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.

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.

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Equinox is coming, 12 hours of light

Greetings from beautiful Capitol Reef National Park. The orchards at Fruita have bloomed and it's petalfall by the Fremont River. Populus fremontii is in bloom, too, with amazing green and red male flowers and tightly bundled green female buds; the trees are dioecious and it's really evident right now. 

Members Meeting: Our first meeting this year is on March 26, 2017, at the Lakewood Library from 1-3 pm, 10200 W. 20th, Lakewood, CO. The Executive committee wants to focus on the many ways you can get involved in either local RMSBA activities or national exhibits hosted by ASBA and other affiliated groups. Please note that the Lakewood Library does not have a cafe so bring your own refreshments.

Tentative agenda:
1. Update on Open studio, Cannabis exhibit, Gathering of the Guilds and Tagawa Gardens.
2. RARE II exhibit traveling to Ft. Collins Museum of Discovery in May 2017 before traveling to Betty Ford Gardens in August.
3. ASBA's Out of the Woods exhibit
4. Upcoming Worldwide Exhibit
5. National conference insight
6. Open discussion
7. Members: bring any of your current art works that you would like to share or ask for advice.   

RARE II venues just keep comin’, after two years on the road. We’re thrilled that the RARE II exhibit will travel to the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery for May – July 2017, after closing at the CU Museum of Natural History, and before moving to the Betty Ford Gardens in Vail in August.

Gathering of the Guilds in 45 Days. April 30, 2017, Boettcher Mansion, Lookout Mountain.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sprang Forward, Clocks Reset

The ASBA Online Auction
Tick tock, tick tock. Time is getting short. The ASBA Online Auction needs you! You need the Online Auction! It's a Win-Win! It's a chance to show your botanical artwork to a world-wide audience. Plus, if you make a sale of an original work, 50 percent comes back to you, and you help ASBA at the same time. It really is easy to send a digital image of your art (sized to 72 dpi, 8 inches high) with a brief description of the art work or item, plus its value. You may submit one or more original pieces, or giclée prints (five per artist maximum), art materials or equipment, and classes. Here - is the link for further details and submission - just click it - it is easy! We'll take care of the rest. Deadline to submit:  March 13th, 2017.

Monday, February 27, 2017

The Snow Pack is a Bit Thin in Rocky Mountain National Park

Call for Entries, United States Botanical Garden native plant show. Beginning April 1 and continuing through September 22, entries will be accepted for the upcoming 2018 ASBA juried exhibition of artworks of native plants in collaboration with the US Botanic Garden. American artists will provide works devoted to the indigenous plants of the US. Your RARE and RARE II originals are eligible for this exhibit to be staged in Washington, DC.

For details, use this link: https://www.asba-art.org/exhibitions/botanical-art-worldwide

Similar exhibitions will be held in numerous other countries; hundreds of artists around the world will depict plants indigenous to their home countries. A Worldwide Day of Botanical Art will be held on May 18, 2018, with events held for 24 hours, following the sun.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Happy Birthday, Susan B. Anthony! Thanks to you, women got the vote, 97 years ago.

Cannabis Forum Reminder. The deadline for entry into the exhibit Cannabis: A Visual Perspective is June 16, 2017. In order to bring you information that may help you with your illustrations, we have scheduled a forum to discuss and learn about the Cannabis plant and answer any questions you have regarding the exhibit, access to plants, diversity etc. Please join us as we have several speakers lined up to answer your questions. We gather:
Saturday, February 18, 2016 -- 1 – 3 pm

Boulder Main Library – 1001 Arapahoe Ave., Boulder, CO (Flagstaff Room)  

Sunday, January 29, 2017

New Board Has First Meeting

Here’s the RMSBA Boards of Directors for 2017-2018.

Fervent thanks go to outgoing Exhibit Chairs Sharon Eaton & Patti Hearn, and departing Secretary Mary Tharp for their service 2015-2016.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Weird Winter Weather Persists

Renew! At the end of this month, members who haven’t renewed will lose access to gallery pages or teacher listings displayed online, and access to the ASBA journal online until dues are paid. Don’t risk not getting the Journal in the mail.

Use this handy Link to get yourself renewed:
RENEW YOUR ASBA MEMBERSHIP or you can click on "Join/Renew Now" under "Membership" at www.asba-art.org.

Open Studio Thursday, January 12, 9 am -12 n. Please come and join us at Valkarie Gallery, 445 S. Saulsbury St, Lakewood.

RMSBA Board of Directors meets Monday, January 16, Valkarie Gallery, 445 S. Saulsbury St, Lakewood, 12 n - 2 pm. Don't forget to come...

Upcoming panel discussion offered by Friends of Painting and Sculpture (FoPAS) at the Denver Art Museum:

Exploring the Denver Art Scene: Critics, Dealers, Artists 

Thursday, February 9, 2017, 8 am – noon, Sharp Auditorium, Denver Art Museum
Reservations NOT required; No charge, open to the public, bring a friend

Three panel discussions involving local critics, dealers, and artists provide a perfect primer for the vibrant, diverse, and creative energy of Denver’s Art Scene. A unique opportunity to learn about collecting works by world-class artists of the Mile High City. Participants include Critics Kealy Boyd, Michael Paglia and Todd Silver; Dealers Tina Goodwin, owner of Goodwin Fine Art; Michael Sachs, owner of Sachs Galleries; and David Smith, owner of David B. Smith Gallery; Artists William Matthews, Daniel Sprick, Jordan Wolfson and Jane DeDecker. Moderator: Timothy J. Standring, Gates Foundation Curator of Painting and Sculpture and Chair of the Department. 

8 to 9 am            Complimentary coffee and pastries
                             (served at Mad Beans across from Hamilton building entrance)
9 to 10 am          Panel Discussion with local critics
10 to 10:15 am    Break
10:15 to 11 am   Panel Discussion with local dealers
11 am to Noon    Panel Discussion with local artists

This event is sponsored by FOPAS, a support group of the Department of Painting & Sculpture.

Reminder: An ad for an easy-to-use container for your art. Check your pricing options at the website.