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.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Don't Miss a Single Good Moment...

...of exciting times with the RMSBA. If you haven't paid dues yet, now is the time. It will insure that you get to participate in RMSBA meetings and workshops for members only, and it will also insure that your contact info is included in the ASBA Member Directory. Drop your dues in the mail now, and you'll be good to go for the whole year. There are many wonderful things coming up, in Colorado, and in Boston for the Annual Meeting and Conference. Be there!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Third RMSBA Tagawa Sale Blooms!

RMSBA Art Sale at Tagawa Greenhouses Showcases Botanical Art
We had a lilght-filled and well-traveled location within the greenhouses this year, our  third sales event at this venue. Tagawa graciously provides us with this opportunity in the spring. It supports botanical art, and also brings in art lovers who love gardening and flowers too. Our location gave us provided us with more visitors at a steadier rate than in previous years, as well as better conditions for visitors to view the artworks. Sales totaled about $2000.

Thanks to all the participating artists, volunteers who manned the display and assisted with sales, and to the organizers, ably chaired by Mary Jo Ramsdale. The 2012 Sale is scheduled for April, and we’re looking at possibilities of expanded sales opportunities during specialty events at Tagawa, including the Rose Society, African Violet Society, Daylily Society and the Edible Plant Growers.
It’s springtime, and flowers aren’t the only things growing! This is your new RMSBA blog. We’re replacing the website with our blog, because the blog is easily, quickly and inexpensively (free!) changed in a timely fashion. Here’s what you’ll find:

The header of our blog summarizes our mission statement. If your friends and other artists are curious about what we do to support you and your art, refer them to rmsbartists.blogspot.com.

There will always be “boilerplate.” Our chapter logo from the ASBA, information about our beginnings, officer listing and copyright statement will appear anytime you open the blog.

You have the opportunity to submit pictures and a bio for your own Gallery Page. Click on “Sample Gallery Page” to see what it will look like. Then, pull together 3 to 5 images, write up a brief (300 word) biography and captions for your images, and send them to rmsbartists@gmail.com. Blog editor Libby Kyer will format your entries into a gallery page, and put them in the listing for instant connection.

Scheduled events are listed here, including Chapter meetings, sales events, exhibition openings, etc. To list an event, email your information to Libby.

Newsletter Archives are under construction, but shortly, we’ll have 2 years of newsletters available at the touch of a button. Look for this feature to be finished soon!

Calls for Entries will appear when they are available. At this time, we have 4 great exhibitions in the works, and you’ll see the calls shortly.

Organization links are posted to allow you quick contact with websites that serve you. Have a link you think others will use frequently? Send it to Libby.

This Week’s Links are opportunities for you to find great botanical art, online lessons, and art sites to stretch your concepts of art, and many more informational offerings. Please send in your suggestions too!

There’s a Blog Archive that will contain older posts. You may be trying to remember an address or event, or even a post. The blog will have 30 days of posts available, and then the Archive. Nothing is lost!

You’ll also be able to comment on posts, and you can submit a post via rmsbartists@gmail.com. Photos are very welcome.

And finally, adding your information to the Follwer button will insure that anytime a post is made, you'll be informed.

We hope you like this new service, powered by BlogSpot and RMSBA volunteers. It’s a growing path to all things botanical!