$75.00
 
Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square – Haselton I



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CLASS “That which we call a rose…" with Mary Dillon
CLASS “That which we call a rose…" with Mary Dillon

Paint a petal or two of sweet smelling roses using blended watercolor techniques to create beautiful contours. We’ll explore and practice creating soft transitions before then applying these techniques to our painting. 



SESSION CAPACITY: 14
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes
SESSION SUPPLY LIST 
ASBA Members 
 $75.00
 
Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square - Haselton II



THURS OCT 17, 4:30PM-5:30PM

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RECEPTION Pre Hunt Exhibition - Hotel Reception
RECEPTION Pre Hunt Exhibition - Hotel Reception
Enjoy a late afternoon reception as we all prepare to head to The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation to view the much-anticipated International Exhibition. 

Savor the flavors at the Bruschetta Station with toasted crostini accompanied by Roma tomatoes, fresh basil and parmesan, Tuscan white bean spread, and Pesto and Feta cheese paired with infused oil and balsamic drizzle. Pair your snacks with a cocktail or glass of wine at the cash bar before loading on the charter to The Hunt. 

Board the charter busses at 5:30 for a comfortable ride to The Hunt.  

SESSION CAPACITY: 275 
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes 

ASBA Members 
$0.00 
Guests 
$17.00 

Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel Station Square- Grand Station Ballroom


THURS OCT 17, 5:30PM-8:00PM

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Hunt Institute 17th International Exhibition Reception
Hunt Institute 17th International Exhibition Reception
After enjoying pre-reception snacks and drinks at the Sheraton load the ASBA charter at 5:30pm for a comfortable ride to The Hunt Institute for Botanical Identification. A highlight of the ASBA Pittsburgh Conference, the Hunt Institute's 17th International Exhibition-one of the world’s most prestigious exhibitions of contemporary botanical art. The Reception on Thursday evening is open to artists, conference attendees, and the general public. 
Buses depart to return to the hotel at 8:00 pm.


SESSION CAPACITY: 200
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes

ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$30.00


FRI OCT 18, 7AM-8:30AM

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Friday Breakfast Buffet
Friday Breakfast Buffet
Start your day with the Crowd Pleaser Breakfast Buffet filled with Greek Yogurts with Granola, Honey and Berry Compote, Fresh Seasonal Sliced Fruit, Fresh Baked Muffins, Danishes, and Croissants, Jams and Sweet Cream Butter, Scrambled Farm Eggs, Applewood Smoked Bacon & Country Sausage Links, Roasted Potatoes with Caramelized Peppers and Onions, and freshly brewed coffee and tea. 

SESSION CAPACITY: 275
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes

ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$53.00

Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel Station Square- Grand Station Ballroom


FRI OCT 18, 8AM-5PM

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Vendor Sales
Vendor Sales
Talk with art product vendors and buy with confidence from them.

SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: No
 
ASBA Members
Guests
$0.00

Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square –Grand Station I


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Open Studio
Open Studio
Drop in throughout the day to watch free demonstrations by noted botanical artists, paint on your own, meet new friends, or just hang out.

SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: No

ASBA Members
$0.00
Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square- Hall of Fame


FRI OCT 18, 8:30AM-4PM

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TOUR: The Phipps, The Hunt institute (Carnegie Natural History Museum/Cathedral of Learning on your own)
TOUR: The Phipps, The Hunt institute (Carnegie Natural History Museum/Cathedral of Learning on your own)

Board the bus at 8:30 AM and head to the Phipps Conservatory for a morning guided tour. Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens is a Pittsburgh gem — a thriving oasis with many unique environments to explore. Begin your journey in our LEED®-certified Welcome Center before entering our exquisite 1893 glasshouse with ever-changing displays. Then, continue on to the Tropical Forest Conservatory and the Center for Sustainable Landscapes, one of the greenest buildings on Earth. Be our guest and let us indulge your senses with breathtaking seasonal flower shows and exhibits; groundbreaking sustainable architecture; gorgeous outdoor gardens and green rooftops; and more.

https://www.phipps.conservatory.org

Return to and board the bus at 12:00 pm to head around the corner to the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation. While there enjoy viewing the International Exhibition including other activities the Hunt has planned for ASBA members. The archives, library and art departments of the Hunt Institute will collaborate to present a display of Anne Ophelia Todd Dowden books, art and papers. This display will follow the creation of one of Dowden's books, Poisons in Our Path, and several of her Irish Linen drapery fabric designs, from concept sketches to finished art to the completed product. Correspondence and contemporary promotional material will be included to give the viewer insight to the steps it took for Dowden to create these wonderful items.

Hunt Institute specializes in the history of botany and all aspects of plant science and serves the international scientific community through research and documentation. To this end, the Institute acquires and maintains authoritative collections of books, plant images, manuscripts, portraits and data files, and provides publications and other modes of information service. The Institute meets the reference needs of botanists, biologists, historians, conservationists, librarians, bibliographers and the public at large, especially those concerned with any aspect of the North American flora.

You are also welcome to head to and explore the Cathedral of Learning or the Carnegie Natural History museum on your own. 

Make sure to hop back on the bus near the Hunt by 3:00 PM to return to the hotel. Charter transportation and lunch included. 



SESSION CAPACITY: 56
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes

ASBA Members
$60.00
Guests
$80.00


FRI OCT 18, 8AM-4PM

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TOUR: Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens
TOUR: Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens
You will board your bus at 8:00 AM at the hotel along with two other groups that will be taking classes at PBG and arrive at the Gardens by 8:40 AM, where you are free to explore on your own. Walking is on paved (handicap accessible) and unpaved walkways and woodland paths. Wear comfortable shoes and a hat, and bring along your camera and sketchbook. 

Charter transportation included and a boxed lunch will be served at the gardens.

https://pittsburghbotanicgarden.org


SESSION CAPACITY:26
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes

ASBA Members
 $50.00
 Guests
 $67.00


Departs from Hotel Entrance



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CLASS Fungi: The Mushroom Hunter’s Sketchbook with Margaret Saylor
CLASS Fungi: The Mushroom Hunter’s Sketchbook with Margaret Saylor
Learn the basics of capturing mushrooms and fungi's unique shapes and textures in this fun workshop as we observe, document, and illustrate subjects found while foraging. Keeping a sketchbook is a wonderful way to build discipline in your art practice and allow experimentation in graphite, watercolor, and Micron pen. Build upon your work long after the class has concluded! 

*includes bus ride and boxed lunch

SESSION CAPACITY: 14
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes
SESSION SUPPLY LIST
ASBA Members
$190.00
 
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
Departs from Hotel Entrance



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CLASS Field to Frame, Developing Sketches into Compositions with Lara Call Gastinger
CLASS Field to Frame, Developing Sketches into Compositions with Lara Call Gastinger
Join Lara Call Gastinger at the Pittsburgh Botanic Gardens as we sketch outside in the morning and work on documenting details about botanical specimens such as plant habit, measurements, and color information. After lunch, we will take this information back to the indoor classroom to compose and start a small painting. We will find out what sketches and notes are important to record when in the field to aid in creating an accurate painting. 

*includes bus ride and boxed lunch


SESSION CAPACITY: 14
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes
SESSION SUPPLY LIST
ASBA Members
$190.00
 
Pittsburgh Botanic Garden.
Departs from Hotel Entrance


FRI OCT 18, 9AM-4PM

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CLASS The Mystique of Carbon Dust with Scott Rawlins
CLASS The Mystique of Carbon Dust with Scott Rawlins

Carbon dust has been a mainstay medium for natural science illustrators for nearly a century. The technique combines carbon pencil lines and dust “washes” applied with brushes, resulting in rich, tonal renderings with a wide range of values and precise detail.  Over the course of this workshop, participants will explore a medium that should be part of every scientific illustrator’s repertoire.

SESSION CAPACITY: 14
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes

SESSION SUPPLY LIST

ASBA Members
$154.00

 

Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square – Elwood I



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CLASS Rendering in mixed dry techniques graphite & watercolor with Irina Neacsu
CLASS Rendering in mixed dry techniques graphite & watercolor with Irina Neacsu
This class is suitable for intermediates and advanced. It will focus on how to mix techniques while keeping the focus sharp, and on how to choose which is which - graphite or watercolor - in a botanical art composition. I aim to choose simple models, such as acorns, that will reveal shape, lights and shadows. This can be a good exercise for those who want to try dry brush, or maybe reconsider their knowledge in rendering light and shadow. It implies notions of composition and colors, but the class will mostly focus on how to mix techniques, not necessary on how to basically handle them, therefore a minimum level is desirable. 


SESSION CAPACITY: 14
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes
SESSION SUPPLY LIST 
ASBA Members
$150.00
 
Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square – Elwood II



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CLASS Capturing the Essence of Small Cacti: A Mixed Media Exploration with Fatima Zagonel
CLASS Capturing the Essence of Small Cacti: A Mixed Media Exploration with Fatima Zagonel
This workshop is a step into mixing graphite, watercolor and gouache for a rich and powerful composition. This is exactly why we will take time to question and explore composition until we find its best representation to suit the story we want to invest in our work. Then we discuss the proportion and the balance between the monochrome, the color, and the white space, understanding how the mix of techniques serves a graphic approach. I will demonstrate working in both techniques, also sharing examples of my work, and talking over the various choices of composition. This workshop is suitable for advanced and intermediates, looking to sharpen their skills as well as to better understand the mixing of techniques. 
*Price includes specimen cactus for each student.

SESSION CAPACITY: 14
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes
SESSION SUPPLY LIST 
ASBA Members
$160.00
 
Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square – Stoops Ferry



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CLASS The Pros and Cons of Masking with Betsy Rogers-Knox
CLASS The Pros and Cons of Masking with Betsy Rogers-Knox
Challenge yourself with a variety of fun exercises exploring all the ins and outs of using masking fluid which can enhance and add interest to your watercolor paintings. We’ll discuss different brands, how to create different effects and the use of pen or brush on different papers. 

Masking can be an effective tool for building layers of texture for certain subjects, such as bark, ground litter and rocks!

SESSION CAPACITY: 14
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes
SESSION SUPPLY LIST
ASBA Members
$150.00

Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square - Haselton I



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CLASS So You Think You Can Draw? with John Pastoriza-Pinol
CLASS So You Think You Can Draw? with John Pastoriza-Pinol
This workshop is designed to improve your drawing skills in a concentrated one-day session. Participants will have the chance to utilize various drawing tools and learn techniques for drawing from nature without relying exclusively on photographs. The primary goal of this workshop is to advance our current abilities, allowing us to create more intricate and sophisticated studies. The workshop will conclude with a comprehensive review to reinforce our learning.

SESSION CAPACITY: 14
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes
SESSION SUPPLY LIST 
ASBA Members
$150.00

Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square – Haselton II



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CLASS An apple a day…. capturing the texture and character of apples using damp and dry watercolor techniques with Mary Dillon
CLASS An apple a day…. capturing the texture and character of apples using damp and dry watercolor techniques with Mary Dillon
‘An apple a day…. ‘ get your teeth into capturing the texture and character of apples using damp and dry watercolor techniques. Layering and blending color, shine, reflected light and surface speckling, will be our focus. 

SESSION CAPACITY: 14
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes
SESSION SUPPLY LIST 
ASBA Members
$150.00
 
Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square - Edenburg



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CLASS Calligraphy for Botanical Art with Molly Kunkle
CLASS Calligraphy for Botanical Art with Molly Kunkle
Enhance your botanical artwork and journals with the beautiful art of calligraphy!

In this beginner’s class we will engage with the shapes and forms that create calligraphy letterforms. You will walk away with knowledge on using the unique tools involved in dip pen calligraphy, traditional pointed pen and broad edge lettering styles, paper and ink choices and more! I've been teaching beginner calligraphers for more than 10 years and love sharing all the knowledge I have gathered in my 15 years as a professional calligrapher. I’ll take time with each student to provide you with techniques and tips to further your skills. My goal is to help you begin a journey in calligraphy that continues to flourish. 

SESSION CAPACITY: 14
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes
SESSION SUPPLY LIST 
ASBA Members
$150.00
 
Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square - Pointview



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CLASS Explore using water soluble pencils for intensity and impact with Clair Gaston
CLASS Explore using water soluble pencils for intensity and impact with Clair Gaston
Explore using water soluble pencils to bring intensity of color and big impact to your colored pencil drawings.  This class will cover techniques with water soluble pencils, or “watercolor” pencils, which make the most of color and composition.   
Especially useful for those deep, intense flower colors, watercolor pencils bring a richness and thorough coverage on the paper that works well with wax or oil based colored pencils.  Learn about controlling value, layering with different pencils, creating realism and depth, and getting those rich velvety or glowing luminous colors.

SESSION CAPACITY: 14
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes
SESSION SUPPLY LIST 
ASBA Members
$150.00
 
Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square - Woodlawn


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CLASS Fruit and the Bloom on Vellum with Carol Woodin
CLASS Fruit and the Bloom on Vellum with Carol Woodin
Autumn brings ripe fruit covered in bloom, the perfect subject for paintings on vellum. Learn how to create those beautiful surface textures in plums and persimmons, taking advantage of vellum’s best qualities. Through discussion, demonstration, and practice, artists will learn to build up layers of watercolor to create fresh but rich color and create believable form. By the end of the day your painting will be advanced enough to complete at home.

SESSION CAPACITY: 12
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes
 SESSION SUPPLY LIST
ASBA Members
 $150.00
 
Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square – Brighton III



FRI, OCT 18, 12PM-1PM

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Friday Deli/Salad Lunch Buffet
Friday Deli/Salad Lunch Buffet
Refuel with a tasty lunch buffet including Tomato Salad with Scallions, Cucumber and Balsamic glaze, Classic Greek Salad with Romaine, Olives, Onion, Cucumber, Tomatoes and Feta Cheese, and Lemon Garlic Dressing, Roast Beef with Caramelized Onions, Blue Cheese, Arugula, and Horseradish Cream, Ham and Swiss with Dijonaise and Marinated Grilled Veggies.

SESSION CAPACITY: 275
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes

ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$46.00

Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel Station Square- Grand Station Ballroom


FRI, OCT 18, 6PM-7:30PM

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PRESENTATION Artist Grant Projects, Presentation: “Leaving a Legacy: the botanical art and lives of Dick Rauh and Carol Hamilton”, and ASBA 30th Anniversary Movie
PRESENTATION Artist Grant Projects, Presentation: “Leaving a Legacy: the botanical art and lives of Dick Rauh and Carol Hamilton”, and ASBA 30th Anniversary Movie

Join 2023 ASBA Artist Grant winner for an up-close look at how your fellow artists are leveraging botanical art to make a difference. Be inspired by their stories and their amazing art. Next join Robin Jess as she explores “Leaving a Legacy: the botanical art and lives of Dick Rauh and Carol Hamilton” and finish the evening with a celebration of ASBA’s 30th Anniversary with a lovely visual retrospective before you enjoy dinner on your own. 

SESSION CAPACITY: 225

SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes

ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$10.00

Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square - Grand Station Ballroom


SAT OCT 19, 7AM-8:30AM

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Saturday Breakfast Buffet
Saturday Breakfast Buffet
Start your day with the Executive Continental Breakfast with Greek Yogurts with Granola, Honey and Berry Compote,  Fresh Baked Muffins, Danishes, and Croissants, Bagels with Cream Cheese, Jams and Sweet Cream Butter, Fresh Seasonal Sliced Fruit, Assorted Breakfast Cereals with Milk & Almond Milk and Assorted Fruit Juices, Freshly Brewed Coffee, and Assorted Teas. 

SESSION CAPACITY: 275
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes

ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$43.00

Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel Station Square- Grand Station Ballroom


SAT OCT 19, 8AM-4PM

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TOUR Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
TOUR Pittsburgh Botanic Garden
You will board your bus at 8:00 AM at the hotel along with two other groups that will be taking classes at PBG and arrive at the Gardens by 8:40 AM, where you are free to explore on your own. Walking is on paved (handicap accessible) and unpaved walkways and woodland paths. Wear comfortable shoes and a hat, and bring along your camera and sketchbook. 

Charter transportation included and a boxed lunch will be served at the gardens.

https://pittsburghbotanicgarden.org

SESSION CAPACITY:26
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes


ASBA Members
 $50.00
 Guests
 $67.00


Boxed lunch includes choice of:
TURKEY SANDWICH 
roasted turkey, goat cheese, mixed greens, lemon vinaigrette, cucumber on croissant with kettle chips and a pickle 
RAINBOW GARDEN BOWL 
roasted carrots, beets, quinoa, red cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, and feta cheese over mixed greens with a lemon vinaigrette.


SAT OCT 19, 8AM-5PM

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Vendor Sales
Vendor Sales
Talk with art product vendors and buy with confidence from them.

SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: No
 
ASBA Members
Guests
$0.00

Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square – Grand Station I


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Open Studio
Open Studio
Drop in throughout the day to watch free demonstrations by noted botanical artists, paint on your own, meet new friends, or just hang out.

SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: No

ASBA Members
$0.00
Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square- Hall of Fame



SAT, OCT 19, 8AM-4PM

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CLASS Drawing Trees from Life with Lucy Smith
CLASS Drawing Trees from Life with Lucy Smith
Using trees at the Pittsburgh Botanical Gardens as our subject matter, we will take on the challenge of drawing trees from life in our sketchbooks “en plein air!” The first steps will be to find the best angle at which to draw our tree, considering distance, viewpoint and lighting; and to get into a comfortable position for an extended period of time. We will then look at capturing correct proportions and using different marks to represent the varied textures of trunks, branches and leaves. You can choose to draw in pencil only, pen and ink with pencil under-drawing, or be brave and draw freehand in pen and ink. I will show examples from my own sketchbook studies.

*includes bus ride and boxed lunch

SESSION CAPACITY: 14
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes
SESSION SUPPLY LIST
ASBA Members
$190.00

Bus departs from Hotel entrance



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CLASS Exploring Lichens Greens with Christiane Fashek
CLASS Exploring Lichens Greens with Christiane Fashek
Lichens encompass an array of greens. Students will build lichen palettes using colored pencil and gouache, from tangy lime to palest mint. Christiane will show how to layer, texture and burnish to capture the characteristics of dry and wet specimens. 

*includes bus ride and boxed lunch


SESSION CAPACITY: 14
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes
SESSION SUPPLY LIST
ASBA Members
$190.00

Bus departs from Hotel entrance


SAT, OCT 19, 9AM-10:30AM

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LECTURE: 3000 days ... and counting ...Engaging with Communities with- Sharon Field
LECTURE: 3000 days ... and counting ...Engaging with Communities with- Sharon Field
Art is a powerful tool for connecting with people on various levels. My ongoing project, 3000 days ... and counting ...  delves into the discourse surrounding climate change through the lens of botanical art.

In response to the 2021 UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Report's urgent call to limit temperature rise to 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit by 2030—a mere 3000 days away at the time—I felt compelled to do something.  As a botanical artist I embarked on a personal challenge - to create a drawing every day for the next 3,000 days, commencing on Earth Hour Day 26 March, 2022. 

This artwork has now assumed a significance for others that I hadn't foreseen.  Envisioned as a series of scrolls, each stretching 30 feet in length, 3000 days ... and counting ... conveys a powerful message. By October 2024, I will have meticulously crafted 1000 drawings - one a day since 2022 - spanning three scrolls that coalesce into a unified artwork.

My intention with this artwork is to inspire individuals to recognize their significance within the world and to comprehend the profound impact of climate change on both our environment and ourselves.

I will exhibit the scrolls, offering insights into my creative process.  I will demonstrate how I use my botanical art and 3000 days ... and counting ... as a vehicle for dialogue with community groups through fostering discussions on the repercussions of climate change and what we can individually and collectively - to nurture our respective environments.

SESSION CAPACITY: 50
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes

ASBA Members
$25.00
Guests
$25.00

Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square - Brighton III - IV


SAT, OCT 19, 9AM-4PM

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CLASS A Glorious Obsession-Sketching and Drawing Medlars (watercolor on vellum) with Helen Allen
CLASS A Glorious Obsession-Sketching and Drawing Medlars (watercolor on vellum) with Helen Allen
The Medlar, Mespilus germanica, has become more popular over the past decade as a garden/orchard tree and for its exotic fruits that are mentioned in Shakespeare’s plays and eaten in Tudor times in the court of Henry VIII.  Fall Medlars have wonderful coloring, texture and detail and are rather different from other pomes. We will make observational drawings and color notes which may be finished in graphite or watercolor. A good and accurate drawing will be ready for you to take away, and with your color notes and other aids, material to complete a small but lively painting.

*Class includes specialty plant specimens for each student

SESSION CAPACITY: 14
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes
SESSION SUPPLY LIST
ASBA Members
$160.00

Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square - Ellwood I



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CLASS Advanced Graphite Techniques on Vellum and Paper with Deborah Shaw
CLASS Advanced Graphite Techniques on Vellum and Paper with Deborah Shaw
The world of graphite continues to expand! This workshop explores a variety of applications with traditional pencils as well as with new graphite media, including water-soluble graphite, graphite dust, liquid graphite and interesting papers/surfaces! Using Fall botanicals as subjects, learn how to create deep ranges of tonal values; white or light veins and hairs on dark petals and leaves; large areas of smooth, even tones; and detailed textures. Experiment with adding subtle color. These techniques work on paper, vellum and film. We will share some specialized supplies in class, and hand out individual goody bags of specialty supplies to try during the workshop and then take home (powdered graphite, water-soluble graphite, samples of interesting surfaces and more!). Beginners, intermediate and advanced artists are all welcome. 


SESSION CAPACITY: 14
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes
SESSION SUPPLY LIST
ASBA Members
$150.00

Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square - Brighton I



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CLASS Dynamic Duo: Colored Pencil and Pan Pastel on Drafting Film with Jeanne Reiner
CLASS Dynamic Duo: Colored Pencil and Pan Pastel on Drafting Film with Jeanne Reiner
Translucent drafting film and colored pencils are ideal partners. This material is perfect for drawing fine details and intricate linework. Additionally, the use of Pan Pastels can enhance the vibrancy and luminosity of the drawings due to their highly pigmented nature. Drafting film affords the possibility of drawing on both sides of the paper therefore you will not only be able to tone your drawing on the reverse side you will also have the ability to adjust your colors, create an atmospheric fade, or add a soft-focus background. 

*Class fee includes drafting film and sample pan pastels for students.


SESSION CAPACITY: 14
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes
SESSION SUPPLY LIST
ASBA Members
$155.00

Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square - Ellwood II



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CLASS Leaves, Ferns, & Conifers in Pen & Ink with Vincent Jeannerot
CLASS Leaves, Ferns, & Conifers in Pen & Ink with Vincent Jeannerot
We will explore the beauty of leaves, ferns and conifers and learn how to draw them using Pen and Ink. You can choose to work with nib, felt pen, or Rotring and choosing the color you prefer, black or sepia. During the day, we will focus on building the surface and the texture of the subjects. You will also learn about cross-hatching technique in pen and ink through several demonstrations.


SESSION CAPACITY: 14
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes
SESSION SUPPLY LIST
ASBA Members
$150.00

Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square - Haselton I



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CLASS From Field to Studio (watercolor) with Susan Tomlinson
CLASS From Field to Studio (watercolor) with Susan Tomlinson
Sometimes we have a subject that can't be moved into the studio and studied at leisure. In these instances, the quality of the information we gather in the field is critical to helping us create the paintings and drawings in the studio. But if our field time is limited, we need to work efficiently and wisely to be certain we will have what we need to create a successful work of art. This workshop will focus on how to do that. We will use the first hour to consider what information might be needed, sketch the key components of a plant, make notes, color match, and take reference photos. Then we will create a preliminary drawing for a final work using only our "fieldwork" as a reference.


SESSION CAPACITY: 14
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes
SESSION SUPPLY LIST
ASBA Members
$150.00

Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square - Haselton II



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CLASS Looking at detail and structure (watercolor) with Marianne Hazlewood
CLASS Looking at detail and structure (watercolor) with Marianne Hazlewood
Learn to observe closely, measure and draw the topography of a specimen using landmarks, work in the structure and then build tone and color.

I would like to demonstrate and work with you on autumnal specimens, nuts, berries and fruits, investigating structure and color. 

Note: we will not get a full piece finished in this class. The aim is to practice techniques and explore ideas. 

SESSION CAPACITY: 14
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes
SESSION SUPPLY LIST
ASBA Members
$150.00

Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square - Edenburg



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CLASS Full Saturation: Using Mixed Colored Media on Coquille Board with Scott Rawlins
CLASS Full Saturation: Using Mixed Colored Media on Coquille Board with Scott Rawlins
This workshop is a step into mixing graphite and watercolor for a rich and powerful composition. This is exactly why we will take time to question and explore composition until we find its best representation to suit the story we want to invest in our work. Then we discuss the proportion and the balance between the monochrome, the color, and the white space, understanding how the mix of techniques serves a graphic approach. I will demonstrate working in both techniques, also sharing examples of my work, and talking over the various choices of composition. This workshop is suitable for advanced and intermediates, looking to sharpen their skills as well as to better understand the mixing of techniques. 


SESSION CAPACITY: 14
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes
SESSION SUPPLY LIST
ASBA Members
$150.00

Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square - Pointview Room



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CLASS Exploring the intense beauty of the dry fruits and seeds through watercolor with Fatima Zagonel
CLASS Exploring the intense beauty of the dry fruits and seeds through watercolor with Fatima Zagonel
A full day dedicated to the intense beauty of the dry fruits and seeds. Mixing the yellows, reds, and blues to create your own browns. Exploring the opposite colors. Experiencing different forms, different textures, using your own palette of color to reach exactly the hue you are looking for. Working with the hidden forms in such dark elements and applying the special textures over those forms. With more than one element to describe, each student can work with what appeals more and we can build it together. Demonstration of two elements with singular textures will prepare the students to face their own challenge. 


SESSION CAPACITY: 14
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes
SESSION SUPPLY LIST
ASBA Members
$150.00

Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square - Stoops Ferry


SAT, OCT 19, 10:45AM-12PM

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LECTURE: The Mystique Of Vellum with Jesse Meyer
LECTURE: The Mystique Of Vellum with Jesse Meyer
Jesse Meyer discusses the process of vellum and parchment production and its historical and current context.


SESSION CAPACITY: 50
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes

ASBA Members
$25.00
Guests
$25.00

Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square - Brighton III - IV


SAT, OCT 19, 9AM-3PM

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TOUR The Frick
TOUR The Frick
You will board your bus at the hotel by 9:00 AM for a 9:15 AM departure. Your guided tour begins at 10:00 AM at the Clayton and will be complete by 11:30 AM.  After that you will have free access to all of the other aspects of the site. Departure from The Frick will be at 3:00 PM.

Clayton
Guided tours of Clayton immerse visitors in the year 1892, a critical year for our nation, Pittsburgh, and the Frick family. Considered to be the height of the Gilded Age, the early 1890’s brought the era’s extremes into stark relief — both the progress of technological advancements and economic growth, and the harsher realities of issues like wealth disparity, social unrest, and environmental degradation. Nowhere were these extremes more pronounced than in Pittsburgh — America’s industrial powerhouse and one of the era’s most influential cities. Tours of Clayton explore how these extremes affected the lives of everyone who lived in Pittsburgh at the time, though in dramatically different ways.

Car and Carriage Museum
At the turn of the 20th century, the development of the automobile profoundly changed American life. In the Car and Carriage Museum, visitors can travel back to the time of horse-drawn carriages, see some of the first horseless carriages to have an impact on Pittsburgh, and learn about Pittsburgh’s role in the developing automobile industry. The Car and Carriage Museum houses the Frick's collection of historic carriages and automobiles dating back to the turn of the 20th century.

Treasured Ornament
Treasured Ornament: 10 Centuries of Islamic Art illuminates the expertly-crafted and exquisitely ornate objects that anchored everyday life in the region we today refer to as the Middle East, including Iran, Egypt, India, Syria, and Turkey. Featuring fine glassware, ceramics, metalwork, painting, weaponry, weaving, and much more, Treasured Ornament evokes the rich history of the Islamic world, and the shared human experiences that bind us, transcending borders and boundaries.

Greenhouse and Gardens
The path that winds through the Frick’s 10-acre site is lined with lush gardens and a diverse selection of trees. Our active greenhouse is a renovation and partial reconstruction of one that served the Frick family from 1897 through the 1970s.

https://www.thefrickpittsburgh.org


Charter transportation and boxed lunch included. 
Boxed Lunch includes choice of:
Roasted Chicken Salad Wrap, Bottled Water, and a bag of chips.

Seasonal Greens Salad with julienned carrots, Cherry Tomatoes, Sliced Cucumber, Chickpeas, Garlic Croutons, and Ranch Dressing


SESSION CAPACITY: 33
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes

ASBA Members
$60.00
Guests
$80.00

Bus departs from Hotel Entrance


SAT, OCT 19, 12PM-1PM

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Saturday Deli/Salad Lunch Buffet
Saturday Deli/Salad Lunch Buffet
Take a lunch break and enjoy The Downtown Deli Buffet including Soup du Jour, Seasonal Greens Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Red Onion, & Balsamic Vinaigrette, Red Skin Potato Salad with Bacon & Scallion, Grilled Marinated Vegetables, Farmers Market Vegetable Salad Tossed with Feta Cheese,  Sherry Vinegar & Basil Pesto, Corned Beef, Roasted Turkey Breast, Ham, Swiss, Cheddar & Provolone, Sliced Tomatoes, Lettuce & House Made Bread & Butter Pickles, Dusseldorf Mustard, Herb Mayonnaise, Russian Dressing & Horseradish Sauce, Fresh Ciabatta Rolls and Sliced Bread and Assorted Cookies and Brownies.

SESSION CAPACITY: 275
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes

ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$50.00

Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel Station Square- Grand Station Ballroom


SAT, OCT 19, 1PM-2:30PM

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LECTURE: Fail, Fail again, Fail Better with Liv Virta Meyer
LECTURE: Fail, Fail again, Fail Better with Liv Virta Meyer
Doubt kills creativity, and fear cripples exploration. In this “Material Townhall” led by Liv Virta-Meyer, attendees will get to see what even the “worst artist at this conference” can create with amazing material.  This demonstration plus Q&A will hopefully alleviate some self-doubt and fear so that artists are excited and confident about trying new mediums. 



SESSION CAPACITY: 50
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes

ASBA Members
$25.00
Guests
$25.00

Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square - Brighton III - IV



SAT, OCT 19, 2:30PM-4PM

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The History of Pigment in Art with Jenny Rowe
The History of Pigment in Art with Jenny Rowe
Civilizations first used combinations of clay, chalk, burnt wood, and animal fat as pigments 40,000 years ago with a palette consisting of five basic hues; black, brown, red, yellow, and white.   In the thousands of years since humans first played with pigment, the history of color has been one of discovery, innovation, and advancement resulting in the establishment of entire art movements and the creation of some of the world’s greatest artworks. 

This presentation will explore the remarkable plants, animals, and minerals that have been used by humans throughout history, and the way in which they influence the art we create.  Learn about the changing nature of the artist’s palette, the intriguing myths and legends surrounding certain pigments, and the vibrant history of pigment in art as told by humankind over centuries.
 
SESSION CAPACITY: 50
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes

ASBA Members
$25.00
Guests
$25.00

Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel at Station Square - Brighton III - IV


SAT, OCT 19, 4PM-6:30PM

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Art Bazaar and Artist Sales
Art Bazaar and Artist Sales
The Art Bazaar on Saturday evening before the banquet gives you the options to donate, sell your items, and snatch up new treasures.  All are opportunities for you to benefit while supporting ASBA’s mission.

Artist Sales: ASBA members can request a table for yourself or for your group to sell items during the Art Bazaar and donate 30% of your sale proceeds to ASBA. Registration is required to reserve a sales table. The number of tables available are listed under 'SESSION CAPACITY'.

Note: only register for this session if you are reserving a table. No registration is required to attend.

A cash bar will be available during this event.

SESSION CAPACITY:40
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes (Only if you are reserving a table)

ASBA Members
$0.00

Guests
$0.00

Table Reservation Fee: $10.00

Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square - Grand Station Ballroom

SAT, OCT 19, 7PM-9PM

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Saturday Evening Banquet and Awards Presentations
Saturday Evening Banquet and Awards Presentations
Enjoy a relaxing dinner with friends new and old. We will honor members’ achievements at the grand finale of ASBA’s conference activities and preview the 2025 Minneapolis/ St. Paul Conference.

Start your meal with  fresh Seasonal Greens and Heirloom Cherry Tomatoes,
Cucumber, Carrot Ribbons, & Balsamic Vinaigrette

Choice of Entrée:

1. Bone-In Airline Chicken Breast with Roasted Mushrooms Ragout, Herb Risotto and Veal Reduction with chef selected vegetables
2. Seared Mahi Mahi with Pineapple Butter Sauce and chef selected vegetables
3. Mushroom Ravioli with Herb Cream Sauce and chef selected vegetables

Complete your meal with dark chocolate mousse with fresh whipped cream. 

SESSION CAPACITY: 275
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes

ASBA Members
$0.00

Guests
1. Chicken $77.00
2.Mahi Mahi $82.00
3. Mushroom Ravioli $65.00 

Sheraton Pittsburgh Hotel Station Square- Grand Station Ballroom


POST CONFERENCE

SUN, OCT 20 - TUE OCT 22, 9AM-4PM

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WORKSHOP Painting Late Summer Plants and Flowers with John Pastoriza Pinol
WORKSHOP Painting Late Summer Plants and Flowers with John Pastoriza Pinol
Learning outcomes include:
Creating detailed sketches of different plants, focusing on buds, flowers, and leaves.
Capturing challenging angles of leaves and flowers.
Exploring composition techniques, such as creating more complex artwork.

The instructor will provide guidance on composition, painting techniques, and color theory, which will be taught in class and assigned as homework. Participants in this course should have an intermediate to advanced skill level.

Class structure:
This class will be a 3-day intensive workshop focused on enhancing your artistic skills and techniques. Throughout the course, we will have the opportunity to work with a variety of specimens (subject to availability) and explore different methods of accurately drawing them without relying solely on photographs. Additionally, we will expand our knowledge on applying paint, ranging from wet-on-wet to dry brush techniques. Furthermore, we will learn new strategies for presenting our artwork through clever composition, allowing us to create more visually dynamic pieces. Ultimately, this workshop aims to push our current abilities, enabling us to produce more detailed and complex works. The workshop will conclude with a comprehensive review session to consolidate our learning.

Dedicated time will be allocated for the purpose of reviewing work, providing constructive feedback, discussing progress, and addressing any queries. Participants will also have the opportunity to work on their projects independently. In the event that your artwork does not meet the desired stage as determined by the demonstrator by the end of the class, you may be requested to complete it as homework before the next class. This measure is intended to ensure that all students maintain a comparable level of progress in their artwork.

*Incudes boxed lunch for each day.
Sunday Boxed Lunch:
Roasted Chicken Salad Wrap, Bottled Water, and a bag of chips.
Marinated and Grilled Veggie Wrap, Bottled Water, and a bag of chips.

Monday Boxed Lunch:
Roasted Turkey Breast with Dijon Mustard and Mayo, Gruyere Cheese, Bibb Lettuce, and Tomato on Ciabatta, Bottled Water, and a bag of chips.
Seasonal Greens Salad with julienned carrots, Cherry Tomatoes, Sliced Cucumber, Chickpeas, Garlic Croutons, and Ranch Dressing

Tuesday Boxed Lunch:

Roasted Chicken Salad Wrap, Bottled Water, and a bag of chips.
Marinated and Grilled Veggie Wrap, Bottled Water, and a bag of chips.


SESSION CAPACITY: 14
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes
SESSION SUPPLY LIST
ASBA Members
$495.00

Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square – Stoops Ferry


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WORKSHOP Painting Structure! with Jean Emmons
WORKSHOP Painting Structure! with Jean Emmons
What takes a painting from good to great? Painting structure! The sculptural qualities of gourds offer us an opportunity for an in-depth study of what makes or breaks a painting, while a contemporary approach with watercolor can lead to vibrant color and unusual compositions. Topics covered will include various aspects of color and light on form. As we paint gourds in watercolor on paper, this workshop will consist of multiple lectures, demonstrations and lots of individual attention

SESSION CAPACITY: 14
SESSION REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Yes
SESSION SUPPLY LIST 
ASBA Members
$495.00
 
Sheraton Hotel Pittsburgh Station Square – Edenburg













Art Bazaar, SponsorshiPS and In-KIND donations

ART BAZAAR

All members are invited to donate art supplies, botanical art books, scarves, jewelry, gift items, and of course prints and original art. Held Saturday evening before the banquet, the Art Bazaar features items for immediate sale. 100% of the sales price is considered a donation to ASBA,

In addition to donated items for the Art Bazaar, the first 15 members who reserve a table when registering for the conference, may sell their botanical art-related products. You can share a table with another artist, or a chapter could reserve a table. You are asked to donate 30% of your sales to ASBA.

To Donate: Download the ART BAZAAR DONATION FORM and return the completed form by email to artbazaar@asba-art.org prior to Monday, September 16, 2024.  You will receive an email acknowledging your donation.  You may also download and print the form.

• Donations can be brought to the conference or shipped ahead of time. 
• Hand delivered items can be dropped off at the Conference on Wednesday afternoon or Thursday morning.
Shipped items are to be sent to Jeanne Perrier at the following address: 501 Clifton Avenue Glenshaw, PA 15116 USA prior to October 1, 2024.

SPONSORSHIPS 

Have a business or organization that would love to support ASBA? Please consider one of our premiere sponsorship opportunities. Download the SPONSORSHIP FORM and return to Conference Coordinator, Harper Quill conference@asba-art.org

IN-KIND DONATIONS

Do you have a personal relationship with a particular art supply company? Have a business and want to share the love? Please consider donating items for our Welcome Goodie Bags. Download the IN-KIND DONATION FORM and return to Conference Coordinator, Harper Quill conference@asba-art.org

2024 Small Works - Annual Conference - Pittsburgh, PA


Click HERE to view the Call for Entries.

Take some time and shop our fantastic vendors at the conference!

 

 VENDOR SALES HOURS:
Wednesday, October 16   1 - 5pm
Thursday, October 17 1 - 5pm
Friday, October 18 1 - 5pm
Saturday, October 19 1 - 6:30pm



Don’t want to fill your luggage with art supplies headed to the conference? 

To make your traveling and conference easier and more enjoyable Paper and Ink Arts and John Neal Books are happy to offer our class supplies pre-order service for the ASBA conference! You can place your order on our either of our websites or via phone and you will not be charged shipping as your order will be brought to the event. At the conference you can find us in the vendor market and we’ll have your pre-order ready for pick up! There is no order limit, you are welcome to include any items that aren’t on the supply lists as well. We require your order to be in by October 10 so we can guarantee stock and delivery to the event.
 
Follow these simple steps to place your order today!
1. Follow the link to our website and find your class
2. Add the pre-order product to your cart, this tells us to pack it for the event
3. Add the items you want to order
4. Complete the check-out process.
 
Visit https://www.johnnealbooks.com/asba or https://www.paperinkarts.com/asba to start shopping!


THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS!






Local Attractions

ASBA annual conference in Pittsburgh, October 2024:


Carnegie Museum of Art,  4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15213 
carnegieart.org
        
Carnegie Museum of Natural History, 4400 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA  15213
carnegiemnh.org/research/botany-5/


Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens, 1 Schenley Drive, Pittsburgh, PA  15213
Phipps.conservatory.org
Distance from hotel 5.5 miles and very close to the Hunt


North Park Arboretum
northparkarboretum.org
Arboretum started in 1920’s, woodland trails, wildflowers such as Ladies Tresses Orchids. County Park established in 1920’s on area that was strip mined. 
Distance from hotel 15 miles


Rivers Of Steel, Carrie Furnace, 801 Carrie Furnace Boulevard, Pittsburgh, PA  15218
riversofsteel.com
Pre WW II ,iron making technology, and contemporary art installations, including graffiti murals, iron garden, and Carrie deer. Both include discussion of native plants on grounds
Distance from hotel 9.5 miles


Beechwood Farm Nature Reserve, 614 Dorseyville Road, Pittsburgh, PA  15238, 
aswp.org
Flora and fauna sanctuary, headquarters for Audubon Society of Western 
Distance from hotel 12 miles


Andy Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky Street, Pittsburgh, PA  15212
Warhol.org
Includes daily film screening, gift shop and café
Distance from hotel is 2.5 miles


National Aviary, 700 Arch Street, Pittsburgh PA  15212
www.aviary.org
Non-profit zoo featuring free flying birds. Great for field sketching
Open 10-5, café and gift shops
Distance from hotel is 3 miles  


Fallingwater, 1491 Mill Run Road, Mill Run, PA  15464
fallingwater.org
Designed  by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Kaufmann family as weekend home for 
Distance from hotel is 69 miles

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