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, November 30, 2017

Winter Holiday Season Approaches at Lightspeed

Ah, Thanksgiving. Perhaps you gained only two or three pounds over the annual chow-down shop-fest 4-day excesses event. Lucky you. Now only three weeks to get trim for the next stuffing…

Open Studio with Carol Till was a big success. Seven members joined her to celebrate her birthday, make solar plate exposures in conditions of perfect sunshine, and make prints using her wonderful press, including chine colle. She explained all with great patience and good advice. Thank you, Carol.

…and here, your Editor’s efforts:
Solarplate embossment printing with colored inks

We all had so much fun she agreed to do it again in January! So save January 10…

Notice: Open Studio will not convene for December, as everyone is totally busy.

Exhibits: “Cannabis: A Visual Perspective” remains on display at the University of Colorado Natural History Museum in Boulder through January 2018. “Whimsy: Botanical Art & Illustration” is on view at the Denver Botanic Gardens into February 2018.

RMSBA Annual Holiday Party is December 10 at Shiere Melin’s in Arvada. Be sure to RSVP to her via your email invitation.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Election Tuesday – Remember to Vote

Reminder: Open Studio at Carol Till’s on Wednesday, November 8, 10 am – 2 pm. On the agenda: printmaking!

Carol will introduce us to the art of making embossments from solar plates (we’ll be hoping for sunshine!). Carol has small 4-6” pieces that you can use to make your own embossment plate. Ink and paper are provided.

Note from Carol to experienced printmakers: If you want to run some prints from a zinc or solar plate that you have, bring it and your own paper, and take advantage of my press. I have limited ink colors, mostly black/earth tones.

As usual, bring something for advice/critique/show-off!

Carol Till's Studio:
 3665 Estes street
 Wheat Ridge, CO
 phone: 303 423-2697

Example embossment rolled with ink:

An embossment printed over an etching to add texture:

 Join us!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017


Dates 10/31 Halloween (All Hallows Eve; Samhain to Wiccans); 11/1 All Saints Day (All Hallows); 11/2 All Souls Day (Dia de los muertos in Mexico: Day of the Dead to honor one’s ancestors), Now that’s all set…

Reminder: Open Studio at Carol Till’s on November 8. On the agenda: printmaking!

Cannabis runs ‘till 1/31/2018 at the CU Museum of natural History. Go visit.

RARE II came down on October 9, following a nearly two and a half year tour of Colorado and New Mexico: six original venues and four add-ons. What a show!

ASBA-by-the-Bay. Who went? What happened?

Sunday, September 17, 2017

There’s Still Hope for a Rocktober, Baseball Fans

Check out this link: Postcards from Denver. Only a few seats left!
a four-day Primer & Plein Air watercolor workshop
Thurs, Sept 28 – Sun, Oct 1, 2017 • 9:30am – 4:00pm
The Art Gym, 1460 Leyden St., Denver

Instructors: Marjorie Leggitt and Leon Loughridge

Happy Independence Day (Feliz Día de la Independencia) yesterday, Mexico

Member meeting in Broomfield at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library, 1 - 3 pm, September 24, which is Sunday. Location: 3 Community Park Rd, Broomfield, Colorado; we will be in the Eisenhower room.  Check your email for more details.

Exhibit snapshot from “Cannabis: A Visual Perspective”:
… and there’s more!

Be sure to visit full-sized, framed, lovely show at the CU Museum of Natural History!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Shows and Shows

RMSBA exhibit at CU makes the News. Nice mention of “Cannabis: A Visual Perspective” in the Health News section of the Sunday Washington Post. RMSBA artists get kudos. Other appearances in media about the show can be found at the Boulder Daily Camera (includes an interview with Susan Fisher), Culture magazine, the Hemponaire online guide, and perhaps there are others out there, too. If you find some, let us know.

We had a very lively opening reception for “Cannabis” on September 7 at the CUMNH. The show is coherent and beautifully hung along a single wall, with the scientific posters on an adjacent wall, all very effective. More guests than we usually expect, as all those scientists came, too. If you went and took pictures, please send a copy to your Editor, who will post them.

Heidi Snyder is cover artist for this month’s Botanical Artist. Her intricate illustration of Canyon Hackberry (Celtis reticulata) is the only representative by an RMSBA colleague in the ASBA exhibit “Out of the Woods.” Well, ok, we live in grasslands and deserts… Congratulations to Heidi for gettin’ in, and for having made so compelling and beautiful an artwork that ASBA published it on the cover, where we can all see it.

Reminder: Bring your Flash Drive to Open Studio Wednesday, September 13, 10 am – 2 pm, at Judy Vanderbosch’s studio at 6585 E Colorado Dr, Denver, 303-375-7718. Turn east off Monaco. email: redbudart@gmail.com.