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, September 26, 2015

Making the news

Vanessa and Susan had an interview on KUSA, Channel 9. Here's the link for
Interview for Wicked. They're pushin' the show...

Reminder that the September meeting at the PCC is cancelled. See you October 25!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Welcome to Fall

WICKED Exhibit at ACAD Gallery

Remember to use plexiglas or acrylic instead of glass when framing your illustrations for this exhibit. Michael’s informs us that acrylic is indeed expensive, but so much lighter and less fragile than glass, and you need to get it now if you haven’t done so already. Turn in your work at ACAD gallery on October 7.

Bin work will be available for purchase from the night of the reception through the end of the show.  Gallery will be open to the public for the opening reception October 10, October 17, October 24, and for the closing reception October 31.

“Bin work” consists of unframed (usually matted, but that’s optional) pieces of artwork, and may be prints or originals.

Eligibility is limited to any artists participating in the exhibit, who must notify Sharon Eaton or Patti Hearn before October 5 if planning to bring Bin Work. 

Each artist can submit up to ten unframed 2-D works. All artwork must be botanically-themed, but may include other elements such as wildlife and insects. Protect work in clear plastic covers.

On a typed inventory sheet, list title, media, and price of each artwork along with your contact information. Submit it with your bin work on October 7 when you drop off your Wicked illustration(s). Place a small label and price on the front upper corner of the cover for each piece of artwork. Label the back of the work with title, whether original or print, price, artist’s name, phone number and email. Inventory sheet and label details must match.

A commission of 30% for sold work goes to the Aurora Cultural Arts District (ACAD). RMSBA will handle the sales and issue payments on sold work within 30 days after the end of the show. Applicable fees will be deducted. 

You will be asked to volunteer at least once to staff the Gallery housing the Bin Work, on October 17 or October 24, 11am – 3pm. We will set up 2 hour shifts; minimum of two people per shift. If you have a professional quality black canvas floor bin, please bring.  We have several but can always use more.

Pick up for unsold Bin Work has yet to be determined; we anticipate Monday, November 2. More details will be provided later.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Labor Day yard chores at your house?

September 8

Wicked participants’ works are going on the road! As a result of the changed relocation requirements, we must ask that you use lightweight materials to glaze your frames rather than glass.

Cherokee Ranch and Castle will host the exhibit after the ACAD run ends on Halloween. Another venue wants our Wicked exhibit to travel to Durango! We did not anticipate such interest, but of course are thrilled for the opportunity. To keep our artwork safe and to assist in transportation we need you to use plexiglas or acrylic instead of glass when you frame your pieces. When you drop off your work, please have it wrapped securely with your name on the wrapping, which we will keep and use to re-package for transporting to the next venue.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Sharon Eaton, Patti Hearn or Vanessa Martin.  

Upcoming meetings: The meeting for September is cancelled, as we expect to be busy setting up Wicked early in October. The meeting for October 25 is scheduled for the Eloise May library - 1471 S. Parker Road, Denver 80231.

BBBQ: The Annual Backyard Bar-Be-Que on August 30 saw members gather and enjoy one another’s company and some good food.

Open Studio 9am – 1 pm, Tuesday, September 8, 2015 at Valkarie Gallery & Studio was well attended. We went to a nice lunch after the workshop.

Art in the Gardens: The August 22 show and sale at Tagawa was slow – very little traffic all over the Gardens --  but we who did attend enjoyed ourselves. Made some sales for our artists, talked ourselves up, handed out a few leaflets to prospective members, talked among ourselves.