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.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

‘Twas a Glorious Home Opening Day as Rockies Defeated Dodgers

Reminder: Open Studio tomorrow, Wednesday, April 12, from 10-2 at the Mercury Café. Eileen and Martha will both be there to get acquainted with all and infrastructure. Directions are on Mar 31 Blog post. Check the 22nd St door, but come prepared to enter through the kitchen (22nd Alley), as the restaurant is closed until 5 pm. I expect there to be 5 or 6 of us this month. More would be cool...

Bring something you've done, bring something you're working on or trying out. As the restaurant is not open, we have access to water, but not much else. Be prepared. We'll have fun -- it's Open Studio! Join us!

Pastels in Botanical Art. This in from Susan Fisher: Consider a May workshop in lovely Georgetown, Colorado. Get the broad strokes of flower painting and infuse your next botanical piece with drama and excitement. Color, composition, and values are easier to study in pastel. Intrigued? Join this class and find out. Most materials provided. Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flower-portraits-in-pastel-workshop-tickets-33406227927

Reminder: Gathering of the Guilds at Boettcher Mansion, Lookout Mountain, on April 30, 10-4. Come up and see us, and take in all the really terrific stuff other people make.
Note: Carol Till advises us there is a finest-kind papermaker usually in attendance, so be sure and take a few extra greenbacks to lay out for good handmade paper. 

Alert for National Park Artist Residencies. The next deadline for 2018 artist residencies with the National Parks Arts Foundation is April 20. As fiber artist Michelle Schwengel says: Apply apply apply! You never know what might come of it! Check it out at National Parks Arts Foundation.

Congratulations to National Champions University of Denver Men's Hockey! Go ‘Neers!

Friday, March 31, 2017

So Much for Your Flowering Trees & Tender Bulbs

Member Meeting March 26: Well, we had a lovely meeting at Lakewood Library. Space a little cramped, but we adjust so well. Interesting what we got to see: Carol Till brought some monoprint variations by substrate; Heidi Snyder brought two CP landscapes from nature: a footprint portrait (2”x3” presented at 11”x14”) of lichens, bryophytes, and pine needles, and a tree-trunk squirrel-cache of Ponderosa at familiar scale; Teresa Burkert brought some evocative CP winter vegetable portraits. Whoever I missed, contact me here and I’ll provide the proper citation.

ASBA Exhibits. Just want to say, we out-here-in-the-provinces-botanical-artists pay a pile to ASBA every year, and we ought to take advantage of their offerings and opportunities. Those folks aren’t doin’ this for their health; they’re trying to help us all out. Let yourself be helped. Consider: Out of the Woods; the International Day of Botanical Art; and assorted other opportunities you may find cited here. Please, please check out opportunities at the Mother Ship (ASBA).

22nd St Entry
Open Studio again available. The Mercury Café, 22nd St & California St, Denver, is host for Open Studio opportunities. Please advise here if you are interested in participating on April 12, tentatively 10 am – 2 pm. Parking is available, street (2-hour) and adjacent lot. Further information to interested parties. Expect either Martha Narey or Eileen Richardson as studio host. We hope to continue a second-Wednesday opportunity, as demand would have it. Bring your problems and your triumphs, your trials and your explorations. We wanna see your stuff! We want to share what we’ve learned, too. Join us.

2199 California Street Doorway
Easiest access from the north side (I70; I25 SB) come in off I25 SB at 20th St [Coors Field] and keep straight through (right lane) to California St.; from the south side (I25 NB Colfax exit/US85/Santa Fe Dr NB, right on 14th Ave, left on Lincoln St, oblique left on 20th St, right on Welton St, left on 22nd St.). If you thought you knew downtown by landmarks, you’re in for some surprise: everything is somewhere else – and everything else is 5 stories tall.

closes in Boulder at the CU Museum of Natural History on March 31, and opens again to the public in Fort Collins at the Museum of Discovery on May 6. Anticipate a reception on May 5. More information forthcoming.

Cannabis exhibit. Well, more moles keep sticking their heads up, and Vanessa (our President) is laboring mightily with the mallet to drive them back down. Think whack-a-mole. You might send Management a Message of Intent to Enter about your proposed participation in the Cannabis: a Visual Perspective exhibit. Entry date has been postponed to June 15, 2017, so you still have plenty of time. Did you know that Ida Pemberton herself produced three Cannabis plates? They have ‘em at CU!

Check back here from time to time for information about this, that, and the other thing before the end of next month.

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 giclée 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.