February 14, 2009


A painting with a history was returned to its original owner when Mary Huff, a Burbank-Valley Garden Club member, presented a watercolor by the artist Jane Seymour Pinheiro to Lisa Novick, of the Theodore Payne Foundation at the garden club’s meting on Feb. 5 at Verdugo Park in Burbank.

Many works by the artist were given to the foundation in the 1950s and were sold in the early 1970s during a time of financial crisis. Huff purchased the painting at a sale and hearing recently of the foundation’s request for return of the art works for their gallery, decided to give the painting in the name of the garden club.


Pinheiro painted California native flowers in the 1940s and was honored to have her name on the Jane Pinheiro Interpretive Center at the Poppy Reserve Center in Lancaster.

The Burbank-Valley Garden Club meets at 10 a.m. every first Thursday of the month at the Verdugo Park Assembly Building, 700 N. California St. There are no meetings during the months of July and August.

Informative speakers on a variety of topics related to gardening are part of the garden club’s regular meetings. The topic at the next regular meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m. March 5, is “Fun with Flowers: Making Leis.” The presenter is Mariann Atkins of Ivy’s Flower Station.

The club also has an annual fundraising workshop in the fall. The type of workshop planned varies each year. The club schedules workshops that are of interest to experienced gardeners as well as novice gardeners.

The club has a bus tour scheduled on April 2 to the Los Angeles County Arboretum in Arcadia. The cost of the tour is $15. For more information, call Grace Davis at (818) 848-0313.


Las Candelas members are finalizing plans for their biennial fashion show luncheon on March 2 at the Marriott Hotel Burbank. Reception begins at 10:45 a.m. followed by luncheon at 11:45.

There is a buzz about the two new designers making their debut in this show, Kevin Hall and Wayne Kastning from Melrose Alley. This is a new fashion district centered in the ivy-covered boutiques of Melrose Heights.

Hall is an Oscar and Emmy red carpet designer, and Kastning has designed fashions to four first ladies as well as many other influential women.

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