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, June 21, 2018

Good Solstice to You


Daylight hours across North America on this Summer Solstice:

Member Meeting (and Board Meeting) for June 24 is canceled. We’ll see you in September.

Monday, June 25, is Hanging Day for ‘Lost in the Woods.’ We open in Lakewood…


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Flag Day!


Grand Union Flag adopted by the Second Continental Congress in 1775 was replaced
by the Stars & Stripes adopted in 1777 by the Second Continental Congress.












Also: Happy 243rd birthday, United States Army!



Entries are due for “Lost in the Woods” over the next three days. Get your stuff out there to Shiere as instructed in the acceptance letter. It’s exciting! Congratulations to the Artists. Come see the show.



Thursday, May 31, 2018

Artful Summer in Denver


More than 30 entries were accepted into “Lost in the Woods.” Congratulations to the Artists. Come see the show.


Open Studio with Kristi Czajkowski on Wednesday, June 13 at the Denver Zoo (meet outside entrance), 10 am – 2 pm. 


Member Meeting coming up on Sunday, June 24.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Next up: Mother’s Day. Flowers ready?

Martha Narey 2012: Treespotting - Quercus gambelii

Lost in the Woods May 15, 2018, entry deadline looms at OnlineJuriedShows. If you need guidance with the good wood, Irma Sturgell has help for you: ask for the Champion Trees files. The show opens at Valkarie Gallery in Lakewood, and installation is Monday, June 18; Opening Reception on Saturday, June 23. First Friday event on July 7! So get ‘em entered, folks!





Cannabis: A Visual Perspective has two weeks to run at the CU Museum of natural History. Read this timely Westword interview with our lovely Susan Fisher. She’s talkin’ about you…





Gathering of the Guilds happened Sunday, April 29, at the Boettcher Mansion on Lookout Mountain, and the weather was delightful. Your Editor took the opportunity to Walk on Dirt, having been town-bound for a while. It was fun, and Golden Moon Distillery has an interesting Whiskey Tea Punch well worth sampling.


Tagawa Gardens RMSBA Art Sale is on July 14 (vive la France). Get your stuff ready for this opportunity in conjunction with the Lavender Festival. Our space last year, right in front of the High Plains Iris Show & Sale, did enhance our sales with some of their traffic.


Taxonomy and Herbarium Website. Those of you who don’t read Science may be interested to visit Missouri Botanic Gardens’ website http://tropicos.org/Project/VPA. From the GNSI List-serve: “The Vascular Plants of the Americas (VPA) website contains the first integrated assessment of all known native species of vascular plants in the New World. It includes 124,993 species in 6,227 genera, and 355 families. The species number corresponds to 33% of the 383,671 vascular plant species known globally.”

The site includes interesting taxonomic updates… for example… florist’s chrysanthemum is no longer Dendrathema, but is back to Chrysanthemum morifolium. [The more things change… Ed.] Searching say, Images, takes a moment, but take a breath or a sip, and let the iMagic happen. Tools include a Glossary search and an Ethnobotany search – and A Grammatical Dictionary of Botanical Latin, for which you’ve all been waiting with bated breath.

You can also link to the NY Botanic Garden Virtual Herbarium and other sites (note colored icons next to the Genus and Species after you search). It is an ongoing project; the link for the .pdf of the original Science article is in the tiny print at the bottom of the home page.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Recovered from taxing ordeals? It’s Springtime in the Rockies


Gathering of the Guilds is coming up on Sunday, April 29, 2018, at the Boettcher Mansion on Lookout Mountains. Come up and join us!




‘Lost in the Woods’ is open for entries at OnlineJuriedShows. If you need guidance with the good wood, Irma Sturgell has help for you: ask for the Champion Trees files. Deadline for entry is May 15. The show opens at Valkarie Gallery in Lakewood, and installation is Monday, June 18; Opening Reception on Saturday, June 23. First Friday event on July 7! Artists will be enjoined to attend, to mingle and discuss… You can sell prints in conjunction with this exhibit.







Cannabis Exhibit. Through May 20, 2018, “Cannabis: A Visual Perspective” remains on display at the University of Colorado Natural History Museum in Boulder, after which it will move to the Paquette Gallery at the SteamPlant museum in Salida. Participating artists offering prints or cards/postcards for sale at the Salida venue when the exhibit moves in June should package the inventory and deliver to Vanessa Martin before May 31, 2018.







Tagawa Gardens RMSBA Art Sale is on July 14 (vive la France). Get your stuff ready for this opportunity in conjunction with the Lavender Festival. Our space last year, right in front of the High Plains Iris Show & Sale, did enhance our sales with some of their traffic.