NESBA members showing their work in the Seasons of the Leaf

Elena Balmaseda-Scherer, Louise Barteau, Ellen Duarte, Rita Edmunds, Kathy Ann Finch, Kitty Gilbert, Lianne Gillespie, Arleen Hardiman, Nancy Horrall, Rose Marie James, Kay Kopper, Amanda Merritt, Sue Neff, Jitka Persinova, Diane Piktialis, Julie Stacy, Lucy Sur, Joyce Westner, Ruth Ann Wetherby, and Phyllis Willis will have their work on display.

Seasons of the Leaf Announcement

The South Shore Natural Science Center

hosts ART workshops for adults & kids

conducted by Ellen Duarte

for more information visit:
Kids ART Workshops with artist Ellen Duarte 

Saturday, October 20, 2018 

Ages 6-9 9-11am (accompanied by an adult) Examine the leaves we find and $5 per participant Registration required-discover their unique structure. Practice limited spaces available drawing them to learn more! 

Ages 10-13 1-3pm Observe the art on the walls and learn ways to paint the leaves we find outside! 

South Shore Natural Science Center 48 Jacobs Lane, Norwell, MA 781-659-2559 Contact for more information 

Watercolor workshop with artist Ellen Duarte

Sunday November 4, 2018 9am-3pm

$40 members/$50 non-members Registration required -— limited spaces available

Join us for a day of instruction and discovery as the group learns the techniques of botanical illustration. Be inspired by the artwork on the walls and in the woods.

South Shore Natural Science Center 48 Jacobs Lane, Norwell, MA 781-659-2559 Contact for more information

New England Society of Botanical Artists
members’ exhibit




Saturday, October 20, 2018, 4:00 pm — 6:00 pm

VINE HALL art Gallery


48 Jacobs Lane – norwell, MASS

HOURS: Monday—Saturday: 9am–5pm, Sunday: 11am-4pm

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. 

Note: Vine Hall is shared space; please call ahead for specific availability for viewing. 

Contact for more information

NESBA visits Tower Hill Botanic Gardens

The Worcester County Horticultural Society is the third oldest active horticultural society in the United States.  In 1986, the Society set its focus on creating a botanic garden at Tower Hill Farm in Boylston, MA.  Today, Tower Hill Botanic Garden features a year-round display of the finest plants for cultivation in New England. Carefully planned gardens and collections of ornamental, edible and native plants, plus trails that enhance the natural features of this beautiful 171-acre property.

"I was happy to see that Tower Hill has a sensory garden for those with disabilities. It includes a wall garden for touch, smell and taste, a beautiful raised pool for sound and touch, all handicapped accessible. " Nancy Savage

"This was my first visit to Tower Hill and I IOVED it !!!" Elena Balmaseda Scherer 

Frank Bissette led the group and the tour was in the main entrance gardens and vegetable gardens .

"The many examples of familiar and unusual plants, such as black tomatoes and milkweed "Bucky Balls", were visually exciting and inspiring. " Jeanne Kunze 

"I was struck by how many flowering plants at Tower Hill were ones I had never seen before. The gardens definitely had a "wow" factor. " Diane Piktialis 

"I learned the most from the vegetable and systematic gardens and appreciate the Botanical colletcion of unique plants witihn the Tower Hill." Kathleen Kummer

NESBA members exhibit at Indian Hill Music

The Worcester Illustrators’ Guild at Indian Hill

The Worcester Illustrators’ Guild (TWIG) grew from the serendipitous meeting of a group of women who share a need for artistic expression and a love of nature.  Our particular focus in botanical art is intended to promote and encourage the appreciation of plants through careful observation. TWIG is our joint adventure to continue our enduring friendship and mutual support in the pursuit of art, nature, life and laughter.

Judith Baker, Elizabeth Golz-Rush, Nancy Horrall,
Susan Houde, Judith Ianelli, Kathleen Kummer,
             Jeanne Kunze, Joan Smith, Karen Tucker

Elizabeth Golz-Rush

Indian Hill Music
36 King Street (Routes 2A/110)
Littleton, MA 01460

September 4  through October
 M-F 9am-8pm; Sat. 8am-4pm*

artist reception:  September 21
Blackman Hall Art Gallery

Elizabeth Golz-Rush

*PLEASE NOTE: Contact Indian Hill before planning your visit as there could be an event in our gallery space: 978.486.9524 (press 0). The works are available for purchase; inquire at Indian Hill Music or contact the artist.

Karen Tucker

Kathleen Kummer

Four NESBA members accepted in the 21st Annual International

American Society of Botanical Artists at Wave Hill 
September 8 – December 2, 2018

Launching ASBA’s collaboration with Wave Hill, the selection jury of Ken Druse, Karen Kluglein, and Eileen Jeng Lynch met in April to choose artworks to be included in the 21st Annual International. Jurors selected 48 artworks from an extremely competitive field of about 190 entries. Artists included hail from the US, Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Russia, Slovenia, and the UK, and fourteen of these have never before been included in an ASBA exhibition.The participating
NESBA members are: Jeanne Reiner, Jamie Kim, Faye Van Wert, and Jeannetta vanRaalte.
Jeanne Reiner

This year’s exhibition features native and exotic flowers, fruits, roots, trees and vegetables, including some specimens found at Wave Hill. 

Unique points of view, bolstered by an attention to detail that is almost excruciating, emerge from the interpretations offered, with the power to astonish and provoke us. Ken Druse explains in his essay in the accompanying catalog:

Nature is exquisite in its own rights. But very often, it takes a special eye to remind or show us for the first time how glorious it is. Photography makes a record, like seeing the world through the screen of a phone—perish the thought. Botanical art makes us stop, just like gardening: we can’t text a friend and dig a hole at the same time or weed or nurture a precious seedling. Ken Druse

Fruit of Hibiscus
Jamie Kim

Fay Van Wert

Japanese White Pine Bonsai
Jeannetta vanRaalte

NESBA demo day at the Ames Mansion in Borderlands State Park

For the 5th straight year The Friends of Borderland State Park in Easton, MA have invited NESBA to put on its much enjoyed Demo Day. The Friends consider NESBA's Demo Day to be its most successful event for the general public.

It is NOT exaggeration to state that NESBA 's Demo Day is largely the reason The Friends established a separate Botanical Art category, with generous cash prize, as part of its annual Blanche Ames National Juried Art Exhibition. 

The venue is a beautiful cool covered porch with wisteria vines, attached to the south side of the mansion.

Visitors have a chance to try their hands at creating botanical art. 

 Hostesses from the Friends of Borderlands,  Sheila Paiva Jones,  Andrea Miller and Linda Taylor.