Opening Reception for BAGSC Exhibition, “Zoo in Bloom” at the Santa Barbara Zoo

by Lori Vreeke, Melanie Campbell-Carter, Diane Daly, posted by Deb Shaw


Lori Vreeke at the "Zoo in Bloom" opening. Photo by Melanie Campbell-Carter, 2015. As Melanie stated, "She's the little one :-)"

Lori Vreeke at the “Zoo in Bloom” opening. Photo by Melanie Campbell-Carter, 2015. As Melanie stated, “She’s the little one :-)”


On Saturday, October 3, 2015, the BAGSC “Zoo in Bloom” exhibition opened at the Santa Barbara Zoo. It was a wonderful day and the exhibit received great reviews!

The Zoo reported there were approximately 600 visitors at the beginning of the day for the “Members Morning” and a total of 1,962 Zoo guests for the entire day!

More than 100 visitors voted for the Peoples’ Choice award at the BAGSC exhibition of nine artists, showing 22 artworks in a variety of media. Awards are as follows: 1st Choice: Asclepias fascicularis, Narrowleaf milkweed with Danaus plexippus by Estelle DeRidder 2nd Choice: Strelitzia reginae, Bird of Paradise by Lori Vreeke 3rd Choice: Heteromeles arbutifolia, Toyon by Gilly Shaeffer

Artists helping throughout the day included: Lori Vreeke, Jan Clouse, Melanie Campbell-Carter, Gilly Shaffer, Barbara Janelle, and Diane Daly.

The show will hang in the Volentine Gallery in the Zoo’s Discovery Pavilion October 3, 2015 — January 3, 2016.


First place Peoples' Choice award: Asclepias fascicularis, Narrowleaf milkweed with Danaus plexippus by Estelle DeRidder, © 2015, all rights reserved.

First place Peoples’ Choice award: Asclepias fascicularis, Narrowleaf milkweed with Danaus plexippus by Estelle DeRidder, © 2015, all rights reserved.



Second place Peoples' Choice award, Strelitzia reginae, Bird of Paradise by Lori Vreeke, © 2015, all rights reserved.

Second place Peoples’ Choice award, Strelitzia reginae, Bird of Paradise by Lori Vreeke, © 2015, all rights reserved.



Third place Peoples' Choice award: Heteromeles arbutifolia, Toyon by Gilly Shaeffer, © 2015, all rights reserved.

Third place Peoples’ Choice award: Heteromeles arbutifolia, Toyon by Gilly Shaeffer, © 2015, all rights reserved.