NESBA Talks of 2018, chaired by Suellen Perold

Programming for the past 4 calendar years has focused on education: What can NESBA members learn to make themselves better botanical artists? That has been the question; the challenge then was: What are different ways we can learn? Our NESBA talks aspired to be one of the ways of becoming a teachable moment. 

I hope you enjoy these inspirational talks as much as we have creating them.

First a huge shout out to Brian Bradley, our videographer, who rose way beyond the call of duty, to make these talks available. Thank you for your skillful filmaking and for being so available for all your tech help! 

Suellen Perold

Joan Pierce
"What I learned as President president of NESBA"

Deborah Cassady
"Paul Stankard: Botanical Artistry in Glass"

Jan Boyd
"Fibonacci and the Golden Ratio"

NESBA ends 2018 with a Celebration.


NESBA members celebrated a year of exciting programs at the Annual Holiday Party

In January we traveled to see the historic botanical pieces from the Arnold Arboretum’s library. First greeted by director of the arboretum, William Friedman, and then guided through the collection by librarian Lisa Pierson, we were treated to see works by Hooker, Martuis, Humbolt, Jacquin, Knoop, Catesby, Rousseau and more. 

At Tower Hill Botanical Garden Frank Bissette led the group and the tour was in the main entrance gardens and vegetable gardens. There were many examples of familiar and unusual plants, such as black tomatoes and milkweed "Bucky Balls", were visually exciting and inspiring. 

Members participated in several exhibits throughout the year.

"Seasons of the Leaf Exhibit " at the South Shore Natural Science Center included workshops by NESBA members.

For the 5th straight year The Friends of Borderland State Park in Easton, MA have invited NESBA to put on its much enjoyed Demo Day. The Friends consider NESBA's Demo Day to be its most successful event for the general public.

The annual participation in the Boston Flower Show is a highlight event in the NESBA calendar. The exhibit is open to all members and is always well received by the public.

A NESBA members’ juried exhibit at the 2018 Newport Flower Show took place at Rosecliff Mansion in Newport RI on Friday June 22 thru Sunday June 24, 2018.

Speakers presented enlightening programs

Glorianna Davenport Co Founder of the MIT Media Lab and owner of Tidmarsh Farms gave a talk on restoration of the working cranberry farm into the largest freshwater ecological project in the northeast. After the program members met at Tidmarsh Farm for a day of sketching and painting.

"Linda Karlsberg's presentation on Saturday was terrific. Her method of investigating the effects of light on well-defined subjects, as she illustrated with her extensive series of beautiful water lily and lotus paintings, was clearly presented and inspiring. "

Art of the Lot-et-Garonne, France 2019

WCBG Friends and Sarah Roche are happy to announce our second annual exciting art & travel adventure with Sarah for late Summer 2019: 

Art of the Lot-et-GaronneFrance 2019,
a seven day painting experience in South West France
7 days: Friday, August 30 – Friday, September 6, 2019
If you would like to register, please send in a completed registration form (also attached) with your down payment. We can accommodate 10 artists and we have a few spaces left, so if you are interested, act fast.

If you have any questions, please contact Eileen Sprague at  Thank you.

Eileen Sprague
Administrative Assistant
Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens
(781) 283-3094

Call for Entry Boston Flower Show 2019

Call for Entries 2019 Newport Flower Show

New England Society of Botanical Artists    
Call for Entries

2019 Newport Flower Show, Rosecliff Mansion, Newport, RI
Friday, June 21 – Sunday, June 23, 2019

A NESBA members’ exhibit at the 2019 Newport Flower Show open to any NESBA member in good standing (dues paid).  This is not a juried show, per se, but there is a selection process due to space limitations and to ensure quality.

Exhibit Theme:  The 2019 Newport Flower Show theme is “Audubon Artistic Adventures”.  

NESBA Exhibit Requirements:  Artists may enter more than one work.  The artist must specify the category for which each work is entered.  No more than 6 works will be selected for each category, for a maximum of 24 works in the exhibit. Works may have been previously displayed but not at a Newport Flower Show.  Any 2-dimensional, original media, but no photography or computer generated work.  No entry or installation fee.

Submission Categories:   Each piece must be submitted in one of these 4 categories:
  • Tropical botanical subjects, may include habitat in the composition
  • Landscapes, field studies and preliminary sketches
  • Natural objects (animals, shells, insects, etc.) with at least one botanical element included
  • Plants which were included, or could have been included, in an JJ Audubon composition  (Please include brief explanation why the plant you chose meets this qualification.)

NESBA seeks 2 sets of preliminary studies to be displayed with the resulting finished piece on a panel separate from panels for the 4 categories.  The idea is to show the artistic journey from initial concept to finished piece.  Preliminary studies must be suitably framed but do not need to be matted.  If interested, please contact Joan Pierce. 

March 30 – digital images, with required accompanying  information must be submitted to:    
End of April – artists will be notified of selection of artwork.
First week of June – artwork must be received by the Preservation Society of Newport County.  Selected work may be sent directly to ATTEN: Beverly Ware, Preservation Society of Newport County,  424 Bellevue Ave. Newport, RI  02840.   NESBA may use “Drop off Persons”, and the collected work will be delivered to the Preservation Society.  Details of “Drop Off Persons” to follow.

Digital Image Submission Requirements: 
ü  may be taken with phone or camera or scanned;  poor quality images may result in work being rejected.
ü  must have artist’s name and Title of work in the file name;  ex.  JaneDoe_Tulipa.jpeg
ü  media, exterior frame dimensions H x W (estimated if not yet framed), name of subject (latin and common name preferred),  town/state of artist’s residence must be included in e-mail submission of work
ü  Artist Statement/Bio as a WORD.doc or PDF, not to exceed 1 page, submitted with digital image(s)
Exhibitor Guidelines and Liability Statement:   All work will be handled with care.  Neither NESBA nor the Preservation Society accept liability for loss or damage to artwork.  Artists are solely responsible for insuring their artwork.  Please include contact information in your Artist Statement/Bio if you wish a potential buyer to contact you.  There is no opportunity for selling work through the Newport Flower Show.

Framing Guidelines:   Exhibit panels are  36” wide.   Exterior frame measurement of the longest dimension (H or W, not total perimeter) may not exceed 30”.   Works with exterior frame dimensions (H or W) of 24”or less,  particularly W, are preferred because of space limitations.  White or off-white mats.  Simple wood frames with natural light, medium or dark finish.  Gold finish acceptable.  No painted frames.  No metal frames.  No sawtooth hangers.  Artwork in frames of insufficient quality will not be hung.  Plexiglass required.                                              Dated:  Nov. 14, 2018

Schedule of upcoming NESBA exhibits 2019

HI Members, So that you can plan your painting schedule and subjects, here is a list of the exhibits we have thus far for 2019:

Boston Flower Show: March 13-17 “The Beauty of Balance”
Subjects: for the Boston Flower Show, anything you like, maybe even something that you will submit for the Fruitlands or Newport shows.

Fruitlands Exhibit: May 13- TBD  “Shaker Plants”
You’ll find on our blog (shaker plants) list of plants (hundreds of them) that you may use as subjects. An email was also sent quite a while ago with this list, which you may have kept in your files.

Newport Flower Show: June 21-23  “Audubon Artistic Adventures”
   see suggested areas of paintings on the Call for Entries, soon to come to you. 

NESBA members showing their work in the Seasons of the Leaf

Elena Balmaseda-Scherer, Louise Barteau, Ellen Duarte, Rita Edmunds, Kathy Ann Finch, Kitty Gilbert, Lianne Gillespie, Arleen Hardiman, Nancy Horrall, Rose Marie James, Kay Kopper, Amanda Merritt, Sue Neff, Jitka Persinova, Diane Piktialis, Julie Stacy, Lucy Sur, Joyce Westner, Ruth Ann Wetherby, and Phyllis Willis will have their work on display.