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.

Saturday, October 31, 2020

Samhain Today (Halloween! With a Full Moon!), All Saints’ Day Tomorrow, Dia de los Muertos Monday

 

Now above 230,000. Onward and upward? Just wear your mask!



“From Platte to Peak” will remain on the walls at Garden of the Gods Visitor Center through December. Visitor interest has been high, and apparently our education goals are being met for this exhibit. The director considers having the exhibition there “a treasure.” Beginning in January, the lovely pieces will travel to Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail. …

Proposals for Future Projects are welcomed by the RMSBA Board of Directors. Please send ideas to any Board member. We are not meeting in person at this time, but we can get an email discussion going… let us know what you’ve got up your sleeve.

40 Years and Growing. The School of Botanical Art & Illustration is celebrating its 40th year. In honor of this milestone, Denver Botanic Gardens has produced a beautiful video to share thoughts from instructors and students. 

40th Anniversary Video

Alas, the exhibition featured in the video, Garden and Haven, was closed early because of public health constraints and will not reopen.

The School of Botanical Art and Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens would like your input on the theme for the annual juried exhibition featuring student work will open in late May next year. This survey is one question long, is completely anonymous and will take no more than a minute of your time. Please submit your vote or suggestion by Monday, November 2nd. Results announced on the School of Botanical Art and Illustration Facebook Page and in the new e-Newsletter; sign up for both.

Click Here to Start the Survey

If you have questions, please email SBAI@botanicgardens.org.

Dues Time Again for RMSBA and ASBA, which you can pay here. The costs are higher than last year, but then so is everything else. Don’t forget to check the box for RMSBA. The Mother Ship has advised us that new membership registration is now open for 2021! If you know of anyone who is considering joining the ASBA, encourage them to do so by November 10. All new ASBA members who join before, or by, November 10 will receive a complimentary issue of the 2020 December journal! Questions? Please email Leanne Kershaw.

 

Labels: Botanical Art Show, From Platte to Peak, RMSBA exhibit, membership, SBAI Survey

 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Aspen Glorious Everywhere, Smoke Horrible and Visibility Limited


Now more than 200,000 lost. We must have been able to do better than this.


“From Platte to Peak” has been well received at Garden of the Gods Visitor and Nature Center, and the recently arrived new Director loves it unreservedly. RMSBA is invited to present future exhibits at GofG. Yay, us! Here are some publicity moments you might appreciate. Carol Till, our Prez, gets extra chops for getting’ up and out her door in Wheat Ridge at 0250 hours (that’s 2:50 am) to get down to the exhibit to appear on LIVE TV at 5 am, 5:30 am, 6 am, and 6:30 am on KOAA TV in Colorado Springs.

https://www.koaa.com/news/covering-colorado/free-art-exhibit-honors-scientist-who-discovered-plant-species

https://www.facebook.com/GardenOfTheGods/posts/10158619321623781

The exhibit will remain at GofG through October, and then will be moved to the Education Center at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail, where it will be on display through the end of the year, and perhaps later. We are seeking other venues for 2021.








Proposals for Future Projects are welcomed by the RMSBA Board of Directors. Please send ideas to any Board member. We are not meeting in person at this time, but we can get an email discussion going… let us know what you’ve got up your sleeve.

Board Vacancy. Judy Vanderbosch has decided to step down as Program Director. She may be going off to retirementLand, and 2020 certainly was not kind to her, trashing out programs right and left. So we are incredibly grateful for her work and efforts over the last several years and will miss her terribly when she leaves the area, but recognize that she hasn’t left yet. We encourage some inspired member (maybe you!) to take her place in that position in RMSBA.

40th Anniversary of Botanical Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens. The exhibit Garden and Haven is on display at the new classroom and herbaria building at DBG. Some of our members have work showing. Drop in and check it out. No in-person classes to make it easy and painless, so just drag yourself in there.

Preakness Stakes. This Saturday will note the running of the Preakness Thoroughbred horse race in Pimlico, MD, delayed since late May or early June. Horses are lovely, jockey silks are colorful, motion is amazing. Watch, even if all your Brown-eyed-Susans have gone to compost.


Peak-to-Peak Highway. Well, this may be the last weekend to get the total benefit of the Aspen turning from Peridot to Citrine. Last week was all about Guanella Pass and Kenosha Pass. Owl Creek Pass got passing mention on the News. Next week you’re gonna have to haul it down to Southern Colorado and catch it there.

Fire Spell. In Estes Park (and RMNP) the smoke and ash from the Cameron Peak fire in Larimer County and the Wendell [?] fire in Wyoming are borne on the wind in incredible layered waves. The Sun is red in the West and the rising full moon is tinged red in the East. It’s kind of hard to breathe, and must be so for the elk and beaver and bird life. Great beauty and great peril.

5 September – Scorch Today, Freeze after Labor Day

 “From Platte to Peak” is on the walls at Garden of the Gods Visitor Center on September 2. Participation was good: 39 works representing 28 species collected by Dr. Edwin James on the 1820 Stephen H. Long scientific expedition to the west. Thank you to all the artists. Do drop in for a visit and see the exhibit. Do keep in mind if you need your pain meds that Douglas and El Paso counties are Green Deserts…



Monday, August 31, 2020

Too much smoke, but a few cooler days at last

 
Congratulations to Heidi Snyder, who has been appointed an artist instructor in graphite and colored pencil for the School of Botanical Art and Illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens. May your classes fill!

“From Platte to Peak” will hang at Garden of the Gods Visitor Center on September 2. Participation was good: 41 works representing 29 species collected by Dr. Edwin James on the 1820 Stephen H. Long scientific expedition to the west. Thank you to all the artists. Do drop in for a visit and see the exhibit.

Echo Lake Lodge on Mt. Evans is open, as is Echo Lake Park. While you can’t drive up to Mt. Goliath, you can have a nice hike or stroll and lunch (inside or out) at the Lodge.

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

It’s Officially the Last Minute: Only 4 Days Left

 

“Platte to Peak” Deadline Approaching at Warp Speed. Round ‘em up, scan ‘em, get ‘em submitted, Saturday, August 15, at OnlineJuriedShows by 11:59 pm. We are excited to see the outcome! If you have been unable to get the prescribed frames, check with Teresa Burkert or Judy Vanderbosch, who have a couple extras and will sell at cost. Any blonde wood or bamboo frame will cut it, but get your artworks submitted now.

Member August meeting may be what we get when turning in works for FP2P. Maybe the Board will space-meet… Watch this space for possible further details. I myself miss everybody, but will wave and air-hug from a safe distance until whenever.


Friday, July 31, 2020

Exhibit Deadline Looms; Full Moon Monday


Words Still Fail. Keep track at this site. Professionals gathered and prepared this information.

Guanella Pass - Mt Bierstadt. Take the drive from Georgetown and have a view of the amazing alpine flowers in the meadows and along the roadway. It’s gorgeous.

…And the Long Expedition Passes Out of Colorado. On July 17, a section of the party camped at now-Canon City, having ascended Beaver Creek into the Canon City Embayment and the Royal Gorge. Descending the Arkansas River to the now-Rocky Ford area, camping there July 21 – 23, after which the expedition spilt into two parties, one following the Arkansas into Kansas, and the main body led by Long crossing the river into then-New Spain. On July 28 the party passed beneath Black Mesa and into now-New Mexico.

“From Platte to Peak” entry deadline looms on the horizon in 15 days! The Call for Entry is at Online Juried Shows, and closes August 15, 2020. Martha Narey is the contact for the James Plant List and supporting materials. We expect the exhibit to hang on September 2 in Colorado Springs at the Garden of the Gods Visitor Center. Send in your pieces!