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Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE) — a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 2011 by botanical artists in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.

We want to inspire our artists to paint regularly and to create a means to showcase their work. At the suggestion and with the encouragement of our teacher and mentor, Anne-Marie Evans, BAEE artists embarked on an ambitious project in 2011: to publish a book of plants native to the mid Atlantic.

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Last modified: October 9, 2018
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The Book

American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic

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Dust Jacket for "American Botanical Paintings Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic"

We invited other artists, mostly those in the mid-Atlantic region (New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina), to participate in a juried competition for inclusion of their work in a book. Publication costs for the book came from donations.

The resulting book is meaningful to both artists and gardeners. It is intended to foster appreciation not only for the beauty of native plants and their artistic representations but also for their importance to the environment and to encourage, where practical, the use of native plants in home gardens.

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BAEE Awards a Fourth Grant

At the annual conference in San Francisco, California, October 2017, BAEE awarded a $15,000 grant to ASBA to be used toward publication of a catalog for the “Botanical Art Worldwide: America’s Flora” exhibition. The exhibition will be held at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. and will be on view from May 4 through October 15, 2018.

Similar exhibitions will be held in 24 other countries. American artists have created new works devoted to the indigenous plants of the U.S., while hundreds of artists around the world have depicted plants indigenous to their home countries as well. Each country will provide up to 40 images of works in their exhibitions to be compiled into a digital slide show that will be shown at participating venues. A Worldwide Day of Botanical Art will be held on May 18, 2018, with events held for 24 hours, following the sun from venue to venue. For more information and a list of participating countries, see Botanical Art Worldwide.

This check brings the total amount of BAEE grants to $61,000, all of which came from profits from the sale of our book, American Botanical Painting: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic. Read the full announcement at "BAEE Awards another Grant".

Photo of Karen Ringstrand, BAEE Director, and Diane Batson-Smith, ASBA Executive Director, holding check.
Karen Ringstrand, BAEE Director, and Diane Batson-Smith, ASBA Executive Director, with the check.
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About BAEE

Watercolor painting of a Twinleaf plant
Jeffersonia diphylla (twinleaf) © Lara Call Gastinger.

Since 2007 a group of botanical artists in the Washington, D.C, area has been taking classes taught by Anne-Marie Evans of England. Most of our participants are members of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), and many are also members of the local ASBA Chapter Botanical Artists of the National Capital Region (BASNCR) and other botanical art organizations.

In 2011, our group incorporated in the State of Virginia as the Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE), a nonprofit organization and received a Federal 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. We have a Board of Directors, all of whom serve as unpaid volunteers. BAEE has no dues. Publication costs for books come from donations.

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