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, January 13, 2018

Stock Show! National Western Wool Show!

Reminder: Executive Board meeting on January 14, 2018, to review and preview and make plans. The next member meeting is on March 25. What would you like to see happening in 2018? Any member who wants to propose an agenda item, or who has suggestions about the coming year, should contact a board member or plan to attend. We gather at Noon on 1/14 at Hooked on Colfax.

Reminder: Membership dues for 2018 are due now. Please check the box for RMSBA when you go the the ASBA renewal site.

Extended Exhibits! Through May 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 Cannabis exhibit moves in June should package the inventory and deliver to Vanessa Martin before May 31, 2018, the installation date in Salida.

“Whimsy: Botanical Art & Illustration” remains at the Denver Botanic Gardens through August 2018, after which the exhibition is expected to travel to other venues, including museums, libraries and universities.

Call for Entries: The RMSBA show “Lost in the Woods” will open for entries on January 15, 2018, as specified in excruciating detail at OnlineJuriedShowsEntry fee for RMSBA members is $20 per entry plus $5 for each additional entry. Non-members entry fee is $30 per entry plus $5 for each additional entry. May 15, 2018, is the deadline for entries and all fees. Get those portraits prepared and send in images. We look forward to following those breadcrumbs through the forests…


ASBA 21st International exhibit is now accepting entries. The Preferred Plant List is based on the collections of the Wave Hill public garden and culture center in New York, but other species will be considered.

Holiday party update: Terrific food and great camaraderie as always. Sharon Garrett received a Sarah Simblet book from the board as a token of gratitude for her labors and efforts with the RARE II exhibit over several years, from concept development to completion of an extended tour.  Many thanks to Shiere for hosting in her beautiful home and Eileen for the food.


Reprise on the ASBA 2017 Conference in San Francisco, a smoky event; we were all reminded of how quickly our lives can change. Some ASBA members lost their homes to the raging fires and more had to be evacuated. Several flights into San Francisco International were delayed because of the smoke, etc. Despite all, we rallied for a really good time. We visited Alcatraz, Golden Gate Park and Filoli.  We got to see the Florilegia at both Filoli and Alcatraz.  It was a great conference and we look forward to next year’s conference in St. Louis – the Missouri Botanical Gardens are wonderful.

Friday, December 29, 2017

Celebrations!

Winter holidays began this year with Channukah; Solstice, “Festivus”, Christmas, Kwazaa / Boxing Day, New Year’s Day / Circumcision, Three Kings’ Day / Epiphany carry us into 2018. If I missed one, let me know.

Holiday cards from some of your Board members:

Vanessa Martin

Irma Sturgell


















If other Board members send me images, I’ll post those cards here, too.

Officer changes: At the December 10 meeting and Holiday Party, where a good time was had by all, Vanessa Martin nominated President-elect Eileen Richardson as president; the nomination was approved by unanimous voice vote. Susan Fisher nominated Vanessa Martin as interim treasurer; the nomination was approved by unanimous voice vote.

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

Carol will continue to encourage us in the art of making embossments from solar plates (we’ll be hoping for sunshine!), and guide attendees on additional embossing techniques, building on those learned at the November open studio.

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!

Here is a great opportunity to learn more about this printmaking technique - embossments.

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


Reminder: Executive Board meeting on January 14, 2018, to review and preview and make plans. Any member who wants to propose an agenda item should contact a board member, or plan to attend.

Exhibits: RMSBA members selected for the US Botanic Gardens “America’s Flora” (opening May 2018) are Constance Sayas, Dorothy DePaolo, Sharon Garrett, and Vanessa Martin. Congratulations, Ladies! Through January 2018, “Cannabis: A Visual Perspective” remains on display at the University of Colorado Natural History Museum in Boulder. “Whimsy: Botanical Art & Illustration” is on view at the Denver Botanic Gardens until February 11, 2018. Keep your eye on this space for a Call for “Lost in the Woods” and related upcoming announcements.

Road trip: Missing all of this activity, your Editor spent 2-1/2 weeks visiting the southern deserts and the Tucson area, and the southern Colorado Plateau. Visited amazing places traveling to and from. Great bird spots at Bosque del Apache NWR (and lesser-known wetlands). Watched CSU lose at the New Mexico Bowl in Albuquerque. Best Lunch: The Oracle Inn, Oracle, AZ. Best Sunday Lunch: El Paraguas, Espanola, NM.

Saguaro NP _ Rincon
Pincushion 
Bird Nest in Cholla




















May your New Year be merry and bright – and creative!

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

Boo!

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?