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.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Sometimes, more is more!

With apologies to Bauhaus, this week,  more is more! Lots of interesting bits to share with you. Let's start with Weekly Links. There are some wonderful sites. I'm particularly thrilled with the catalog of historical botanical prints. Wow, what a treasure trove. The modern take on Albrecht Durer's Rhinoceros is amazing! Durer had never seen a rhino when he created his iconic image. Now it's scheduled to walk the streets! There's a neat little tutorial available on mixing media in botanical art and a link to a Squidoo list of good botanical art books. Squidoo is a great site with so many resources.

I have been an updating obsessive, and you'll now find our Newsletter Archives available. Just click on the issue you want to read and you'll go directly to to our file host site and the desired document. Also, there are a couple of workshop offerings by member artists to check out. Summer is a great time for plein aire painting in any medium, and if you have any qualms about your drawing skills, there's a course for you too.

Our own Susan Rubin is the featured artist at Botanical Interests Seed Company this month. Take a look at her interview and some great art at: bicreativeinspirations.com/featuredartist/.

Flamenco by Susan Rubin

Our next exhibit is in the fall. The call for entries for The Colorado Garden exhibition is loaded into our Calls for Entries gadget. It contains all the particulars for this neat new opportunity. While on the subject of exhibitions, your board is working hard on finding suitable venues for showing your artworks. If you have ideas for venues, contacts at same, or other words of wisdom regarding exhibitions, please do contact me. We value your input.

And finally, I have to ask, where are your gallery pages? My own entry is feeling a little lonely, a little too solitary. So, take some time to put together a biography, gather two or 3 fine images, and then send them to me. I look forward to our Gallery turning into the hot spot for new and beautiful in botanical art!

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