Register NOW for the 18th Annual Meeting and Conference in Chicago!

The Reed-Turner Artists' Circle is excited to be hosting the 18th Annual ASBA Conference and has put together a sizzling hot program featuring art, science and all that jazz! The conference officially kicks off on Wednesday evening October 17th. You’ll enjoy a gracious welcome reception at the comfortable and friendly Renaissance Hotel which is only a stone’s throw from the Chicago Botanic Garden. This year, the ASBA is the grateful beneficiary of a collaboration with the Chicago Botanic Garden in presenting ASBA's conference activities. In so doing, ASBA will utilize the facilities and grounds of one of America’s most distinguished and beautiful botanic gardens. Members will be able to take advantage of this unique opportunity to be at the axis of where art and science meet - the ASBA 2012 Conference at the Chicago Botanic Garden. Come early for pre-conference workshops with Karen Kluglein or Alexander Viazmensky with Dr. Gregory M. Mueller or stay after the conference for a three-day workshop by Beverly Allen of Australia. If you teach botanical art, stay over for the Sunday Educator’s Forum lead by Sarah Roche.

A variety of tours are scheduled to enhance your experience. Visit The Morton Arboretum and see their distinguished botanical art collection. If the Arts and Crafts movement fascinates you, take a tour of Ragdale and Crab Tree Farm or Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home in Oak Park. Tour a wild and precious nature preserve at Somme Prairie Grove just minutes away from the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Register online and you’ll know right away if you are in the class; if it’s full, put yourself on the waiting list or make another selection. Make your selections and register ASAP to avoid disappointment.

Online registration and postmark date are equal in terms of getting into workshops for the first week of registraiton. After that, online registration takes precedence. As always, register as soon as you decide to attend. That is the best way to get what you want. Last year, nearly 100% of members used the online registration. Receiving instant gratification of knowing whether you got into a workshop is a great benefit to online registration.

Many activities are included in your registration fee. Breakfast and box lunches are provided each day, as is the luncheon, banquet and two receptions. The Small Works Exhibition will be on display at the Chicago Botanical Garden from October 10 - 18th and will be celebrated during a Thursday night reception. Saturday evening concludes with the Silent Auction and Banquet, featuring ASBA award announcements.

Thank you to Heeyoung Kim for this year’s conference web site artwork: Artist: Heeyoung Kim Title: Royal catchfly (Silene regia) Media: Watercolor on Paper Collection of: Emily and Jason Ciaglo Original image: 18 x 24