'Call for Entries' for the Boston Flower Show and 'Call for Entries' for Tower Hill Exhibit

It's time to get the 'Call for Entries' out for both the Flower Show and The Tower Hill Exhibit. Some of the shows deadlines overlap so we need to put the Calls out together.

Artwork may be submitted for one or both shows and delivery people can collect for both at the same time. Nancy will be in charge of moving those pieces for Tower Hill from the Flower Show. Flower Show only pieces can be returned by delivery people as usual. Tower Hill only pieces will have a separate delivery date.  This is all very complicated but with your help we can make it work.

Please don't wait till the deadline to submit work!!  Each artwork will need to be filed on it's own intent form in order to keep this all straight.  The intent form will ask if you want to submit the work for the Flower Show, Tower Hill or both exhibits.


















Due dates:
Thursday, February 6: Deadline for submission of “Intent to Exhibit” form* and wall label info and Artist Statement (if submitting one) Entries for Flower Show may also be exhibited at the Tower Hill. Work displayed at the Flower Show and Tower Hill will be moved by Nancy Horrall to Tower Hill. 
Thursday, March 5: Deadline for delivery of artwork exhibited at the Flower Show to your delivery person (OR as determined by your delivery person). Artwork may be priced FOR SALE or labeled “Not For Sale”
■ Monday, March 9: Exhibit hanging date
■ Sunday, March 15: Exhibit takedown date. Any work going on to Tower Hill will be moved by Nancy Horrall (Any work not going on to Tower Hill to be picked up by arrangement with your delivery person.)

* Intent to Exhibit Form: Thursday, February 6
See NESBA website for the “Intent to Exhibit” form Submit on line: http://nesbaartists.blogspot.com/p/nesba-universal-exhibit-entry-form.html 
Be sure to click 'Submit ' to record your intent or print and mail to: Nancy Horrall at 26 Bowers Rd. Harvard, MA 01451.

Framing:
Please follow NESBA standards for this exhibit: white or off-white mats and simple, wood frame in a light, medium or gold wood color, plexiglass. No saw-tooth hangers. All artwork must be delivered in a bubble wrap “envelope” (see website for instructions on how to make one). No packing peanuts or artwork will be returned.

Packaging and Labeling:

Three labels can be found on the NESBA blogspot: http://nesbaartists.blogspot.com and are to be used as follows:
1. Download PDF, print and fill out form.
2. Attach one label to back of artwork in lower corner.
3. Attach second label to front of the bubble wrap envelope so that your artwork is returned to you in your envelope. (see website for how to make a bubble wrap envelope)
4. Enclose third label in a Ziploc bag with $10 cash or check for hanging fee for each piece hung.

Delivery/contact people for this exhibit:

Wellesley area: Susan Fulton        Cape Cod: Ellen Duarte
Boston & North: Joyce Westner     West area: Nancy Horrall 
South Shore: Sarah Roche 

Artwork may be shipped by prior arrangement via UPS or USPS, (NO FedEx!);
PLEASE! include return postage in cash or check—no stamps.
Contact Joyce Westner: joycewestner@gmail.com.
Please contact Nancy Horrall with details of any other drop off and/or pickup arrangements not listed above at: nancy@horrall.com

Artist Statement: If you are submitting an artist statement/bio to be included in the exhibit’s promotional material, please send a one-page statement with your “Intent to Exhibit” form to Nancy Horrall. Guidelines for your statement are posted on the NESBA website. Artist Statements are optional. A small number of business cards may be included with your artist statement.

Liability Statement:
NESBA is unable to assume liability during the show. Artists exhibit at their own risk. Artwork may not be removed prior to scheduled end of the exhibit. The artist is responsible for secure framing and suspension. All due care will be exercised in handling the works submitted.



 


Call for Entries: Tower Hill theme "NESBA Spring Exhibit"
Spring flowers preferably in bloom at Tower Hill 

Due dates: 
• Thursday, February 6: Deadline for submission of “Intent to Exhibit” form* and wall label info and Artist Statement (if submitting one): Entries for Tower Hill may also be exhibited at the Flower Show. Work displayed at the Flower Show and Tower Hill will be moved by Nancy Horrall to Tower Hill.
• Fri
day, 20 March: Deadline for delivery of artwork not displayed in the Flower Show to your delivery person (OR as determined by your delivery person). 
• Tuesday, March 31: Exhibit hanging date

Artwork may be priced for sale or labeled “Not For Sale” and artwork needs an insurance

value. Tower Hill will retain 30% of the proceeds from sale of art works and a check for the 
remaining 70% of revenues from the sale will be mailed to the Society after the exhibit to
be distributed to the artists.  

Retrieve your artwork from exhibit by arrangement with your delivery person.
 
* Intent to Exhibit Form: Thursday, February 6
See NESBA website for the “Intent to Exhibit” form and submit on line: 

http://nesbaartists.blogspot.com/p/nesba-universal-exhibit-entry-form.html 
Click Submit to record intent.
or print and mail to: Nancy Horrall at 26 Bowers Rd. Harvard, MA 01451

Framing: 

Please follow NESBA standards for this exhibit: white or off-white mats and simple, wood frame in a light, medium or gold wood color, plexiglass. No saw-tooth hangers. All artwork must be delivered in a bubble wrap “envelope” (see website for instructions on how to make one). No packing peanuts or artwork will be returned. 

Packaging and Labeling:

Three labels can be found on the NESBA blogspot: http://nesbaartists.blogspot.com and are to be used as follows:
1. Download PDF, print and fill out form.

2. Attach one label to back of artwork in lower corner.
3. Attach second label to front of the bubble wrap envelope so that your artwork is returned to you in your envelope. (see website for how to make a bubble wrap envelope)
4. Enclose third label in a Ziploc bag with $10 cash or check for hanging fee for each piece hung. Tape to bubblewrap. 


Delivery/contact people for this exhibit:
Wellesley area: Susan Fulton   Cape Cod: Ellen Duarte
Boston & North: Joyce Westner    West area: Nancy Horrall    South Shore: Sarah Roche

Artwork may be shipped by prior arrangement via UPS or USPS, (NO FedEx!); PLEASE!include return postage in cash or check—no stamps. Contact Joyce Westner: joycewestner@gmail.com 

Please contact Nancy Horrall with details of any other drop off and/or pickup arrangements not listed above at: nancy@horrall.com

Artist Statement:
If you are submitting an artist statement/bio to be included in the exhibit’s promotional material, please send a one-page statement with your “Intent to Exhibit” form to Nancy Horrall. Guidelines for your statement are posted on the NESBA website. Artist Statements are optional. A small number of business cards may be included with your artist statement. 


Liability Statement:
NESBA is unable to assume liability during the show. Artists exhibit at their own risk. Artwork may not be removed prior to scheduled end of the exhibit. The artist is responsible for secure framing and suspension. All due care will be exercised in handling the works submitted.




Member, Kathie Miranda exhibiting at the Cheshire Public Library

Celebrating Flowers & Plants: Fine Art Exhibition and Holiday Sale

By artist Kathie Miranda


An exhibition of 50 flower and plant artworks on paper, created in a variety of media:  silverpoint (an ancient drawing medium that pre-dates pencils), colored pencil, mixed media and traditional watercolor.


Cheshire Public Library
Mary Baldwin Room
104 Main Street
Cheshire, CT  06410
(203) 272-2245

Exhibition Dates:  December 2, 2019 - January 30, 2020
Opening Reception:  December 11 from 5 - 8 pm

Kathie Miranda is a contemporary multi-media artist and educator who exhibits her work regularly with the Spring Bull Gallery, Newport, RI; the American Society of Botanical Artists; Connecticut Watercolor Society; and the Colored Pencil Society of America.  She leads art workshops at the Art Students League, New York City and the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx.


She says:

I was born and raised in a small country town in Connecticut surrounded by dense woodlands, ponds and streams, and rolling farm fields.  Family entertainment included long walks through the woods after Sunday lunch.  My parents shared their encyclopedia knowledge of nature’s bounty by identifying the native plants, mushrooms and wildlife found right in our own back yard!  I couldn’t appreciate then how much this rich environment and my love of the natural world would influence my future art career choices!

A price list is available at the library front desk.
For sales, commissions and workshop inquiries please contact the artist:

Email:               kathiemiranda@me.com
Website:     www.kathiemiranda.com


NESBA Holiday Party

NESBA HOLIDAY PARTY
SUNDAY DECEMBER 8, 2019 12-4





This year we will have a chance to celebrate the holidays at Elm Bank in Wellesley and enjoy the Festival of Trees at Massachusetts Horticultural Society Elm Bank, 900 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA. The party begins at 12 pm with gourmet pizzas, cocktail hors d'oeurves, holiday desserts (Gluten Free options will be available) and Gift Tag Workshop...



HOLIDAY GIFT TAG PAINTING WORKSHOP
TIME IS OF THE essence ... since some members cannot stay long enough for a holiday card, we decided to have little gift tags as our project. Using bits of green - herbs, bits from the yard, yarn and ribbon, we should have a finished product by the end of the party.
Materials provided however feel free to bring your own paints/brushes.
Thanks to Tara Connaughton for the
great idea and picture of her tags!

Location for party is the Putnam Building with reserved parking lot. Directions to Elm Bank/Putnam Building . We will also have a artist swap so bring items you are not using and swap with others. Any items left will go to a local artist charity.





Holiday Desserts needed for party!

We've got everything covered but dessert! If you are able to bring a dessert can you email me (Vicki Rellas): nesbanews@gmail.com and let me know. Thank you!

Diane Piktialis speaks at the September NESBA meeting

What Distinguishes Contemporary Botanical Art and Who are the "Game Changers"



Based on research conducted for the Wellesley Certificate program, this presentation by Diane Piktialis explored how artists working today are pushing traditional boundaries in botanical art by using new ways of representing botanical life. In what ways is their art innovative and original?  


We learned how an influx of accomplished artists from other visual art genres, the internet and social media, and new and emerging technologies have enriched contemporary botanical art giving it exciting new directions and possibilities without destroying its traditional purpose – to educate with accuracy.

It was exciting to see how contemporary botanical artists reflect the “spirit of the maker” while respecting the the historical mandate of portraying plants with accuracy. 



We acknowledged the contributions of outgoing President, Nancy Savage.  Her strong leadership has kept the organization moving forward.




Article About the NESBA Exhibit at Fruitlands


Up close with plants: Botanical art at Fruitlands
BY CARLENE PHILLIPS  ·   THURSDAY, AUGUST 8, 2019
Botanical art combines scientific accuracy with artistic principles and aesthetic appeal. Although no longer essential to scientists, physicians, and horticulturalists, botanical art continues to attract those who want to capture the beauty and complexities of plant life and interpret them in a personal way. Fruitlands Museum is currently exhibiting botanical art by members of New England Society of Botanical Artists (NESBA), on display in the Wayside Gallery and the Shaker Museum until Sept. 8. Called “Shaker Gifts: Seeds, Herbs, and Medicinal Plants,” the show affords visitors the opportunity to closely observe the intricacies of the plants, discern the artist’s intention, and learn the uses to which the Shakers put the plants.



Longtime Harvard resident, gardener, and artist Nancy Horrall, a member of NESBA, worked with Fruitlands Curator Shana Dumont Garr to create the show. As Horrall explained, a NESBA member can find a venue, choose a theme, and then “be in charge of” receiving applications and choosing artists for that show. Fruitlands, especially the Shaker Museum and garden, is a perfect venue, Horrall said, because of the Shaker tradition of cultivating and using the plants depicted in botanical art. Storyboards give background information about Shakers, botanical art, and NESBA, and a notebook provides bios of most of the participants. Each work is labeled with the name of the artist and both the Latin and common name of the plant. In rare cases the artist has titled the piece.



Early on, Horrall invited the selected artists (all women) to a presentation by Galen Beale, former herbalist at Canterbury Shaker Village. Horrall said she had been surprised by how little many in the group knew about the Shakers, and she felt it was important for them all to learn more, as it would inform the work they did for the show. She said the women discovered how knowledgeable the Harvard Shakers were about plants and their uses, how they created a lucrative business of packaging and shipping seeds as far away as England, and that they made regular trips to Boston to sell their herbal medicines to doctors. The Shakers were pragmatic in their approach to plants, keeping their seed packets simple and saving any decorative use of plants for their gift drawings. 

Horrall said she chose to pursue botanical art in retirement because she was anxious to get back to closely observing nature, to seeing things in clear detail. After a career of teaching art in elementary school, where subjects are treated in an age-appropriate, broad, general way, she was excited to linger over a flower and “narrow the vision with what is there.” She enrolled in a class at Tower Hill Botanic Garden with an instructor she found to be “superior.” Seven of the 14 students in the class have stayed in touch and continue to meet once a week in Harvard. 

Nature in art

I was fortunate to have Horrall as my guide through the exhibit. Although American naturalist and writer John Muir had the natural world in mind when he wrote, “In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks,” I found his words applied as well to my experience with the art. We looked at Horrall’s own watercolor of sage, and she said what had intrigued her about the plant—growing in her garden—were the “innies and outies,” the “bumpy” texture of its leaves. To draw the viewer to what she thinks sage “is all about,” she first draws the viewer to a closeup of a sprig of leaves where the “bumps” are very clear. Next to that is a lighter-toned image showing an entire stem of which those leaves are a part.

To the right of Horrell’s sage on the front wall is Marilyn Kulsea’s poppy, in colored pencil, where the full bloom of the pink flower is the dominant feature. On one side is a poppy bud and on the other a seedhead, and feathery foliage connects them. Each stage is scientifically accurate, but Kulsea has exercised artistic choice in putting the three together at the same time. A useful handout, “Uses for Shaker Plants,” says that poppy, as well as being a narcotic, can be a poultice for painful swellings.

Sue Neff chose a black background for her hellebore, perhaps to better show the light creams and greens of the flowers. For Kay Kopper, the important thing about wintergreen seemed to be its context. In her work, the bright red berries and green leaves are just one layer of the forest floor, with twigs and fallen leaves beneath them. Kitty Gilbert’s skunk cabbage is all about layers and textures, before the leaves unfurl.

Who’s in charge?

In looking at just these works, I see what Horrall means when she says the artist has a lot of choice, within the bounds of scientific accuracy, and her point that the challenge is how to get the illustration to convey the artist’s intention. I realize how much more complex botanical art is than I had ever noticed and how much room it leaves to be expressive. Asking,“Who’s in charge of this piece of paper?” is Horrell’s way of finding focus.

On another wall, Bobbi Angell, who, Horrall tells me, worked as a scientific illustrator and is a well-known botanical artist, has a tall stalk of pink digitalis, or foxglove. I have heard that the plant can be deadly, and perhaps that colors my sense of something slightly ominous about the dark speckles hiding on the insides of the hanging tubular flowers. Horrall pointed out the clarity of the work and the particular angle from which Angell has chosen to look up at the plant. Further down the wall, a sharply contrasting work is the monotone hollyhock, done by Barbara Nachmias-Kedesdy. Here, rather than stark details, the plant is somewhat blurred, but accurate. Horrall describes this artist as being at the more “arty” end of the spectrum of the genre.

A distinctive style

“Dandelion” is one of three paintings in the show by Elizabeth Golz Rush, whose style seems to be one of the most distinctive of the artists represented. In the center, the dandelion dangles its long roots, spreads out its jagged leaves, and waves both the full flower and the seed head, just ready to let go its hundred new dandelions. What is unusual is that there is a background, in this case, Shaker women gathering herbs with the buildings of a village behind them, recessive because of its light graphite, but still meticulously detailed.

The bright red pomegranate by Diane Piktialis immediately conveys its volume—it feels heavy as I imagine it in my hand. A three-branched sprig of yellow woad seems to be dancing. Around it is a border of blue. Horrall tells me that woad is a dye and that blue is the color of things dyed in it. I never realized that the color of a dye into which a material is put is not necessarily the color of the dyed material, because of certain chemicals in the plant.

While the Wayside Gallery is a large, open space, the historical Shaker office building is small and not as well lit. But what it has is authenticity, and one can imagine how this building once sat at the center of an active Shaker village, where plants, with their many uses, were an important part of life. Two more works of Golz Rush hang here, a clump of red clover and one of violets, both, like the dandelion, unobtrusive wildflowers. Again, all the parts of the plant fill the center of the composition, the colors vivid. Insects and other details fill out the space, either as balancing forms or background interest. “For me, closely examining a flower is a voyage of discovery,” wrote Golz Rush.

I had not noticed the frames in any of the Wayside works—which, Horrall said, is exactly the intent—but here I did notice thin gold frames on a couple of the paintings. A broad frame in a complementary tone seemed to work as very much a part of the milkweed pods, one open and one still closed, painted on vellum by Judith Bloomgarden, an artist with a most appropriate name.

The botanical works, which range in size, medium, and intention of the artist, could well have been inspired by an observation of 19th-century French scientist Henri PoincarĂ©: “If nature were not beautiful it would not be worth knowing and life would not be worth living.”


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Heads-up Tower Hill


NESBA Tower Hill Exhibit
Spring Flowers  April- May 2020 

Not much in bloom now.  Check your archives! 
Here is a plant list from Tower Hill.  These are some of the plants blooming in the gardens in April and May.  I will post PDF's of these in the future and they will be sharper.  Intents will be due March 18, 2020 immediately after the Flower Show.  You may use the same works for both shows. 








NESBA participates in the Newport Flower Show

The theme of the 2019 Newport Flower Show is “Audubon Artistic Adventures”. 

American ornithologist and painter John James Audubon (1785-1851) declared that he only came alive when "in the field" of his wild new land. His artful hand created a pictorial journal not only of the birds he loved but also of their habitats.



NESBA artists exhibited works which included:


· Tropical botanical subjects, which 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.












NESBA member Arleen Hardiman received the award," Best in Show" for her work on vellum.





It is really a beautiful show. I want to thank all of the artists who participated in this exhibit. It was wonderful to have such great participation by our sister artists in GNSI-NE as well. A special thanks to NESBA members who hung the exhibit.

Joan Pierce-exhibit chair.





Frances Topping, Joan Pierce, Kathy Folino and Celeste Hurley







Newport Flower Show
Fri, Jun 21 – Sun, Jun 23
Rosecliff, 548 Bellevue Ave
Newport, RI