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.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Holiday Meeting a Treat!

Colored pencil, Dorothy DePaulo
A warm welcome to 2014!
As the snow flies I hope you are all staying warm, mindful of the fact that this very snow will produce spring's growth and that this might actually be a good time to work on your art projects.

We had a lovely RMSBA Christmas party at Wendy's place (thank you for your hospitality, Wendy), and the elections (informal, but valid) produced the following results:

Exhibit chair Vanessa Martin
Membership: Sharon Garrett (who continues to head up RARE, thank you Sharon)
President Heidi Snyder
Program chair Carol Ferguson
Secretary Julie Terry
Treasurer Vicky MacWilliam

Vicky will retire from her position the end of 2014, but would happily mentor anyone who is inclined to fill the treasurer's position for 2015. She assures me it's all very doable and if you have any questions please direct them to Vicky MacWilliam at her email.  At this point you would have a whole year to ease into the position with Vicky's constant assistance - a very valuable help.

Thank you to all who filled a board position - RMSBA is what its members make it.

Dorothy DePaulo finished her 2-year term as (wonderful!) president and RMSBA owes her a renewed sense of purpose and vigor. It will be extremely difficult to fill her shoes, but with your help I am willing to try.

2014 promises to be a big year for RMSBA with hosting ABSA's annual convention the middle of October for which the planning is well on its way. Also well on its way are the planning and preparation for RARE II, to debut at TWE February of 2015.

So far we have one specific date for you to put on your calendar: January 8.

On January 8, at 1 PM, in the Denver Botanic Gardens cafĂ©, we will meet to put together the RMSBA program for 2014. While email is a great tool, it cannot replace the synergy of a group of brainstorming creative minds, so I encourage you to join us for 40-50 minutes. With enough participants a lot can be accomplished in a short amount of time. If you have any suggestions or input please contact our program chair Carol Ferguson at her email.

That is it for now, and I am looking forward to an exciting and 2014.

All the best

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