Call for Entries- Newport Flower Show

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 “FĂȘte des Fleurs: Paintings and Parterres”. See Newport Flower Show website for information on the flower show.

Newport Flower Show Exhibit Requirements: You may enter one painting, and it must be in one of the 4 categories. No more than 6 works will be selected for each category, for a maximum number of 24 works selected. The principal subject for all categories is flowers. Leaves, stems, fruit, etc. may be included in the composition, but the main subject must be flowers. The Newport Flower Show will select a winner in each category.

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;
· Any flower(s) in a frame no larger than 12 inches in the longest dimension;
· Rosaceae family flower(s).

The artist decides the category for which the work is submitted.
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 NESBA jurors.

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.

Submission Requirements:
Digital images must be a reasonably accurate representation of the actual artwork.

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 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 frames in natural, light, medium or gold wood and in addition, for this exhibit, natural dark finish is acceptable. No painted frames. No metal frames. No sawtooth hangers. Artwork in frames of insufficient quality will not be hung. Plexiglass required.

Date: Jan. 5, 2017

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.

NESBA field trip to see The Glass Flowers, Botany Library, and Straus Center at the Harvard Museums

A fun day was had by our members at the three Harvard collections: The Glass Flowers, Botany Library, and Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies at the Harvard Art Museums. The curators gave us great insights into the Blaschkas' products, we even saw Blanch Ames paintings, and it was fascinating to see the actual paints that Sargent used.... Winsor Newton of course. Here are some insights from our members as well as some photos:-Suellen Perold
With the recent reinstallation the Blaschka Glass Flowers, the display is handsomely arranged and appears brighter. There is now space for some limited rotation of models. such as a few representations of pollinators, such as a bee, moth, and butterfly currently exhibited.-Deborah Cassady

Being an avid botanical artist it was wonderful to experience the museum and all that it has to offer, especially the glass flowers. I loved hearing of the Blaschkas history and their passion for creating their art with glass, (isn't that what art is all about; sharing your passion with those that are interested). I just finished reading "The Invention of Nature", about Alexander von Humboldt and of course this book has a chapter on Haeckel as well as the others. What a coincidence I've had after reading the above book and discovering that Blaschkas created sea creatures just like Haeckel. So much to discover and connect with. Just seeing the glass flowers is wonderful in itself, but then to connect all of the dots with all of the creative, inspiring, adventurous people of that time is facinating. -Kate MacGillivary

It is much easier to see the intricate detail and deft coloring of the glass flower specimens in the newly refurbished exhibit. Each "specimen" is thoughtfully displayed reflecting plant habits, realistic coloring, and supporting botanical information. Rotational exhibit cases currently display insects pollinating plants. -Susan Fulton

I was fascinated by the story of the glass Mountain Laurels created by Leopold and Rudolf Balaschka. One was the typical variety Kalmia latifolia, with cup shaped leaves, the other more unusual Kalmia polifolia (pictured here) had multiple narrow petals. The living examples of these plants can still be seen at the Arnold Arboretum -Beth Sanders

It was worth the journey to see the glass flowers again. The skill in making full scale or enlarged small details is astounding; root masses, stamens, finely cut leaves on whole plants is phenomenal. The new pollination section is a timely inclusion. Seeing an original and a printed, possibly etched, reproduction emphasizes the differences and nuances that change with printing methods. Although we would have liked to see more of the paint collection the conservator was able to give some insights into their work. The conservation rooms have amazing equipment peeked at through the glass walls. On the 5th floor of the Art museum is a novel interactive collections inventory. -Frances Topping

I found the work of Blanche Ames particularly interesting especially since NESBA has been involved with botanical demonstrations at Borderland, the home created in the early 1900s by artist and suffragist Blanche Ames and her botanist husband Oakes. -Nancy Horrall


The thing that Jennifer said that sparked my attention most was her comment after someone asked for more details on how the Blaschkas used colored glass versus painting the models with pigments in mineral spirits. She said that she thought that they used whatever they needed to use to get the job done at the time.
I guess it sounds simple enough in one respect but it's something I have been thinking about a lot. An artist should use whatever she needs to use to realize her vision. It's really been that way all along, whether you use oil, egg tempera, graphite, ink, camera obscura, photos, either separately or together. Whatever you need to get the job done is what you should use.
I like that.-  Kathy Folino
Sargent's paints

To find out more about the glass flowers click on:

Herbarium page
Harvard art museum pigment collection

To find out more about the pigment collection click on:

Join NESBA member Jeanne Reiner at the Flinn Gallery on Thursday, January 26th for the opening of Art in Bloom.

Flinn Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of
Art in Bloom, an exhibition of colorful, flower-filled and nature-inspired paintings by five regional artists.
Opening Reception
Thurs. Jan. 26
, 6-8 pm

The exhibit will feature weekly flower arrangements by area garden clubs inspired by the artists' works.

Talk: Monet's Garden with landscape architect Susan Cohen
Sun. Feb. 5,  3pm 

  Artists Talk
Sun. Feb. 19, 2pm
Curated by Claire Furlin and Joann Terracciano.
The Flinn Gallery is sponsored by the Friends of Greenwich Library.

visit us
Flinn Gallery | 203.622.7947 |

Flinn Gallery, Greenwich Library, 101 West Putnam Avenue, Second Floor, Greenwich, CT 06830

NESBA member Leslie Watkins to teach Winter Journaling

Happy New Year! Here’s my first workshop for 2017 and I’m really excited to be having it at The Cobble. Bartholomew’s Cobble is a wonderful place to visit, and has lots of birds and animal specimens to study and sketch from. We will work in the natural history museum and visitors center.

There is a materials fee of $35.00 for everything you will need to make a handmade sketchbook. Or, bring whatever art supplies you have on hand. I will have supplies for sale and I accept credit cards.

NESBA Holiday Party

NESBA members enjoyed celebrating the end of the year holiday party and hearing about what events and programs are in store for the new year.

Good food, great hospitality, (thanks Dotty) and the Yankee Swap were enjoyed by all!

Be sure to check the Calendar for 2017 on the right hand side of the blog to see what is happening and check back frequently to see what new things have be added.