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.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Weird Winter Weather Persists

Renew! 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:
RENEW YOUR ASBA MEMBERSHIP or you can click on "Join/Renew Now" under "Membership" at www.asba-art.org.

Open Studio Thursday, January 12, 9 am -12 n. Please come and join us at Valkarie Gallery, 445 S. Saulsbury St, Lakewood.

RMSBA Board of Directors meets Monday, January 16, Valkarie Gallery, 445 S. Saulsbury St, Lakewood, 12 n - 2 pm. Don't forget to come...

Upcoming panel discussion offered by Friends of Painting and Sculpture (FoPAS) at the Denver Art Museum:

Exploring the Denver Art Scene: Critics, Dealers, Artists 

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 8 am – noon, Sharp Auditorium, Denver Art Museum
Reservations NOT required; No charge, open to the public, bring a friend

Three panel discussions involving local critics, dealers, and artists provide a perfect primer for the vibrant, diverse, and creative energy of Denver’s Art Scene. A unique opportunity to learn about collecting works by world-class artists of the Mile High City. Participants include Critics Kealy Boyd, Michael Paglia and Todd Silver; Dealers Tina Goodwin, owner of Goodwin Fine Art; Michael Sachs, owner of Sachs Galleries; and David Smith, owner of David B. Smith Gallery; Artists William Matthews, Daniel Sprick, Jordan Wolfson and Jane DeDecker. Moderator: Timothy J. Standring, Gates Foundation Curator of Painting and Sculpture and Chair of the Department. 

8 to 9 am            Complimentary coffee and pastries
                             (served at Mad Beans across from Hamilton building entrance)
9 to 10 am          Panel Discussion with local critics
10 to 10:15 am    Break
10:15 to 11 am   Panel Discussion with local dealers
11 am to Noon    Panel Discussion with local artists

This event is sponsored by FOPAS, a support group of the Department of Painting & Sculpture.

Reminder: An ad for an easy-to-use container for your art. Check your pricing options at the website.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Happy New Year!

Phoradendron flavescens (American mistletoe) from the Guadalupe Mountains, Texas

Get a Kiss for Good Luck.

May we prosper in 2017.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Spin dreidels, sing carols, dance skyclad, festoon defenseless trees

'Winterlude: Botanical Promises' -- a small works exhibit of botanical art subjects rendered in watercolor, oil, scratch board, graphite, colored pencil and pen and ink – continues at   Gallery Bleu, located in the lobby of the Bas Bleu Theatre, 401 Pine Street, Fort Collins, CO. The exhibit closes at the end of 2016. Nice little trip to Fort Collins; see this lovely hanging; have some holiday cheer.

Reminder for ASBA Membership Renewal link: renew (or join!) and RMSBA gets a bigger share when we all renew by the end of the year. Do find the checkbox for RMSBA; we now ask $10.00 for Chapter affiliation.

RMSBA Holiday Party was well attended and new executive committee members elected. You have chosen as your
President – Vanessa Martin will continue in office through 2017
Vice President – Eileen Richardson
Honorary Director – Susan Fisher continues
Treasurer – Ronda Ballard will continue in office through 2017; Gloria Cavalier will understudy
Secretary – Kristi Czajkowski
Exhibition Coordinator – Sharon Garrett
Communications Editor – Martha Narey will continue
Exhibitions Chairs – Irma Sturgell and Shiere Melin
Programs Coordinator – Dorothy DePaulo

These are your Directors. You can track them right down in the ASBA Member Directory to let them know what you think, what you propose, and how all of us can help make RMSBA a better organization.

Illustrator, Illuminator, and Calligrapher Renee Jorgensen, member of our fair organization, on November 27, 2016, formally unveiled a magnificent work in the Cathedral of Saint John in Denver. The “Giving Wall” replaces a number of brass plaques and Renee’s framework brings order and continuity to the list (now editable by staff) of persons who have made the Cathedral part of their estate planning. Recalling the history of the church itself and its relation to the human and natural history of Colorado, ongoing into the future, the images also are included in a coloring book to teach the Sunday school children. This permanent masterpiece will remain available for viewing, so there’s no hurry, but get thee to the Cathedral (Washington Street between 14th and 13th Avenues) and check it out. These images are courtesy of Carol Till.

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Renee at the "Giving Wall"

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A message from Ellie Levine of Phaidon Press, publisher of Plant: Exploring the Botanical World

This beautifully illustrated volume presents 300 of the most remarkable botanical images ever created, as selected by a panel of international experts including Patricia Jonas, Chair of the American Society of Botanical Artists. Hailed as “a dazzling collection…that brings the evolution of botanical art right into the 21st century” (Gardens Illustrated), Plant is poised to become a classic for botanical artists, horticulturists, home gardeners, and anyone who appreciates the breathtaking variety of the natural world.

At Phaidon, we are eager to share Plant with those in the gardening community. We would like to extend a special offer to members of the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists: 30% off + free shipping, along with a free digital preview of the book. Here is a link to the offer on our website: http://www.phaidon.com/plantoffer/.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Solstice Today 0344 MST

The Sun is directly overhead at 23.5 degrees South latitude, delivering the shortest period of daylight in the Northern Hemisphere. The nights get shorter after this, until June 21.

Enjoy the first day of Winter.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Broncos lose yet another night game – but it was exciting

'Winterlude: Botanical Promises' Christmas Reception this Friday evening, December 2, 5 to 7 p.m. at Gallery Bleu in Fort Collins, CO.  'Winterlude' is a small works exhibit of botanical art subjects rendered in watercolor, oil, scratch board, graphite, colored pencil and pen and ink.  Gallery Bleu is located in the lobby of the Bas Bleu Theatre, 401 Pine Street. The reception is held in concert with the monthly First Friday Art Walk in Fort Collins. Light refreshments as well as complimentary wine and a beer will be served. The exhibit closes at the end of December. Let’s all go up to Fort Collins and see this lovely hanging and encourage the artists.