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, September 17, 2017

There’s Still Hope for a Rocktober, Baseball Fans

Check out this link: Postcards from Denver. Only a few seats left!
a four-day Primer & Plein Air watercolor workshop
Thurs, Sept 28 – Sun, Oct 1, 2017 • 9:30am – 4:00pm
The Art Gym, 1460 Leyden St., Denver

Instructors: Marjorie Leggitt and Leon Loughridge

Happy Independence Day (Feliz Día de la Independencia) yesterday, Mexico

Member meeting in Broomfield at the Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library, 1 - 3 pm, September 24, which is Sunday. Location: 3 Community Park Rd, Broomfield, Colorado; we will be in the Eisenhower room.  Check your email for more details.

Exhibit snapshot from “Cannabis: A Visual Perspective”:
… and there’s more!

Be sure to visit full-sized, framed, lovely show at the CU Museum of Natural History!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Shows and Shows

RMSBA exhibit at CU makes the News. Nice mention of “Cannabis: A Visual Perspective” in the Health News section of the Sunday Washington Post. RMSBA artists get kudos. Other appearances in media about the show can be found at the Boulder Daily Camera (includes an interview with Susan Fisher), Culture magazine, the Hemponaire online guide, and perhaps there are others out there, too. If you find some, let us know.

We had a very lively opening reception for “Cannabis” on September 7 at the CUMNH. The show is coherent and beautifully hung along a single wall, with the scientific posters on an adjacent wall, all very effective. More guests than we usually expect, as all those scientists came, too. If you went and took pictures, please send a copy to your Editor, who will post them.

Heidi Snyder is cover artist for this month’s Botanical Artist. Her intricate illustration of Canyon Hackberry (Celtis reticulata) is the only representative by an RMSBA colleague in the ASBA exhibit “Out of the Woods.” Well, ok, we live in grasslands and deserts… Congratulations to Heidi for gettin’ in, and for having made so compelling and beautiful an artwork that ASBA published it on the cover, where we can all see it.

Reminder: Bring your Flash Drive to Open Studio Wednesday, September 13, 10 am – 2 pm, at Judy Vanderbosch’s studio at 6585 E Colorado Dr, Denver, 303-375-7718. Turn east off Monaco. email: redbudart@gmail.com.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

“Cannabis: A Visual Perspective” landing now

Nice post Labor Day at the SBAI Blog promoting our exhibit at CUMNH in Boulder.

Open Studio invitation from Judy Vanderbosch:
Scanning at Open Studio
September 13, Wednesday 10am to 2pm
Judy Vanderbosch Studio

Judy has a large scanner for 12” x 17” images which can professionally scan high dpi, tiff, jpg. Be thinking about all the possible needs such as for printing, email, or entering shows which each image needs a different dpi or tiff or jpg. Judy can scan your piece for all these possibilities so you are ready for anything. She will scan all day free to RMSBA members. 

Judy is also a graphic artist and worked for several printing companies. She will give us some hints on how to set up art for printing and scanning. How to look for and talk to a printer. Please bring your Flash Drive to transfer your scans too. It is not possible to transfer the files thru the internet.

Soup and bread will be provided for lunch and bring your projects to work on while others are getting their art scanned. Plenty of parking!

6585 E Colorado Dr
Denver, Colorado 80224
phone: 303-375-7718

Thanks, Judy. We’ll see you on the 13th.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Delivery Day!!! and happy Labor Day weekend

TODAY is the day to deliver your art for “Cannabis: A Visual Perspective” to Shiere Melin at her home in northwest Arvada. Check your notice of acceptance into the show for the exact address – or consult your ASBA Member Directory.

Boulder’s Daily Camera announces our exhibit at this internet address. Let’s hope for enhanced attendance!

Taste of Colorado occupies Civic Center Park and environs, closing Colfax Av from Cherokee to Lincoln until 6 am on Tuesday, September 5. Parking is in Cheyenne… J

Traffic may be fair to partly awful as a result of the CU-CSU game. Stay off I25.

DU new students move in on Labor Day, so traffic will be greater in the University Park area, and Evans & University likely a mess. Welcome, Pioneers.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Labor Day approaches – Remember to use your breaks and vacation days that cost so much struggle

Friday, September 1, is turn-in day for your art for the Cannabis exhibit. Check your acceptance notice for any final procedures and deliver your stuff to Shiere Melin. The Opening Reception is next week in Boulder.

Open Studio on September 13, 10 am - 2 pm, to be hosted by Judy Vanderbosch at her Redbud Studio, 6585 E Colorado Dr, near Cook Park in southeast Denver. Join us (suggest intent via this link) for whatever might be your Open Studio pleasure, as Judy takes us through some scanning demos and opportunities.

Catalog cover
On the Road Again. Vail was lovely on Saturday for the last event for our  RARE II exhibit. Some clouds kept sun intensity down at the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens Education Center hosting our exhibit and the reception. The permanent displays about alpine regions and ecology welcomed and embraced our artworks like long-lost cousins. The venue is at the west end of Gerald Ford Park. 

We opened RARE II in Durango in May 2015 at the Center of Southwest Studies amid the lovely cultural artifacts of the Colorado Plateau, basketry and pottery. We close this exhibit in the world's highest botanic garden, among the Alpine plants in their enchanting setting.

Panels from Ft Lewis College fit the doors
We hope this final venue gets plenty of visitors. If your travels take you west on I-70 during the next couple months, remember that admission is free, and you need to take a break from driving and get a little exercise.

Gallery reception
Patti Hearn's Artist posters & Martha Narey's Map posters survived

Nanette Kuich chats with Jan Boyd Haring

Dorothy DePaulo signs in 

Vanessa Martin & Ann Fleming at permanent display

Alas for South Texas. My relations and connections all are ok, but lots of folks are in distress. As long as that storm system stays in place, it moves moisture off the ocean surface and delivers rain to the land, especially in the areas east to north of the eye. Streams can’t drain, roads flood and livestock drown. Sewage and petrochemicals in the water, serious problems ahead with structures. The highway system is designed to slow floodwaters by ponding up – we can see that’s workin’. Keep your fingers crossed for all residents. I expect the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center is pretty well silted up, as are the other gardens and arboreta in the area. The Menil Art Collection is on low ground, too, I think.
Weeping Angel in Houston Cemetery

Texas Ecosystems

Wooden Elevation Model - Flooded! 
Today's Texas Navy

ASBA 2017 – Registration proceeds… new instructions… new information…

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Deadline Day!!!

TODAY is the last day to submit your art for the Cannabis exhibit. You have until midnight (likely Eastern Daylight Time) to participate and send in your stuff. Wait no longer.

Open Studio on both September 13 and October 11, 10 am - 2 pm, will be hosted by Judy Vanderbosch at her Redbud Studio in southeast Denver near Cook Park. Join us (suggest intent via this link) for whatever might be your Open Studio pleasure, as Judy takes us through some scanning demos and opportunities. By October’s Open Studio, you might have your holiday cards ready for scans…

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Monsoon Season Cool(ish) & Damp

Open Studio August 9 at the Mercury Café, 2199 California St, 10 am - 2 pm. Join us (suggest intent via this link) for whatever might be your Open Studio pleasure.

Cannabis show deadline approaches at light speed. Participate and send in your stuff. Contact Vanessa Martin if you need last-minute access to plant materials.

RARE II opens in Vail at the Betty Ford Gardens on Saturday, August 26, reception 3 – 5 pm. This is the Last Known Venue for RARE II so come up for the sendoff.

Wildflower report from Clear Creek County. The Guanella Pass road is covered like a carpet with coneflowers from Clear Lake all the way to timberline.

The rest of the Clear Creek Corridor is in lively color as well. 

ASBA 2017 – Well, registration proceeds… new instructions…

Monday, July 31, 2017

Maximum Penstemon outbursts soon to diminish

RMSBA Art Show & Sale at Tagawa Gardens was fun. Our colleague Lotus McElfish came early on her annual trip to Colorado, so she could participate with us (Vanessa M, Martha N, Judy V, Teresa B, Irma S). We made some sales and a few new friends. Our site was right in front of the High Plains Iris Society rhizome sale, so we got a lot of eye traffic from people on the way to buy ‘Crystal Gazer’ and its many cousins. Some of them stopped… Good times!

Cannabis show deadline approaches at light speed. Participate and send in your stuff. Contact Vanessa Martin if you need access to plant materials.

RARE II opens in Vail at the Betty Ford Gardens, reception on Tuesday, August 22 Saturday, August 26, 3-5 pm. This is the Last Known Venue for RARE II so come up for the sendoff.

Open Studio August 9 at location TBD, 10 am - 2 pm (a special scanning project is in the works). Join us (suggest intent via this link) for whatever might be your Open Studio pleasure. Keep your eye on this space for further announcements.

Susan Rubin’s “Good Fortune” is at Spark Gallery, 9th & Sta. Fe in Denver, showcasing her trompe l’oeil approaches. The show is up through August 13.

ASBA 2017 – Well, registration proceeds… sticking plasters as shown above may have been useful at the microprocessor level...

Friday, June 30, 2017

High summer summit o’ blossoms and fruits

June meeting saw us examining art containers for nearby (check out ArtSacks) and distant (see AirFloat) exhibits and shows. We also saw the 12x12 Small Works Essentials natural gallery frame from Dick Blick/Utrecht (#18862-1904) prescribed for ASBA 2017. General discussion included our Prez Vanessa showing us a technique for mounting prints to wood panels using decoupage product. Carol Till recommends Plasti-care (Steve Capone, 4211 S Natchez Ct, Englewood) as a source for Plexiglas. There’s a scrap pile available at $2/lb for the smaller pieces. So there, framers and printmakers.

Canada Day is tomorrow, July 1. Happy birthday, neighbors. Have a lovely party. Thanks for picking such a great flag design back in 1965.

Rocky Mountain Land Library is offering some swell workshops this summer. Eileen Richardson offers this flyer.

Independence Day is Tuesday this year. Fireworks shows all over the place, so make sure you find one. July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted, sending a serious dart into the eyeball of the British Lion. Years of war and political struggles followed. We’re still here.

RMSBA Art Show & Sale at Tagawa Gardens in Centennial on July 22. The Lavender Fields Forever festival and the High Plains Iris Society expected. A bunch of us are taking stuff to sell and you can visit with us while you’re there. Come on out!

Cannabis show could use some more entries so let’s beef up the participation. Contact Vanessa Martin if you need access to plant materials. The deadline for submissions approaches…

RARE II opens in Vail at the Betty Ford Gardens on Saturday, August 19. This is the Last Known Venue for RARE II so come up for the sendoff. 

Open Studio July 12 at the Mercury Café, 2199 California St, 10 am - 1 pm (it gets warm after that). Join us (suggest intent via this link) for whatever might be your Open Studio pleasure. A participatory demonstration with carbon dust, ink, and drafting film is anticipated.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

After Solstice, days shorten, nights lengthen, and the Heat goes up

Dorothy DePaulo and Heidi Snyder have an Opening this evening (6 – 9 pm) at Valkarie Gallery, 445 S Saulsbury St, Lakewood. Come see what they’ve been up to!

Reminder: Member meeting tomorrow, June 25 1 – 3 pm, at Koelbel Library, 5955 S Holly St, Centennial. Bring what you’ve been working on and show us.

June 10 – Another crop of graduates from DU – they’re the last in the Regular Academic Season – Rock on!

June 13 – Loved ‘Wonder Woman’.  Wore my 'Xena' T-shirt. Loved the film. May have to acquire a personal copy… ‘Beauty & the Beast’ pretty good, but I can live without a personal copy.

June 19 - Golden Banner, Shooting Star, Mountain Iris, Strawberry, even Columbine, all at the meadows occupying the 8000’ elevation range. Go see! Go also to see Dos Chappell Visitor Center on Mount Goliath, where King’s Crown and Purple Fringe are headlining.

Who's This?

June 20-22 – Summer Solstice, when the Sun hangs around at the farthest northern reaches for a couple days, to make sure we got the point.

Open Studio will happen on July 12 at the Mercury Café, 2199 California St, 10 am - 1 pm (it does get warm after that). Join us (suggest intent via this link) for help, critique, exploration, encouragement, a good cry, uninterrupted time, and whatever might be your Open Studio pleasure. We look forward to seeing your work and hearing your plans.

ASBA 2017 – Well, the conference hotel and the overflow hotel are fully booked. Good luck.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Now a few blossoms seem to be showing up

Irma Sturgell, Carol Till and Susan Fisher have original prints in the 528.0 Regional Juried Printmaking Exhibition (artists living within 528 mile radius of Denver) at the Center for Visual Art, Metro State University at 965 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80402. This show (2017: 58 Artists, 96 works) is held every other year. Go have a look.
Carol Till: "Locally Sourced’ L to R: Indian Hemp, Yellow Warbler Nest, Black Chokeberry’
Intaglio triptych with colored inks.

Open Studio coming June 14 (Flag Day!) at the Mercury Café, 2199 California St, 10 am - 2 pm. Join us (suggest intent via this link) for help, critique, exploration, encouragement, a good cry, uninterrupted time, and whatever might be your Open Studio pleasure. We look forward to seeing your work and hearing your plans. A Reminder will show up presently.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Clean up, rescue, replant, replace, repay…

Tip for artists and gardeners. Quite by accident, your Editor stumbled across Ground Covers, just east of Colorado Blvd on Iliff Ave in southeast Denver. They have a large selection of very healthy plants of several species unfound in other garden centers in central metro Denver. The staff looked happy to be there, too. Try them out as you recover from the recent carnage, or if you’re looking for a nice specimen for a class or project.

Open Studio will happen on June 14 (Flag Day!) at the Mercury Café, 2199 California St, 10 am - 2 pm. Join us (suggest intent via this link) for help, critique, exploration, encouragement, a good cry, uninterrupted time, and whatever might be your Open Studio pleasure. We look forward to seeing your work and hearing your plans.

This in from Susan Panjabi at CSU: “I wrote a thumbs up about the [Fort Collins Museum of Discovery] RARE II exhibit that appeared in the 5/17 Coloradoan newspaper. Here’s the link!:”
Thanks for the compliments and references, Susan!

Blue, Bleu, Azul. Mmm, good: a new blue pigment (not a spectral color of light, so the
frequency remains a mystery) – the first since Cobalt blue in 1802 – discovered/synthesized in 2009, contains two metals and a trivalent semiconductor. Officially YInMn [Yin0.8Mn0.2O3] (for Yttrium, Indium, & Manganese), a friendlier name is the goal of Crayola’s contest to betitle that new shade of blue [your Editor offers “Nuclear Blue”]. Alternative Press cites this replacement for retiring “Dandelion”, new in 1990. This blue pigment is very lightfast and stable.
Formulae for computer nerds (do feel free to round up/down to satisfy your program; it’s probably close enough you won’t notice unless you’re a dye chemist [or Susan Rubin or Connie Sayas]:
sRGB: R: 45.82   G: 79.92   B: 143.51    CMYKH: C: 68.07   M: 44.31   Y: 0   K: 43.72
Hex Triplet: #2e509D

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Hail & Decapitations!! Torn & Tattered Leaves! Blossom Shreds...

Reminder: Open Studio 10 am - 2 pm May 10, upstairs at Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St, Denver. Join us and bring your stuff! Bring your Out of the Woods piece you submitted (or didn't...), or your Illustrated Urban Gardens piece (ditto), or whatever else you have up your sleeve. Bring some graphite pencils (2H, HB, 2B) and we'll chat about pencils and compare them on various papers. It would be helpful if you let me know if you might try to come through this link. See you then!

Friday, April 28, 2017

Winter B at Last??? Cover your tender plants!

Deadlines, Deadlines: Submit TODAY, April 28, for Out of the Woods at ASBA. Submit by Sunday, April 30, for Illustrated Urban Gardens at SBAI. Get 'em in, folks!

Reminder: Gathering of the Guilds is this Sunday, April 30, 10 am - 4 pm. Come on up Lookout Mountain to the Boettcher Mansion. Be sure and bring a few bills (or your other Currency) in case you are tempted beyond all reason.

Intent to Enter. The deadline for submitting entries for Cannabis: A Visual Perspective has been extended, the following are the current critical dates:
   Entry deadline August 16, 2017
   Selection results emailed August 23, 2017
   Drop off deadline September 1, 2017
   Private Artist reception September 7, 2017
   Exhibit open to public September 8, 2017
   Exhibit closes February 2018

The CU Museum of Natural History (our venue) wants to know the approximate number of illustrations. Understandable they need to plan wall space for the exhibit. Please email Vanessa Martin at martin.vanessa655@gmail.com your intent to enter the exhibit. If you know how many entries and which varieties, that would be helpful, too. To enter you will still need to go online to https://onlinejuriedshows.com/preDefault.aspx. If you have already expressed to Vanessa your intent to participate, you don't need to do it again.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

‘Twas a Glorious Home Opening Day as Rockies Defeated Dodgers

Reminder: Open Studio tomorrow, Wednesday, April 12, from 10-2 at the Mercury Café. Eileen and Martha will both be there to get acquainted with all and infrastructure. Directions are on Mar 31 Blog post. Check the 22nd St door, but come prepared to enter through the kitchen (22nd Alley), as the restaurant is closed until 5 pm. I expect there to be 5 or 6 of us this month. More would be cool...

Bring something you've done, bring something you're working on or trying out. As the restaurant is not open, we have access to water, but not much else. Be prepared. We'll have fun -- it's Open Studio! Join us!

Pastels in Botanical Art. This in from Susan Fisher: Consider a May workshop in lovely Georgetown, Colorado. Get the broad strokes of flower painting and infuse your next botanical piece with drama and excitement. Color, composition, and values are easier to study in pastel. Intrigued? Join this class and find out. Most materials provided. Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/flower-portraits-in-pastel-workshop-tickets-33406227927

Reminder: Gathering of the Guilds at Boettcher Mansion, Lookout Mountain, on April 30, 10-4. Come up and see us, and take in all the really terrific stuff other people make.
Note: Carol Till advises us there is a finest-kind papermaker usually in attendance, so be sure and take a few extra greenbacks to lay out for good handmade paper. 

Alert for National Park Artist Residencies. The next deadline for 2018 artist residencies with the National Parks Arts Foundation is April 20. As fiber artist Michelle Schwengel says: Apply apply apply! You never know what might come of it! Check it out at National Parks Arts Foundation.

Congratulations to National Champions University of Denver Men's Hockey! Go ‘Neers!

Friday, March 31, 2017

So Much for Your Flowering Trees & Tender Bulbs

Member Meeting March 26: Well, we had a lovely meeting at Lakewood Library. Space a little cramped, but we adjust so well. Interesting what we got to see: Carol Till brought some monoprint variations by substrate; Heidi Snyder brought two CP landscapes from nature: a footprint portrait (2”x3” presented at 11”x14”) of lichens, bryophytes, and pine needles, and a tree-trunk squirrel-cache of Ponderosa at familiar scale; Teresa Burkert brought some evocative CP winter vegetable portraits. Whoever I missed, contact me here and I’ll provide the proper citation.

ASBA Exhibits. Just want to say, we out-here-in-the-provinces-botanical-artists pay a pile to ASBA every year, and we ought to take advantage of their offerings and opportunities. Those folks aren’t doin’ this for their health; they’re trying to help us all out. Let yourself be helped. Consider: Out of the Woods; the International Day of Botanical Art; and assorted other opportunities you may find cited here. Please, please check out opportunities at the Mother Ship (ASBA).

22nd St Entry
Open Studio again available. The Mercury Café, 22nd St & California St, Denver, is host for Open Studio opportunities. Please advise here if you are interested in participating on April 12, tentatively 10 am – 2 pm. Parking is available, street (2-hour) and adjacent lot. Further information to interested parties. Expect either Martha Narey or Eileen Richardson as studio host. We hope to continue a second-Wednesday opportunity, as demand would have it. Bring your problems and your triumphs, your trials and your explorations. We wanna see your stuff! We want to share what we’ve learned, too. Join us.

2199 California Street Doorway
Easiest access from the north side (I70; I25 SB) come in off I25 SB at 20th St [Coors Field] and keep straight through (right lane) to California St.; from the south side (I25 NB Colfax exit/US85/Santa Fe Dr NB, right on 14th Ave, left on Lincoln St, oblique left on 20th St, right on Welton St, left on 22nd St.). If you thought you knew downtown by landmarks, you’re in for some surprise: everything is somewhere else – and everything else is 5 stories tall.

closes in Boulder at the CU Museum of Natural History on March 31, and opens again to the public in Fort Collins at the Museum of Discovery on May 6. Anticipate a reception on May 5. More information forthcoming.

Cannabis exhibit. Well, more moles keep sticking their heads up, and Vanessa (our President) is laboring mightily with the mallet to drive them back down. Think whack-a-mole. You might send Management a Message of Intent to Enter about your proposed participation in the Cannabis: a Visual Perspective exhibit. Entry date has been postponed to June 15, 2017, so you still have plenty of time. Did you know that Ida Pemberton herself produced three Cannabis plates? They have ‘em at CU!

Check back here from time to time for information about this, that, and the other thing before the end of next month.