Call for Entries:A New England Society of Botanical Artists members’ exhibit at The Massasoit Community College Akillian Gallery,
Canton, MA  is open to any NESBA member in good standing (dues paid). Members may submit one or two works, in addition to a sketchbook or nature journal.  We expect space to be available for all submissions. This is a joint exhibit co-sponsored by the New England Society of Botanical Artists and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators of New England.
Subject/Theme of Exhibit: Any botanical subject, native or non-native. YOU MAY SUBMIT YOUR PIECE FROM THE Arnold Arboretum, and you may ask your delivery person to hold onto it when the Arnold exhibit closes. 
Call for postcard images: If you haven’t had an image on a NESBA postcard in the last year, you may submit an image of any piece you intend to exhibit.  Please send to Ellyn Moller  Image selection will be by Ellyn who will be designing the postcard and using a GNSI image as well.  Jpeg format, approximately 300 dpi. 
If you are a member of both NESBA and GNSI: You may submit pieces to both organizations, per each organizations’ guidelines. 
Due Dates:
      •     Deadline for submission of “Intent to Exhibit” Form*: TODAY would be nice but no later than Monday, Sept. 19, 2016
      •     Deadline for delivery of artwork to your contact person: Friday, Oct. 21, 2016
                       If you wish to drop off at the Gallery, please call Ellyn Moller at 617-771-2357, or email her at 
                       Her drop-off windows are Fri., October 28, between 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM; Sat. October 29, by appointment 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM,
                       or Mon., Oct. 31, 10:00 AM – Noon.
      •     Artwork may be priced for sale or labeled “Not For Sale”.
      •     Exhibit hanging date:  October 31, 2016
      •     Reception: Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, 6 to 8 pm.
      •     Demonstration Day: TBD if any
      •     Take Down: Friday, Dec. 2, 2016
* Intent to Exhibit Form:See NESBA website for the “Intent to Exhibit” form and submit by Monday,
Sept. 19, 2016 Submit on line:
or print and mail to: Joyce Westner, 26 Dunster Lane, Winchester, MA 01890.
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. No saw-tooth hangers. All artwork must be delivered in a bubble wrap “envelope”(see website for instructions on how to make one—don’t wrap too tight). No packing peanuts allowed or your artwork will be returned. 
GNSI members will follow their own guidelines.
Packaging and Labeling: Three labels can be found on the NESBA blogspot:
 and are to be used as follows:
      1. Download PDF and print.  Or print your own in the same format.
      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,
          don’t wrap tight like a birthday gift.)
      4. Enclose third label in a Ziploc bag with $10 cash or check to NESBA for hanging fee
          for each piece hung.
Delivery contact people for this exhibit:
      Wellesley area:Celeste Hurley
      Cape Cod:Ellen Duarte
      Boston & North:Rita Edmunds
      South Shore:Sarah Roche
      West area:Nancy Savage or Nancy Horrall
NOTE: do NOT ship to Joyce Westner this time but YOU MAY LEAVE your Arnold Arboretum piece with Joyce to be exhibited at Massasoit.

Please contact Joyce Westner with details of any other drop off and/or pickup arrangements not listed here.

Artist Statement and other materials: If you are submitting an artist statement/bio to be included in the exhibit’s promotional material, please include printed one-page statement with your art work. 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.  Nature journals are welcome for educational purposes, and will be displayed in a locked exhibit case.  No commission will be taken on artwork sold as a result of the Massasoit exhibit but a donation to the gallery is welcome.
Shipping:  Artwork may be shipped directly to the venue at

Massasoit Community College, Akillian Gallery
900 Randolph Street, Rm. 103, Canton MA 02021
Tel. # if needed for shipping is 781- 821-2222 ext. 2124.
***Please include a prepaid return address label***

NESBA Exhibit at the Arnold Arboretum

On Saturday, July 9, 2016 NESBA hosted an opening reception for its exhibit “The Art of the Woody Plant” at the Arnold Arboretum. Members came from all over New England, and the public came in to see the art as well! There are 33 pieces of art hanging in the Arboretum’s Hunnewell Building and it’s there until mid-September. Everyone seemed to enjoy the artwork, seeing old friends and welcoming new members. 

NESBA president, Joan Pierce; Exhibit Chair, Nancy Savage; members, Sarah Roche, Elizabeth Rush, and Joyce Westner
The Arboretum staff was so gracious and very excited to have our exhibit hanging. It should draw many visitors! On August 13, members Jeanne Kunze and Suellen Perold will be demonstrating the “how to’s” of botanical art, using specimens from the Arboretum. Go and enjoy the show if you didn’t have a chance on Saturday!

Check out a review of the Exhibit, 'Art of the Woody Plant' exhibit opens at the Arnold Arboretum  

NESBA member, Carol Govan, presented the history of botanical art and illustration focusing on images of the tulip

The Attleboro Arts Museum Art Lovers Book Club hosted a program on the book;
Tulipomania – The Story of the World’s Most Coveted Flower & The Extraordinary Passions It Aroused by Mike Dash on June 25 at the Museum in Attleboro, MA.

New England Society of Botanical Artists (NESBA) member, Carol Govan,  presented the history of botanical art and illustration focusing on images of the tulip from the earliest preserved examples down to more contemporary work.

Carol Govan, (left) and NESBA member Maria Babylak 

About Tulipomania

In the 1630s, visitors to the prosperous trading cities of the Netherlands couldn’t help but notice that thousands of normally sober, hardworking Dutch citizens from every walk of life were caught up in an extraordinary frenzy of buying and selling. The object of this unprecedented speculation was the tulip, a delicate and exotic Eastern import that had bewitched horticulturists, noblemen, and tavern owners alike. For almost a year rare bulbs changed hands for incredible and ever-increasing sums, until single flowers were being sold for more than the cost of a house.
Tulips in artwork by members of The New England Society of Boatanical Artists
About The New England Society of Botanical Artists (NESBA)

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 through exhibits, lectures, workshops, and outreach programs.
Through its art, NESBA emphasizes New England plant diversity and its preservation, provides a community for artists and illustrators engaged in this challenging discipline, designs forums for meetings and discussions, as well as for camaraderie among other botanical artists, illustrators, scientists and historians.

The New England Society of Botanical Artists is proud to be a chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists.

A Weekend in Norfolk, Ct

NESBA artist Leslie Watkins extends an invitation for any NESBA member to join her to exhibit and/or demonstrate in the wonderful space the National Iron Bank is allowing WaterWorks to use for this three day event.

Music, Art & Nature come together for three exciting days!
August 5, 6, and 7, 2016
Visit WaterWorks Open House at the National Iron Bank, Station Place, 2nd floor

WaterWorks Schedule of Events:

Friday, August 5, 5-6PM: Art Exhibition and Opening Reception - Nature based original watercolor paintings by various artists, art journals and live painting demonstrations.
Friday, August 5, 6-7PM: The History of Watercolor Painting Slideshow and talk on the evolution of traditional watercolor painting presented by Leslie Watkins.
Saturday, August 6, 10AM-5PM: Painting for children and adults, painting demonstrations.
Sunday, August 7, 10AM-5PM: Painting for adults, demonstrations.
Sunday, August 7, 5-6PM: Awards and prizes for notable paintings.

WaterWorks offers instruction in nature based painting, landscape painting, botanical illustration and traditional watercolor techniques. Classes are open to all, beginners through advanced students and are held both indoors and on location in nature preserves, gardens and art centers.

Leslie Watkins’ botanical watercolors and nature studies have appeared internationally on postage stamps, and in books, magazines and fine home products. She has taught enthusiastic students for over 25 years. Both aspiring and experienced painters benefit from the classes and have fun learning. Watkins has exhibited at The Columbus Museum, The Lyman Allyn Art Museum, The National Arts Club and The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and the New England Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. She is the founding director of the NWCT Berkshire Plein Air Painters.

WaterWorks Open House is generously sponsored by the National Iron Bank. All events are free and art materials are provided.

NESBA members reflect on a talk with Helen Allen

NESBA Speaker Series: Helen Allen,
curator of Prince Charles’ Florilegium: Highgrove and Transylvania

NESBA had a fun filled day listening to Helen talk about her experiences as curator of this florilegium. Here are some reflections on the day:

“….. the time, effort….determination of the artists was insight into their dedication to botanical art…..and long term commitment to the project and willingness to put in the time and research…… gave me a greater sense of the history and legacy of botanical art….”
                            Rose Powers

“….. trekking up and down hills, across the fields, climbing to a spot inside the highest point of the Prince of Wales’ Transylvania lodge to paint and gaze out the window at the broad vistas..”
                             Joyce Westner

“….. unspoiled Romanian countryside that was their home base…..the botanists who work in tandem with the artists made the paintings more accurate…..paintings were magnificent…..  newfound respect for those who go out into the field in a foreign country to document nature…”
                             Dorothy McCauley

“…. Traveling is so often about the big vista, and that so much of our immediate surround is overlooked. In Transylvania Helen showed us that the artists and botanists were literally down on the ground, midst the grass and meadow flowers, seeing and describing what we so often miss…. remind us that there is a world beneath our feet we really mustn’t take for granted.”
                              Pat Buchanan

“Nothing like a virtual escape to Transylvania…….simple countryside rich with history, old farming ways of horse drawn wagons, mounds of hay and fields of flowers……. Endless supply of living, blooming, flowers….we could escape and share her adventure… Great fun. ”
                               Sue Neff

“… Helen gave details on the preparation of art work and publishing of Prince Charles’.. Florilegium of Romania…. Her talk (sic) was informative, entertaining, and inspirational….”
                               Carolyn Payzant

“….Morning session… presenting her images of Prince Charles’….. and she talked about her time in Transylvania….she traveled with other well-regarded botanical artists in a very underdeveloped area……Cows shared the road with the artists as they hiked (sic) to search for subjects….. it (botanical painting sic), can really be done in the outdoors under less than ideal circumstances… Not even photos were allowed for later reference. So, when I feel constrained by my surroundings, or it’s not a sunny day, I think of these artists…..and the conditions they had in which they created their beautiful works……”
                                  Nancy Savage

“…Seeing so many familiar faces felt good….. We often work in isolation and spending the days with other artists was invigorating…. The day…. Left me wishing for more opportunities to gather. “ 
                                   Elena Balmaseda-Scherer

“…. Transylvania wildflower meadows and the importance of preserving our natural world….shifted my attention to botanical illustration as another form of preserving through documentation….the flora of an area (sic). I wanted to see beyond the attractive shapes and colors of the portrait…. Science behind what actually makes the plant specimen look and behave like it does…made me a more confident and dedicated artist….”
                                     Deborah Locke

“….record on site the flora of Transylvania’s meadows where farming methods have not changed in centuries and a diverse population of indigenous flora exists……images of Zalanpatak, where the artists stayed in one of Prince Charles’ properties…..high on the slopes of the mountains close to the Carpathians…..eating the local produce grown on the grounds (sic), harmony with their environment…floristically diverse area with 300-400 species within a few feet apart in some areas…. Species rich meadows……area residents (sic) have a less romantic view of their way of life than visitors……”
                                    Ruth Starratt

“…..lots of fun and…informative….fascinating to learn of the people and the area…time has hardly intruded on their way of life: horses being used for both transportation and work….wide range of artists included in the project… weather was perfect and wonderful time was had by all which included desserts with a floral motif!...”
                                      Robin Rosenthal

NESBA Artist Faye Van Wert's has work accepted in a show in Missouri

Faye Van Wert's watercolor painting Zea mays indurata Maize (flint corn) has been accepted for the OA Gallery The Beauty of Botanicals 2016 show in Kirkwood, Missouri.

NESBA Artist Lucy Sur has an exhibit on the Cape

Lucy will have an exhibit at Heritage Plantation and Gardens in Sandwich, MA, 
for the month of July. She will  be the featured artist in Heritage Highlights, shown in the education building where the antique carousel is housed. 

Red Lily