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.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Great leaf colors everywhere this season!

Along Cimarron Ridge near Montrose
A Small Good Thing Reception Tonight. Join us today, September 30, 5:30 – 7 pm at the Cherokee Ranch and Castle for the Artist Reception and fundraiser for the Can Do Foundation.  Mini castle tours before the film. Come and enjoy art work by RMSBA members. Items for purchase donated by the artists include prints and other goodies; all proceeds donated to the Can Do Foundation. Tickets $25.


Winterlude: Botanical Promises has a deadline date of October 1. That’s Saturday. Get those 12x12 entries submitted to https://onlinejuriedshows.com/ at the last possible minute.

RARE II: Imperiled Plants of Colorado hangs now in Boulder at the CU Museum of Natural History, while Shakespeare’s Bouquet hangs in CU Norlin Libraries N-345 until October 14. Get on up there and see them.















Poisons, Potions, and Panaceas hangs at the Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora until October 28. Several members have lovely works in this exhibit, all of which are worthy to be seen together.













Reminder: Open Studio is now the second Thursday of each month, next opportunity October 13, 9 am – 12 n. Come join us at Valkarie Gallery, 445 S. Saulsbury St, Lakewood, CO.







Pie Factory Pop-up Celebration for Rocky Mountain Land Library. Come to the Puritan Pie Factory (2612 Champa Street, Denver, CO) and learn more about the Headwaters to Plains Network, a trio of library/learning centers along the South Platte River, from the headwaters in South Park to the Puritan Pie Factory -- new inner-city home of a library focused on nature in the city! Find food, drink, and pie aplenty, along with music and a Silent Auction full of art and inspiration. Hear about upcoming plans and programs at the Pie Factory, and all the ways you can make the Land Library your own. Denver Water is sponsoring this event, Thursday, October 20, 2016, 5 – 9 pm. Suggested donation $25 for tickets.


Tagawa Gardens 2017. For the very long-range planners out there,
mark Saturday, July 22, 2017 on your calendars. Our show and sale will coincide with the well-attended Gardens Lavender Fields Forever event. 

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Autumnal Equinox on horizon; Get ready for more darkness than light

Winterlude: Botanical Promises has a fast-approaching deadline date of October 1. Get those entries submitted to OnlineJuriedShows at https://onlinejuriedshows.com/ any day now. Remember the 12x12 frame requirements, and make the Square of the Day.

Friday is Mexico’s Independence Day, which in 1821 celebrated a bigger place:
after events from 1823 – 1853, territory took on its present shape:
Happy 195th Birthday, neighbors!



Friday, September 2, 2016

Labor Day Weekend approaches at light speed; Taste of Colorado occupies Civic Center

Open Studio is moving to the second Thursday of each month, starting September 8, 9 am – 12 n. Come join us at Valkarie Gallery, 445 S. Saulsbury St, Lakewood, CO. Bring your problem piece, your presentation work, your media or surface challenges, your new tool, your latest project. Also your ideas and observations. See you Thursday!

About the Printmaking Workshop at Open Press. We still have seats available. This is a great opportunity for both beginners and those who have had some experience with Solarplate. Classes will meet 1 - 5 pm Tuesdays, September 6, 13, 20, and 27. This workshop is open to both beginners and those with some experience who want to learn more advanced techniques. Bring a piece of your art and make an original print! Materials provided; cost is $300.00. Only 8 participants can be accomodated, so act quickly! Contact Vanessa Martin at martin.vanessa655@gmail.com.

Less than 30 days to submit your work to Winterlude: Botanical Promises, the RMSBA Winter 2016 Show. For this juried exhibit, the entries deadline is October 1. Visit Online Juried Shows at https://onlinejuriedshows.com/ for the full Prospectus and critical dates. 

RARE II: Rare and Imperiled Plants of Colorado opens next week in Boulder at CU’s Museum of Natural History! The Artists’ Reception will be September 23, in conjunction with the meetings of the Rare Plant Conservation Initiative folks. Go visit that and, while you’re on campus, see the Shakespeare’s Bouquet exhibit in Norlin Libraries N-345.

Reminder: Evergreen Open Door Studio Tour coming up on September 17 & 18 – you can visit 34 studios and quiz captive artists! Go to http://www.evergreenopendoorstudios.com/ for more details.

Members meeting October 30, 2016, will at the Boulder Library. Plan a little trip with a friend… 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Very Interesting Weather We’re Having

Evergreen Open Door Studio Tour coming up on September 17th & 18th – you can check out all these studios and their captive artists!


About the Printmaking Workshop. We still have several seats available. This is a great opportunity for both beginners and those who have had some experience with Solarplate.

At Open Press, instructor Mark Lunning will teach us to use Solarplate, a simple approach and safer alternative to traditional etching and relief printing. The first class begins on Tuesday September 6th from 1-5 pm, second class is September 13th 1-5 pm, third class is September 20th 1-5 pm, and the last class is September 27th from 1-5 pm. This workshop is open to both beginners and those who have experience with solarplates but want to learn more advanced techniques. Bring a piece of art you have and like and make an original print!

All material will be provided; everyone will have two 4” x 5” and one 8” x 10” solarplates and three 22” x 30” sheets of 100% cotton printing paper; cost is $300.00. The maximum number of participants is 8, so please act quickly to secure a spot. If you are interested please contact Vanessa Martin at martin.vanessa655@gmail.com to sign up.


Winterlude: Botanical Promises. We have another opportunity for members to show their artistic talents. RMSBA has been invited to stage a small works exhibit at Gallery Bleu this November and December. Gallery Bleu is located in the Bas Bleu Theatre, 401 Pine Street, Fort Collins. The theme of the exhibit is Winterlude: Botanical Promises. This will be a juried exhibit; entries deadline is October 1. Online Juried Shows at https://www.onlinejuriedshows.com/ for the full Prospectus and critical dates.  

Saturday, August 27, 2016

More warm weather to come

Members meeting August 28, 1-3 pm at the Eloise May Library, 1471 S. Parker Rd., Denver, CO. This library lacks on-site cafe services so please bring your own drinks and snacks if you so desire.
The agenda: updates on ongoing projects and an open panel discussion by the Executive Committee of the results of the recent survey. If there’s time, we will view the documentary “Alan at Highgrove” as the Prince of Wales takes Alan Titchmarsh on a tour of Highgrove House.