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, October 31, 2019

Shovelin’ Out – Mind the Trick-or-Treaters in the Snowbank…

The Member Meeting at Rocky Mountain Land Library on September 29 was sparsely attended, but those who did enjoyed themselves immensely. Teresa Burkert won the Door Prize, a lovely hand-bound sketchbook from the prolific studio of Judy Vanderbosch. Several guests came and asked many questions of the artists and the Librarians, Jeff Lee and Anne Miller.

The RMSBA Board met earlier that day. We are glad to announce that a new meeting schedule will shortly be published, and we will conduct meetings at the Denver Botanic Gardens in 2020. More info will be forthcoming. The Board meets on November 10 to plan next year’s activities. Please bring to the attention of a board member any suggestions, concerns, or new ideas so they may be discussed.

Published Illustrator? If your illustrations are included in an ASBA Small Works Catalog or two, in either (or both) of SBAI’s Practice Makes Perfect volumes, or other book or catalog, or a magazine or a website where your work is shown, this InfoBud’s for you, from our colleagues at the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. Thank you, Taina Litwak, for this:

Hi All - Check it out.

If you are a published illustrator (with minimum of 3 publications with ISBN numbers) and [have] not already signed up/joined ASCRL - the American Society for Collective Rights Licensing, you really should join. And if you are a member and have hesitated to sign onto one of the open claims, please do not hesitate.  The system is working well now.  The second claim just paid out and a third will open next month.  I am on the ASCRL Advisory Board and I want as many illustrators to benefit as possible.
Many GNSI members got bank deposits from these claim payments last week.  The more of us who join, the better the position ASCRL will be in to receive more funds from other international Reprographic Rights Organizations.  The 2 payments so far have just been from only two RRO's, (Pictorights of the Netherlands and BUS (Bildupphovsr√§tt i Sverige) of Sweden).  It’s a big world out there, and many countries collect non-title-specific reprographic monies and are charged by the laws of their countries to get the money to the creatives who made the images.

Cheers - Taina

Cite the publication number (ISBN), along with title of the illustration, which does not have to be registered individually with the copyright office. You may be eligible for a surprise bonus check for your work – don’t let that get away!

Congratulations to Linda Feltner, Bird Maven, of the GNSI. The Zhejiang Museum of Natural History in China has purchased her "Where Eagles Dare" for their Art Collection. Transparent watercolor, 27x50", of Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos) and White-throated Swift (Aeronautes saxatalis) at Chiricahua National Monument. Linda met their representatives at the 2017 GNSI Conference Portfolio Review in Asheville, NC, told they were there scouting artists. They found the painting on her web page. She recommends “… bring your stuff to the Portfolio Review! Not only [do] you share your amazing skills with friends and colleagues, we never know how such exchange will later develop.”

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Last Week of Summer, Aspenpeeper Season Looms, Still Hot

Open Meeting September 29. Here are the details:

Congratulations to colored pencil master and RMSBA member Heidi Snyder, whose work was accepted into ASBA’s 22nd Annual International Exhibition, this year opening in Fort Ross, CA.

16 September – Mexico Independence Day. Immediate results were not forthcoming in 1810 after Hidalgo’s Cry (“el grito”) to rise up against the Crown. It took years of struggle, but in 1821 Mexico gained independence from Spain and declared slavery illegal in its domain. Subsequent conquest by British incursions from the south and US invasions from the north and east, as well as local resistance to government from Mexico City such as the Texas situation, reduced the land base of the country.



2020 is a Leap Year, and a MoPrints year. If you’re in the print lane of our artistic pursuit, be getting’ ready for the big event. We’re looking forward to it.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Battle against the Japanese Beetles Over for another Year

Feathers and Flora: A Natural Relationship opening in Boulder at the CU Museum of Natural History! Congratulations to Karen Boggs Bryant, Mary Crabtree, Dorothy DePaulo, Patti Hearn, Karen May, Shiere Melin, Martha Narey, Eileen Richardson, Heidi Snyder, Irma Sturgell, Suzanne Stutzman, Valerie Teska, Daniel Teska, Carol Till, Judy Vanderbosch, and Patricia Whalen, and thank you for your work. Artists’ Reception on Wednesday, September 4, 5 – 7 pm, Henderson Hall. Come see what everybody did!

For those of you in exile on Pluto, or otherwise unavoidably unable to attend or to visit the exhibit during the fall semester, see here.

Member Meeting Pre-minder: Sunday, September 29 meeting at the Rocky Mountain Land Library in Globeville: 4800 Washington Street, Denver, Colorado, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. We have a number of things to talk about for the upcoming year, and we encourage you to consider joining in the processes of planning and execution.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Hot Days and Afternoon Thunderstorms -- Again

Feathers and Flora. It’s heeere: the last minute, Thursday, August 1, 11:59 pm MDT. Get ‘em submitted, folks.

Member Exhibit Reminder: Compelling images of nature’s variety by Dorothy DePaulo and Heidi Snyder on display at Valkarie Gallery through August 18, 2019.

Dorothy DePaulo’s artist’s talk begins at 7 pm, Friday, August 2.

Tagawa Gardens RMSBA Show & Sale on July 13 was interesting and fun. In response to requests from Tagawa organizers, Irma Sturgell demonstrated Silverpoint drawing techniques at her table, Judy Vanderbosch demonstrated Colored Pencil layering techniques (with a sample lesson!), and Martha Narey demonstrated Carbon Dust techniques on Mylar film. We generated some interest among the visitors and shoppers and scored some sales (one JV had the top score: people just love her stuff, card sets and boxes and whatnot.) Less interest in originals (too $) and small prints (too bad). Cards do well enough.

Mt Goliath and other high-elevation alpine sites are in full – if rather oddly delayed – bloom. Fremont Pass is lined with red paintbrush on the slopes, and the Guanella Pass approaches from Georgetown show an abundance of coneflowers. Go fill up your eyes.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

Lots of Fireworks Shows along Front Range – Check Them Out!

Reminder: Deadline today for the Manitou Springs Labor Day Art Festival. If you’re participating, now’s the last minute.

Feathers and Flora. Speaking of exhibit entry deadlines and the last minute, it’s coming up on Thursday, August 1. Get ‘em finished and submitted, folks.

Member Exhibit: Compelling images of nature’s variety by Dorothy DePaulo and Heidi Snyder can be seen at Valkarie Gallery, July 24 through August 18, 2019. Opening reception Saturday, August 27.

Dorothy DePaulo will host an artist’s talk at 7 pm on Friday, August 2.

Independence Day is coming up on Thursday. You’ll need sunscreen, PeptoAbysmal, DEET, a hat, shades, probably some bandaids, wetwipes, and good digestion. That’s just during the daytime. At night, you’ll need the bitty flashlight (not so blindingly bright as your Smartphone Flashlight), more DEET, Tumms, burn ointment, and a secure grip on the car keys. Enjoy our national birthday party. Take an aspirin before going to bed.
Tagawa Gardens Lavender Fields Forever event and Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists Show & Sale, Saturday, July 13, 2019; 9 am - 3 pm. Be there or be square [we handle sales via Square…] and get a few rhizomes from the High Plains Iris Society.

Workshop. About 10 members had a great time with Dorothy DePaulo and Heidi Snyder as they demo’ed techniques for color pencil on Mylar drafting film on Saturday, June 22. We each got a practice piece and had a blast puttin’ down the pigment. Visit with friends and learn new stuff? Priceless.