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.

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. 

Friday, November 25, 2016

Isn’t LeftoverLand Wonderful?

Ingredients for turkey noodle soup, turkey enchiladas (these are so good!), turkey pot pie, turkey kolachis, and good ol’ hot turkey sandwiches. It’ll be gone in no time.

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


RMSBA Holiday Party 1 – 4 pm on Sunday, December 11 at Shiere Melin’s home, 8777 Gardenia Circle, Arvada, CO, (303) 718-2857. Please RSVP to shiere@mac.com before December 8th. ***New Board Members will be voted in*** Light appetizers will be provided compliments of RMSBA.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Today’s the Day – Get out and vote!

ASBA Membership Renewal is Open. Use this link to renew (or join!) and, while you’re there, make some updates to your Gallery Page. Your RMSBA gets a bigger share of the dole when we all renew before the end of the year. Be sure to find the checkbox for RMSBA; we now ask $10.00 for Chapter affiliation.


Out of the Woods: Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens. The Third New York Botanical Garden Triennial Exhibition Call for Entry is accessible through ASBA. All subject trees must be located in a public botanical garden or arboretum. Entries are being accepted now; deadline is April 28, 2017. While we have the Denver Botanic Gardens at our disposal, do not neglect our local Arboreta, including those at Regis University, the University of Denver, and Fairmount Cemetery.


ASBA is also organizing, in collaboration with the Entire Known World, an exhibition of the art of indigenous plants for a world-wide day of botanical art in 2018: Linking People to Plants through Contemporary Botanical Art. Check it out here, and start thinking about your participation.


San Mateo Marriott
Next year in California, ASBA will gather in October. Start making those plans…

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Now that the Curtain has closed once more…

Winterlude: Botanical Promises opens tomorrow, November 4, at Gallery Bleu, Bas Bleu Theater, 401 Pine Street, Fort Collins, CO. The Artists’ Opening Reception is from 5 – 7 pm. We can expect great things from the Exhibit Chairs, Sharon Eaton and Patti Hearn, and the Curator, Mary McCauley, who will have labored mightily to design and hang the exhibit. Prints, cards, and other artistic outputs from the exhibitors are available. Please be there to congratulate the artists and the designers! 

If you can’t make it this week, come to the December 2 Artist Reception. Both the opening and the holiday receptions will coincide with Fort Collins Art Walks.

New book from University of Chicago Press. Botanical and scientific posters once adorned the walls of America’s classrooms. Here’s a new compendium.



Artist-in-Residence programs in the National Parks. In mid to late November, the US National Parks post announcements for their AIR opportunities. Usually applications are due in mid to late December. The US Park Service oversees more than 400 locations, and many of these offer such opportunities. Check with the particular site that interests you (Mesa Verde NP, Homestead NM, etc.) for the latest information.






RMSBA Board meeting November 7, 11 am - 2 pm, at Hooked on Colfax, 3213 E. Colfax Ave, Denver.



Saturday, October 29, 2016

Happy Halloween ends this month, Dia de los Muertos starts the next!

The Sun - October 2014 --No foolin'!

Meeting Tomorrow! Members meet October 30 from 1 – 3 pm at the Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Av, Boulder (free parking on Sundays, Library CafĂ© on site). Agenda items:
-Update on current affairs
Selling RARE II catalogs
-Winterlude  - Sharon Eaton and Patti Hearn
-Tagawa Nursery – Patti Hearn
-Cannabis exhibit – Vanessa Martin
-RARE II – Sharon Garrett
-Can Do update 
-Cherokee Ranch and Castle – Vanessa Martin
-ASBA conference highlights by those who showed up
-Shout out congratulations to Susan Fisher! Her "Cabbage" was purchased for the Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation permanent collection.
-Rocky Mountain Land Library - Eileen Richardson 
-Accept Winterlude: Botanical Promises artworks and sales materials 
-Members currrent artwork sharing and critique (bring your latest!)
-Sale of gallery frames (16x20 Walnut w/ Plexiglas: $20)

Winterlude artists dropoff. Please bring your artwork, framed in the required Dick Blick frame, ready to hang with wire, etc., and marked on the back with all the particulars about the piece, along with the release form from Gallery Bleu, to our meeting Sunday, October 30 at the Main Boulder Public Library, beginning at 1 pm. If you cannot make the meeting, do arrange to have someone bring and submit your artwork. Patti and Sharon will collect all and transport them to the gallery in Fort Collins, where they and Mary McCauley, the curator, will install the show, beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, November 4. Following their morning’s labors, their reward will come during the Opening Reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Please be there! 

Sales Opportunities. Bring any prints, etc. that you would like to sell to the Oct. 30 meeting. We are getting into the holiday seasons, and patrons will be looking for presents, etc. so be prepared and have your prints, cards, and other outputs available. Patti and Sharon will deliver these as well. Both the opening and the holiday (Dec 2) receptions will coincide with Fort Collins Art Walks.

RMSBA Executive Committee meets Monday, November 7, 11 am - 2 pm, at Hooked on Colfax. If you have business for the Board to consider, please let one of us know.



A “Fresh Air” podcast heard by Susan Fisher may be of interest to members. The interview is with the author of a history of marijuana published on October 25. Check your local library…








Halloween (Oct 31) – All Hallows Eve – is the day before All Saints’ Day (Nov 1) and the next day (Nov 2) is All Souls’ Day, when Catholics pray for the souls of the departed. Dia de los muertos in Mexico remembers the departed, especially one’s ancestors, for whom offerings of food and drink may be presented. Dress up nice and have a good time!