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MAGC’s vision is to preserve and share our beautiful historic site, while enriching our community through exploration and discovery in the arts and the natural environment.

2019 events

July 26, 2019 – September 14, 2019

Studio Exhibition: In Flight – Dick Morisawa & Peter Hassen

Artists Peter Hassen and Dick Morisawa’s work is very dissimilar in visual appearance, but connected in their explorations of nature and spirit. Hassen’s large, digital prints and video work play with science, nature and spirituality. He manifests a dialogue between these themes, raising existential questions about humans, cultures and existence. Dick Morisawa’s beautiful mixed media paintings use birds as a symbol for both freedom and connection. He incorporates a liberal movement of ink and paint, referencing Japanese calligraphy alongside a few cartoonish strokes.

Opening Reception
July 26, 2019 6pm – 8pm

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The Lifelong Gardener

September 11, 2019

The Lifelong Gardener

You can garden for life … with Adaptive Gardening. When life hands us lemons, make lemonade.

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September 20, 2019

2019 Harvest Dinner Fundraiser

Set in our gardens under the oak trees, guests will be able to enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres followed by an elegant three-course meal presented by Paula LeDuc Fine Catering & Events.

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September 22, 2019 – November 17, 2019

Studio Exhibition: American Society of Botanical Artists 22nd Annual International

A distinguished jury has selected 48 artworks from a competitive field of 230 entries, bringing some of the world’s finest botanical illustration to MAGC.

Opening Reception
September 22, 2019 3pm – 6pm

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September 26, 2019

The History of Botanical Art with Catherine Watters

The History of Botanical Art recounts the colorful history of this timeless art form dating back to 1500 BC up to the present. The lecture will focus on several noted artists and their work as well as several important florilegia – collections of botanical paintings depicting the plants growing in a particular garden or collected during a voyage of exploration.

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October 4, 2019

Autumn Leaves in Colored Pencil

Spend a day playing with a variety of colored pencil techniques and creating the vibrant colors of the changing autumn leaves. We will work on drawing, creating veins and edges, experiment with shine and texture and learn various ways to use under-painting to simplify and enhance our work.

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October 5, 2019

Painting an Oak Branch and Oak Galls with Gouache

Lucy will introduce students to botanical painting with gouache. She will
demonstrate techniques such as layering from dark to light, dry brush for
texture, and using gouache to achieve intense color.

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October 11, 2019

ASBA: Pen & Ink Workshop with Kristin Jakob

Kristin will lead a studio-style class in which she will show examples of her pen & ink botanical drawings, demonstrate her techniques, and provide one-on-one coaching.

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October 16, 2019

Coping Humanely with Catastrophe

with Kenneth R. Feinberg:

the inaugural event in the Carl Hungerford Lecture Series

Kenneth R. Feinberg is one of the nation’s leading experts in alternative dispute resolution, and will speak on his experience having served as Special Master of the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund, the Department of Justice Victims of State-Sponsored Terrorism Fund, and other compensation initiatives.

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October 26, 2019

A State of Change: Forgotten Landscapes of California

In this presentation Laura Cunningham will discuss what northern California was like before European Contact: giant grizzlies, condors, salmon runs, and herds of elk. But more than that, the processes that shape California, such as climate, flood and fire.

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November 1, 2019

Painting from the Garden: An introduction to Botanical Art

Learn the basic techniques for creating a botanical painting. You will spend the first half of the class observing and drawing a specimen with local artist Sally Petru.

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November 9, 2019

From Garden/Orchard to Frame with Dorothy Hunter

Children 8 and older (accompanied by an adult) can learn the basics of colored pencil as a medium for drawing botanical art. Choose a specimen from a garden, orchard or harvest and using the tools of a botanical artist, create a beautiful depiction of your specimen!

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November 16, 2019

Exploring Plants through Sketching with Lee McCaffree

It is fall. Let’s look at leaves and flowers at the Marin Art and Garden Center. We will focus on seeing details to understand how the world of botany works. Are they big, little, round, pointed, flat, thick, simple, or complicated?

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Weddings, Life Celebrations, Business Events, Special Events

MAGC has won “Best Place for a Wedding” in the Pacific Sun’s annual Best of Marin awards so many times that we have made their Hall of Fame!

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