Mission Statement

The Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists is an open and diverse group of artists, collectors and admirers who share a love for the practice and perpetuation of botanical art and illustration with a fond focus on plants in the Rocky Mountain Region.
We encourage and participate in educational outreach, juried and non-juried exhibits, lectures, workshops and regular chapter meetings. The RMSBA is proud to be the very first chapter affiliation of the international organization, the American Society of Botanical Artists.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Temperature tops century-mark, Coors Field melts down

Bastille Day is Thursday, July 14, France fans! Happy revolution anniversary.

Reminder for Meininger marker party event hosted by Winsor & Newton, featuring their new product, the Pigment Marker. The party, with music, food and swag bags, is on Thursday, July 14, 6:30 - 9:00 pm. Check your received email for the details for RMSBA.

RARE II: Imperiled Plants of Colorado is now on exhibit at Steamplant Event Center - Paquette Gallery in Salida, Colorado. Check out this link at http://salidasteamplant.com/current-art-showing-in-paquette-gallery/. The Artist Reception was July 9, with beer, wine and appetizers. Jan Boyd Haring says she saw about a dozen members (with groupies!).

The 20th Annual Colorado Brewers Festival and Salida's Art  Festival was also going on.

Papermaking Workshop reminder. Judy Vanderbosch is teaching a 3-Day Paper Making Workshop on August 24, 25 and 26 (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday), at her home at 6585 E Colorado Dr., Denver. During three days of working with pulp (wet mixture you create to make paper), you will prepare finished paper for printing, painting, writing and molding. You will learn how to prepare fiber to make pulp and also where to get commercially-made pulp for special paper. All supplies included, except the items mentioned in the email (check your received emails). R

Reservations and payment must be made by August 1, 2016, so supplies can be ordered. Check now to see if you can still get in!
Please email Judy Vanderbosch to secure your spot at redbudart@gmail.com, then mail your check for $100 (made out to RMSBA) to Judy Vanderbosch at 6585 E Colorado Dr, Denver, Co 80224. Her telephone number is (303) 375-7718.

The Denver Hospice Mask Project 2016 opening is September 12. RMSBA members who participated in the project are mentioned at http://www.themaskproject.org/about-the-masks/the-artists/. Congratulations go to Susan Fisher and Mary Clark, who have their masks featured on the preview page at http://www.themaskproject.org/about-the-masks/the-masks/
Starting September 12, 2016, a month-long gallery in the Kaiser Permanente Grand Court of Cherry Creek Shopping Center will showcase 500 decorated masks. This year marks the 18th anniversary of the founding of The Mask Project and the 10th year of the gallery and auction. The biennial internationally-known fundraiser features hand-painted works from fine artists, musicians, athletes, celebrities, business leaders and more. An online auction is featured, and best-selling author Mitch Albom will speak at a special luncheon on September 28. Luncheon tickets and unique sponsorship opportunities are available now, but they’re going fast!

To date, The Mask Project has raised more than $4.5 million to assist The Denver Hospice to care for all people in metro Denver. Please join TDH this year — as an artist, a volunteer, a bidder, a benefactor or a luncheon attendee — to help create better end-of-life experiences for our Colorado community. For tickets and sponsorships. Go to www.TheMaskProject.org.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

“Wildflower explosion in Golden Gate Canyon State Park”

That’s what the Ranger said and she was right! Shooting Stars, Calypso (Fairy Slipper) orchids, Golden Banner, Penstemons, Loco-weeds, all the usual suspects, and a few new ones. Go to the mountains, around the 7700-foot elevation. About anywhere up there will be all color all day.

Women in Art are getting some face-time in Denver. The Denver Art Museum has the Women in Abstract Expressionism show and Valkarie Gallery has Realist Women:

Happy Birthday on Monday, Us! Get the brats and the beer ready, get out your old Army T-shirt (OK, Navy, USMC, Air Force, Coast Guard, Forest Service, etc.) and celebrate Independence Day!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Last Days of Spring

Summer Solstice Monday, June 20. At 1:00 pm MDT, the shadows of objects will be at their shortest lengths, making plants, and all else, more difficult to draw en plein air than when the sun angle is lower.

Summer BBBQ (backyard Bar-Be-Que) will be at Vanessa Martin’s house on Sunday, June 26. Mark your calendars now and start dreaming up scrumptious side dishes and whatnot. Copious details will follow in a few days. Bring your spouse, bring a prospective member, bring fun!

New Product Event! Meininger's is providing the venue for an (invitation only) event hosted by manufacturer Winsor & Newton featuring their new product, the Pigment Marker. The party, with music, food, and swag bags, is set for Thursday, July 14, 6:30-9:00 pm (that’s Bastille Day, French Revolution buffs!). The hosts are inviting interested members of the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists. Please use the link to the Winsor-Newton Pigment Marker (www.winsornewton.com/na/pigment-marker) to clue you in on this product, if you haven't heard about it yet. Please note you must RSVP prior to July 6th to party@meininger.com.

RMSBA Board. Consider serving on the RMSBA Executive Committee. Positions open for 2017-2018: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and a couple other choice opportunities. Give it some serious thought: service to friends and fellow artists.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Pool’s open!

Remembering those who lost their lives in defense of their nations

Sequoia High School, Redwood City, California

Open Studio Tuesday, June 14, 9am - 12n at Valkarie Gallery, 445 S Saulsbury, Lakewood.

Summer BBBQ (backyard Bar-Be-Que) will be at Vanessa Martin’s house on Sunday, June 26. Mark your calendars now and start dreaming up scrumptious side dishes and whatnot. Copious details will follow in a few days. Bring your spouse, bring a prospective member, bring fun!

RARE II is dark during June, and will open in Salida on July 9. Plan a little trip.

Hey there. Your Grillmaster is calling you. Go have a brat (or a kale rib…). Enjoy the Official Start to summer.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

…and at last the Sun shone upon the Land…

Graduation Congratulations go out to the proud parents, aunts and uncles (and Grands and Greats) supporting various forms of student life this high school and college commencement season. Your persistence has paid off, and another generation has moved a tassel from right to left. Next stop: the Twilight Zone (better than your basement).

Helen Byers wants us to come to New Mexico to play and draw! She has recently joined our organization, and offers some opportunities for formal instruction in northern New Mexico.

RARE II is now receiving visitors at the Raton Museum (108 South 2nd Street, Raton, NM) through the end of the month. Go catch the show and the wildflowers.

Tryptich Gallery, Norlin Library (N345) at CU Boulder. The Shakespeare’s Bouquet exhibit is hung in this lovely space adjacent to the Rare Books Room. A life-size Flat Will is the thorn between a sweet Rosa rugosa portrait (his right hand) and an aggressive Rosa alba-Rosa gallica group portrait (his left). Do find time to visit this joint CU-SBAI event, which in August will accompany the First Folio during its stay in Boulder.

Open Studio was lots of fun. We had a little carbon dust demonstration, a trio of pears in colored pencil, lovely birds, and pencil dust generally filled the air. A quartet for lunch – a lovely second Tuesday. Join us in June. 

ArtBag Reminder. Here’s the ad. Just get one. (or two, if you need different sizes)