BAASA: A Passion for Plants

Lynne Griffin, charcoal on paper

Lynne Griffin
charcoal on paper

The Botanical Artists Association of Southern Africa (BAASA) was founded in Cape Town in 1997 by like minded people interested in Botanical Art and by practicing artists. There are 3 branches: Cape Town, KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng. Shirley Sherlock, an important collector of contemporary Botanical Art, has helped to stimulate interest by her purchases around the world and in South Africa by organising well known teachers to give workshops in Cape Town and Gauteng.

All three BAASA branches hold annual or biannual exhibitions. Kirstenbosch being the most prestigious- where gold, silver and bronze medals are awarded. In KwaZulu-Natal, usually there is a four day workshop each year by a visiting expert and half day workshops held monthly, using different media. Different types of media give one new insights and ways of looking at plant life.

This exhibition shows different media together; drawing, charcoal, pastel, crayon, water colour, scraperboard and line & wash are some of the media that will be displayed by BAASA at this exhibition. There will be walkabouts.