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 1, 2015

January Meeting at Golden Library

January 25, 2015, Golden Library, 1019 10th St, Golden, CO

1) State of the Organization 
2) Mission Statement and By-Laws
3) Tagline contest
4) RARE II Update
            a. Need committee to handle photo gallery addition to exhibit
5) Upcoming Exhibits
            a. Gathering of the Guilds
            b. Wicked Plants
                   1)  Decide on non-member entry fee
            c. Tagawa Gardens
6) Membership Recruitment Drive
7) Proposed schedule for 2015
8) Member discussion on ideas for workshops and other activities
9) Share favorite books

The complete Minutes of the meeting are posted to this Blog under Documents of Use

Proposed (and accepted) 2015 schedule of meetings
1) January 25th - Golden Library - 2015 kick off
2) February 22nd - Meeting cancelled due to snow; rescheduled for
     March 1Columbine Library - RARE Photo gallery, work on project
3) March 29th – location TBD - Discussion on digital techniques
4a) April 24th (Friday) - Framing RAREII at Sharon Eatons’s
4b) April 26th (Sunday) - Gathering of the Guilds – Boettcher Mansion
5) May 31st – Rocky Mtn Land Library - Film
6) June 28th – location TBD - Susan Fisher workshop/ Color Force
7) July 26th - Plein Aire at Mt. Goliath
8) August 30th - Bar-B-Que at Vanessa Martin’s house
9) Sept. 27th - Aurora Plains Conservation Center Tour
10) October 25th – location TBD - recap of Miami ASBA conference
11) November 29th - no meeting
12) December 20th - location TBD - Holiday party

RARE II Exhibit Update (further details in the January Minutes)

Adding a Photo Gallery as an interpretive component to the exhibit received enthusiastic support. We need all RARE artists to forward any photos of field work, herbarium specs, on-location photos with botanists, anything that would interest the public. These will show the story behind the process, how we go about researching, field work, looking for plants etc. 

Send digital photos to Susan Fisher at susan@susantfisher.com. Please explain the photos so we can create captions. At our next meeting we will work on this project. Bring your ideas! We need volunteers for a committee; please let Vanessa, Dorothy or Susan Fisher know if you can help us with this creative project.   

Question: Will those RARE artwork pieces not accepted into the traveling exhibit be included in the catalogue?  Answer: No. This is a catalog of the exhibit itself. 

Upcoming Exhibits (further details in the January Minutes)

Gathering of the Guilds – Sunday, April 26th, The Boettcher Mansion on Lookout Mountain, Golden, 9am-4pm – RMSBA will have a table. Members are invited to sell their prints, note cards, etc.  If interested in participating, please contact Sharon Eaton and Patti Hearn.

 Wicked Plants Exhibit– An exhibit inspired by the book “Wicked” by the author Amy Stewart.  This non-juried show is open to RMSBA members with a special invitation to DBG non-member students. The show will be in October at the Aurora Cultural Arts district gallery.

The Call For Entry will be posted soon with the details. We need a good turn out because the gallery is huge and we need to fill it: we estimate a minimum of 45-50 pieces. We will also be able to sell originals, prints and note cards at this venue; gallery takes 25% commission. 

Tagawa Gardens – Patti Hearn is negotiating with Tagawa Gardens for us to set up one weekend in August to sell our art. Also they want someone to conduct a workshop for 10-12 year olds.  Tentatively Sharon Garret has volunteered to work on this. More details once Patti has finalized the commitment.

Membership Recruitment drive – (further details in the January Minutes)
Vanessa encourages all members to think of ways to get new members. We will be getting business cards for members to carry to pass out to prospective new members. Members who take classes at DBG should promote RMSBA. We want to send the message that you don’t have to be a graduate of the DBG school in order to join, we welcome newbies to the botanical art world. 

Exhausted from so much thinking and planning and proposing, we shared our favorite books and magazines and munched on snacks… Ahhhhh, it was a good meeting!

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