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.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Now that Summer's Finally Here

June 28 Meeting
We meet Sunday, June 28 at 1:00 at Cherokee Castle and Ranch, 6113 Daniels Park Rd, Sedalia, CO 80135.

Bring a draft of your artist statement with brief pertinent bio, and if you are a RARE II exhibitor, a statement about the plant(s) you researched and portrayed. It is fervently to be hoped that we can benefit from some guidance in the experiences of others in preparing these statements. Bring your suggestions to help plan an on-line workshop about this: What do you need?


A book-signing opportunity with Dorothy DePaulo and Heidi Syder (“Wild in the City”) seems to be in the offing. Maybe a brief tour of the Castle… 

 “Wicked” Reminder
Sharon Eaton, tender of the “Wicked” entries, gently reminds entrants that entry forms and fees are due August 1, 2015. She sent pertinent forms by e-mail, along with a request that you describe the wickedness your plant manifests, so it can be noted on your artwork’s ID plaque.
If you would like to hand-deliver your completed forms and fee, bring them to our meeting this Sunday at the Cherokee Ranch and Castle in Sedalia, or to our July 28th meeting at Hudson Gardens. If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact her: e-mail racereaton@aol.com, or call 571-225-1617.

Note that the Wicked exhibit will move to the Cherokee Castle and Ranch after closing at the Aurora venue. You lucky people! On weekends open to the public.

Open Press workshop – etching alternative using Solarplate TM

Yes! Another printmaking workshop at Open Press with instructor Mark Lunning. This workshop will be about using SolarplateTM, a simple approach and safer alternative to traditional etching and relief printing. All material will be provided; everyone will have 3 finished plates and many prints to take away. 

The workshop meets 4 consecutive Wednesdays, beginning on July 15th from 1-5pm; second class is July 22nd 1-5pm, third class is July 29th 1-5pm, and the last class is August 5th 1-5pm. Cost is $250.00, a great price with all materials provided. The maximum number of participants is 8, so please act quickly to secure a spot.  If interested, contact Vanessa Martin at martin.vanessa655@gmail.com to sign up. 

Head for the Hills




The wildflower season has begun at last – which may comfort us to know as we gaze upon the recidivist wreckage accompanying the very unsettled weather. We found these at Alderfer-Three Sisters JOSP 
 



and these on the Bear Creek – Clear Creek divide


this past week or so, so weep not for your tame ornamentals, and get up there for some plein aire or some reference photoacquisition. It looks like a Banner year.

Member Blog Posts
Members, are you aware that among the many benefits of being an RMSBA member is access to the Blog? We crave to know what members are doing outside of RMSBA activities, so herein lies your opportunity to let your fellow artists know of your upcoming event. Submit a post for the RMSBA blog to announce personal botanically-related events! 

Send all submissions by e-mail to the Blog editor at rmsbartists@blogspot.com. Please include at least one pictorial image (max 300 dpi .jpg or .png, 6" on longest side). Allow 7 days delay for posting.  Your Blog editor retains the right to reject inappropriate material, and will edit submissions for clarity and brevity.

Respect for member privacy requires that all of us not use the member roster (or the received “cc:” list) for any e-mail announcements other than RMSBA/ASBA-related information.   

Open Studio June 9
Atendees agreed to recommend to RMSBA that we follow the example at CSU and adopt as our standard reference the May 2015 publication Flora of Colorado by Jennifer Ackerfield to replace the now-dated Weber classical reference. A digital version (free download) is forthcoming.

RMSBA Board Meeting June 8

We met, we argued, we plotted your fate… We agreed to commit the association to a couple of future projects, for which details will be forthcoming. Your Board members are always open to your suggestions and comments.

Monday, June 15, 2015

A Special Invitation

The Denver Hospice invites and encourage RMSBA members to paint a mask for The Denver Hospice 2016 fundraiser. While not an official RMSBA function, this is still a worthy opportunity to do a good thing and get exposure.

 The Denver Hospice, a non-profit patient care organization which cares for end-of-life, terminal individuals in the Denver metro area and surrounding communities, holds a major fundraiser every two years called "The Mask Project" and is reaching out to new artists who might be interested in participating. The next event will be the Fall of 2016; a final date has yet to be determined.


Each mask is an oval-shaped form made of clay. TDH usually asks local Denver folks to pick up the mask if possible, as this helps minimize costs; however, if this is not practical, they are happy to mail one to you at no charge. Once the mask has been finished, they do ask that you cover the costs of returning the mask to them. If artists prefer to drop off completed masks in person, they are welcome to do so. Please submit masks to the TDH Administrative office located at 501 South Cherry Street, Suite 700, Denver, CO 80246 at the corner of Virginia Avenue and Cherry Street (east side of Colorado Boulevard).

Any members interested in participating should contact Kristen Tucker, Special Events Manager who is in charge of "The Mask Project," at her direct number 303-780-4517; her email is ktucker@care4denver.org.  She will assign a mask to an artist. The deadline to complete the mask is September 18, 2015. Website: www.thedenverhospice.org.  



Contact Vanessa Martin (martin.vanessa655@gmail.com) if you have any questions.

Monday, June 8, 2015

June Open Studio

Open Studio 9am – 1 pm, Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at Valkarie Gallery & Studio, 445 South Saulsbury Street, Lakewood.

Bring your projects, your sketch ideas, artistic problems and solutions, new materials you are trying out, frustrations you need to vent re:same, and so forth.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Are we still on for 300 days of sunshine?

May 24 meeting: Cherokee Castle Tour



Close to 25 people showed up for the tour, amazing for a holiday weekend.  A number of family members came along. The view from the back terrace is breathtaking, you can see from Pikes Peak to Boulder flatirons. At this point, we are scheduled to exhibit Wicked Plants (2015) and RARE II (2017) at the Castle. Plans are in place for the Castle to host a RMSBA artist in residence program in 2016, details to be announced later.





Wildflower Report! [Don’t get your hopes up]

Saturday, May 30, I visited the meadow at the head of Witter Gulch Road at the intersection of CO 103 (Squaw Pass Road, Mt Evans…) to check on the wild iris and the shooting stars I’ve often found there. Surprise! Upper Bear Creek and the steep road to the meadow displayed only dandelions. A quick retreat to Evergreen and up to Alderfer-Three Sisters Park to have a look at the iris in the meadow, where we found – a few dandelions. Maybe next week…

Too much water

The recent rains have left the water in the South Platte River very high in Fort Morgan, as I found on a visit to Riverside Park there on Sunday. The water surface still is very near the bridge understructure, and the sandbars are covered completely. Gnat- and fly-catchers wait on line for another pass at the bugfest. The high velocity and tremendous force of the river are causing bank damage: the irregular black lines show where the pavement is collapsing along with the banks on the perimeter trail in the park. Guess what we found blooming? Dandelions. And a few lanky, tiny-yellow-flowered creatures I can’t identify. The wild rose hedge is really nice, though.



Supercell storms
Let us not dwell on the results of the unfortunate hailstorm that struck my Denver yard without provocation the night of June 4, leaving many dismembered rose blossoms and shredded iris and other wreckage in its wake. It could have been worse. We hope your plants have been spared the worst of the whirlwind and iceballs.


Monday, May 25, 2015

RARE II

Signed, Sealed, Delivered, and on the Walls!


RARE II opened May 16 in Durango at Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College. The heavens wept with joy. The student staff provided refreshments, sweet and savory. Dignitaries spoke and visitors attended. Artists and groupies admired their works.
Jo Childers starts the tour






Carefully chosen enlargements of paintings introduced the exhibit. The gallery space is open and beautiful, and we were thrilled to be accompanied by lovely objects from the Basketry and Beadwork collections. What a wonderful hanging!
Helen Smithwick and visitors
Gallery context



Posters also supported the exhibit of 40 botanical paintings: seven story boards tell of artists’ experiences and journeys (thanks to Patti Hearn) and two composite maps encourage visitors to consider the challenges posed by environment and human pressure (thanks to Martha Narey).























An after-party hosted by RARE Queen Sharon Garrett brought out the very best in everyone, including a rare appearance by the ReJeCTs [Retired Jeffco Classroom Teachers], who wrote a song in our honor, which Dorothy DePaulo proclaimed “the nicest thing anyone’s ever done for us.”

You can sing along, to the tune of “The Streets of Laredo” (some of you may recall the Smothers Brothers’ rendition…)
     As I walked out on the streets of Durango
     I saw some young artists with works of their own:
     Botanical pieces, meticulous detail.
     They worked long, hard hours, left Partners alone.

     They dug up rare plants, and they copied from photos,    
     Right under Vanessa(the President)’s nose.
     Half wanted to quit and the others said “F**k it!
     We’re not getting paid, and this earthy s**t blows!”

     Here’s to the artists: They suffered, they conquered.
     Hooray for the art show! Now, let’s have a toast!

 The ReJeCTs gave us a grand send-up (lyrics & vocals by Jo Childers & Andrea Waner, supporting vocals by Pam McClelland & Lynn Horseman); Vanessa & Jan nearly croaked laughing, while Dorothy & Sharon were moved to tears. I expect at least one of them will have posted an iVideo to YouTube by now… maybe we’ll post one here.)

Jan Haring, Dorothy DePaulo, Vanessa Martin
Grouping of four on Ginger Root
Our Host Director & Dorothy Depaulo






 
 

 More pictures to follow -- send me yours!