Artists' reception: "The art of science ... the science of art."

The artists' reception took place on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Akillian Gallery at Massasoit Community College, Canton, MA. This is a joint exhibition with the New England Society of Botanical Artists, and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators of New England.

The two organizations have different focuses. A natural science illustrator is an artist who works in the service of science, creating images of animals, objects and complex processes that teach, inform, and create understanding of our world. 

 The New England Society of Botanical Artists works to promote public appreciation of the art and science of botanical art and illustration in New England. The Society educates individuals and organizations about botanical art and illustration with an emphasis on New England plant diversity and its preservation.

The exhibit demonstrates the commonalities in the approaches of the members in both organizations.

The art of science...the science of art

The Art of Science... the science of art brings together members of the two prestigious organizations, the New England Society of Botanical Artists, and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators of New England.
Experience two very different focuses that share similar creative disciplines.

Reception: Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, 1:00-3:00  pm

Massasoit Community College
900 Randolph St
Canton, MA

NESBA members attend an egg tempera workshop with Koo Schadler in Alstead, NH.

Kelly, Jeanne, Esther, Stephanie, and Cathy observing Koo demonstrating technique.
Egg tempera is a very old technique, predating the invention of oil paints. Paints are prepared using raw egg yolk, water and pure mineral pigments. After creating an under-painting of blocks of color, using a dry brush technique, layers of egg tempera are applied. These layers acted like translucent glazes, combining to form particular colors. They also provided a depth of color that is almost impossible to achieve with other mediums.

To the few who have heard of egg tempera it is most commonly associated with iconography or Andrew Wyeth (tempera's most renown, contemporary practitioner). Consequently, the medium is sometimes perceived as incapable of anything beyond the lovely, stylized look of an icon or the beautiful weave of earth tones in a Wyeth. In fact, tempera paint offers a broad range of artistic possibilities.

Koo is a Master painter of The Copley Society of Boston. She is a contributing editor at The Artist’s Magazine and a board member of the Society of Tempera Painters. Koo teaches painting and design workshops around the US and abroad. Her work is represented by the Arden Gallery in Boston, MA. Her paintings and drawings are in more than 400 private and corporate collections, and many museums nationwide.

Koo's enthusiasm for the media, her knowledge of history, conservation, and technique made for an exciting three days in her workshop. 

Carrie Megan Botanical Drawings and Prints

Carrie Megan
Rosemary and Sage
graphite on paper

NESBA member Carrie Megan will be showing her work at the 
Page Waterman Gallery and Fine Framing
October 14 - November 5
Reception Friday October 21 from 6-8 pm
26 Church Street, Wellesley, MA 02482

Carrie Megan has exhibited widely with the New England Society of Botanical Artists and in numerous national and international juried exhibits, including The Beauty of Botanicals 2016 at the OA Gallery, the 12th, 15th, 16th, 17th & 18th Annual International American Society of Botanical Artists Exhibitions in 2009,  2012 (Ursus Award for Merit), 2013, 2014 & 2015 respectively, the 2015 & 2016 Danforth Art Annuals, The 17th & 18th Filoli Annual Botanical Art Exhibitions in 2015 & 2016, Green Currency at The NY Botanical Garden in 2011 (Honorable Mention), the 69th Annual Audubon Artists Exhibition in 2011 (Honorary John M. Angelini Award in Watercolor) and the 99th Annual Allied Artists of America (the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts Graphic Award) in 2012.
She has been teaching Botanical Art at Wellesley College Botanic Gardens since 2011.
Her work is in the permanent collection of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation as well as numerous private collections.
Carrie Megan is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the New England Society of Botanical Artists and Wellesley Women Artisans.

Kay Kopper Exhibit of Southeastern Massachusetts Plants and Wildlife

A South Shore Natural Science Center Exhibition
The Art of Observation- Seeing the Extraordinary in the Ordinary
48 Jacobs Lane
Norwell, MA.

October 10–November 22 with an opening reception on Friday, October 21, 6-8 pm.
Hours are Monday through Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday:11am 4pm

An exhibit to encourage curiosity, wonder and imagination and to remind us that our remarkable natural environment must be preserved and maintained.  We have been appointed custodian/friend. Kay's work inspires visitors to see the extraordinary in the ordinary.

The South Shore Natural Science Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the natural and cultural environments of the South Shore.Their mission is to provide natural science experiences that educate, excite, and commit every generation to preserve the environment and to encourage responsible use, stewardship and enjoyment of our natural resources.

Several NESBA members joined ASBA Grant Recipient Kay Kopper on Monday to
view her exhibit, "Southeastern Massachusetts Plants and Wildlife" at the
South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell, MA.  Kay used the grant
funding to encourage preservation of the rare pine barren habitat.  

NESBA welcomes Mark Klingler

NESBA welcomed Mark Klingler, who for the past 30 years has been professionally and passionately, as we discovered, working at scientific illustration for scientists as well as publishing in scientific books, journals, and showing his work in museums and galleries.

His generosity with each of us was astonishing. Saturday morning he showed us a power point presentation which encompassed his own work and process. Lots of little tips for us were welcomed by one and all. 

After lunch Mark led a demo and class on dissections and gave us many tips for producing beautiful botanicals. Sunday he continued the workshop. We took him to the Mt Auburn Cemetery to check out the botanicals and the Glass Flower museum to see the new display cases and the flowers as well as the Blaschkas' sea creatures. If you have a chance, go to to the MT Auburn Cemetery to see all the beautiful specimens. Who knew Olmstead would have produced such a treasure trove of items for us? 

Watch a video of Mark Klingler's presentation to NESBA
Sarah Klingler, filmmaker; Britt Griswold, producer

Thank you to Emmi who loaned us her awesome pitcher plants, venus flytraps and other plant "creatures" delightful for us to see and use for the workshop.

NESBA demonstration at the Oakes Ames Mansion

The Oakes Mansion at Borderlands State Park is in North Easton, MA and was the home of Oakes and Blanche Oakes. Oakes Ames is known for his research in Orchids. His wife Blanche Ames was a botanical illustrator.

Arleen and Celeste had way too much fun.

For the past several summers NESBA members have been invited to demonstrate botanical illustration to visitors to the home.

Joan showed a visitor how to paint acorns, and he did quite well.
A visiting botanist and Arlene were busy
 looking up plants and drawings.

Maria worked diligently on a large drawing.
The Orchidaceae were little-known before Ames' study and classification. He made expeditions to Florida, the Caribbean, the Philipines, and Central and South America with his wife Blanche Ames creating scientifically accurate drawings of the plants they cataloged. The Ames' work was published in the seven-volume Orchidicae: Illustrations and Studies of the Family Orchidicae. They also developed the Ames Charts, illustrating the phylogenetic relationships of the major useful plants, which are still used. 

Ames built up an extensive orchid herbarium with library, photographs, and paintings, which he gave to Harvard in 1938. Today the Orchid Herbarium of Oakes Ames contains about 131,000 specimens, plus 3,000 flowers in glycerine, 4,000 pickled specimens, and hundreds of line drawings.

Blanche Ames illustrated Oakes Ames's botanical publications, including his seven volume treatise on orchids which is still considered one of the best researched to this day. Blanche Ames first used watercolors for the orchid illustrations, but later switched to copperplate etching. She also published detailed pen and ink drawings of the orchids. The illustrations were drawn from dried plant specimens observed through a camera lucida. Blanche Ames continued to illustrate orchids throughout their life together, eventually designing the decorations which now appear at both of their graves.

A juried exhibit will be on display at the mansion. Two NESBA members each have two pieces in the show.  Congratulations to Kay Kopper and Sue Neff.