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.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Now that Summer's Finally Here

June 28 Meeting
We meet Sunday, June 28 at 1:00 at Cherokee Castle and Ranch, 6113 Daniels Park Rd, Sedalia, CO 80135.

Bring a draft of your artist statement with brief pertinent bio, and if you are a RARE II exhibitor, a statement about the plant(s) you researched and portrayed. It is fervently to be hoped that we can benefit from some guidance in the experiences of others in preparing these statements. Bring your suggestions to help plan an on-line workshop about this: What do you need?

A book-signing opportunity with Dorothy DePaulo and Heidi Syder (“Wild in the City”) seems to be in the offing. Maybe a brief tour of the Castle… 

 “Wicked” Reminder
Sharon Eaton, tender of the “Wicked” entries, gently reminds entrants that entry forms and fees are due August 1, 2015. She sent pertinent forms by e-mail, along with a request that you describe the wickedness your plant manifests, so it can be noted on your artwork’s ID plaque.
If you would like to hand-deliver your completed forms and fee, bring them to our meeting this Sunday at the Cherokee Ranch and Castle in Sedalia, or to our July 28th meeting at Hudson Gardens. If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact her: e-mail racereaton@aol.com, or call 571-225-1617.

Note that the Wicked exhibit will move to the Cherokee Castle and Ranch after closing at the Aurora venue. You lucky people! On weekends open to the public.

Open Press workshop – etching alternative using Solarplate TM

Yes! Another printmaking workshop at Open Press with instructor Mark Lunning. This workshop will be about using SolarplateTM, a simple approach and safer alternative to traditional etching and relief printing. All material will be provided; everyone will have 3 finished plates and many prints to take away. 

The workshop meets 4 consecutive Wednesdays, beginning on July 15th from 1-5pm; second class is July 22nd 1-5pm, third class is July 29th 1-5pm, and the last class is August 5th 1-5pm. Cost is $250.00, a great price with all materials provided. The maximum number of participants is 8, so please act quickly to secure a spot.  If interested, contact Vanessa Martin at martin.vanessa655@gmail.com to sign up. 

Head for the Hills

The wildflower season has begun at last – which may comfort us to know as we gaze upon the recidivist wreckage accompanying the very unsettled weather. We found these at Alderfer-Three Sisters JOSP 

and these on the Bear Creek – Clear Creek divide

this past week or so, so weep not for your tame ornamentals, and get up there for some plein aire or some reference photoacquisition. It looks like a Banner year.

Member Blog Posts
Members, are you aware that among the many benefits of being an RMSBA member is access to the Blog? We crave to know what members are doing outside of RMSBA activities, so herein lies your opportunity to let your fellow artists know of your upcoming event. Submit a post for the RMSBA blog to announce personal botanically-related events! 

Send all submissions by e-mail to the Blog editor at rmsbartists@blogspot.com. Please include at least one pictorial image (max 300 dpi .jpg or .png, 6" on longest side). Allow 7 days delay for posting.  Your Blog editor retains the right to reject inappropriate material, and will edit submissions for clarity and brevity.

Respect for member privacy requires that all of us not use the member roster (or the received “cc:” list) for any e-mail announcements other than RMSBA/ASBA-related information.   

Open Studio June 9
Atendees agreed to recommend to RMSBA that we follow the example at CSU and adopt as our standard reference the May 2015 publication Flora of Colorado by Jennifer Ackerfield to replace the now-dated Weber classical reference. A digital version (free download) is forthcoming.

RMSBA Board Meeting June 8

We met, we argued, we plotted your fate… We agreed to commit the association to a couple of future projects, for which details will be forthcoming. Your Board members are always open to your suggestions and comments.

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