Most Special Events Included With
Admission $9, or $4.50 ages 5 to 12
Tree Tour With Jeff Payne at 8:00 a.m. June 16, Sunday
repeats August 18
So, just what is an Arboretum? BTA staffer and Certified Arborist Jeff Payne leads this Sunday walk at 8 am. where visitors learn the answer to that often-posed question during a relaxed and leisurely guided tour through the forested areas of the Arboretum. Join Jeff for a chance to learn about the Arboretum's collection of oak and olive trees, native hackberry, mesquite and many more.
Photo Class: 'Switching to Manual' with Michael Madsen June 16
Fathers' Day June 16, at 9:00am
CLASS HAS FILLED. Get on the Waiting List for Michael's next class -- email BTAinfo@cals.arizona.edu
Gilbert professional photographer Michael Madsen continues to offer photography workshops at BTA - including his Switching to Manual class for beginners. Madsen has traveled to Europe, Thailand, Mexico, Morocco, Jamaica and the Bahamas in search of the perfect picture; each month he coaches beginning to intermediate photographers who are ready to harness the horsepower of their digital cameras by getting past the "auto" settings in favor of manually controlling theirown aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and white balance. Read more about this Arboretum Photography Workshop
Summer Solstice Friday Evening Concert June 21
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Salute the sunset and the moonrise on the Summer Solstice with a Friday evening spent with friends enjoying live music beneath towering trees that shade the flagstone courtyard of the historic Smith Building at Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Bring a picnic dinner -- or call ahead and order takeout from Porter's or Jade Grill in the neighboring town of Superior -- and check out live music by a Phoenix singer-songwriter Eric Laubach outdoors from 6:30-8:00p.m. Laubach plays upbeat folk and ballads featuring original
songs about Arizona and nature; some humorous, others poignant and insightful. Eric has entertained at various locations in North America, the Caribbean, and parts of Europe for over forty years and has been a featured performer in the valley at the recent centennial celebrations, folk festivals, fund raisers, and acoustic venues. His concert will be performed on guitar, with a little harmonica and Native American flute. Expect songs such as 'Tarantulas in the Moonlight,' 'Under a Coyote Moon,' 'Is it Muggy on the Rim?,"? and 'Blonde Coyote.' His 90 minute performance will feature songs written about Arizona and places where he has traveled. Stories about life experiences and his original songs will be included as well. Laubach's an enrolled Arboretum volunteer and shares his concerts here as fundraisers to help generate admissions for the Arboretum. On the Summer Solstice the waxing full moon will rise around 6pm, bathing the Arboretum in moonlight by the time the sun sets 90-minutes later, ending the longest day of the year. Connect by email to firstname.lastname@example.org; Read more at
Geology walking tour Saturday, June 22 at 8:00 a.m.
summer tour time 8:00 a.m. June 22, July 27, August 24
Local geologist Alan Seymour returns as guide for this once-a-month walk, a chance to see rocks and volcanic formations along our main trail on a guided tour that compresses almost two billion years of geologic history into just over one educational hour! Learn about Pinal schist, the volcanic origins of Picket Post Mountain and the Apache Leap tuff.
Guided Butterfly Walk June 22, Saturday, at 8:30am
and again July 20, August 24
Central Arizona Butterfly Association President David Powell and board secretary Marceline Vandewater will both be here to guide our next butterfly walk on June 22, Saturday; both are photographers and among founding members of the Central Arizona Butterfly Association - read about other events around the state at the website http://www.cazba.org. What colorful butterflies might they find? Dave lead our June walk last year, and wrote this report: "Sleepy Orange numbers are up; we counted at least 40 on this month's guided butterfly walk; 20 Pipevine Swallowtail, 15 Cloudless Sulphur, 1 Southern Dogface, 5 Dainty Sulphur, 20 Mexican Yellow, 1 Boisduval's Yellow, 6 Gray Hairstreak, 1 Reakirt's Blue, 3 Ceraunus Blue, 50 Marine Blue, 4 Fatal Metalmark, 10 Empress Leilia, 30 Queen, 1 Funereal Duskywing, 15 Northern White-skipper, 2 Erichson's White-Skipper, 3 Arizona Powdered-Skipper, 1 Orange Skipperling, 2 Fiery Skipper."
Edible - Medicinal Desert Plants Walk June 23 and August 25 at 8:00 a.m.
Explore our Curandero Trail on a guided tour with ethno-botanist and Choctaw Tribal Nation member David Morris and Learn about the edible-medicinal uses for Prickly pear cactus fruits and other edible and medicinal Sonoran Desert plants on this slow-paced one-hour walk along a desert path where guides shares their knowledge about the ways native plants have fed, healed and clothed Sonoran desert peoples for more than one thousand years. Summer tour dates are June 23 and also August 25 at 8:00 a.m. ** Please note: this tour explores the Curandero Trail, which has steep sections that are not suitable for visitors who use wheelchairs or walkersRead more about jojoba, creosote and prickly pears
Tom Boggan Camera Basics Photo Class June 29 from 7:00 - 9:00 a.m.
at 1:00 p.m. Enrollment $20 for Arboetum members, $29 nonmembers. Call 520-689-2723
Do you have a fancy new digital SLR, or even a digital point-and-shoot camera that you're eager to learn to use more effectively? Once-a-month photo workshops with Scottsdale artist Tom Boggan offer that chance all four seasons of the year at BTA. See More Boyce Thompson Arboretum photography workshops Tom's once-a-month outdoor shoots help improve your camera skills on a relaxed outing surrounded by beautiful gardens and alongside a pro -- and with plenty of chances to ask questions about the dials, settings and controls on your own camera. Learn basic photography skills including composition, lighting, white balance and aperture-exposure.
Pro photographer Tom Boggan has a talent for portraits and a passion for nature photography, and he generously volunteers by dedicating a day each month to be here helping our visitors hone their camera skills. Workshops with Tom are limited to eight students. Pre-payment of $29 is required ($20 for BTA annual members). Enroll by phone, have your credit card ready and call our staff at 520-689-2723. View other workshop images on the Tom Boggan Arboretum Flickr Gallery
June 29, Saturday Learn Your Lizards Guided Walk 8am
Saturday tours repeat at 8:00 a.m. July 13, August 10 and September 14
Casa Grande naturalist and outdoor educator 'Wild Man Phil' Rakoci is our special guest tour guide for this guided outing for kids -- and all who enjoy Arizona's most common, colorful and charismatic little reptiles. Walks continue June 29, July 13 and August 10.
See photos and read more about Lizard Walks
Gourd Art Classes June 29 and 30
10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m, enrollment is $30-$39 for May 18, $40-$49 May 19. have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723 to enroll and pre-pay
Sign up soon for this informal, fun class -- four-hour workshops each month that bring your chance to burn, paint, etch and emboss decorative gourds with coaching from Mesa artists Gerald and Vicki Johnson. Pre-registration is required, and this class is limited to 15 students from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Enrollment is $39 (or $30 to Arboretum annual members) includes a gourd and full morning of coaching and artistic inspiration. Tools, paints and paintbrushes are provided during the workshop as well.
ADVANCED GOURD ART CLASS June 30
And by the request of many repeat students, Vicki and Gerald will offer a new advanced workshop teaching a specialized technique for students who have attended a previous Gourd Art Class, and are eager for a new challenge. 'Coiling' is done with pine needles and waxed linen thread, and provides a finished touch to the top of your gourd bowl. All materials, including prepared gourd, pine needles, thread and decorative attachments such as pods and beads to decorate your gourd are included in this special class. $40 registration BTA for members, $49 for non-members, includes specialized materials and instruction. This class is limited to 12 students
Dragonfly Walk July 6, Saturday
at 8:30 a.m. (tour repeats August 3 with ASU Prof. Pierre Deviche)
Mesa photographer Roger Racut and his family guide our Saturday morning dragonfly walk in search of Flame Skimmers and Blue Dashers at Ayer Lake and at water features around the gardens. See dragonfly photos
Learn more about the legends, lore and biology of dragonflies: fascinating creatures, with a rich heritage of folklore and fables that vary greatly from culture to culture. European cultures tend to see dragonflies as dangerous or even deadly; Asian and Native American cultures see them as signs of good luck and longevity. The truth about dragonflies is far more interesting than any fable: they have six legs, but can't walk; they have incredible vision, but are deaf; they outlasted the dinosaurs and are still going strong today. Read more and check out BTA member Jim Walker's slow-motion videos of dragonflies bathing and 'spin-drying.' at
Arboretum Book Club July 6 , Saturday
1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
"Each time as the water roars by I hear it laughing at me reinforcing that I, a mere human, am most assuredly not in control," wrote Kathleen O'Dwyer in her memoir "Breathing Blue." The next meeting will be July 6 at 1 PM. Our book selection is Breathing Blue, Giving Life to My Spirit and Spirit to My Life by fellow book club member and Gold Canyon author Kathleen O'Dwyer. Kathy will be leading our July discussion of her book which describes her spirit filled journey from corporate Chicago to an isolated ranch in Aravaipa Canyon, Arizona. The Arboretum has also hosted several of Kathy's Earth Journaling Workshops. "Breathing Blue" is available in the Arboretum Gift Shop, and you can pre-order and reserve a copy by calling them at 1.520.689.2723; the book is also available online for $17as a print edition, or $4 as a Kindle e-reader. Light refreshments are usually served at Book Club meetings. Please contact Vicki Johnson for more information and to RSVP for the June meeting at BTABookClub@msn.com or 480.688.3342. Book club attendance is included with Arboretum daily admission of $9; and, of course, free to our annual members.
During our June book club meeting we had a wonderful conversation with the author of our two books of the month, Sarah's Quilt and The Star Garden. Nancy E. Turner was very generous with her time and answered all of our questions, enlightening us on the research and writing process that is involved for her books. In answer to the question why the character of Willie was introduced, she explained that Sarah's boys Charlie and Gil were good boys and she wanted them to stay good boys, but that meant lack of conflict. Ms. Turner introduced Willie to add conflict to Sarah's story as well as to portray that in spite of how hard Sarah tried to save him, Willie could not be saved. The character of Lazarus was originally intended to be Sergeant Lockwood from These is My Words, but instead evolved to show the fear that a stalker can instill in one's life as well as the lack of mental health care of the time. We had wondered if the book "The Duchess of Warick" were a real book, and Ms. Turner said that no, it was not, but that it was titled to represent a morality tale, often written for the era's young women. Morality tales promised that if a young women obeyed her parents and did everything she was supposed to do, she would live happily ever after. On the other hand, morality tales warned that if a young woman did not obey her parents and went her own way, she would be very unhappy and die a young and terrible death! Our conversation lasted until Ms. Turner's voice was giving out and it was almost time for the Arboretum to close. We thank her for taking the time to talk with us. Enjoy reading "Breathing Blue" and hope to see you in July!
Earth Journal Writing Workshop with Kathy O'Dwyer July 19, Friday
from 7:30 - 10:30 a.m., registration $20 for members, $29 nonmembers
In his book Becoming Animal, author and eco-philosopher David Abram asks this provocative question: "are we not simply projecting our own interior mood upon the outer landscape?" Delving into nature, utilizing all of our senses, inspires the soul and can lead to an understanding of self. On July 19, Friday, Kathleen O'Dwyer McDonald will coach her next Earth Journal Workshop at Boyce Thompson Aroboretum, leading the group through writing exercises based on the work of David Abrams; writing exercises designed to connect the writer with nature and, as a result, with the heart. In a previous workshop, participant Elizabeth Matson was inspired to pen the following lines: "If you are still enough you will see the trees are dancing, Dancing through time and space And the stars are singing While the earth beats its drum." The workshop is open to writers of all levels. The half day workshop begins at 7:30 a.m. to take advantage of the cool morning air. We will be writing and sharing outdoors for the first three hours or so, then move to the air conditioned comfort of the Smith Building to wrap up. A resident of Gold Canyon, Kathleen authored the book Breathing Blue which chronicles her two years living and working on a ranch in Aravaipa Canyon. She is close to completing her second novel entitled Little Feather. The BTA gift shop has a great selection of books that either share or are based on the history, terrain, and colorful characters of southern Arizona. In May, volunteer Vicki Johnson hosted the first meeting of the BTA book club with the selection These Is My Words by Nancy E. Turner. For the July 6 meeting from 1:00-2:45 in the air-conditioned Lecture Room of the Smith Building, book club participants will discuss Breathing Blue. It promises to be a lively meeting as Kathleen, a member of the book club, will be on hand to lead the discussion and answer questions.
Plants of the Bible Walk July 20, Saturday, at 8:00 AM
** summer walks at 8am July 20 and August 17
Mesa resident and Bible scholar Dave Oberpriller is our special guest tourguide on the third Saturday of each month, leading this relaxing and slow-paced walk down smooth, flat and wheelchair-accessible trails to see pomegranates, figs, pines, palms and other plants referenced in scripture. Tours are at 8:00 a.m. during summer months when our daily hours are 6:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Palms, figs and pomegranates are Plants of the Bible
Guided Bird Walk - July 21 with Kathe Anderson
from 7:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Learn to identify resident birds and look for exotic seasonal migrants on a two-hour walk starting from our Visitor Center breezeway at 6:30 am on July 21 guided by Scottsdale educator Kathe Anderson. BTA bird walks are included with daily admission of $9 and, of course, at no charge to our annual members.
Read Arboretum bird checklist reports
Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Classes July 27, August 18, September 2
at 10:30 a.m
Our informal one-hour workshop repeated three times this summer teaches participants ways to pick, prepare, process and preserve these juicy, seasonal fruits of the Sonoran Desert -- with innovative and tasty prickly pear snacks shared at the end of each class. East Valley author Jean Groen and her prickly pear picking accomplice Robert Lewis teach the July 27 and Sept. 2 classes; the August 18 workshop features Chef Eric and Terri of Tall Order Catering, with their own spin on Cactus Cuisine and lessons on de-spining and processing. And don't miss the town of Superior's Second Annual Prickly Pear Festival. No pre-registration is necessary, just be in our visitor center breezeway lobby at at start time; these classes and most weekend nature walks are included with daily admission of $9. Labor Day Monday is our Season Finale for these popular classes. Preview this event on YouTube - check out Mike Rolfe short video of our How To Juice Prickly Pear Cactus Fruit Class(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nl976a9pvLE)
CaZBA Seventh Annual Butterfly Count September 7
starts at 8:30 a.m
Central Arizona Butterfly Association's Dave Powell invites you to help with this annual butterfly census; the Arboretum opens at 8:00 a.m. from September-through-April, and this annual tally begins at 8:30AM sharp, so please arrive as soon after Eight O'Clock as possible so we can divide into teams. Our total count circle has a 15 mile diameter, covering the same appromximate region as the Christmas Bird Count: a one-day census of all butterflies sighted within that circle. For lunch we will get together in a local restaurant in Superior (or you can bring your own), and we will exchange findings & information. 79 species of butterflies appear on the Arboretum's checklist, while the record for most species observed in a single day is 44 by Marceline VandeWater during the same count 3 years ago! Xami Hairstreak is one of specialties that has been found in the past at the BTA.
Read more and connect with CAZBA.org
Pomegranate Processing Classes September 15 and 28
at 10:30 a.m
The most popular variety of Pomegranates are named "Wonderful" -- and with good reason, these hardy fruits are loaded with anti-oxidants, delicious, and they thrive throughout Central and Southern Arizona. Learn how to harvest and juice these healthy fruits in our informal one-hour class. No pre-registration is needed, and workshops are included with daily admission of $9. Pomegranate snacks are shared at the end of each class, too! Chef Eric and Terri of Tall Order Cateringwill share recipes and pomegranate processing techniques September 15, and then East Valley author Jean Groen and her pomegranate picking accomplice Robert Lewis will share their pomegranate secrets September 28. No pre-registration is necessary, just be in our visitor center breezeway lobby at start time.
Mesquite Flour Processing Classes October 12 and 27
at 10:30 a.m
Mesquite trees are legumes, producing pods that can taste sugary-sweet when ground into flour, learn harvest and grinding techniques twice in October -- and have a chance to sample products made from mesquite - October 12 teacher Jerry Temanson even uses hand-ground mesquite when he brews beer! No pre-registration is needed, each workshop is included with daily admission of $9. Mesquite-based snacks are shared at the end of each class, too! Globe gourmand Jerry Temanson leads the October 12 class, sharing techniques, recipes and snacks -- and then East Valley author Jean Groen will be here October 27, along with her harvest time helper Robert Lewis -- sharing fresh-griddled mesquite flour waffles with pomegranate syrup. No pre-registration is necessary, just be in our visitor center breezeway lobby at start time.
Photo Class: 'Macros' With Paul Landau - DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
$30 (or $39 non-members). call 520.689.2723
Look closely at the bright red larvae of a Pipevine Swallowtail; before the colorful caterpillar morphs into one of the blue-black butterflies commonly seen in our gardens, they have a beauty all their own - with intricate rows of dorsal spikes making them resemble an undersea creature more than a denizen of our Sonoran desert. The human eye can only look so close; Scottsdale photographer Paul Landau has learned to capture microscopic scenes with his camera, revealing compound eyes, antennae and patterns almost invisible to the human eye. During a unique photography workshop with Paul Landau on Sunday May 19, the artist will share techniques during an afternoon spent in search of tiny creatures and plants here, and photographing them along with 15 participants. "You'll probably be amazed to find out what your camera can do," predicts Landau. "Even the simplest 'point-and-shoot' digital cameras have close-up capabilities that reveal inner worlds of detail, iridescent green beetle wings, and the intensity of nature on a scale that's overlooked until you learn where to look - and how to see. One of the great things about macro photography is that my quarry is tiny - and often fairly easy to photograph once you know where to look for them. Boyce Thompson Arboretum is my favorite place, no question, to photograph vivid insects and flower blossoms, along with other natural phenomenon." Landau's photography was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Arboretum in 2012, where he taught a popular series of workshops specifically devoted to hummingbirds – and macros. See more of the artist's work at
Culinary Presentation with Chef Eric of Tall Order Catering - Date To Be Announced
at 1:00 p.m.
Boyce Thompson Arboretum members Eric Naddy & Terri Farrington own Tall Order Catering; they had so much fun helping out with our September pomegranate classes at BTA that they've enlisted as volunteers. Sunday November 25 they will be set up near the Herb Garden and our weekend festival site, continuing their informal series of culinary classes designed to spotlight seasonal vegetables or fruits: roasted pumpkin and cream cheese soup with rosemary; possibly also roasted tomato bisque with creme fraiche. Got recipe questions? Or suggestions for December-January-February workshops they should offer at the Arboretum? 'Friend-up' at facebook.com/TallOrderCatering, or email queries to the Tall Order Chefs via Eric@tallordercatering.com.
Painting With Light -- Nighttime Photo Shoot
DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED, from 7:00-9:00 p.m. $39; call 520-689-2723 to prepay and enroll
Preview our unique nocturnal Painting With Light Photo Workshopson YouTubeand see links to photo galleries on our ourBTA photo classes page. Few visitors get a chance to see the Drover's Shed, the old Dodge Power Wagon or our gardens lit quite as they will appear after dark on A Date To Be Announced, familiar plants and scenery rendered a candy-colored rainbow of colors after sunset by custom-made, high-power LED light boxes strategically placed and arranged by Phoenix artist and luminary John Aho. His painting-with-light nighttime shoots are limited to one dozen photographers, and the $30 fee for these special access evenings is a fundraiser for the Arboretum ( $39 for nonmembers). Have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723 to reserve your spot; please make sure to spell out your email and give your current cell# or home phone to our clerks when you sign up so we can provide specific meeting/parking instructions just ahead of Saturday's shoot. If this class has filled when you call, make sure to leave your name, phone and email (again, please take a minute to spell it out so we have it right) so we can alert you to November-December shoots as dates are added to this calendar. See more of John's surreal nighttime scenes -- such as Superior Architecture, and these scenes from scenes from Besich Park Downtown
Arboretum History Walk DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
You may have walked our trails a dozen times and never crossed paths with the Galapagos Tortoise pens. Take a moment to scan the horizon above Picket Post Mountain, can you imagine cavalry soldiers camped in this region in the late 1800s? Learn about the life and times of Colonel William Boyce Thompson and his Arboretum on a walking tour guided by Phoenix historian Sylvia Lee. Walks typically last about 90-minutes, departing at 10am from the Visitor Center breezeway. Correspond with Sylvia, or read more about
Acrylic Painting Class DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED
"The Next Step for Beginning Painters," . enrollment $135. Call 520-689-2723 to enroll and prepay
Learn the fundamentals of painting with acrylics in this three-day March workshop. Gold Canyon artist Sue Ann Dickey"will take the 'pain out of painting' for beginners, and for anyone who was left frustrated by other painting or art classes, or has drifted away from painting and wants to try again with this New Year."
Enrollment of $135 for either of three-day workshops includes three afternoons of instruction and also admission to the Arboretum (park entry for others is $9 per day). This workshop continues where Sue Ann's prior workshop ended; experienced beginner or novice painters are welcome to enroll, though, even if you did not attend Sue Ann Dickey's prior workshop. She welcomes inquiries from those considering enrolling - and wanting more details information about the difference between this session and the prior one; and to be on her contact list for future art workshops during 2013. Email email@example.com, or call her at 480.982.1336
Boyce's Beer - Desert Homebrewing Class - date TO BE ANNOUNCED
12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
$25 for Arboretum members, $34 nonmembers
email [ firstname.lastname@example.org ] to be on our waiting list for alerts to the date scheduled
Chandler father-and-son brewers Pete and Greg Rendek return to the Arboretum by popular demand for a home-brewing class featuring ingredients derived from desert plants. Boyce Thompson Arboretum has earned a reputation for innovative classes teaching visitors to harvest and prepare prickly pear cactus fruits, process promegranates and mill mesquite flour. On a date to be announced, enrollees will learn to make a batch of home-brewed 'Holiday Beer' when the Rendeks lead a 12-3pm workshop showing beginning brewers how to brew a five-gallon batch of holiday vanilla porter using native mesquite flour. Have a credit card ready and call 520-689-2723. Better known at the Arboretum for his popular series of photography classes, Pete has been home-brewing for several years with his son Greg; together they've crafted a variety of tasty ales, porters, weissbiers -- and, most recently, a great prickly pear IPA using juice from cactus fruit harvested in Superior. Their workshop will run from noon to 3pm. Class will
be held in the ramada in the Children's Garden; proceeds raised are a fundraiser for the Arboretum - a registered nonprofit. For non-members, the $34 fee includes Arboretum admission, so Pete & Greg advise enrollees to arrive earlier that morning and enjoy the gardens, get a late breakfast or lunch in nearby Superior before the afternoon session, and enjoy a fine October day. "This workshop's designed for anyone who has been wanting to take the plunge and begin brewing your own beer, we'll have basic equipment on hand and will give a discussion of ingredients as well as different brewing styles, techniques, and the equipment needed to get started," said Pete.
Dog Socialization Walk -- DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
Dogs are always welcome at the Arboretum, provided they're on good behavior and a short leash -- and also are accompanied by owners who pick up after their furry friends. Arboretum volunteer Sandra and her canine compadre Chaco guide a dog socialization walk April 22 at 10:30 a.m. Pre-registration is not required, just be in the overflow parking lot with your leashed dog at 10:30 am start time.
Plein Air Painters (Date To Be Announced)
painters gathering - included with $9 adult admission, ($4.50 for ages 5-12)
painters are invited to capture garden scenes 'en plein air' during an informal painting event coordinated by Tempe professional artist Cindy Carrillo. Daily admission is $9 for adults and $4.50 for ages 5-12 and there's no additional charge to participate with the plein air painting workshop, said Carrillo, who has painted garden scenes here over the past two decades."A few of my favorite spots are the Demonstration Garden, the trees which tower over Silver King Wash, and the views of volcanic cliffs above Queen Creek and Ayer Lake," said Carrillo. "The Arboretum has a plein air event each Thanksgiving when autumn colors are vivid, now here's a chance to capture summertime scenes, to meet other Arizona plein air painters, and to enjoy a morning together in the gardens." BTA opens at 8:00 am during October, Carillo advises artists to request picnic area parking (allowing you to unload your easel and supplies conveniently close to the Demonstration Garden) and to meet in the picnic area. Amateurs and beginners are encouraged to attend, too!
For more info email Cindy via email@example.com ; painters who don't use the internet may call 520-689-2723 for more information. View a collection of garden scenes captured on canvass by other painters over the years at http://ag.arizona.edu/bta/pleinairpainters.html
Found Objects from Nature: DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
from 12:00 noon until 4:00 p.m. in the Lecture Room of the Smith Building
Enrollment is $20 for members, $29 nonmembers - call 520.689.2723 to enroll. scheduled
Learn to make unique art from twigs, fragments of bark or skeletal remains of dead cholla cacti; Queen Valley resident Ruth Ipsan-Brown builds intricate shrines, kachina/totems and tiny furniture from detritus and debris that most would discard; in the process she teaches wider lessons about seeing and appreciating the beauty that surrounds us all. she'll lead a four-hour workshop at Boyce Thompson Arboretum (indoors, in the heated lecture room!) where "all you're asked to bring is a crooked little stick," and she'll supply hot glue guns, inspiration, coaching, and a variety of natural materials in various shapes, sizes, textures and colors to create your own work of art. Enrollment is $20 for BTA annual members ($29 for nonmembers includes the day's admission).
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