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, January 19, 2015

It's Stock Show Season - Why Isn't It Cold?

Our First Meeting of 2015
          is January 25, 1 - 3 pm, Golden Library, 1019 10th Street, Golden.

Bring a book that inspires you as an artist, a light snack to share, and your ideas. We are planning our RMSBA year. Please find your fellow artists more compelling -- and more fun -- than the Stock Show this afternoon.

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From Our President
Happy New Year to all!

Re-energize – to give energy to; rouse to activity…
First I want to say how much I appreciate the opportunity to serve as your new President.  I know I have big shoes to fill but I am up for the challenge.  The new Board had its first meeting early January… hold onto your hats because they are energized and full of great ideas for this coming year.  Coming off of the annual ASBA conference we hope to ignite a new sense of purpose and excitement for our organization. 

Amend – To change for the better; improve…
Our January 25th meeting will be an important and informative one to attend.   We have a number of agenda items that we want to present to members.  Among the topics for serious discussion and ultimately a vote will be to amend our Mission statement and By-Laws.  We are proposing to change our mission statement, goals and objectives to better reflect and serve its members…you. 

E-mailed to you for review, the current Mission Statement and By-Laws, and proposed changes also can be downloaded from the Documents section of the Blog.  We will have a discussion and decide by vote for an amendment to these documents.

Below is a brief summary of some of the other agenda topics.
Agenda for January 25th at Golden Library

1.      State of the Organization
2.      Mission Statement and By-Laws amendment
3.      Tag Line contest
4.      RARE II Update
5.      Upcoming Exhibits
          a.      Gathering of the Guilds
          b.      Wicked Plants
6.      Membership Recruitment drive
          a.      RMSBA business cards
7.      Proposed schedule for 2015
8.      Members to suggest ideas for locations, workshops and other activities of interest
9.      Bring your favorite book that inspires you or the one you always to go.

If you have other topics you want to discuss please bring your ideas.  Let’s have some fun!

Vanessa Martin, President, RMSBA

RARE II Artists
A new list of available plants for RARE II is coming your way. Check your email. Any scans of additional work submitted for RARE II must be received by March 15, 2015 March 31, 2015. If you opt for another plant, please advise us at drop point.

Open Studio 
              at Valkarie Gallery, 445 S Saulsbury St, Lakewood; Second Tuesdays

We had our first Open Studio on Jan 13, and had a grand time. Usefully spent, too. We raised clouds of graphite and colored pencil dust, and sprinkled a bit of watercolor. We sought and gave advice. We also got to see the pieces (some actually of pieces, as below; very imaginative artist!) on display at the gallery. I don't know what the Artist's Stefan Begej's title is for the montage; I call my photo "A Burst of Sax."

We'll gather again on February 10. Come join us!

Monday, January 12, 2015

Happy New Year!

Your Board, having survived our first meeting on January 8!

Come to the January 25 meeting at the Golden Library and help make the Plan for the coming year. We also need to discuss our By-laws, last revised before the Great Recession.

Bring a book that inspired you as an artist. It need not be any particular art form, or even art at all, just inspiring.

Open Studio January 13: at Valkarie Gallery, 453 S Saulsbury St, Lakewood, 9 to 1, bring your stuff. This monthly second-Tuesday opportunity begins tomorrow.

An exhibit in Loveland featuring Susan Rubin, Constance Sayas, and Carol Till,:

Don't forget the Coors Western Art Show and Sale at the National Western Stock Show through January 25, featuring Carol Till.

(flyer forthcoming)