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.

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.

NESBA member Suellen Perold exhibiting in South Africa

Suellen's, Bird of Paradise, Strelitzia nicolai, is accepted into The South African Botanic Garden, Kirstenbosch, show titled  "Contemporary Botanical Art", which highlights indigenous flora of South Africa. 

Bird of Paradise
 Strelitzia nicolai

Work by Carol Govan in the Elm Bank Visitors Center

Recent Paintings on Exhibit from August 22 to Columbus Day
 NESBA member Carol Govan, a popular local naturalist, botanical art historian, and teacher has devoted years to informing the public about the work of many other artists, but this summer Mass Hort is fortunate to be able to present an exhibition of  her own artistic output.  It will be easily accessible to all late summer visitors to The Gardens at Elm Bank. The exhibit is in the visitor center at Elm Bank, the building just beyond the parking lot.  In her statement below, Carol invites the public to understand the process of producing art, but most of all, to enjoy looking at it.

Orange Canna
 Seeing Nature's Secrets- Carol Govan

I like to look at the natural world but have a hard time slowing down to see anything unless I draw and identify it. Drawing allows me to see details I didn't see at first glance. Struggling to find its name tells me new information that encourages me to go back and look again.  My interests tend to combine art and science, both of which require concentrated observation.

I am a naturalist who teaches various science and art courses.  One has students find a natural habitat in order to identify and draw all the plants (or anything else interesting) throughout the year.  Another, focusing on plant relationships in situ and through a microscope to fit them into family groups. "The History of Botanical Art" marvels at old books filled with beautiful details and descriptions. "Drawing Botany" has students examine and sketch plants as they learn about roots, shoots, flowers and fruits.  I encourage lots of drawing and playing with color to take notes rather than create a perfect plant portrait.

I teach or give lectures at The New England Wildflower Society, The Boston Mycological Society, The Massachusetts Horticultural Society, The Coastal Maine Botanic Garden, The Attleboro Museum, and the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens where I also write and illustrate articles about tropical plants and train the docents.  My lectures are about pond life, tulips, orchids, succulents, gymnosperms, cacti, insects, fungi, art history, color, field sketching, old herbals, etc. As you can see I have a hard time focusing but see or learn something new each time I go outside and draw something, teach a class (and relearn what I have forgotten), or give a lecture. These activities help me focus (a little) and encourage me to see and learn about new things. 

Check Mass Hort Web site for days, hours.  The website has a button on the left to click for "Campus Map",

NESBA egg tempera workshop

 Heads up!!

Patricia Giebutowski

Click for more info about egg tempera and the workshop

NESBA is sponsoring a workshop with renowned egg tempera artist, Koo Schadler.

Dates: October, Friday 28- Sunday 30

Where: Koo’s studio in Alstead, NH, near Keene

Time: 9 - 4

Cost: $ 408 per student, all supplies included. Payment due in full at time of registration. As the sponsor of this workshop, NESBA will provide an educational subsidy to members who attend of $60, payable after the workshop thereby reducing the cost to members to $348.

Number: Minimum 10 students, maximum 13

Registration: Handled by NESBA, with checks forwarded to Koo.

Payment: By check made out to Koo Schadler for $408 by Sept 17 and mailed to

Lucy Sur
19 Eliot Hill Road,
Natick, MA, 01760

Note: checks will not be cashed until after 10/1

Deadline for Registration: commitment by Sept. 17. If there are less than ten students at that time, we’d cancel and all money would be refunded.

Cancellation Policy: - If a student cancels before October 1st Koo will refund all money.

- If a student cancels after October 1st and has another person take their place, Koo will refund all money.
- Cancellations after October 1st forfeit the full tuition.

Accommodations: Please let registrants know that there are plenty of hotel, B&B, etc. options in the area but they can fill up in the fall. Our dates are past the peak of the foliage season but nonetheless people shouldn’t wait too long to secure accommodations.

Koo lists a variety of options (and the distance to her studio) on her website: