NESBA PROGRAMMING GOES ONLINE!
Introducing
"BEYOND THE BRUSH"
Everyone has had to change the way they do things so we have too! Every Wednesday from 11 am EST to 12PM EST we will have a one hour program for our members: 45 minutes of presentation and 15 minutes of Q&A. As program director, I have arranged to present an artist or specialist online exclusively for our members. Each presenter will speak about an aspect of botanical art that will be of interest to all members no matter what level of botanical art they have attained. I welcome any suggestions you have or speakers you may want me to reach out to for our program. Please let me (Vicki Rellas) know via nesbanews@gmail.com.

Remember, DON'T FORGET TO RENEW YOUR NESBA MEMBERSHIP OR REFER A FRIEND!
https://www.asba-art.org/join/joinrenew-now-0?fbclid=IwAR3hGhHlocLGhxDgir_x6ELHKWYe2FMPFDxyAhpOgnhbIeB-7BxG-2TwUY8


May 6




Last Wednesday's presentation: Foraging for Tasty Wild Edibles in Your Backyard and Neighborhood was fun for all and we will never look at weeds the same again!!





May 13, Wendy Hollender is our speaker.
Wendy Hollender spoke to NESBA as part of our Beyond the Brush series. The presentation was very enlightening and inspiring as she discussed "How to stay motivated" and what to do with your practice of botanical art. Her advice was so timely as many of us are experiencing the pandemic woes and she was wonderful sharing some tips and techniques.
Her new book - The Joy of Botanical Drawing is available linked below.https://drawbotanical.com/product/the-joy-of-botanical-drawing/


May 20
We had a great turnout for a Vellum session with Sarah Roche and our surprise guest Shevaun Doherty Vellum is far more durable than paper over time. ​In the past - and the present - it has been used for legal and religious documents as well as for painting. The rationale is that the document needed to last for as long as the asset.


May 27          Julia Trickey

Julia Trickey is an award winning UK botanical artist and experienced tutor, whose glowing watercolours depict the beauty and detail of nature.
Julia Trickey is an award winning UK botanical artist and experienced tutor, whose glowing watercolours depict the beauty and detail of nature.
She has been painting botanical watercolours for many years, has exhibited all around the world and has received numerous awards for her botanical watercolours including four RHS gold medals. Her British Flora illustrations have been seen on Royal Mail Post & Go stamps.
Julia is an experienced tutor, teaching regular classes in the beautiful historic English city of Bath as well as leading workshops for botanical art groups a far afield as Moscow, New York and Transylvania. She has written practical articles for national magazines as well as self-published various botanical art resources (available through her Etsy shop).



JUNE 3     SUSAN FISHER


Hello to the New England Society of Botanical Artists:

I am looking forward to seeing you on Zoom (June 3, 11am, EST). I thought it would be fun to show you all the tools I used to complete my most recent piece “Robin’s Nest in a Clematis Vine.”

This is an opportunity to share with you what I like best and what I’m not so wild about in creating a graphite drawing. Plus, I have a few oddments you might get a kick out of seeing…I hope.

Bring any tools or questions you may have to our Zoom meeting You could show us what you like or if you have any questions, we could chat out possible answers.

For an in-depth study of graphite, I will be hosting an advanced graphite class, Graphite Mastery: Advanced Techniques, through the Friends of Wellesley College Botanical Art Program later on in the year.

See you soon, 
Susan 
www.susantfisher.com


JUNE 10  LARA GASTINGER
Do you want to have a greater connection to the natural world around you?  Join us as Lara shows us how to observe, draw and paint the plants around you in a meaningful way.
Lara Call Gastinger is a botanical artist and illustrator in Central Virginia. She is the chief illustrator for the Flora of Virginia Project and a two time gold medalist at the Royal Horticultural Society Botanical Art Shows in London (2007, 2018).
The subjects of her art come from the natural world and her art reveals detailed evidence of change, decay, and processes that occur in nature. She finds great inspiration in a carrot that has gone to flower, a broken seed pod, twisted roots or insect damage to a leaf. She strives to make a plant portrait in such a way that it reveals its character and uniqueness. Her focus is on the small details in nature, down to the small venations in leaves which others to look a bit deeper and pause a bit longer.
 

  

JUNE 17  BILLY SHOWELL
A little bit about Billy....
In late spring last year (2018) I was offered and took on the role of President of the Society of Botanical Artists. As with most things I do in life I didn’t know what I was taking on but just went with my gut feeling; this is not always the most foolproof method of going through life, however the job has so far been interesting, stimulating and exhausting all in one.
The SBA has been a part of my life for 20 years or more exhibiting with them every year and latterly getting involved with the SBA council. During my time with the Society I have met so many wonderful artists and made many good friends; this was part of the reason I took on the role of President.
I really love meeting other artists but like many artists we can often be too busy to get together so the Society has been a gift for connecting and discussions with fellow creators. Chatting amongst your peers you can find out about opportunities, exhibitions, awards, etc, and get advice on how to achieve the best results. Starting in 2019 we have a host of new aspects to the Society of Botanical Artists, which we hope will be inclusive, friendly and educational. Botanical art is for everybody, it’s aspirational, enjoyable and rewarding. Through this form of art we learn about the world around us the beautiful plants that need protecting and exquisite plants that demand portraying and the wonderful detail that nature has in abundance.
I don’t pretend to be an expert on botany but I do love the plant world, I love nature and I love art, I hope that with the new SBA we can bring new artists (beginners and professional and lovers of botanical art) into our society. Together we can paint, protect and prize the kingdom of Plants.




June 24 Carrie Dicostanzo

A little bit about Carrie....
Botanical subjects are my inspiration. Capturing nature’s colors and textures is an immensely enjoyable endeavor. Over the last two years, I have explored the wonderful medium of egg tempera which allows for great precision and a soft glowing finish to the painting. After working with watercolor and gouache for many years, the transition to egg tempera was challenging, yet incredibly rewarding. The beautiful effects that one can achieve with this medium is what I strive for in each painting.

"Dry Brush is the watercolor technique that I have been utilizing for many
years. It is effective for creating the form and details necessary for
botanical painting. It allows me to control the paint in a way that I simply
cannot do if using an abundance of water. It’s a slow process that can be
rewarding as you watch the painting slowly take form. Because it takes
time, patience is needed. I also use dry brush for gouache. "
 Everyone has had to change the way they do things so we have Botanical subjects are my inspiration. Capturing nature’s colors and textures is an immensely enjoyable endeavor. Over the last two years, I have explored the wonderful medium of egg tempera which allows for great precision and a soft glowing finish to the painting. After working with watercolor and gouache for many years, the transition to egg tempera was challenging, yet incredibly rewarding. The beautiful effects that one can achieve with this medium is what I strive for in each painting.
NESBA WILL BE OFFERING A ONE DAY WORKSHOP WITH CARRIE ON
AUGUST 8TH




MARK YOUR CALENDARS
JULY 15: LIZZIE HARPER
JULY 29 TBD
AUGUST 5 & 19 SHEVAUN DOHERTY AND HER BEES!
and others.....stay tuned!


SUMMER OF 2020:
WE ARE CURRENTLY SECURING TIMES WITH ARTISTS FOR END OF JULY AND 2 WEDNESDAYS IN AUGUST
WE WILL RETURN WITH A FULL SCHEDULE IN THE FALL FEATURING NOT ONLY OUR ONE HOUR SESSION BUT SHORT WORKSHOPS AS WELL!
UPDATE WILL BE SENT BY END OF JUNE TO ALL


A special thank you to our program chairman, Vicki Rellas for setting these programs up.  It is a treat to learn from botanical artists from both sides of the pond and for members from the far flung corners of New England to participate.  It's a great way to feel connected and to be motivated in this time of isolation.  







New Virtual NESBA Member Series: Beyond the Brush!

Join us live online Wednesdays at 11am for our new virtual NESBA member series: Beyond the Brush!
Last week we started with a presentation and Q&A with Russ Cohen — Foraging for Tasty Wild Edibles.
Each week NESBA will present an artist or specialist online exclusively for our members to talk about an aspect of botanical art. These events are complimentary for our members — If you are NOT a member of NESBA/ASBA, please join!     https://www.asba-art.org/join/joinrenew-now-0
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Call for Entries New England Society of Botanical Artists 2020 Newport Flower Show, Rosecliff Mansion, Newport, RI


               
                                                        

New England Society of Botanical Artists    


Cancelled

Call for Entries
 

2020 Newport Flower Show, Rosecliff Mansion, Newport, RI

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.

Plant lists for Tower Hill

'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.  If submitting the same work to both shows, please attach separate hanging fees on the bubble wrap envelope for each show.


















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.


Link to plants list




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!