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.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

What was that cloud yesterday?

Reminder – Members meeting Saturday at Koelbel Library from 11-1 pm, April 23, 2016.  Besides membership updates, we have guest speaker Susan Panjabi from the Colorado Natural Heritage Program to discuss additional illustration opportunities. Also, we have a guest speaker from Cherokee Ranch and Castle for discussion of upcoming events and a chance to ask questions.

Reminder -- Gathering of the Guilds. The event is Sunday, April 24, 10-4 pm at the Boettcher Mansion on Lookout Mountain in Golden. Attendance is free; just tell them you are a participating member. This event is a lot of fun, and worth the drive on a lovely Sunday.


RARE II opens in Raton, New Mexico.

Pack your bags, artists! The Reception is April 30, 3 – 5 pm, 108 South Second Street, Raton, NM. The exhibit will show until May 28, 2016. You folks from south of Monument Pass do have a much shorter drive so go visit the neighbors. Among the local attractions is Climax Canyon Park, where there is an exposure of the Iridium layer marking the K-T boundary and demarcating the extinction of the dinosaurs.



Folsom, NM, homeplace of the Folsom Point (and its culture) and Sugarite State Park are off to the northeast, while Capulin National Volcanic Monument is a few miles east. 


Sunday, April 10, 2016

A Little Catching Up

Executive Committee/Board meets Monday, April 11, 11 am – 2 pm, Hooked on Colfax.

Open Studio Tuesday, April 12, 9 am – 1 pm, Valkarie Gallery, 465 S Saulsbury, Lakewood.

We Love Publicity! A message from Teresa Burkert:


If you have not yet seen it, on page 5 of the April 2016 issue of Colorado Gardener (free at garden centers) there is a very nice paragraph about RARE II under the heading Exhibitions! I am not sure whom to thank or congratulate for getting this information in there so I am sending this for the Blog. Happy Spring!!

Friday, April 1, 2016

It’s April Already, No Foolin’

Arts Afield: This just in from Jan Boyd-Haring.

Hi. I promised Vanessa I would create a fantastic masterpiece from this road grader sitting behind the corrals at Cherokee Castle and Ranch. We thought we could entice other artists to partake in the adventures awaiting them at Cherokee.  

It turns out this machine has a story: An Austin-Western from the 1950s, it has Green Mountain Falls Municipal stickers on each side. I showed this to a friend who owns heavy equipment and is local to Green Mountain Falls. He says his dad, who also ran heavy equipment, sold it to Green Mountain Falls years ago; GMF rolled it and crushed the cab. Our friend, who is 60, was not old enough to remember, but he does remember pictures of the unfortunate mishap hanging in the fire station. This explains the red machine with a sky blue cab. So pretty I had to paint it!

Thanks, Jan. Nothing could be prettier on April Fools’ Day.

Executive Committee Meeting Reminder: Monday, April 11, at Hooked on Colfax, 11 am.

A Link from GNSI: Check out the pollinator portrait by Vladimir Nabokov, Butterfly Illustrator at http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/vladimir-nabokov-butterfly-illustrator. Who knew there was a book out called Nabokov’s Butterflies?!?

Call for Entries: Smithtown Township Arts Council seeks entries for juried fine art exhibition “Of a Botanical Nature” at the Mills Pond Gallery. A call for original artwork that reflects the beauty and uniqueness of flora (realistic or representational style). Plants and all aspects of plant development such as seed pods, leaves, fruits, and flowers are appropriate. All media considered except photography and computer generated art. Entry deadline May 12, 2016. Exhibit dates June 18 –July 20, 2016. Juror: Wendy Hollender. Open to local and national artists. Prospectus at http://www.stacarts.org/exhibits or email gallery@stacarts.org.  660 Route 25A, St. James, NY 11780.  (631) 862-6575. gallery@stacarts.org  $45/3 entries. Cash Awards 1st, 2nd place.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Openings and Shows and Gatherings

We have a number of topics and upcoming events for you to watch for and participate in. Here is a brief summary of things to come.

Winterlude: Botanical Promises – New 2016 exhibit for RMSBA members only- Call for Entry will be coming soon!

Gathering of the Guilds. RMSBA has been invited again to this year’s annual Gathering of the Guilds. The event is Sunday, April 24th, 10-4 pm at the Boettcher Mansion on Lookout Mountain in Golden. Attendance is free; just tell them you are a participating member. For those of who might be interested in selling your artwork or merchandise, please contact Vanessa Martin at martin.vanessa655@gmail.com.










April membership meeting reminder. Please note that the meeting is on Saturday, April 23rd from 11-1 pm at Koelbel Library in Centennial  The Agenda will include general  updates and an open discussion on the opportunities and events planned this year at the Cherokee Ranch and Castle. A guest speaker from Cherokee Ranch is planned. Members who have already gone and participated in Arts Afield will share their experience.

Arts Afield offering from the Prez. Vanessa Martin shares this lovely sketch from the aboriflora at the Cherokee Ranch, where RMSBA is the Artist-in-Residence. Sign up at the website, go sketch, send me a picture at narey46@hotmail.com, and I’ll post yours!

Distilled at Spark Gallery. RMSBA (and CPSA) member Susan Rubin explores the botanicals involved in intoxicants in a Mo’Print Denver-themed show combining Polaroid transfer monoprint techniques with her exquisite colored pencil renderings. It’s a beautiful exhibit and a lot of fun. Get yourself to 9th and Santa Fe in Denver. Cheers!

Pressing Matters at ASLD reception. Mo’ about Mo’ Prints: Three RMSBA members are represented in this prestigious exhibit at the Art Students League of Denver, 2nd and Sherman in Denver. They are our own Carol Till, Susan Fisher, and Vanessa Martin! Come see how they’re hung.














Carol herself did not send me a selfie...


Call for candidates to sit on the Executive Committee. If you are interested in becoming a board member, we seek candidates to fill 2017-2018 positions. You are invited to come to the board meeting on April 11th from 11-2 pm at Hooked on Colfax, and see the inner workings of our executive committee.  

Friday, March 11, 2016

It’s Still Winter, but Here Come Early Buds

Artists in Residence at Cherokee Ranch are noticing a few things during their visits. Here we see a bobcat and she sure looks preggers to me! More bobcats coming soon to CRC. Be sure to sign up for your turn at the CRC website.














Artistic Coincidence. On March 18 Tam O’Neill is hosting a reception at her gallery (Tam O’Neill Fine Arts, 311 Detroit, Denver) featuring original Karl Blossfeldt botanical photos. The March ASBA Journal just featured him in the inside back cover!


Mo’Prints in Denver. Three of our members RMSBA members (Carol Till, Susan Fisher, and Vanessa Martin) are showing at the Art Students League's Regional Pressing Matters exhibit, juried by the prestigious Master Printer, Bud Shark. Reception Saturday, March 12, at 5:30.

Carol is on the Mo'Print Committee and is very excited to see intersections between botanical art and printmaking