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.

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.