Archived BAEE News
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Several news announcements were posted to our original website in previous years before we started the blog. New news will be posted to the News Announcements page from now on.
Book and website award announcements are moved to
The following are our archived past news announcements made before we started the blog.
New BAEE Board Members Elected
October, 2014—At its September meeting, the BAEE Board of Directors elected new officers who will begin their term of office in March 2105.
Gingseng Illustration Used in French Magazine
October 1, 2014—An article in a French magazine, Ça m’intéresse, (I'm Interested), used an illustration of Gingseng by Bonnie Driggers (with permission). This was published in the September 2014 issue in an article about medical uses of plants.
You may also go to the full size image in our Flickr Photostream at Gingseng illustration by Bonnie Driggers used in French magazine.
Bonnie Driggers Elected to ASBA Board of Directors
October, 2014—Bonnie Driggers, a long-time member of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), was elected to their Board of Directors in 2014. She is a member of the local ASBA Chapter, Botanical Artists of the National Capital Region (BASNCR), President of the Botanical Artists for Education & the Environment (BAEE), and Editor of the BAEE book American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic.
The Book is Ready!
January 18, 2014—The book is complete and will ship in mid February. It contains paintings and drawings by 41 artists and includes 60 native plants and many associated insect pollinators.
Article in élan magazine: "Going Native"
April, 2014—Bonnie Driggers published an article, "Going Native – Celebrating The Beauty Of Mid-Atlantic Plants" in the March 2014 issue of élan magazine. This article describes the book project and how many enthusiastic people helped to publish and publicize the book. Botanical Artists for Education and the Environment (BAEE) produced the book that is funded solely through donations. Profits from the sale of the book will go to nonprofit organizations working on native plant education, conservation, and horticulture. Download a PDF of the article (1.8 Mb .pdf).
élan magazine is an art lover's magazine that showcases "talented Northern Virginia artists: from painters to potters, from weavers to writers, from poets to photographers, from sculptors to singers."
NBC4 Report About the Exhibition
Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014—NBC4 Washington listed the exhibition in their Entertainment section, "The Scene". See their report: Garden Opens Art Exhibit on Mid-Atlantic Plants. More about the book and the exhibition are on the Exhibition page.
January 18, 2014—An exhibition of the paintings included in the book will run for 4 months: February 15 through June 15, 2014 at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. in the Conservatory East Gallery.
July 15, 2013—BAEE received 143 paintings. Judging for acceptance into the book and exhibition concluded and BAEE notified all participants in early July. Editors are working hard to complete the texts that accompany the reproductions of original paintings and drawings.
BAEE is Awarded the Alan M. and Nathalie P. Voorhees Donor Fund Grant
July 2013—The Community Foundation of Northern Virginia awarded BAEE a $1,000 grant from the Alan M. and Nathalie P. Voorhees Donor Fund. The grant will be used to help publication costs for the book project.
BAEE is Awarded the Anne Ophelia Dowden Grant
October 20, 2012—At the annual conference of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA), held in Chicago, Illinois, BAEE was awarded the $3,000 Anne Ophelia Dowden Grant to support publication of our book, American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic.
Book Drawing Winner
October 28, 2012—At the BAEE reception, Anne-Marie Evans drew the winning raffle ticket. The ticket had been purchased by Jerry Kurtzweg. He was very happy, saying he’d never won anything before. We appreciate the support of all those who purchased tickets. Congratulations, Jerry!