Mission Statement

Founded in 1997, the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists (RMSBA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is the first regional chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA).

The Society is dedicated to promoting public awareness of contemporary botanical art, honoring its traditions and furthering its development. It is open to all, artists and art patrons alike. We believe that by joining together, we foster increased awareness and appreciation for this beautiful art form. It is our goal to educate the public about botanical art, support the artist creating these works, and support awareness of plants place in the world, and their environmental challenges with a special focus on plants in peril.

These artworks are realistic portrayals of plants, their flowers, fruiting bodies, seeds, roots and pollinators. Each piece is scientifically accurate, insuring all aspects are true reflections of the plant portrayed. Modern elements of of light, depth, composition and increased 3-dimensionality grow the tradition. The resulting renderings are exquisitely detailed, able to illustrate far more detail than found in photographs.

Work is presented in all 2-dimensional media, including ink, watercolor, gouache, scratchboard, acrylics, oils, graphite, carbon and colored pencil, excluding photos and computer generated images. Sculpture that meets scientific accuracy is welcome.

We are in an era of resurgence of interest in botanial art. These artists produce images that seamlessly blend old traditions and new, scientfic facts with contemporary creative arts, resulting in works that bloom gracefully and endlessly.



Tuesday, September 2, 2014

In Just 121 Days All This Can Be YOURS!

Time flies. We NEED a new Blogmeister! Libby has produced and managed our blog for the last 3 years, and it's time for a break! However, she's happy to shepherd a new Blogmeister into easy and fun understanding and use of the blog design tools provided by Blogger, and to provide some ideas for future interesting and informative spots on the blog to get our new leader started. Click HERE to contact the Blogmeister herself. You're going to love this adventure!

Monday, August 25, 2014

High on Botanicals - Exhibit This Friday, Pick-up On Saturday.

This exhibit closes August 29th.  The feedback I have received was all very complimentary.  I believe some bin work was sold but as of today no original works were sold. We need to pick up our framed and bin work on Saturday August 30th between 11 AM - 4 PM.  I know some of you have already made arrangements for others to pick up your work.  If you are not able to pick up your art you must make arrangements for someone else to get it as the gallery owner does not have the space to store it.  

I will be at the gallery for a few hours to assist. Let me know if you have any questions.  Thank you all for your participation, I am looking forward to our next show.

Inspiration

Yes, we've had several days where the sun wasn't shining every minute. As Coloradans we simply expect better. To lift your spirits and give you inspiration, check out this amazing site by clicking HERE   to see some 'tunnels' you won't believe.

Incredible Tree Tunnel in the Netherlands 12 Amazing Tree Tunnels You Should Definitely Take A Walk Through
Tree Tunnel in the Netherlands

Friday, August 22, 2014

You NEED to Join This Party!

Check out our chief carpenters Becky Hall and Vanessa Martin, as they prepare treats for the ASBA Conference attendees! Sawdust and all, they're having a party! You can help too, on September 6, 2014, when they'll need our help to stamp and finish these favors. Contact Vanessa HERE and let her know you'll be there at 10 AM on Saturday, September 6, 2014, to give her and Becky a much needed hand in finishing work.

Who ARE these masked creators?!!!

Vanessa and Becky are 'hard' at work as is obvious from their enormous smiles.

Last Chance for High on Botanicals Fast Approaching

 
This terrific exhibit closes after the 28th of August. Don't miss seeing the work of fellow members at this neat gallery. You can contact Square Deal Gallery HERE for more information.
 
 
 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Changes and Excitement and HELP!

Well, the ASBA Conference is on its way to Denver, and there are 204 registrants! Amazing!


We're so excited to present our Botanical Art with Altitude event for the ASBA. And so excited to find so many people will be here to share it.

So, to accommodate upcoming Conference needs, the following changes have been made:

The August Member Meeting is CANCELLED. It WAS scheduled for Labor Day weekend, which will limit participation.

It has been MOVED to SEPTEMBER 6, 2014 at 10 AM, at Vanessa Martin's home. She and Becky Hall have been working over the summer to create the favor for each registered participant at the Conference. Now, they need help. At this meeting, members will help sand, stamp and finish (spray coat) the items in Vanessa's back yard.

Come in old clothes, bring a sack lunch, roll up your sleeves and jump in! The favors are made from beetle-kill wood, and you're gonna love them, but we don't want to spoil the surprise for attendees by posting the details here. If work is not finished on the 6th, we'll be looking for folks to help on the 7th. Job needs to be finished up, and we can't do it without you!

Please contact Vanessa HERE to let her know you'll be there, and for driving instructions if you need them.

THANK YOU in advance. This will be fun, and you will love the items we're working on.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Exhibition Opportunity!

 

Dichelostemma volubile, by Joan Keesey
Dichelostemma volubile and Madia elegans.
© Joan Keesey

The California Native Plant Society believes that including the arts in the statewide conservation conference is a critical component in fomenting a greater appreciation of California’s unique flora. We are pleased to announce this botanical art exhibition. The California Native Plant Society believes that including the arts in the statewide conservation conference is a critical component in fomenting a greater appreciation of California’s unique flora. We are pleased to announce this botanical art exhibition.
Prizes
First Place - $500
Second Place - $300
Third Place - $200
All winning entries and the Conference Choice entry will be published in the
CNPS publication, Fremontia.
Exhibition Calendar
Nov. 1Deadline for receipt of images
Nov. 30Selection Results mailed
Jan. 10Deadline for shipped artwork to be received
Jan. 11Deadline for hand-carried artwork
Jan. 14Exhibition opens
Jan. 17Exhibition open to the public. Exhibition closes at 3:00 PM. Pick-up until 5:00 PM.
Jan. 20Artwork shipped back to artists
For information about this exhibition, please click HERE:

 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

In Just 141 Days, All THIS can be YOURS!

Or at least, it can be yours on behalf of your fellow members at RMSBA. We are looking for a new Blogmeister! Libby has produced and managed our blog for the last 3 years, and it's time for a break! However, she's happy to shepherd a new Blogmeister into easy and fun understanding and use of the blog design tools provided by Blogger, and to provide some ideas for future interesting and informative spots on the blog to get our new leader started.

You'll learn how to quickly and easily add TEXT! You can format and finesse it to your heart's content.
TEXT text TeXtInG text-ify TEXT


 You'll learn about using images!  Big and bold,

 
delicate, 


 black and white,
 
 
or with colored backgrounds,  
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You can create links to take people to places you want to SHARE, or that are IMPORTANT to our members, or that are just plain FUN. (Hint: click on each blue word to find something Libby wants to share, thinks is important, or is just plain fun. That's how links work! Isn't that easy!)

What do you need to help you decide if you want to start this blog adventure? A computer! Internet connection! Image program - like Photoshop Basics or any bitmap image management program! Your current Blogmeister has used CorelDraw's PhotoPaint for all the blog entries she's completed, and any image program can size a picture for use in the blog.

If you've wanted to have your own blog or web page, and didn't really have a starting place, this site is a perfect place to learn the basics of creating a presence online. Now's your chance for guided entry to a really fun process.

So, the countdown has begun!!! There are 141 days left until the end of the year. Just think of all  you can learn during this time to become the NEW & IMPROVED RMSBA Blogmeister. To get started, just click HERE and Libby will give you the details. Hurry! This opportunity won't last forever. I mean, it'll last for 141 days and counting down, which may seem like forever, but we all know the winter holidays are galloping towards us. Act now!
 

Class Opportunity for Fall


And remember, if you have a class offering you think your fellow members would be interested in, don't hesitate to send them HERE, and we'll get them posted.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Don't Miss RMSBA's Exhibit High on Botanicals Currently on Display at Square Deal Gallery

This lovely exhibit opened 15 July, with the opening reception on July 19. Square Deal Gallery is located at 1460 South Colorado Boulevard, Denver, CO, just next to Black Eyed Pea Restaurant on the east side of the Boulevard. Here are some images to whet your appetite! Many of the artworks are for sale!

Catalpa speciosa, colored pencil, Vanessa Martin
 
Vanessa supplied the images below of the exhibit setting. Nice work!

 

 

 

 

 

Linden Branch, colored pencil on film, Vanessa Martin

Showy Milkweed pods, water color, Vanessa Martin



Prairie Trek a Real Treat

The July Member Meeting last Sunday was a special tour of the Plains Conservation Center Short-grass Prairie. With an early start, participants had a full day to get to know the high plains short grass ecosystem. Susan Fisher tells us:

"What a trip. The flowers were beautiful: Bush Morning Glory and the white Evening Star are pictured below. We learned about the KT Event - very interesting, had a terrific lunch under the shade of cottonwoods and greeted bison (lot's of 'em) from our open air range wagon."

Susan shares some pix she took along the way.

Orientation and history start the day at 8:30 AM!!
 

Bush Morning Glory
 

Artists who are outstanding in their field...


White Evening Star
All images by Susan Fisher
 

Wild in the City Opening Tomorrow Evening

You won't want to miss this opening! Here are the details, and few images to encourage you! And remember, you can click on any image for a larger version. See you there!

 
 
 
 
Western Painted Turtle, colored pencil on Mylar, Heidi Snyder
 
 

 
Meadow, colored pencil on Mylar, Heidi Snyder

 
Egret and Shore Birds, colored pencil on Mylar, Heidi Snyder
 
 

 
Black Hooded Night Heron, colored pencil, Dorothy DePaulo