Wendy Burchell on the left is the Chairperson of BAASA in Cape Town, and Basia Hitchcock is the Deputy. They have been a great support to me with the organization of the Plant Exhibition in September at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. Riva Katz is an amazing and dedicated Treasurer who keeps trying to hand on her job and we keep giving it back to her, she is our treasure!
BAASA has branches in Gauteng and KZN too, and is a great way to meet fellow botanical artists and get information about classes, informal art sessions, equipment and what’s happening in the world of botanical art. It has been wonderful to see the growth of the organization since the first meeting Claire Linder Smith and I had at my home in Newlands nearly two decades ago. At that point we had all been working as illustrators, isolated and virtually unknown. Well, how things have changed!
I am proud to be a member of BAASA and very glad to have passed on the chair to so many wonderful artists who have continued to grow the organization. Tamlin Blake, Phil Scott, Marilyn Noakes, Jenny Brice, Jennifer Johnstone, June Goode, Basia Hitchcock and now Wendy Burchell have all enriched our experiences.