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.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Equinox is coming, 12 hours of light

Greetings from beautiful Capitol Reef National Park. The orchards at Fruita have bloomed and it's petalfall by the Fremont River. Populus fremontii is in bloom, too, with amazing green and red male flowers and tightly bundled green female buds; the trees are dioecious and it's really evident right now. 

Members Meeting: Our first meeting this year is on March 26, 2017, at the Lakewood Library from 1-3 pm, 10200 W. 20th, Lakewood, CO. The Executive committee wants to focus on the many ways you can get involved in either local RMSBA activities or national exhibits hosted by ASBA and other affiliated groups. Please note that the Lakewood Library does not have a cafe so bring your own refreshments.

Tentative agenda:
1. Update on Open studio, Cannabis exhibit, Gathering of the Guilds and Tagawa Gardens.
2. RARE II exhibit traveling to Ft. Collins Museum of Discovery in May 2017 before traveling to Betty Ford Gardens in August.
3. ASBA's Out of the Woods exhibit
4. Upcoming Worldwide Exhibit
5. National conference insight
6. Open discussion
7. Members: bring any of your current art works that you would like to share or ask for advice.   

RARE II venues just keep comin’, after two years on the road. We’re thrilled that the RARE II exhibit will travel to the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery for May – July 2017, after closing at the CU Museum of Natural History, and before moving to the Betty Ford Gardens in Vail in August.

Gathering of the Guilds in 45 Days. April 30, 2017, Boettcher Mansion, Lookout Mountain.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sprang Forward, Clocks Reset

The ASBA Online Auction
Tick tock, tick tock. Time is getting short. The ASBA Online Auction needs you! You need the Online Auction! It's a Win-Win! It's a chance to show your botanical artwork to a world-wide audience. Plus, if you make a sale of an original work, 50 percent comes back to you, and you help ASBA at the same time. It really is easy to send a digital image of your art (sized to 72 dpi, 8 inches high) with a brief description of the art work or item, plus its value. You may submit one or more original pieces, or giclĂ©e prints (five per artist maximum), art materials or equipment, and classes. Here - is the link for further details and submission - just click it - it is easy! We'll take care of the rest. Deadline to submit:  March 13th, 2017.

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Snow Pack is a Bit Thin in Rocky Mountain National Park

Call for Entries, United States Botanical Garden native plant show. Beginning April 1 and continuing through September 22, entries will be accepted for the upcoming 2018 ASBA juried exhibition of artworks of native plants in collaboration with the US Botanic Garden. American artists will provide works devoted to the indigenous plants of the US. Your RARE and RARE II originals are eligible for this exhibit to be staged in Washington, DC.

For details, use this link: https://www.asba-art.org/exhibitions/botanical-art-worldwide

Similar exhibitions will be held in numerous other countries; hundreds of artists around the world will depict plants indigenous to their home countries. A Worldwide Day of Botanical Art will be held on May 18, 2018, with events held for 24 hours, following the sun.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Happy Birthday, Susan B. Anthony! Thanks to you, women got the vote, 97 years ago.

Cannabis Forum Reminder. The deadline for entry into the exhibit Cannabis: A Visual Perspective is June 16, 2017. In order to bring you information that may help you with your illustrations, we have scheduled a forum to discuss and learn about the Cannabis plant and answer any questions you have regarding the exhibit, access to plants, diversity etc. Please join us as we have several speakers lined up to answer your questions. We gather:
Saturday, February 18, 2016 -- 1 – 3 pm

Boulder Main Library – 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO (Flagstaff Room)