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 29, 2021

Done with Leftover Turkey?

 

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Member Shows. Colorado Wild! Is on display at the Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center in Colorado Springs; From Platte to Peak is now on display at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail.


Congratulations, School of Botanical Art & Illustration 2021 Graduates:

Barbara Anderson
Catherine Bailey
Mary Buckley
Lynn Bruskivage
Thea Carruth
Mary Crabtree
Marjorie Elwood
Karen Genoff-Campbell (Diploma)
Lilian Hoffecker
Victoria Youcha (Diploma)

 ... and now...

RENEW YOUR ASBA and RMSBA MEMBERSHIP FOR 2022. Membership registration for 2022 is open! To renew your membership online, or to join for the first time, click here and log in with your ASBA-associated email address and password. Don’t forget to renew RMSBA in the Chapters and Circles opportunity.

RMSBA Board Elections. Several members have responded to the call for volunteers and elections and confirmations will be held during the Holiday Party December 5 at Carol Till’s place.


Holiday Party.

RMSBA Annual Holiday Party
Sunday, December 5, 2021
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

3665 Estes Street
Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
720-355-9048

$600 in prizes
Tasty food and drink


Our Holiday Party is back and we have $600 in prizes. After a year of cancellations and other disruptions, we are looking forward to resuming our annual get-together of our favorite artist friends. Last year's party was cancelled, so we want to make this year a special party with tasty food, wine and cocktails, and prize$.

At this the meeting we have elections for Board of Director positions. Thank you to those who have contacted us. If you haven't heard back from us, you will soon. We still are seeking volunteers, so let us know how you can help.

The Party will start at 1:00 p.m. We will have our meeting and prize drawings at 2:00 p.m. The Grand Prize will be $300 to be used toward an art class or workshop of your choice. There will be $300 more in $50 gift certificates to art supply stores. If you cannot make the meeting, but still want to enter the drawings, send an email to: caroltill@mindspring.com with the subject line: "Drawing".

To help us plan for food and drink, RSVP to the same address, with "RSVP" in the subject line. Also, feel free to bring your finished and in-progress artwork to the meeting to share what you are doing. We look forward to seeing you and making plans for the new year!


Sunday, October 31, 2021

Ghosties and Pumpions and Black Cats

 






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Member Show. The Opening Reception for Colorado Wild! was Sunday October 3, 2021. Some pix:






















RMSBA Board Meeting
. Directors contemplated our future and our need for more minds and hands to do the many tasks we face to git’em done. We attempted to break up the workload into smaller packets, many of which can be done “remotely.” We expect to be making a list, checking it twice, and trying for outcomes at the Holiday Party December 5 at Carol Till’s place. Please consider the prospects mentioned in the Presidential Letter you all received via MailChimp, and provide your input, via email or direct participation.

ASBA Annual Conference ONLINE October 13-17, 2021. Your Editor signed up for the Juror Training, and learned lots about process and not enough about images and botanical accuracy and initial impact. Maybe next time…


Thursday, September 30, 2021

Gold in the mountains, yellow in the canyons, red in the scrub

 Reception. The Opening Reception for Rocky Mountain Wild! is Sunday October 3, 2021, 3-5 pm, Garden of the Gods Nature and Visitor Center, Colorado Springs.



Demonstrations (Volunteers step forward, please! Help out the overtasked Exhibition Committee). The Director of the Center would like to have an artist demonstration there for each month of the exhibition. They will be on Sunday afternoons, 1-2 hour blocks. Join the participants! This is a great way for you to promote your work and meet people. Contact Patti Hearn to volunteer: pattihearn@hotmail.com



Member Meeting on September 19, 2021, with 17 attending. Works accepted into Rocky Mountain Wild! were submitted, to be installed at Garden of the Gods on September 21. Some new members came to a first meeting so introductions were nice; future projects got some discussion, and we are reminded that From Platte to Peak reappears in Vail at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens during the first week of November.


Board Meeting. Directors contemplate our need for more minds and hands to do the many tasks we face to git’er done. We want to break up the workload into smaller packets, many of which can be done “remotely.” We expect to be making a list, checking it twice, and trying for outcomes at the Holiday Party December 5.





ASBA Annual Conference ONLINE October 13-17, 2021. Registration for ASBA's second virtual conference is now open! For information, visit the ASBA website. To register online, click here. Registration closes at 11 pm Eastern Daylight Time on October 6th. Inexpensive. No transportation or lodging costs… Sign up.


Labels: Wildflower show, Rocky Mountain Wild!, Board meeting, member meeting, ASBA Online Conference


Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Not all hummingbirds have left yet; most plants are in fruit or seed




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Reception and Demonstrations (Volunteers step forward, please!)

Rocky Mountain Wild! Reception has been set for Sunday October 3, 2021, 3:00-5:00 p.m.  Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, Colorado Springs.

We would like to have an artist demonstration at the Center for each month of the exhibition. They will be on Sunday afternoons, 1-2 hour blocks. Ideally we would have 6 of our artists willing to demonstrate their artistic skills. This is a great way for you to promote your work and meet people. Contact Patti Hearn if you want to volunteer: pattihearn@hotmail.com

We need "one" of you to coordinate these demonstrations with the GOG staff and the artists. Be the one of 99 who steps forward to help our overworked Exhibition Committee.

Rocky Mountain Wild! (RMSBA members only) remains open for entries at Online Juried Shows. The deadline of September 10 is approaching at warp speed, so now is the time to finish your pieces and submit those scans!

Member Meeting at Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, September 19, 2021, in Freyer-Newman Center Classroom 1, to the left as you enter FNC. Enter through the main doors near the Copper Door Coffee Shop at 11th Ave & York Street; do not use the public access gates at York & ~10th. Anyone who wants to visit the Gardens before or after we meet should book a ticket as usual.

If your work was accepted into Rocky Mountain Wild!, drop it off at the meeting; that show will be installed at Garden of the Gods on September 20.




Happy Labor Day, American workers! Federal minimum wage is now $15/hour, at which full-time rate you could afford a two-bedroom apartment in exactly zero US counties.



Board Meeting. Directors have received a working agenda. Contact a Board member if you have a topic you want to submit for consideration. The meeting is set for 10 am, September 28, The French Press, 3504 E. 12th Ave., Denver.

ASBA Annual Conference ONLINE October 13-17, 2021. Registration for ASBA's second virtual conference is now open! For information, visit the ASBA website. To register online, click here. Registration closes at 11 pm Eastern Daylight Time on October 6th. Inexpensive. No transportation or lodging costs… Sign up.

Fading Yellows Explained. New pigment sources find a way into our materials and we love it when they’re light-fast. This article in June 2021 Discover magazine points out what happened to brilliant yellows originally used by Van Gogh, Munch, and others.

No-so-new White. Titanium dioxide, source of Titanium White, was introduced to great fanfare in 1908, when Auguste Rossi first produced it in Niagara Falls, NY. Previously-used white pigments were lead white in Europe (What might that explain?) while calcium carbonates (CaCO3) like chalk and lime were prominent in the Americas. Turns out, Rossi was just a little late to the party. The Inca had exploited the Giacomo Deposit in Peru more than 400 years ago; lots of material available. Find out why the Inca traded that in for imported lead white in this article in Smithsonian, June 2021.

Labels: Call for Entries, Wildflower show, Rocky Mountain Wild!, Board meeting, yellow pigments, white pigments, member meeting, Abundant Futures, ASBA Online Conference

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Wildflowers everywhere, just when you need them!

 

Upper Sraight Creek Trail

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Miners Candle
Member Show Call for Entries. The Rocky Mountain Wild! exhibit  for RMSBA members only  this fall remains open for entries at Online Juried Shows. Enjoy a stroll through those alpine meadows to catch the mid- to late-summer blossoms and fruit you’ve been waiting patiently for to refine your drawings of your chosen Colorado wildflowers for this show. The deadline is September 10, so now is the time to face the page and finish your pieces!







Member Meeting at Denver Botanic Gardens at York Street, 1-4 p.m. Sunday, September 19, 2021. We will meet in Freyer-Newman Center, Classroom 1, which is to the left as you enter FNC. Enter through the main doors to the Freyer-Newman Center near the Copper Door Coffee Shop at 11th Ave & York Street; do not use the public access gates at York & ~10th. Anyone wanting to visit the Gardens before or after the meeting should book a ticket as usual.

If you have work accepted into the Rocky Mountain Wild! exhibit, drop it off at this meeting; the show will be installed at Garden of the Gods the next day.

Freyer - Newman Center at DBG

ASBA Traveling Exhibit coming next year. ASBA announces that Denver Botanic Gardens will host Abundant Future: Cultivating Diversity in Garden, Farm, & Field, the Fourth New York Botanical Garden Triennial. It will be on view in Denver from October 8, 2022 – January 15, 2023. The exhibition will be installed in the Freyer – Newman Center, new home of Denver Botanic Garden’s School of Botanical Art and Illustration. The MotherShip are excited to bring this exhibition to Denver. 

We all have plenty of time to plan. For more information and updates as they become available, see ASBA's website here and Denver Botanic Gardens' website here.

ASBA Annual Conference ONLINE October 13-17, 2021. Registration for ASBA's second virtual conference is now open! For information, visit the ASBA website. To register online, click here. Registration closes at 11 pm Eastern Daylight Time on October 6th. Inexpensive. No transportation or lodging costs… Sign up.

RMSBA’s ZOOM member meeting on July 6 – hosted by Susan Fisher – drew as large an attendance as we ever have had at in-person meetings, and members from afar could join in. We may have to do that again. We had a lovely presentation by Mary Dillon of Kilkenny, Ireland, who was up at 1 am local time to talk with us at 6 pm here. Thanks, Mary. Thanks, Susan.


Caribou Ranch Bouquet