Alyssa Andersen graduated from the University of California, Davis, where she pursued her interests in floriculture, nursery production, and landscape management. She earned a bachelors degree in environmental horticulture and urban forestry. Since graduating, she has furthered her work and interests in managed landscapes in the Marin Headlands, The Presidio of San Francisco, and most recently at Filoli, where she assists Megan Richards in the Sunken Garden. Alyssa has a deep passion for nurturing plants year-round in the Garden, and is excited to help others become passionate and knowledgeable about garden care.
Pruning Class: Roses Saturday, February 8, 10:30 am–12:30 pm
Nina Antze is a botanical artist and quiltmaker living in Northern California. She has a degree in Fine Art from San Francisco State University and has a Certificate in Botanical Illustration from the New York Botanical Gardens. Her quilts have won numerous awards and her botanical paintings and colored pencil drawings have been exhibited in New York and at the Huntington Library, (Orchid Exhibit, and “Orchids- a Natural Obsession”) and at Filoli Gardens. She works in colored pencil, graphite and watercolor and fabric. Her botanicals can be viewed at her web site, www.pcquilt.com/botanicals.htm
Colored Pencil Begins Wednesday, March 5, 2014, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Lucy Barter is one of the most talented designer/embroiderers of her generation. She gained a BA Honors in Fashion Design specializing in children’s wear. After several years living in San Francisco and designing for established children’s fashion labels in both England and America including the Gap, Gymboree and Pottery Barn Kids, Lucy discovered the Royal School of Needlework (RSN) and became aware of the versatility of embroidery as a functional and exciting decorative art form. The appeal of the RSN’s history, teaching methods and surroundings enticed Lucy back from the States to enroll onto the apprenticeship in 2003. She graduated in August 2006 with Distinction and after staying at the RSN for a short while to teach, retuned to San Francisco where she now lives with her husband.
For more information, email Lucy at lucy@forever–emb.com.
Embroidery Classes: Crewelwork Friday, April 4, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Margaret was born and raised in South Africa. Given the setting of abundant indigenous and cultivated plant life, it is not surprising that botanical subjects found its way into her work. Margaret Best showed an interest in art at an early age. She began painting in earnest as a child under the private tutorage of Betty Clur. After graduating as a teacher in Cape Town, she taught art at Rustenburg School for Girls in Rondebosch, a stone’s throw from the world–famous Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. In the early 80s, after time spent living in Toronto, London, Tehran and Houston, Margaret settled in Calgary at the foot of the Canadian Rockies. She completed Fine Arts courses at the University of Calgary and served as a director of the Alberta Crafts Council for 8 years.
While on one of many trips to England in the late 90’s to visit her mother, Margaret discovered the work of contemporary botanical artists. She had finally found her artistic purpose. With a renewed drive to paint, she completed master watercolour classes with Anne Marie Evans and renowned artists Pandora Sellars and Katie Lee. Margaret has been exhibiting and teaching ever since in Canada, the U.S.A. and the U.K. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) and the Botanical Arts Guild of Southern California (BAGSC). Her work can be found in private collections and in the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation of the Carnegie Mellon University.
For more information about Margaret Best visit her web site at www.bestbotanical.com.
Master Class: Putting a Light on the Subject Begins Thursday, July 17, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Mimi Clarke earned her Bachelors of Science degree in horticulture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She was first introduced to Filoli through the internship program and soon became a member of the garden staff and not long after a Lead Horticulturist. Mimi left Filoli to start her own business, Fiddle Fern Landscaping. Mimi has been teaching classes at Filoli for seven years. Her areas of specialty are in rose care, herbaceous perennial care and general pruning principles.
For more information about Mimi and her landscaping business, Fiddle Fern Landscaping, email her at email@example.com.
Japanese Maple Tree Pruning Wednesday, April 23, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm.
Margaret Dykens became the Director of the Research Library at the San Diego Natural History Museum in September of 1997. Before moving to San Diego, she lived in Ann Arbor, Michigan where she managed two special libraries in the University of Michigan system. She received her MILS from the University of Michigan in 1993 and a Master’s degree in Biology from the College of William and Mary in 1980. Her research involved a floristic study in the coastal plain of Virginia. She also has more than 15 years of experience as a scientific illustrator. In addition to maintaining and improving the unique resources of the library, she serves as curator for the exhibition Plant Portraits: the California Legacy of A. R. Valentien, which recently toured the U. S. Margi also conducts lectures and tours featuring some of the library’s rare books, offered through the Museum’s education department.
Plant Portraits: The California Legacy of A.R. Valentein Thursday, April 10, 3:00 pm–4:30 pm
In March 2011, Emmons received her second Gold Medal from the Royal Horticultural Society along with “Best Painting of Show.” In 2005, she won the prestigious Diane Bouchier ASBA Founder’s Award for Excellence in Botanical Art. Her work is included in numerous collections including the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, the Alisa and Isaac M. Sutton Collection and the Dr. Shirley Sherwood Collection.
Master Class: Using Color Effectively in Botanical Art Begins Thursday, September 11, 2014, 9:30 am–3:30 pm.
Susan T. Fisher
Susan T. Fisher is the Director of the Art Institute at the Arizona–Sonora Desert Museum. She served on the Board of Directors and is the past president of the American Society of Botanical Artists. Her illustrations appear in numerous periodicals and books, national exhibits and private collections. Ms. Fisher is an artist in the Filoli Florilegium Guild and conducts workshops throughout the United States. More information about Susan visit her web site at: http://www.susantfisher.com or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ursula Gallichotte, Professional Chef and Cooking Instructor
After training in France and graduating from the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, Ursula honed her skills in both savory and pastry at Bay Area restaurants, catering and providing private chef services. Her last position was Head Pastry Chef for Jesse Cool at Flea Street Café in Menlo Park. She has volunteered and worked in the Café at Filoli and assisted with Filoli member events. Ursula realized that her true passion was teaching others how to cook. She was an instructor at Home Chef Cooking School and currently teaches classes at Sur La Table. She enjoys creating tasty, simple, organic and healthy meals for family and friends. Her classes are fun and informative. Expand your cooking repertoire with new recipes, tips and techniques presented in class.
Cooking with Seasonal Foods— Lemons, Lemons, Lemons Saturday, March 15, 1:00 pm–3:00 pm
Katherine has loved to garden and grow flowers ever since her childhood spent in the Boston area. She graduated from Wellesley College with a degree in Art History and worked for several years in finance. After she moved to California her love of flowers and gardening continue to blossom in the fabulous Bay area climate. Katherine has been a volunteer with Filoli for more than 16 years when she first trained to be a House and Garden docent and later she graduated from the Floral Design program in 2002. She chaired the Floral Design committee for two years and she has previously taught floral design classes and conducted floral demonstrations at Filoli. Also, Katherine is a flower arranger for the Elizabeth F. Gamble Gardens in Palo Alto. She operates her own free lance floral design business, Katherine J. Glazier Design.
Getting Started: Flower Arranging for Everyone! Saturday, February 22, 2014, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
Sylvia Gonzalez has distinguished herself among collectors for her astonishing compositions of fruits and vegetables. These works are more than just images of edible delights, they are color studies and compositions designed to arrive at the essence of the object being described. They are reminiscent of the still life compositions of Georgia O’Keeffe, whose work was known for its purity, boldness, clarity and scale. She uses bright uninhibited color to accent the sensuality and passion of her subject matter. Her newest work directs the same fervor to the study of birds, particularly California birds. Sylvia has developed a style of monotype that she puts down on the paper before drawing the birds in pastel. The effect is pattern upon pattern and the work is complex and compelling.
Drawing Birds of the Garden – Charcoal and Pastel Workshop, Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
For 22 years Bill Goodnick was the City Landscape Architect for scenic Santa Barbara. His horticultural career also includes nursery sales, as well as garden maintenance and landscape construction. He continues to provide customized residential design coaching along the Central Coast and was the winner of the 2005 Santa Barbara Beautiful Awards for both residential and park projects. He writes SoCal–centric posts for Edhat.com and contributes to 805 Living Magazine as well as freelancing for other publications. Billy speaks to a number of audiences including homeowners, garden clubs and Master Gardeners.
Design Like a Pro™ — Demystifying the Art of Garden Design, Saturday, March 15, 2014, 10:00 am–3:00 pm
Lisa Griffin graduated from Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in horticulture. She did an internship at the Smithsonian Institution’s Greenhouse Nursery Branch, in Washington, D.C., and another at the National Zoo. After earning her degree, she became an assistant grower at a wholesale greenhouse operation. She works in the greenhouse department, at Filoli, and enjoys working with Filoli’s volunteer house flower arrangers.
Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo
Studio Choo is the work of two best friends, Alethea Harampolis and Jill Rizzo, who share a love for things natural and wild. Studio Choo started with a sneeze. Jill’s tiny sneeze, to be exact. It was so small Alethea remarked upon this tiny sneeze and thus “Choo” became a shared nickname between the two. In 2009 they took the plunge to open their floral studio and the eponymous Studio Choo was born.
Alethea spent her time before Studio Choo as an estate gardener in Seattle where she managed the wet and wild rolling hills of the city’s rich and famous. After working in other boutique flower shops perfecting her art, she returned to her native Bay Area to settle back in. With her mother, aunt, and uncle all running their own flower shops while she was growing up, it now seems only natural that Jill would do the same. After spending her childhood in Rhode Island learning the difference between roses and ranunculus, she graduated with a degree in illustration from Parsons School of Design and moved to San Francisco to try life out west.
After running the business out of Jill’s kitchen, Alethea’s Honda Element, and a garage in South San Francisco for a year, they were ready for a new home base. In January 2010, Studio Choo joined forces with Magpie & Rye and Small Stump to form Prairie Collective. They opened a small studio/showroom in San Francisco’s NOPA neighborhood featuring fresh flowers, jewelry and home accessories. In 2013 Studio Choo went solo, moved and expanded to a new shop in South San Francisco. For more information about Studio Choo visit their web site at www.studiochoo.com.
Beautiful Blooming Branches, Fabulouse Flowers and More! Springtime Floral Designs, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Wendy Hollender is a botanical artist, author, and instructor. Hollender’s illustrations have been published in The New York Times, O, (The Oprah Magazine), Real Simple and The Observer (UK). Her work was included in the 13th International Exhibition at Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, and in exhibitions at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, and the Smithsonian National Museum for Natural History. She is the author of BOTANICAL DRAWING IN COLOR: A Basic Guide To Mastering Realistic Form And Naturalistic Color and BOTANICAL DRAWING, A BEGINNER’S GUIDE. Her newest book, written by Dina Falconi and illustrated by Wendy, is called Foraging & Feasting: A Field Guide and Wild Food Cookbook.
Master Class: Botanical Drawing in Color, Begins Thursday, April 3, 2014, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
Laurie majored in Art in college and also studied full–time at the Scottsdale Artist School taking over 32 workshops and classes; and studying with such notable artists as Michael Malm, Kim English, Dan Gerhartz, Sherry McGraw and Peggi Kroll Roberts. In 2006, Laurie moved to Paris, France for 6 months and painted in Monet’s Garden in a 10–day Art Study program. After returning to the states, Laurie studied with the Jeffrey Watts Atelier School and now paints at the Redwood City Art Center teaching art classes on Saturday mornings.
Dr Susan Kay-Williams is the Chief Executive of the Royal School of Needlework based at Hampton Court Palace, just outside London, UK. Susan joined in 2007 and since then the RSN has grown from having two regular locations to 10 and now teaches in the USA, Netherlands and Japan as well as around Britain. Her professional and academic background is in non–profit organisations, of which the RSN is one.
Susan has a long–standing interest in textiles and first tried dyeing in 1988. She loved the experimental nature of developing colours but as an academic was also interested in where these recipes came from, who first discovered dyeing and how it was learned and passed on. She also became fascinated by the social aspects of colour— the power colours, the meaningful colours and how colour changes over time. This research became the basis for her book The Story of Colour in Textiles (Bloomsbury, 2013).
Susan has extensive experience lecturing. She is a qualified lecturer for the National Association of Decorative and Fine Art Societies in the UK she has also lectured and given papers in the USA, Japan, Taiwan and China and was recently invited back to one of her alma mater, Birmingham University to speak at its first literary festival.
Color in Textiles: An Lavishly Illustrated History Thursday, May 22, 2:00–3:30 pm.
Martha G. Kemp began studying botanical drawing in 1991 and soon specialized in the use of graphite pencil to illustrate botanical subjects. She has exhibited widely in the United States in juried and invitational shows and has received numerous awards, including the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) 1999 annual “Award for Excellence in Botanical Art,” and, in September 2003, “Best Drawing in Show” at the ASBA/New York Horticultural Society’s Sixth Annual International Juried Exhibition in New York City. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation at Carnegie Mellon University, the Shirley Sherwood Collection in London, the Garden Club of America’s headquarters in NYC, the Alisa and Isaac Sutton Collection and the collection of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium Society. She has exhibited six times in London at the Royal Horticultural Society’s Westminster shows where she has been awarded one Silver-Gilt Medal and five Gold Medals, most recently in November 2007. After serving on the Board of Directors of the ASBA from 1999 to 2005, she began a new term of service in 2008. She is represented by Susan Frei Nathan, owner of Fine Works on Paper, LLC in New Jersey.
Artist, student, and teacher, Clelia Kennedy Lion grew up locally in Palo Alto and Atherton. She received her undergraduate education in art and art history from Whittier College and Stanford University. She has continued her art education for the past 40 years with classes in art, crafts, and art history from universities, colleges, adult school, museums, and individuals. For some years she worked as a creative seamstress and craftsperson, but her main focus has been as an educator. Clelia has just retired from 33 years of teaching art, including 28 years with the Los Altos School District. She has had great success in helping her students understand and use art techniques and principles to improve their skills and achievement. Her favorite media are graphite pencil, pen and ink, colored pencil, and watercolor.
Nancy “Sorin” Locke
With more than 20 years of ikebana experience, Nancy Locke has earned teaching certificates from two schools of ikebana — Sogetsu and Wafu — giving her a strong design background in contemporary Japanese flower arranging. In addition to being an active teacher, she is a board member of the San Francisco chapter of Ikebana International.
Ms. Locke has been teaching ikebana in the Burlingame and San Mateo areas since 1998. Combining her expertise in ikebana design with her enjoyment of horticulture and gardening, she inspires her students to create beautiful fresh arrangements and to see floral materials with “fresh eyes.”
Her arrangements have been exhibited at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Ikebana International shows in San Francisco, the “Bouquets to Art” show in San Francisco, the Presidio Officers’ Club in San Francisco, the biennial Wafukai Flower Shows in Cupertino, and Filoli’s annual Flower Show. She has done demonstrations at the annual Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco’s Japantown, for Ikebana International San Francisco and Sacramento chapters, the Interior Design Dept. at Canada College in Redwood City, the Wafukai Ikebana Society in Cupertino, the San Mateo Arboretum Society, and for various social and garden clubs.
“Sorin,” her Sogetsu ‘ikebana flower name,’ translates as “Forever Renewed Sparkle.”
To see images of Nancy’s designs, please visit: ikebana-nancy.com.
Guy Magallanes paints images of landscapes and flowers—subjects that we all pass daily—with heightened exaggeration for drama’s sake as a result of his grandfather’s influence, who gave Magallanes the gift of innovation and wonderment. “I grew up in the best creative environment a child could have,” he says. Building on those childhood experiences, he started doing painting demos for art societies, then moved into teaching classes and workshops. He now has a full teaching schedule of weekly classes and regional, national and international workshops. His work is featured in both Splash 9 and Splash 10 (North Light Books), and he is one of 15 contributors to the book “Watercolor Secrets” (North Light Books, 2009). His instructional watercolor show Art2Art is now playing on the PBS station KCSM–TV, located in the San Francisco Bay Area. The show is a gutsy new instructional art program, showcasing his and cohost Joyce Faulknor's different approaches to watercolor: Magallenes paints light to dark but one color at a time and Faulknor paints dark to light mixing colors in her palette and right on the paper.
For more information please visit his website www.guymagallanes.com.
Lee McCaffree is a botanical illustrator in watercolor. She began her career in London, England studying under Christabel King of Kew Gardens and Capel Manor Environmental College. She received medals for showing her Pinus and Plants in Peril series at the Royal Horticultural Society exhibitions in London. Her work is included in the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation and the Filoli Florilegium as well as private collections. Her work has been exhibited at Longwood Gardens, the Horticultural Society of New York, the Denver Botanic Gardens, Strybing Arboretum, the New York State Museum, Oakland Museum, Filoli, and other venues. She teaches botanical art at Filoli and to private groups. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Botanical Artists.
You may contact Lee at email@example.com.
Drawing Plants in Perspective I Begins Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
Wendy is a former community college professor in Home Economics, and she is a 1998 graduate of the Filoli Home Design Program. She has taught classes and given lectures on floral design at Filoli since 2003. Wendy has exhibited at “Bouquets to Art”, Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco since 2003. Additionally she demonstrates for garden clubs and other outside organizations.
Introduction to Home Floral Design Begins Saturday, March 8, 2014, 9:30–3:30 pm.
Jeremy Musson is an architectural historian and was Architectural Editor of Country Life from 1995–2008. Before joining Country Life in 1995, Jeremy was an assistant regional curator for the National Trust in East Anglia, curating historic houses such as Ickworth House. He has written and edited hundreds of articles on historic country houses, from Garsington Manor to Knebworth House. He also presented a six–part series on BBC 2 called Curious House Guest in 2005. His books include The English Manor House (1999), Plasterwork (2000), How to Read a Country House (2007), Up and Down Stairs (2010), and English Country House Interiors (2011). His latest book is In Pursuit of the Best Gun (2012), a history of Westley Richards & Co., one of the leading bespoke gun makers in the UK founded in 1812 and still operating today.
For more information about Jeremy visit his web site at www.jeremymusson.com.
From Fish to Fowl: Sporting Life at the English Country House
Caroline trained as a painter at Brighton University’s prestigious Faculty of the Arts where she specialized in oils and goache. She recently adopted the iPad as her canvas of choice and has become internationally known for her work with the award winning app Paper by Fiftythree. Her work can be viewed on her blog at carolinemustard.tumblr.com and further on the site she shares with fellow iPad artist Sumit Vishwakarma at ipad2art.com. Caroline teaches iPad art at several middle schools on the Peninsula and her student's work can also be viewed on artgeeks.tumblr.com.
A love of flowers and an eye for color inspires Najat Nicola. The beautiful weather of Northern California and her passion for gardening resulted in a lifelong dedication to flowers and design. Joining the Diablo women’s garden club in 1995 has assisted in defining her style and technique by attending various workshops led by many famous designers, locally and from abroad. Today, Najat continues to share her knowledge and expertise through demonstrating to various garden groups, teaching classes and leading hands–on workshops in the Bay Area. Najat is honored to participate in Bouquets to Art, San Francisco, for the 11th year in March 2014.
Summer Inspirations: Blooms, Fruits and Veggies Saturday, May 17, 10:00–12:30 pm.
Jann Pollard is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, California Watercolor Assoc. and was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award from California Watercolor Assoc. Her works are in private and corporate collections, internationally. Jann has been the cover artist for the lauded Karen Brown travel book series since 1991, has done a series of paintings for Princess Cruise Line, is a co–author of a book Creative Computer Tools for Artists, An Artist’s Portfolio, author, and her work can be found in many publications. Her frequent trips to Europe enable her to capture the essence of many places that she has travelled to. She has become a popular workshop instructor, both at Filoli and in leading numerous workshops to Europe, Mexico and U.S. Jann now resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband, Gene. Her work is represented by the Providence Gallery in Charlotte, NC.
For more information about Jann, visit her web site at: www.jannpollard.com
Watercolor on Rice Paper Thursday, May 22 and Friday, May 23, 8:30 am–3:30 pm
Originally from Southern California, Dori now lives with her husband and two children in the South Bay. For more than 20 years Dori has specialized in the art of decorative painting as well as teaching these finishes. Some of these special finishes include wall glazing, crackle/painted peel, gold leafing and marbling. Other classes Dori teaches are Pique Assette (breaking dishes and redesigning the pattern pieces on a table or other flat surfaces), painted floor clothes, decoupage and painted furniture. Dori’s passions are painting, sewing and teaching. Currently she is able to share her love for color by working as a color consultant.
Contact Dori at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Susan Rosner specializes in landscape, wildlife and portrait photography and has worked more than a decade as a professional photographer. Her images of people and places demonstrate a strong sense of design and character. Her work has been showcased in exhibits featuring Portraits and Interviews, including shows in New York City and the Bay Area. Rosner’s photographs have appeared in View Camera Magazine, Camera Arts Magazine, National Kitchen & Bath, and InDesign. Her fine art prints of landscapes, wildlife, people and places are sold through her website and through selective arrangements with private galleries. She is currently working on a book of historic properties and their gardens in the South.
Ms. Rosner became a photographer after completing a 15 year career as a project manager in banking and a 5 year tour as Academic Dean of a French Graduate School, Institut Superieure de Gestion, Paris, France. She is currently teaching photography and photo workshops through her new tour company, www.fotomentours.com.
Photography Workshop: Let’s Shoot Wednesday, February 19 or Friday March 14, 9:00 am–12:00 pm.
Catherine M. Watters
Catherine is one of the primary instructors and curriculum developers for the Filoli Botanical Art Certificate Program, and has been teaching at Filoli since 1999. She also teaches several weekly classes in the San Francisco Bay Area and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Botanical Artists. Born and raised in Paris, where her love of art began, Catherine is a botanical artist who paints in watercolor on paper and vellum. She shows her work in several juried and invitational exhibitions each year, most recently at Filoli, The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation in Pitttsburgh, PA, The Shirley Sherwood Gallery at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK, The Horticultural Society of New York, The Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The UC Berkeley Botanical Garden and Strybing Arboretum in San Francisco. Catherine’s illustrations appear in five books, three in the U.S. and two in France. Her work was recently featured in Horticulture Magazine, Victoria Magazine and Curtis’s Botanical Magazine. Her paintings are included in many private collections including The Alisa and Isaac M. Sutton Collection and several permanent collections – the Filoli Florilegium, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden Florilegium, The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK, and the Museum of Natural History in Paris.
For more information about Catherine visit her web site at: www.catherinewatters.com
Camellias Begins Thursday, February 13, 2014, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Bruce earned his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and more recently the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate from the Minnesota School of Botanical Art, where he has been an instructor since 2005. He has also taught at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the Burren College of Art in Ireland. He has illustrated four published books and has exhibited his work in many solo and group exhibits including the Filoli Art Exhibition 2009, the BISCOT Exhibit 2009 at the Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh, the Pacific Science Center (Seattle), the Huntington Botanical Gardens, and three times at the ASBA/New York Horticultural Society Annual International Botanical Art Exhibition where he received Best of Show in 2006. Bruce was the 2007 recipient of the Anne Ophelia Dowden grant awarded by the ASBA for work on his independent study project on the Wild Heathers of the Scottish Highlands. Elements of this study can be seen on his web site at brucewilsonart.com. You may email Bruce at email@example.com.
Pen and Ink Begins Thursday, August 7, 2014, 9:30 am–3:30 pm.