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GNSI California

GNSI-CA's regular activities include a joint show at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History and and exhibit at Tilden Park Nature Center in Berkeley. We offer our members lectures, demonstrations, workshops and field trips, as well as opportunities for group exhibitions and science illustration outreach to the public. Anyone interested in scientific illustration is welcome to attend our meetings.


Katie Bertsche
Megan Gnekow

Larry Lavendel

For more ways of staying in touch with your Guild Members, please see:
The GNSI-CA Chapter Website
Our Facebook Page 


Last Call for entries in the Nature's Jewels Exhibit

Event Date: 
September 18, 2013 (All day) - October 1, 2013 (All day)

Last Call For Entries for our upcoming GNSI California show Nature's Jewels to be held from November 4 - December 30, 2013 at the Environmental Education Center in Tilden Regional Park (in Berkeley, CA).

Entries are due by October 1, 2013. Apologies for the somewhat short last call reminder notice, as we get our new exhibit team into gear, we look forward to putting on a beautiful show! Because of the show's location, precedence will be given to images of plants or animals from:

California Jewels

Event Date: 
September 1, 2012 (All day)

Here is a Call For Entries for our upcoming GNSI-CA show "California Jewels" to be held from November 1 - December 31, 2012 at the Environmental Education Center in Tilden Regional Park (in Berkeley, CA).

Entries are due by September 1, 2012.

Because of the show's location, precedence will be given to images of plants or animals from:

1. Tilden Park
2. East Bay Regional Park District
3. Northern California
4. California
5. The Pacific Coast
6. North America
7. Beyond

GNSI-CA May Meeting

Event Date: 
May 5, 2012 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm

GNSI-CA May Meeting
May 5th, noon-4pm. Department of Energy
Joint Genome Institute, Walnut Creek

Among the activities of the day will be to meet as a community to hear and see a JGI "lay of the land" by JGI Public Affairs Manager, David Gilbert, a tour of the facility by scientific staff, including two different DNA sequencing platforms and an emerging single-cell genomics pipeline.

NCSWA Spring Dinner: Resetting the Aging Clock

Hello Californian Illustrators!

In the interest of building a stronger more collaborative science communication community, the Northern California Science Writers Association (NCSWA) has graciously invited us to join them at their Spring Dinner. If you are interested in attending the details are as follows: (if you are coming please also let me know, so I have some idea of how many of our members are there)



GNSI-CA April: Copyright and Internet

Event Date: 
April 21, 2012 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

GNSI-CA April Meeting: Everything you ever wanted to know about copyright and the Internet but didn't know to ask Saturday April 21st 6-9pm Randall Museum, 199 Museum Way, San Francisco, CA 94114, (

GNSI-CA Chapter Hike

Event Date: 
March 11, 2012 - 12:00am - 6:00pm

Hiking and Sketching at Muir Woods 11th, 2012 at Noon.

Meet at the plaza (wide open area) in front of the visitor center. We will take a one hour hike out to Cathedral Grove and back, with 1hr. stops to sketch at bridge #2 and the 2nd boardwalk. There is $7 park fee, and is otherwise free to members, $10 for non-members. Bring a sit-upon, a lunch and your sketching materials. Permit parking only, strictly enforced, please carpool as much as possible. A park naturalist, Marvin Craiger will join us for the first hour.

I Love Science Illustration Party

Our next meeting will be our annual Holiday Party:

I Love Science Illustration Party

Feb 11th, 2012 at Em Coren's house in Santa Cruz, at noon.

The address is 514 Barson Street Apt.C, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

Come and visit with other local-ish science illustrators! This is our semi-annual, non-traditional holiday party. Bring your portfolio, sketching materials in case the weather is nice, and a smile.

Please RSVP by Feb 8th to

SCMNH Art of Nature Deadline Approacheth

Hi All.

Don't forget to send me your images for entry to the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History show Art of Nature before the deadline of January 31st! The show runs 4/7-6/3 and already has tours booked to see it! Be a part of this beloved show!

Diane T

gnsi ca exhibits coordinator

Rare Books - Northern-CA GNSI May Meeting

Event Date: 
May 15, 2011 - 11:00am - 2:00pm

On Sunday May 15, 11 a.m. Northern-CA GNSI members will get a tour of the California Academy of Sciences Library, and visit rare books of early natural history illustrations. Catesby, the Temple of Flora, Frances Willughby's Ornithology, Audubon, flowers, birds, engravings... special requests welcome! No tickets needed!

We'll meet inside the rear entrance at 11 a.m., then go up with the librarian as a group. Note the Bay to Breakers may affect parking/traffic, come early. Consider sketching in the museum afterwards. See you there!

GNSI-Northern CA News

Calls for Entry into the Art of Nature Show: Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, April 9–June, 2011 were sent to chapter members. The exhibit will emphasize land plants, animals, fungi and habitats fitting the museum’s focus on terrestrial inhabitants of California, and images of specific animals are desired. 

Leadership Opportunities: Our chapter needs enthusiastic people to plan activities (exhibits, field trips, workshops, lectures).

GNSI-CA: Autumn Meeting in Monterey

Event Date: 
October 16, 2010 - 10:30am

WHEN: Saturday, October 16th, 10:30 AM

WHAT: Our featured speaker : Nancy Barr

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute Web/Print Project Manager (

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