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, January 27, 2012

January's Member Meeting Info and Other Interesting Bits

Member Meeting:
This is a reminder that our first meeting of 2012 is next Sunday, January 29th at 1:00pm at the Golden Public Library, 1019 10th Street, Golden, CO 80401. Libby Kyer is going to give a hands on demonstration of how to use the RMSBA blog and the ASBA website for your art. You may bring your laptop if you want to, but it is not required.
Refreshments will be provided.

RMSBA dues are due!. They need to be sent to national by the15th of February in order to have your name listed in the ASBA member directory. You can bring them to the meeting next Sunday or mail them to Terry Ruiter. Please provide any changed contact information as well.

If you have any artwork that you would like to share with the group, please bring it! A time will be provided after the demonstration for "Show and Tell"!
There are so many things happening within our organization! I can't wait to tell you about the events that are in store. I'm excited to see you. Please come!

Wasatch maple seed pod, graphite on paper, Julie Ann Terry

Dorothy DePaul and Susan Rubin had artworks accepted in the Colored Pencil Society of America's 8th Annual "Explore This!" exhibition, which will be shown on-line at www.cpsa.org starting on February 1st.  Their images are featured below. 

Mesmerize: Echinops tjanschanicus, Globe Thistle, colored pencil, Susan Rubin

Flowering Cactus, colored pencil, Dorothy DePaulo

Fixing is Fine

Heidi Snyder shares this saving moment with us: Heidi's cardinal pair featured in a previous post, pictured above to remind us of the color saturation, is colored pencil on film, but she often uses Derwent Inktense pencils on the back of the film to augment color. With the cardinal pair she actually goofed big time! She underlayed the film with dark paper to provide background, so she wanted to use white acrylic painted on the back side of the cardinals to allow the cardinals local color to be bright and pure.

She tells us: "Done it before, no prob, but I didn't pay attention and slopped the acrylic on the front instead of the back, totally ruining 2 perfectly nice birds....After I got done cussing in 3 languages I scraped off the acrylic from the front, redid the birds, then put the acrylic on the back. Needless to say the acrylic I used was permanent! Luckily my razor blade was dull, so no tears on the Mylar (my beloved Mylar). Long live drafting film!"

The RMSBA is reaching out to the public, seeking supporters for the genre of botanical art and members. To that end, we're designing a new brochure that will provide information about our organization, about botanical art in today's world, and about applying for membership. In addition, business cards with contact information for the organization will also be printed.

You're encouraged to take a handful of brochures with you when you exhibit, demonstrate or teach botanical art! Contact information to get brochures in a timely fashion will be published as soon as the brochure is available.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

2012 is Galloping Into Our Lives

Acer saccharum, Winged Seed, Graphite by Frank Merrem

What a perfect image to start the year with - a winged seed, ready to take flight, find a home, grow and prosper. The new year is a great nudger. Just the phrase"the New Year" makes us think of resolutions, changes, fresh starts, new directions, travel, opportunities, clean slates, new growth...it's pretty much a gateway phrase to endless exploration of possibilities. RMSBA board members have listened to members' wishes to get more from our organization, and this post presents the results of planning ahead for 2012. Consider this our nudge to help you leap into 2012, reserving time in your year to nurture your art.

There are many new aspects of being an RMSBA member that benefit you on a regular basis. Julie Ann Terry and her committee have put together a terrific plan for monthly meetings based on education, the business of art, camaraderie, critique, and methods to pump up your creativity. The full schedule is listed under the new gadget RMSBA Meeting Schedule on the right. You'll see there are activities every month, generally on the last Sunday of the month. We're listing the whole plan here, in this post, and then you can access it easily at right whenever you need it. It will be updated with locations and other details as they become available. Meetings held in private homes will have locations sent to you before the event by email, to protect member privacy.
Bromeliad, watercolor, Cynthia Rothbard

2012 Meeting Schedule
January 29: How To Use the RMSBA Blog and ASBA Website for Your Art – presented by Libby Kyer, Golden Library, 1019 10th Street Golden, CO, PH: 303.235.52751, -4 PM
February 26: Members’ Critiques, location Dorothy DePaulo's home, 1 PM, bring snacks to share, beverages provided
March 25: RARE II Kickoff Meeting; Pick Your Plant and Get a Jumpstart on the Process, share questions and solutions with other members, location TBA, 1 PM
April 29: What’s New in the World of Art Framing – Nancy Martin, Golden Frames and Gifts, 2221 Ford St. * Golden, Colorado, PH: 303.278.2682, 1-4 PM
May 27: Members’ Critiques, Julie Ann Terry’s home, 1 PM, bring snacks to share, beverages provided
June 24: “Zentangle”- The art of creative doodling – Mary Jo Ramsdale and Dorothy DePaulo, location TBA, 1-4 PM
July 29: Members’ Critiques, Libby Kyer’s home, 1 PM, bring snacks to share, beverages provided
August 26: Members’ Critiques, Mary Jo Ramsdale's home, 1 PM, bring snacks to share, beverages provided
September 30Viewing the 2012 National Watercolor Media ExhibitFoothillsArt Center, 809 15th Street Golden, CO, PH: 303.279.3922, 1-4 PM
October 28: RARE II Review, Review and Assist Each Other with Exhibit Specimens, location TBA
November 17: Trip to art materials vendor. Organizer: Susie Olson. A great pre-holiday tour
December 9: 2012 Annual Holiday Meeting, at Dorothy DePaulo’s home, 1 PM

William Morris tile designA Unique Travel Opportunity
Is a yen to travel in your thoughts for this new year? For travel with a fabulous botanical art focus, try botanical travel: The Arts and Archives Tour, March 22 - April 3, 2012. Join Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski, Manager of Botanical Art and Illustration Programs at Denver Botanic Gardens, for a unique exploration of art archives in Europe. This 12-day tour includes four nights in London, where you'll discover the hidden jewels of Kew Gardens’ Library, Art & Archives and enjoy Dr. Shirley Sherwood’s company while exploring the current exhibits in the only gallery solely devoted to botanical art. Learn about published and unpublished art treasures in the Natural History Museum and British Library and enjoy a tour of the British Library’s Conservation Studios. Presentation of the extensive three year conservation research project of the outstanding Reeves Collection in addition to William Morris Red House and the newly re-opened De Morgan Centre are in the program. Take a one day break from collections to visit the well-known artist and teacher, Ann Swan at her studio in Wiltshire, with a stop at Lacock Abbey and neolithic monuments at Avebury.

Treasures at Kew Gardens

Next, travel by high-speed rail to Frankfurt (via Brussels) to explore Maria Sibylla Merian’s works from the 17th century and spend time at the University of Tübingen with Leonhart Fuchs’ collection. Learn about the scientific side of the great poet Goethe and visit the Gutenberg Museum.

Explore Germany’s oldest town Trier, and on the way to Nürnberg, visit the Heidelberg Castle to learn about pharmaceutical history in this remarkable museum, which displays one of the finest collections of paintings, manuscripts and related objects from the past 2000 years.

The tour comes to an end in Bavaria, where you can sample special wines and famous gingerbread while discovering the secrets of Faber-Castell’s 250-year history on the tour of the company’s Jugend castle. Before leaving Germany, visit the Imperial Castle of of Nürnberg and the Germanic National Museum, which boasts Albrecht Dürer collections and the unique Codex aureus, produced in the 10th century.

Please contact Sheridan Shamano at Sheridan@reefstorockies.com or 303.860.6045 to reserve your spot. This is the second botanical art tour that Mervi has put together. Several RMSBA members took last year's trek to England and Spain, and they are still excited about it! Give it some thought. It might be a perfect match for you and your travel yen.

Calls for Entries
Two new calls have been added, both for exhibitions at Denver Botanic Gardens. Links are provided in the calls themselves for further information.

Illustrations Needed
Susan Panjabi has asked to send you this list of plants that they would like to have illustrated by March/April for the Rare On-Line Plant Field Guide. If you are interested please contact Susan directly at the address below or at her email: SUSAN.PANJABI@colostate.edu>

She has source materials, photos, etc. of these plants you can use and is interested in either color or black and white illustrations.

You and Your Blog
Just a brief reminder that this blog is all about you, and if you have questions or concerns or contributions please contact us at rmsbartists@gmail.com.