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, 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.


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Truly Spring: Snow to Crocus; Easter Bunny Approaches at Warp Speed


ArtCozy project is finished, and had you attended the March meeting at Southglenn Library, you could have purchased one for only $25 ($30 for nonmembers)! Judy Vanderbosch and crew did an awesome job. RMSBA exhibit committee will keep 50 – our shows tend not to have more items - to use for transporting and storing exhibit entries.






We have product available in black or grey, and nice stuff it is, too: 32” x 22 ½”, double bottom and Velcro closure, very capacious and soft. They fold up well for storage. Ask Vanessa Martin or Judy about payment methods.




‘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 the exhibit.


Subject: Artists Wanted - Summer Art Sale May 19, 2018
Deadline April 6, 2018

Western Spirit Art Show & Sale continues through April 15 at Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum in Cheyenne, WY, should you be in the neighborhood.

Gathering of the Guilds is scheduled for April 29, 2018, at the Boettcher Mansion on Lookout Mountains. Put it on your calendars now. Irma Sturgell is collecting names of those who are interested in selling artwork, prints, cards, etc. here and also at …

Tagawa Gardens Lavender Festival. The RMSBA Art Sale is coming up on July 14 (that’s Bastille Day, history fans). Get your stuff ready for this one. Last year we were right in front of the High Plains Iris Show & Sale, and we did benefit from their traffic.

Drive a little, see a lot. RMSBA is arranging a Rambling Day Open House at the Buffalo Peaks Ranch south of Fairplay on July 28. Lunch will be served and the Rocky Mountain Land Library property will be open for participants to explore and sketch the numerous scenic features. More details to follow.

Art for the Sangres Show & Sale, for those of you planning farther ahead, will be September 28 & 29 at A Painted View Ranch, Westcliffe, CO. More information available soon here.

ASBA Worldwide International show – four RMSBA members were accepted into this show: Vanessa Martin, Connie Sayas, Dorothy DePaulo and Sharon Garrett.

ASBA 4th Annual Online Auction March 26 through April 27. Visit via this link.

Open Studios for spring with Kristi Czajkowski on these Wednesdays:
    April 18    Robischon Gallery, 1740 Wazee Street, 11 am - 2 pm
    May 9       Denver Museum of Nature & Science (meet in lobby), 10 am – 2 pm
    June 13    Denver Zoo (meet outside entrance), 10 am – 2 pm


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Daylight Savings Time Begins, Readjustment Lags


Reminder: Member Meeting March 18 (a week earlier than usual: the 25th is Palm Sunday). Location: Southglenn Library, Meeting Room B, in The Streets at SouthGlenn, 6972 S Vine St, Centennial, CO (303) 542-7279, 1-3 pm. The Executive Committee (your Board) will meet at 11 am at First Watch Café, just across the street. If you have agenda items for the Board please contact one of the directors, or attend that meeting.

Member Meeting Agenda
·         Exhibits
·         Gathering of the Guilds / Tagawa
·         Open Studio
·         Art Cozies
·         Rambling Day at Buffalo Peaks Ranch
·         Members’ Works in Progress







ArtCozy project is finished! Judy Vanderbosch and crew did an awesome job. We have product available in black or grey, and nice stuff it is, too. See ‘em at the March Meeting.

Reminder: March is the Month of Printmaking, with most venues and galleries participating, so keep those eyes open. Events include a studio tour on Saturday, March 24 from 10 to 4, and Carol Till’s studio will be among those open. Carol will also host an open house on Sunday, March 25, from 10 to 4.

 ‘Lost in the Woods’ is open for entries at OnlineJuriedShows.  Deadline for entry is May 15, 2018. The show will open at the Valkarie Gallery in Lakewood. Installation is on Monday, June 18, with an Opening Reception on Saturday, June 23. First Friday event on July 7! Artists will be implored to attend, to mingle and discuss…

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




Saturday, February 24, 2018

Hearts & Flowers, Actual Snowfall, Bitter Cold, Springlike Warmth…

ArtCozy assemblers needed to finish up the task! We have gotten most of the bags up to the Velcro stage. The last batch will need top and Velcro and side seam top stitched. All will need to be finally inspected for quality (threads clipped, seams straight and ready to go).

We also need: all pockets cleaned with alcohol to remove tape residue; promotion material inserted into pocket; ArtCozies folded, put into clear plastic envelopes, and set up for sale. You do not need to have any sewing experience to volunteer!

We have the needed supplies. Any questions just call.

Thursday March 1st from 9:30 am to 3 pm. Lunch offering: sandwiches, salad and beverages. Oh, and dessert!

Please RSVP to Judy at redbudart@gmail.com  303-375-7718

‘Lost in the Woods’ is open for entries at OnlineJuriedShows.  Deadline for entry is May 15, 2018. The show will open at the Valkarie Gallery in Lakewood. Installation is on Monday, June 18, with an Opening Reception on Saturday, June 23. First Friday event on July 7! Artists will be implored to attend, to mingle and discuss…

Member Meeting March 18. Location TBD (a week earlier than usual: the 25th is Palm Sunday)

The Kirkland Museum of Fine Art and Decoration will open its new building at 12th Avenue and Bannock Street in Denver with an exhibit of Colorado prints on March 10.

Reminder: March will be the Month of Printmaking. Events include a studio tour on Saturday, March 24 from 10 to 4, and Carol Till’s studio will be among those open. Carol will also host an open house on Sunday, March 25, from 10 to 4.

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

Call for Entries: 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. Deadline for entries is March 30, 2018.


ASBA announces a search for a new Executive Director, Diane Batson-Smith having left. Robin Jess, Past ED, will take up the slack until the MotherShip is re-staffed.