Pop-up day With Elena Scherer

NESBA has initiated a series of Pop-Ups throughout the area.  These are informal gatherings of members to get together for comraderie, to work, and/or visit a botanical place or event. 

We had our first Pop Up today at the home of Elena Balmaseda-Scherer.
We painted, enjoyed lunch together, and painted some more, and ended with a group critique where we each shared our working techniques.

‘What a wonderful way to be introduced to NESBA. Elena was a wonderful hostess and facilitator of this Pop UP and I had a great time.” June Purpura, new member.

See Calendar of Pop-ups for more info

NESBA Sketchbook Technique Talk and Demo by Emily Passman

Emily believes sketchbooks are an important reference.  Each mark should inform the drawing and record information. Keep your eyes on the subject and draw what you see. Draw those things you want to draw attention to.













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It was great fun to watch and lots of wonderful inspiration to just draw and a new way of looking at things. Emily was very generous with her time and stayed a little bit longer than an hour but it was a good time. I’m anxious to try out her ideas, it would be a wonderful exercise in not looking at your paper and focusing on what you see. -Rose Powers


Emily's talk was excellent and her demo was equally good. She is very personable and was able to explain what she was doing in her terms, but also how it might relate to botanical illustration. I really loved it and would love to take a class from her! -Nancy Savage




Emily's demonstration and talk about sketch booking was very illuminating
and interesting. She is an extremely enthusiastic and very talented teacher. She left the
group excited and interested in going out into the "great outdoors" whether
actually outside or in with a sketchbook and writing / drawing implements
and putting to paper what you see around you. -Robin Rosenthal



NESBA: Community Service Pop-Up

The NESBA Children's Hospital program was welcomed by both the hospital staff and participants well beyond our expectations. The kids and parents who came into our room started off shy or scared, but left smiling and happy. Well, more than happy, thrilled !!! The kids were excited and joyous when they left, as were adults. To bring some light into their lives made us all joyous too. We were told to prepare for 5 people, but all our art tables were filled.

Thank you to the following artists who sent in drawings: Jenny Hyde-Johnson, Bobbi Angell, Nancy Bentivegna, Deborah Cassady, Ellen Duarte, Doris Sheils, Beverly Duncan, and Kelly Radding. Your generosity was warmly welcomed and loved by all the participants. Not just one per artist, many. Thank you !!!

And to the teachers: Rose Powers, Jeanne Kunze, Beth Sanders, Nancy Bentivegna. You were strikingly supportive of each parent and child. To insure privacy, as we were asked by the hospital, we can't go into details, but please know that we were all greatly appreciated. And, all our teachers had a ball there.

Rose Powers will be taking over this committee, so please let her know if you want to join us next time; she will be adding to the kinds of events we do for our "POP UP Community Service". If you want to help her, please let her know.


Suellen Perold, Program Chair

NESBA exhibits at the Boston Flower and Garden Show 2017



Set up and ready for visitors.  NESBA display at the Boston Flower and Garden Show.







March 22 through March 26
Seaport World Trade Center
200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA














Wednesday, March 22:
10:00AM-8:00PM
Thursday, March 23: 10:00AM-8:00PM
Friday, March 24: 10:00AM-9:00PM
Saturday, March 25: 10:00AM-9:00PM
Sunday, March 26: 10:00AM-6:00PM



Call for Entries- Newport Flower Show


Updated: Feb. 24, 2017



New England Society of Botanical Artists

A Members’ Juried Exhibit


Call for Entries

Newport Flower Show
Friday, June 23 – Sunday, June 25, 2017
Rosecliff Mansion, Newport, RI

A NESBA members’ juried exhibit at the 2017 Newport Flower Show is open to any NESBA member in good standing (dues paid).

NESBA Exhibit Theme: Flowers. The Newport Flower Show theme is “Fête des Fleurs: Paintings and Parterres”. See Newport Flower Show website for information on the flower show.

NESBA Exhibit Requirements:
Artists may enter more than one work and each work submitted into one of the 4 categories. The artist decides the category for which each work is submitted. No more than 6 works will be selected for each category, for a maximum of 24 works in the exhibit. Leaves, stems, fruit, pollinators, etc., may be included in the composition, but the main subject must be flowers.

Submission Categories: Artwork must be submitted into one of the following 4 categories, any medium:
· Any flower(s) on vellum;
· Any flower(s) in black and white;
· “Small works” : Any flower(s) in a frame no larger than 12 inches in the longest dimension;
· Rosaceae family flower(s).

NOTE: the “small works” category frame size limit is no larger than 12” in the longest dimension.

The other three categories frame size limit is no larger than 30” in the longest dimension. 
Submitted work does NOT have to be new work. Previously displayed work may be submitted.



Deadlines: (Remaining dates and information to be provided)
March 15 – digital images must be submitted to: joycewestner@gmail.com 
End of April – artists will be notified of jurors’ decisions.
First week of June – artwork must be received by the Preservation Society of Newport County. Artists may send selected work directly to the Preservation Society. NESBA may use “Drop off Persons” and the collected work delivered to the Preservation Society. Details to follow.


Digital Image Submission Requirements: Images must be ready for print.

* must be a reasonably accurate representation of the actual artwork
* must have artist’s name and name of artwork; ex. JaneDoe_Tulipa.jpeg
* JPEG files only; 300 dpi; image 10” high or wide, whichever is larger.


Exhibitor Guidelines:
Artwork does not need to be for sale. Process for selling original artwork, prints and cards to be provided. A commission on sales will be taken by the Preservation Society. A $10 hanging fee must be paid to NESBA. All work will be handled with care. Neither NESBA nor the Preservation Society accept liability for damage to artwork. Artists are solely responsible for insuring their artwork.

Framing Guidelines: Please follow NESBA guidelines as follows: 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.



This is a photo of the dining room in the Rosecliff Mansion where the NESBA exhibit will reside for the 3 days of the Newport Flower Show.
 
Photo of the self-standing Pro-panels on which the exhibit will be hung. One section of a Pro-Panel is 8 ft tall and 36 inches wide. Each panel is made of 2 sections, joined in the center. One panel (i.e., 2 joined sections) per category.


SIGN-UP to volunteer at the Boston Flower Show


Do your part and volunteer for a shift at NESBA's booth at the Boston Flower Show. This is so easy!!



You do NOT need to Create a Sign up. No need to LOGin. DO NOT DOWNLOAD anything.

🌻Find the calendar to see where we still need help.

🌼Then scroll down until you find the day and time slot that you covet. See the burgundy button with the little box to be checked? Check the little box.

🌺Then click on the Burgundy Submit and Sign up at the bottom of the screen.

🌷This will bring you to the page where you fill in your name, e-mail address, etc. YOU do NOT need an account with Signup Genius to do this. You might want to click the little button that asks for a confirmation e-mail. I don't think you have to do this, but I did.

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