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.

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Cinco de Mayo: Celebrating Mexico’s 1862 victory over the French army









 From Judy Vanderbosch:

Hi everyone, My husband and I sat down Sunday afternoon and happened on to a wonderful TV program. Originally from PBS we found it on Prime: Beatrix Farrand, American Landscapes. We had never heard of her; she was a landscape architect and way ahead of her time. Some beautiful landscapes and an interesting story.

I would also like to thank everyone for their support for the Art Pop-up last week-end. It was a huge success thanks to all our arty friends.


From Susan Rubin comes a sad note:



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 5 is Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) Awareness Day. Spare a thought.

 


Friday, April 30, 2021

Lookin’ like Spring in my yard – snow pea patch doing well

 



Pandemic. Probably we’re not really out of the woods, but we’re doing way better than many populations with our access to the breadcrumbs …


Board Meeting. Your RMSBA Board of Directors met April 5. We went over plans for the next exhibit and a couple of longer-term projects with Garden of the Gods. We expect to apply for grants for a little fiscal support for those. Also discussed were practical matters, like member meetings and maybe workshops. We set an aspirational date for the RMSBA Annual Holiday Party on December 5, 2021, so mark it on your hopeful calendar now. Should you wish to raise an issue to the Board, or bring up a concern or propose a project, let Our Prez or Exhibits Chairs know about it so it can become an Agenda Item. Keep your eye on this space -- and your email – for the forthcoming details.


Hairy Clematis

Call for Entries. The Rocky Mountain Wild! exhibition for RMSBA members only  this fall is open for entries. Make a spring dig through your sketches and photos, start drawing, and plan a trip into the wild itself to find your subject for this show. If you are not a member, you may join here. All entries are made through Online Juried Shows, where you will find pertinent information. Entries to be accepted now through September 10, 2021. Rocky Mountain Wild! opens this fall at the Visitor Center at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado. RMSBA is seeking multiple venues for this show; pieces must remain with the exhibit venue(s) until the official closing.

 



 

Late Report from New Mexico: Earth Day at Simon Canyon in Navajo Lake State Park. Amazing things can happen with lightning, but the hike highlight was the Mountain Mahogany (Cercocarpus montanus) blooming along the canyon walls and filling the air with scent. Birds all over.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Winter “C” arrived with the Equinox, dumped lots of snow

Vaccine Eligible? Have you had one yet? Are you on a list? Double shot? Office Depot says they laminate vaccination cards at no charge…



Board Meeting
. Your RMSBA Board of Directors is meeting on April 6 5. We hope to discuss plans and aspirations, and practical matters, like member meetings and maybe workshops. If you wish to raise an issue or bring up a concern or propose a project, let Our Prez or Exhibits Chairs know about it so it can become an Agenda Item.


Our own Susan Rubin is bringing us “Living Color: Reflections on a gray year” at Spark Gallery, 9th Av and Sta Fe Dr in Denver, from April 1 – 25, 2021. Openings [in person w/ protocols…] are Saturday April 3, 10-5, and Sunday April 4, 1-4. Susan is featured in a Westword article available here.

Call for Entries. We announce an exhibition for RMSBA members only at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center in Colorado Springs this fall. They loved our exhibition last fall and have invited us back. They typically have over one million visitors to the Center alone. During the recent restricted situation, the Center has worked hard to keep their facility open to the public. Our exhibit of botanical art enhanced their educational mandate and they are eager to continue our partnership. Make a dig through your sketches and photos, start drawing, and plan a trip into the wild to find a subject for this show.

Rocky Mountain Wild!

“In wildness is the preservation of the world.” Henry David Thoreau

This exhibit explores wildflowers and native plants of the Rocky Mountains, including adjacent plains and deserts. Artist depictions of pollinators or small animals related to the plants are encouraged but not required. This exhibit is open only to members of the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists. If you are not a member, you may join here. All entries will be made through Online Juried Shows, where you will find the prospectus. Entries will be accepted from April 1, 2021 through September 10, 2021. Rocky Mountain Wild! opens this fall at the Visitor Center at the Garden of the Gods in Colorado Springs, Colorado. RMSBA is seeking multiple venues for this show; pieces must remain with the exhibit venue(s) until the official closing.


Sunday, February 28, 2021

Oh, the Bleak Midwinter

 


Vaccine Eligible? Have you had one yet? Are you on a list? Someday we’d like to gather again…




Winter Activities. Well, the snowshoeing has been pretty good up in Lake County. There has been some loss of life to avalanches in the high country this season, so if you go up there, use utmost caution. The Front Range has been quite sparse until this week. Enjoy your snow!


Sunday, January 31, 2021

Happy New Year to all – it’s gonna be an interesting ride

ASBA encourages us to pay our 2021 dues (newly enlarged) on the ASBA web page forthwith and posthaste (by February 10). Remember to check off the box for RMSBA. The MotherShip did send us all mailers in the fall, soliciting contributions to the ASBA General Fund, etc. Our RMSBA Treasurer, Vanessa Martin, might welcome some small gifts to our own General Fund from the occasional member, also tax deductible, which you can do on the same form. You can sign back in if you forgot.


“From Platte to Peak” has been on display at Garden of the Gods Visitor Center, and will remain there until February 22. This exhibit has been very popular with visitors, and the Director has decided to keep the Red Rocks Room as a permanent gallery space. Sometime in the Fall, the works will travel to Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail. In the meantime, we seek other venues for the exhibit. Please advise our Exhibit Co-Chairs (Dorothy DePaulo & Sharon Garrett) if you have suggestions.

This portrait of our 49th vice president was rendered in 4H pencil on drafting film by an artist called KTOZ posting online. Pretty good range of values for 4H. I saved it.







Interesting news morsels from the world of science that might be of interest to botanical artists:

An example of plant resistance to continued harvest using plant camouflage.

A tribute to efforts at rare plant conservation, past and present, and women botanists.

The rediscovery of the source of the blue watercolor used in medieval times.


Elena Piscopia 1678

The First Woman PhD. California artist Alyssa Winans shows Elena Cornaro Piscopia 1646-1664), a female scholar from Venice, Italy who in 1678 became the first woman in the world to be awarded a doctorate. She draws Piscopia with her head in a book in a library, hoping to show that Elena was happiest "when she was able to study undisturbed." 


DBG School of Botanical Art & Illustration has a new online newsletter (Jan 2021), with added links and artist calls. You can sign up to get this at the homepage. Speaking of Artist Calls, check if you’re eligible for “Golden Opportunity”, an extravaganza of yellow flowers, fruit, leaves; deadline to enter March 5, 2021.

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