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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
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.
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.
Karen Flores and Marian VandenBosch
Karen and Marian graduated from the Filoli Home Floral Design Program in 1998. Karen was the Chairperson of the Filoli Home Floral Design committee and is an active volunteer on both the Floral Design and House Flower Arrangers committees. Marian is a member of the Floral Design and Art committees. Their interests are in gardening and floral design. Marianne also has an interest in art. This mother–daughter team created the Family Fun series of classes and has been teaching at Filoli since 2002.
Family Fun with Flowers Saturday, October 26, 10:30 am–12:00 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
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.
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
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.
Paul Kratter was born in San Francisco and raised on the Peninsula, south of the City. He studied graphic arts and graduated with a Bachelor’s of Art degree in Illustration from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. His two greatest passions have been sports and wildlife. As time went on he concentrated solely on sports and wildlife illustration, working for a variety of zoos and The Nature Company. Paul has illustrated a number of children’s books, including “The Living Rainforest.” Around the same time he became interested in the immediacy and spontaneity of the “plein air” approach and started painting the East Bay hills, soon displaying works in various galleries and plein air events. Utilizing solid drawing skills and portraying strong graphic shapes, painting outdoors became a passion. In 2005 Paul joined a group of fellow artists to paint in the eastern Sierra Nevada mountains which has become an annual event.
Paul Kratter’s wife Tia is an Art Director at Pixar Animation Studios. They have two grown boys, both artists and athletes. Orbit is their ever–faithful dog.
For more information about Paul visit his web site at www.paulkratter.com.
Plein Air Oil Painting Workshop In The Nature Preserve Thursday, October 31 through Saturday, November 2, 9:30 am–3:30 pm
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.
Ikebana Dates to be determined in 2014, 9:30 am–12:30 pm
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.
Fall Leaves Tuesday and Wednesday, October 29 and 30, 2013, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pen and Ink Begins Thursday, August 7, 2014, 9:30 am–3:30 pm.