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.

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.