NESBA artists participated in Demo Day at the Ames Mansion

On Sunday, Aug 20, Four NESBA members participated in the 4th annual Demonstration Day at the Ames Mansion at Borderland State Park in Easton. This opportunity is organized by the Friends of Borderland. It is open, free of charge, to the general public.
Celeste Hurley is painting kiwi fruit.        Ellen Duarte demonstrates pen and ink stippling.













Visitors of all ages share a common interest in learning about art, botanical art in particular.

Mathilde Duffy is drawing with colored pencils.     Joan Pierce, NESBA president, demonstates painting techniques. 













The Friends are hugely appreciative of NESBA members being willing to give their time and talk with the pubilc. This is one of the Friends most popular events of the year for the general public. It is in large measure because of the interest that NESBA artists have shown in helping the Friends that has led the Friends to plan an exhibit in 2018 that is focused solely on botanical art.

Visitors enjoying the opportunity to try out botanical illustration 
NESBA invites all of its members to participate in this 1/2 day event next August. It is lots of fun. 

Friends of Wellesley Botanic Gardens and NESBA co-sponsor talks.

Friends of Wellesley Botanic Gardens have graciously invited NESBA to co-sponsor talks by esteemed NESBA members, Pam Harrington and Kay Kopper. These two excellent artists are presenting their research on 2 fascinating topics. Because NESBA is a co-sponsor, NESBA members attend for free. Members of the Friends also attend at no cost. As noted, Guests pay $10.  The talks will take place in the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens' Visitor Center, adjacent to the Science Center on the Wellesley College Campus.


Pam Harrington
Tuesday, September 19 1:30 p.m 

Botanical Artists of the USDA
During the years 1886-1942, a small staff of professional botanical artists was employed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Division of Pomology to support the agricultural initiatives of the Division. The artists’ impressive body of work, known today as the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection, consists of more than 7,700 watercolor paintings, pen and ink drawings, and wax models of fruit specimens. Most of this work was produced by ten botanical artists during the years 1886-1920, although as many as fifty artists are known to have worked there. Botanical artist and CBA candidate Pam Harrington talks about the origins, nature and scope of the work, why, where, and how it was done, and the artists themselves.
Tuesday, September 19 1:30 p.m
Members Free / Non-Members $10



Kay Kopper
Wednesday, October 25 1:30 p.m.

Documenting the Pine Barrens
Botanical artist Kay Kopper recived a grant from the American Society of Botanical Artists to paint plants and wildlife native to Southeastern Massachusetts, which has the second largest region of pine barrens remaining in the world. It is a habitat for pitch pine (Pinus rigida), scrub oak (Quercus ilicifolia), cecropia moth (Hyalophora cecropia), New England cottontail (Sylvilagus transitionalis) and American woodcock (Scolopax minor), among other species. Kay will describe what an adventure and learning experience this project has been for her.
Wednesday, October 25 1:30 p.m.
Members Free / Non-Members $10

NESBA members’ juried exhibit at the 2017 Newport Flower Show

A NESBA members’ juried exhibit at the 2017 Newport Flower Show took place at Rosecliff Mansion in Newport RI on Friday, June 23 – Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Newport Flower Show theme was “FĂȘte des Fleurs: Paintings and Parterres”.


Imaginations were transported to the place that has inspired generations of artists and gardeners - France. At Rosecliff, modeled after the Grand Trianon of Versailles, visitors traveled on a very French adventure, from grand gardens to urban Paris chic.






Thank you to the members set up the exhibit















View of the Rosecliff grounds

Latest Pop-Up News!

Elena Balmaseda-Scherer (left) and Ellen Duarte (right) enjoyed a peer
critique of each other’s work on Monday, May 22nd at Ellen’s house on the Cape.

Our POP UPS are designed to address members concerns for both social and community service events. These are informal gatherings of members to get together for camaraderie, to work, and/or visit a botanical place or event.

Arnold Arboretum Director Ned Friedman presented "Four Tales of Plant Obsession in the Arnold Arboretum" to NESBA members.
























Members were treated to the beautiful photos he takes of his favorite themes among the trees:
Looking closely at all aspects of trees opens one to the beauty easily missed by the casual observer.





1) Careful observation of winter buds,(frozen leaves) opens one to the unique ways nature has of protecting the new years growth.













2). Observing the architectural structure of trees allows one to see the big picture.











3) The red jewels of the new growth in conifer cones is beautiful and easily missed.
























4) Rhododendrons and their viscin threads--pollen being released in pearly threads from a pore at the top of the anther is nature's way of insuring pollination.






Many of Ned Friedman's photos can be seen on the Arnold Arboretum's website in a searchable database: https://www.arboretum.harvard.edu/plants/image-search