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.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Daffodils are emerging in my yard -- too early!

Art living among us in disguise?
Consider the website Hyperallergic.com (Sensitive to Art and Its Discontents), which is about art as an alive, changing event in all our lives : Food for thought for artists as activists. Lifting a page now and then from radical artists’ playbooks, as Libby Kyer suggests, might spur us to grow botanical art first as a recognized ART genre (we’re all artists here…) and secondly as the visible science contribution to education about life on the planet!

Upcoming Meeting Locations
February 22, 2015  1-3 pm  Columbine Library, 7706 W Bowles Ave, Littleton, CO 80123
March 29, 2015  1-3 pm  Roxborough Library, Lockheed Martin Meeting Room, 8357 North Rampart Range Road, Littleton, 80125

Membership dues: are you overdue?
Here is a link for both your ASBA and RMSBA memberships. To go directly to the ASBA site to join or renew your membership use this link:   http://asba-art.org/join/joinrenew-now
For persons who wish to pay by check, please fill out the membership form and prepare a check for $90 made payable to ASBA. Send the check to: ASBA Membership, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY 10458-5126.
Please email any questions to our treasurer, Ronda Ballard: RMSBAtreasurer@gmail.com
Remember to renew your membership no later than January 31st each year…

Call for Entries: Wicked Plants    
RMSBA is hosting a non-juried exhibition inspired by Amy Stewart’s book Wicked Plants. Posted nearby is the Call for Entry and Entry form.  Something new we have added to this CFE is the Email Intent to Enter.  If you know you are going to participate but don’t know the botanical plant you will be illustrating, don’t worry, just show TBD in the form. Our intent is get a count of how many art pieces we can expect to hang. 

If you have a copy of the book, please bring it to our meetings for members to look at and get ideas.  You can purchase the book on Amazon or at Denver Botanic Gardens.  Check your local libraries; they may have copies as well.  

We really encourage you to have fun with this.  You can add other elements to show why your plant is wicked, i.e., a plant with thorns could have blood dripping off or a poisonous plant with skull and crossbones.  I know that you can come up with some very clever ways to illustrate a wicked plant.

RMSBA has extended a special invitation to the Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration students who are not RMSBA members.  We are excited to have them participate with us and to see what benefits they can have as members to our great organization.

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