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.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Weird Winter Weather

RARE II in Pueblo. Our traveling show has moved! We'll have the Artists’ Reception Friday, February 5, 4:30 – 7 pm, at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center, 210 N Santa Fe, Pueblo. Please come on down and see how the new venue shows off our exhibit. Meet a few friends and fans.



2016 Artists in Residence project at Cherokee Ranch and Castle, Sedalia, CO
This year the RMSBA is the featured Artist in Residence at the Cherokee Ranch and Castle, on spectacular Cherokee Ridge near Sedalia, Colorado. Beginning in March and continuing through autumn, members can participate in scheduled twice-monthly opportunities to hike the grounds, take reference photos, sketch, draw, and paint the interesting and beautiful plants. Each session will feature a special guide to take you to different areas of the Ranch, and a botanical map showing where particular plants of interest reside and what they look like.
In addition to access to the great outdoor scenery and foliage, we hope that the Castle itself may make available a small space for a learning studio to demonstrate useful techniques and discuss our experiences on the grounds. The Colorado Plein Aire artists come twice monthly to CR&C to paint the incredible scenery, so RMSBA members will be able to interact with those landscape artists during the joint visits.
In December, this three-season exploration of the large and small in the Cherokee Ridge landscape culminates in a grand art show at the Castle for the holidays. The exhibit will display all Cherokee Ranch artists’ works done in 2016, including plein aire, photographic, and botanical art contributions.
This opportunity is free to RMSBA members. As the ground thaws, you will be able to use the Cherokee Ranch and Castle website to sign-up for each particular session… details coming. We anticipate a wonderful experience for all who join in.
A schedule of all sessions for the year will soon be available. Here are the first few sessions to add to your calendar: March 2, 16, 30; April 13, 27; all sessions are 9 am - 4 pm.
For any questions, please contact Kirk Pfeffer at kirk.pfeffer@comcast.net.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Stock Show Opens

Deadline Looms! Renew your membership by January 16, 2016! Don’t forget to add the $10 for RMSBA, and to check the box for our Chapter. At the end of this month, members who haven’t renewed will lose access to gallery pages or teacher listings displayed online, and access to the ASBA journal online, until dues are paid. Don’t risk not getting the Journal in the mail.

Use this handy Link to get yourself renewed: 
or you can click on "Join/Renew Now" under "Membership" at www.asba-art.org.



Artists in August at LOWRY! Revised Artist Sign-up

RMSBA encourages members to participate in local artistic events, of course, so check out this announcement for a show this summer, information made available by Mary Clark. The Lowry Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization committed to enhancing the public spaces through programs of artistic, cultural, educational, historical, recreational and scientific value.

       August 27, 2016 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
       Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum
       7711 East Academy Blvd, Denver, CO 80230


Some RMSBA members might want to show/sell art here. It may seem like a long way off, but interested folks should apply to reserve a spot. All artists 18 years and older are welcome to apply, especially artists with any connection to the Lowry community, whether residing or working within the boundaries of Lowry or any former service personnel who served at Lowry to apply.

Details available here on the Blog under Exhibits.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Happy New Year

Open Studio for January 12 is postponed to Thursday, January 14, due to availability. Please come if you can rework your schedules.

RMSBA Board of Directors meets Monday, January 11, at Hooked on Colfax, 11 - 2. Don't forget to come...

From the Feb./Mar./2016 Professional Artist Magazine: An ad for an easy-to-use container for your art. After packing up the exhibit at ACAD to get it to Cherokee Ranch this looks like a really great solution. Check your pricing options at the website.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Good Solstice to You

Don’t forget the Holiday Party. Sunday, December 27, 1-4 pm. Hosted by Wendy Peterson, 58 Golden Eagle Rd, Greenwood Village, CO. Bring a light snack to share. Bring artwork to show, too.

Board/Executive Committee Meeting January 11, 11-2, Hooked on Colfax, 3213 E Colfax Av, Denver.

Flora of the National Parks   Exhibit Dates: February 18 - October 2, 2016
United States Botanical Gardens Conservatory West Gallery


To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, this exhibit showcases plant species and communities of the more than 400 national parks. From giant redwoods and aspen forests to imperiled ornamental shrubs and water lilies, the parks represent the diversity of North American flora. Both illustrations and photographs guide your tour of the beauty and importance of the American flora. This exhibit used digital images to make prints for the exhibit and does not incorporate original artwork.

Vanessa Martin, Susan Rubin, and Connie Sayas are representing RMSBA in this national show. If other members are in the exhibit, send me the images to post here, subject line “Please post NBG show image.”

Susan Rubin Rosa woodsii   
Vanessa Martin Astragalus humillimus 




Connie Sayas Calochortus gunnisonii



















Their exquisite pieces make your editor regret not submitting Phoradendron flavescens “American mistletoe” and Arbutus texana “Texas madrone” from the Guadalupe Mountains NP, even though they were tiny miniatures. Those drawings provided fodder for two years’ holiday cards, anyway.