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, July 30, 2022

Midsummer Mountain Madness – Rapture of the Heights & Flowers



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Alpine Field Trip Canceled! On July 21 the BFAG Education staff were ill and could not lead us, so four of us took off to Loveland Pass anyway. We hiked along the steep portion of the Continental Divide Trail and thought we were really seeing something, but saw no sign of a lake. Turns out we were in the wrong spot… but less than half a mile from true delight. So go now! Here’s the marked-up GoogleEarth map segment:



XX is where we went the other day; X is the parking area entry roadway (mind the potholes...). A & B are very full alpine meadows, C is east facing slope with a snowfield above, D is the route around the lake, which you can take if you're familiar with anglers' footpaths. It is an amazing collection of wet meadow/dry meadow/fell field wildflowers and will blow your socks right off.

 













Useful Information on YouTube. The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Educational Department talk “The Disappearing Alpine” about high elevation plants and how climate change affects these fragile plants is posted to YouTube at this link. Artists should have two growing seasons to examine the Alpine & Subalpine ecosystems for the upcoming exhibit at BFAG in 2023.



ASBA Conference Registration. Any member may register during Open Registration July 31 - August 31. Registration for “ASBA Live in New York” will run September 1 - October 10.




Ocotillo - Fouquiera splendens


The “Wild, Wild, West” Call for Entries at Online Juried Shows is open through September 15, 2022. All botanical artists may depict wild plants, including trees, shrubs, wildflowers, cacti, and fungi that grow anywhere in the Western United States. This exhibit opens in October 2022 at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail. 


Reminder. First Friday Art Walks in RINO, on Santa Fe, WestFax, and other art districts are in Full Swing for summer! Go buy someone else’s art.

 


Thursday, June 30, 2022

Solstice, Spring Blooms, and the Stanley Cup

 

Lord Stanley's (baseless) Cup




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ZOOM meeting on YouTube. The May 20 Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Educational Department talk “The Disappearing Alpine” about high elevation plants and how climate change is affecting these fragile plants is posted to YouTube at this link. Artists should have two growing seasons to examine the Alpine & Subalpine ecosystems for the upcoming exhibit at BFAG in 2023.



The “Wild, Wild, West” Call for Entries at Online Juried Shows is open through September 15, 2022. All botanical artists may depict wild plants, including trees, shrubs, wildflowers, cacti, and fungi that grow anywhere in the Western United States. This exhibit opens in October 2022 at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail. 


Alpine Field Trip! Save the date: July 21, 2022. BFAG Education are offering us a private guided tour of the wildflowers at Pass Lake at the PEAK of the blooming season. Please RSVP to Dorothy DePaulo’s June 16 email call for participants.

Alpine Paintbrush

Drylands Art. Dorothy DePaulo’s July show opens July 1. Stop by.


Reminder. First Friday Art Walks in RINO, on Santa Fe, WestFax, and other art districts are in Full Swing for summer! Enjoy one close to you.

ASBA Conference Registration. Any member without an appointment may still register during Open Registration July 31 - August 31. Registration for “Online in October” will run September 1 - October 10.


Friday, May 20, 2022

Springtime in the Rockies! Get Your Snowshovel…

 




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ZOOM meeting at 3 pm TODAY. The Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Educational department will talk to us about alpine plants and how climate change is affecting these fragile plants. Artists should have two growing seasons to examine the Alpine & Subalpine ecosystems for the exhibit at BFAG in 2023. Use this link to participate in Zoom Meeting by 2:50 at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83096943350. I hope you can join us!

May 1st meeting YouTube link. If you were unable to attend the member meeting on May 1 at Denver Botanic Gardens, you can see the proceedings at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cx0Js2z2gUk.

Workshop Opportunity.


The "Wild, Wild, West” Call for Entries soon to appear at Online Juried Shows will be open through September 15, 2022. All botanical artists may depict wild plants, including trees, shrubs, wildflowers, cacti, and fungi that grow anywhere in the Western United States. This exhibit opens in October 2022 at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail.  

“Rocky Mountain High! Alpine and Subalpine Plants of the Rocky Mountains” Call for Entries, soon to appear at Online Juried Shows will be open through September 15, 2023. All botanical artists shall depict native plants that grow in the alpine life zone (~11,000 – >14,000 ft/3,000 - 4,270 m) and the subalpine life zone (<9,000 - ~11,000 ft/2,700 - 3,000 m). In New Mexico, treeline begins a little higher, and in Wyoming a little lower, on the mountain. This exhibit opens in October 2023 at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail.  

Field Trip! Save the date: July 21, 2022. BFAG Education are offering us a private guided tour of the wildflowers at Pass Lake at the PEAK of the blooming season. More details as they become available.

2014 Alpine Visit


Saturday, April 30, 2022

May Day Bouquet

 

Fishers Peak State Park




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Member Meeting Reminder. We meet on Sunday, May 1 at Denver Botanic Gardens, F-N Center, Classroom 1, 1-3 pm and participants in From Platte to Peak may pick up their artworks then as well. Announcements about upcoming exhibits and opportunities are on the agenda. Check back for more details about what we find out!

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Education Center


 

Saturday, April 23, 2022

High Winds, Smoke, DUST, Blanket the High Plains




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Show Closing. From Platte to Peak closed on April 10 at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, where it had a very nice run. Thank you to all the artists who explored the  1820 western high plains along with Edwin James and Stephen Long. 

Spearleaf Stonecrop, Jan Boyd-Haring

Gathering of the Guilds. It’s that time again! Join Judy Vanderbosch in Golden.


Board Meeting. ZOOM meeting on April 28. Check your email for the link. If you have any issue or item of interest, please contact a Board Member to add an agenda item, or contact Mary Barnes to get the link.

Member Meeting. We will meet on May 1 at Denver Botanic Gardens, F-N Center, Classroom 1, 1-3 pm and participants in From Platte to Peak may pick up their artworks then as well.




National Park Poster Artist. Charley Harper was an illustrator with a very interesting take on minimalism and the natural environment, and shared this vision in a series of posters for the National Park Service during the 1970s and 1980s. Some of his work can be seen (and acquired) at this site, and National Parks magazine recently ran an article about him. Very quirky, actually.