Boston Flower and Garden Show

Hello NESBA members,

The Boston Flower and Garden Show is three months away! Attached is the Call for Entries for this year's NESBA exhibit. The theme this year is "Wow!" First Impressions! We hope to show plants and flowers that have an impact from a distance, bold and bright! Have fun with it! We will be in a location this year with lots of will be a wonderful venue for us.

 In an effort for the Flower Show committee to know who is exhibiting, how many paintings to expect, and get working on labels, we ask that you now utilize our new "Intent to Exhibit" form. This form will be used for all exhibits that we do going forward. It will be due one month before the exhibit is hung. You will let us know what you are submitting in detail. I hope you find it easy to use. It can be completed right on your computer, or printed out and done by hand. It can be emailed (see form for where) or it can be printed and US Mailed. For this show, the 2012 Flower Show, the recipient of these forms is Pat Buchanan.

See for information. Click on Documents on the left side to access the 2012 Flower Show Call for Entry and the Intent to Exhibit form. I am also attaching both here for your convenience.

Happy winter to all....and happy painting!

On behalf of the Flower Show Committee: Esther Klahne, Lori Waresmith, and Linda Oliver, Nancy Savage

Important! Forms must be saved as a copy (right-click on the link and select download) before filling in. Forms filled in without first being saved as a copy will be blank.

Congratulations to Members Ruth Ann Wetherby and Kay Kopper

NESBA Members Ruth Ann Wetherby and Kay Kopper both have artwork in the South Shore Arts Center Show entitled Eye Candy. See information on line at Below is one of Kay's pieces "Paperwhite" on vellum. Congratulations to Ruth Ann and Kay for being a part of this show!

Paperwhite on vellum.
©2011 Kay Kopper

Congratulations to Member Kathie Miranda

At the recent ASBA Conference, NESBA member Kathie Miranda was honored with being the first-ever recipient of the Anne Marie Carney Award. The family of Anne Marie Carney has created an endowment fund to award an upcoming botanical artist on a yearly basis. So far, this begins a 36 year tradition! Congratulations to Kathie for receiving this prestigious award.

Kathie's "Prayer Plant"
©2011 Kathie Miranda

Valerie Tih (Anne Marie's daughter) and Kathie

David and Valerie Tih, Kathie and Robin Jess

Congratulations to NESBA Members!

Members of Jeanne Kunze's pen and ink class at Wellesley Friends of Horticulture showed their work at the Massachusetts Orchid Society Show at Tower Hill Botanic Garden this weekend.  The group of drawings won a 1st place in the art category and Pat Buchanan won a first prize for her drawing and Rita Edmunds won a 3rd place for hers. It was a wonderful show.

Rita Edmunds

Pat Buchanan

ASBA Conference Was a Success Thanks to YOU

Every NESBA member can take pride in the Conference which YOU sponsored through your membership fees and good spirits. Even if you were not fortunate enough to attend, your hospitality was felt and gratefully acknowledged by attendees from all over the U.S., Canada, the UK and Europe, Japan, Australia and Brazil.

If you lived close enough to Newton and helped in any way for a few hours or for many, you made this the best-run (we think!) Conference ever; so many attendees availed themselves of your help when they had questions or problems, ranging from how to find their classroom to where they left their wallet (on the bus!!).

If you were lucky enough to be among the attendees, you increased the creativity and energy in all the classes, trips, forums, lectures, exhibit, silent auction, portfolio sharing, shared meals and receptions (especially at Harvard!) NESBA members from all six New England states were there PLUS Gillian Harris came from her Bloomington Indiana home to meet many of her fellow NESBA members for the first time.

If you donated an image for the beautiful Trading Cards, know that they were enjoyed with great enthusiasm.

If you ran a committee, you are probably trying to catch up on real life this week, and wondering where you found the time to do all that Conference work, many of you over the course of years!

If you are Conference Chairs Ruth Starratt or Carole Ely, you must be wondering what to do for an encore—perhaps you could solve the European banking crisis or find a cure for the common cold?

Better idea for all of us: Grab a plant, immerse yourself in its plantiness, draw it, maybe paint it, and thank yourself and all our members for a job well done!

Artists from near and far share their portfolios

Madeline Merchant enjoys Harvard’s Glass Flowers Gallery

Alice de Rezende from Rio de Janiero enjoyed her very first snowfall, and shows off her first snowman to NESBA Member Bobbi Angell.

Free Tours at Tower Hill Botanic Garden

Free tours at Tower Hill Botanic Garden on Sunday, November 13!  (NESBA is an organizational member. We have passes you may use all year round. Contact NESBA Treasurer Lori Waresmith whenever you wish to use the two passes) This event on November 13 is FREE! No need for pass!

Winter Open House: Always in Season

Gardening / Horticulture - Other
Sunday, November 13, 2011
9:00 AM-5:00 PM
See the newest holiday merchandise on display in the Gift Shop! In the Milton Gallery, visit information booths about membership, private rentals, educational programs, youth programs, volunteering, horticulture, and the future development of Tower Hill. Enjoy free food samplings, an exciting drawing with prizes, and take in a guided tour of the Garden at 2pm.

From 11am-3pm, members of the Bay State African Violet Society will be on hand to re-pot your ailing African Violets! For just $1 per plant, your African Violets will receive a new home, with fresh new soil, and tender loving care. African Violets have become leggy or "rubber necked" are especially welcome! Receive growing instructions and advice from knowledgeable growers.

Bring friends you've always wanted to introduce to Tower Hill. If you'd like to know more about Tower Hill's offerings, this is the opportunity. Beginning at the Winter Open House, all new memberships will be sold at a 10% discount through December 30th!
Cost: Free & Open to the Public
 Public Woo Card: 2 points
 College Woo Card: 2 points
Suggested Audiences: Elders, Adult, College, High School, Middle School, Elementary
Phone: 508-869-6111

Congratulations to member John Perry

Two of NESBA webmaster John Perry’s lush egg tempera paintings on gesso have been accepted into the Hughes/Donahue gallery! Details on mailer below.

Day Lily
Egg tempera
©2011 John Perry

Egg Tempera
©2011 John Perry

Congratulations to member Bobbi Angell

Bobbi's artwork is featured at the Blanche Ames National Juried Art Exhibition Oct 18-Nov 5, reception in North Easton MA on Oct 22.

Members: Share your good news! Email the NESBA webmaster or a board member to have it posted.

Congratulations to Ruth Starratt

Zea mays
©2011 Ruth Starratt

Ruth’s beautiful “Maize of the First Peoples” will be part of Ruth’s body of work featured at the upcoming Boston University Triennial School of Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition, October 27th through December 4th, 2011. This piece was chosen as the ASBA 2011 Conference logo.

Members: Share your good news, email the NESBA webmaster or a board member to have it posted.

Congratulations to member Anita Turner

Anita’s artwork is featured in upscale ŌKẄ Fine Clothing & Gallery, 631 A Tremont Street in Boston’s South End, and will be used in their marketing materials!

Tropaeolum majus
©2011 Anita P. Turner

Ananas comosus
©2011 Anita P. Turner

Members: Share your good news, email the NESBA webmaster or a board member to have it posted.

NESBA members help create Colorful Edibles

Hot off the Press! ASBA will be selling its Colorful Edibles coloring book at the conference so be sure to look for it at the registration desk and hospitality desk. It features 28 pages of delicious line drawings by 26 ASBA members selected from nearly 80 submissions, with full color cover art by Marjorie Leggitt and Joel Floyd, design by Charlotte Staub Thomas and text by Bobbi Angell. Artwork by 7 NESBA members grace the pages, including drawings by Bobbi Angell, Beverly Duncan, Lois Jackson, Jeanne Kunze, Suellen Perold, Kelly Leahy Radding and Nancy Savage. Informative and attractive, the coloring book makes a great gift for children of all ages. Copies are $8.95 each and proceeds from sales benefit ASBA's educational programs.

Congratulations to NESBA Member!

Congratulations to NESBA member Carrie Megan whose Quercus rubra, Northern Red Oak, watercolor won the Honorary John M. Angelini Award in Watercolor at the 69th Annual Audubon Artists Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club in NYC! The exhibition runs September 12 - 30.

Northern Red Oak, Quercus rubra
©2011 Carrie Megan

NESBA donations request Art Supply Project: Horace Mann School for Deaf

From Linda Oliver:

Dear NESBA Members,

Organizing your studio? Wondering what to do with extra paper and paints? We've got the answer!
Sarah Roche recently presented a workshop for senior art students at a local school for the deaf. I participated as teaching assistant. (See her article on p.29 of The Botanical Artist, June 2011.) This was an eye-opening experience in many ways... Studying art is a real challenge for deaf students, who must constantly shift between teacher demonstrations and the signing of verbal information.

Further complicating this situation is an extreme lack of art materials, from the basics on up!
Sarah and I would very much like to offer support to these students by collecting any art materials which NESBA members can offer. Paper, paints and other media, brushes, etc. Items needn't be brand new, so long as they are in usable condition. Also, please donate any EXTRA SUPPLIES you already have; no need to purchase items!

Art supply donations may be DROPPED OFF at:

The Wellesley College Friends of Horticulture Visitors Center
The FOH office is open from at least 10 am - 3 pm Monday-Friday. If they have a class that starts/ends outside those hours, the office is open while class is in session.

Joyce Westner’s home (leave on front porch if she is not home)

Sarah Roche's home (leave on porch if she is not home),

Any contributions will be greatly appreciated! Thank you for your support in making this project a success!
*The WCFH Visitors Center will accept your drop-off donations through the end of October.
Thank you!!

Email for more information.

NESBA details about Oct 1 mtg in Newton MA 10 a.m. start

We will begin at 10 a.m. and have the building until 3 p.m. so plan to stay as long as you can.

Hospitality Chair Joan Pierce will provide morning snack food, cider, coffee, tea, etc. Please bring your own lunch or possibly go out midday to get takeout from nearby places, including a Trader Joe’s.

Exhibits past and future update
Receive your permanent NESBA name badge
Preview trading cards
Update on ASBA Conference
Sign up to help at Conference (even if you are not registering for the conference)
Committees review their activities (registration, Glass Flowers reception, exhibit, auction etc.)
Assemble registration packets

Suellen’s directions to the West Newton Neighborhood Club. (GPS to 24 Berkeley Street, West Newton, MA 02465)
· Take 95/128 (called both in these parts) North or South to exit 24
· Head east on 24, which is also called Rte 30 and also called Commonwealth Avenue for 2.5 miles. You will pass the Newton Marriott on your left which is where the conference will be held, and eventually the Brae Burn Country Club on your right.
· About a quarter mile after the Country Club, turn left at lights onto Chestnut Street, drive up the hill and you'll pass the All Newton Music School on your left.
· Take the second left onto Berkeley Street and you'll see a tall hedge with tennis courts behind it. That's the place. Park on the street and walk down the walkway to the left of the courts. People may be playing tennis, so please be mindful of our competitors trying to get into the US Open next year.

If lost, call Joyce’s cell 781-654-9026.

Carole Ely’s details about what we’ll be up to:-- Listen and learn about plans for conference events with reports on Hotels, Workshops -- in conference ones as well as pre-and-post conference events too, Travel Central, HNHM Glass Flowers reception, Small Works, Silent Auction, Saturday Banquet, PR with our new blog, and the list goes on ... but the meeting won't. We will try to keep it fast paced and still give time for your critically important input before we finalize the details.

Please let us know if you can attend the Update Meeting for the ASBA 2011 Conference in Boston (or if you can’t attend and are not already signed up for a committee, let us know if you'd be willing to help with set-up and at the conference itself. NESBA members need not be registered for the conference to volunteer.) All hands on deck!

Congratulations to NESBA Members!

Congratulations to Joyce P. McConnell for first place at the All Cape juried
art show, and to Barbara Holden for honorable mention!  The show opens on
Sunday, September 11th, the Reception begins at 4pm, at the Creative Arts Center of Chatham, Chatham MA.

Congratulations to NESBA Member!

Congratulations to NESBA member Carrie Megan whose Quercus rubra Northern Red Oak watercolor was accepted into the 69th Annual National Audubon Artists Exhibition, which will run Sept. 12 - 30 at the Salmagundi Club in NYC!

Northern Red Oak, Quercus rubra
©2011 Carrie Megan

NESBA Member Donates Art to Oncology Center

Stephanie Whitney-Payne just completed a series of four botanicals for the Oncology Center of Mt. Ascutney Hospital in Windsor, Vermont. They were of plants used as the basis of chemotherapy drugs, including Vinca, Pacific Yew, May Apple, and Asian Happy Tree.

Vinca (Periwinkle)
Four major vinca alkaloids are in clinical use:
vinblastine, vinorelbine, vincristine, and vindesine.
©2011 Stephanie Whitney-Payne

Stephanie says:
"As a cancer survivor I felt I wanted to do something for this little country hospital and they were so thrilled to get this artwork. They are there for anyone who wants to see them at the Oncology Center. I am told the delicacy and beauty of the plants themselves, as depicted in the artwork, belie the ferocity of their attack on cancer cells. Seems to give everyone a new perspective and respect for everything that grows in the garden."
Pacific Yew
Used in the making of Taxol.
©2011 Stephanie Whitney-Payne

Congratulations to Stephanie for this important work! Comments about this article are welcome.

The Fells - Team Recognition

NESBA would like to take this opportunity to recognize all of you who worked so hard to make The Fells Exhibit a resounding success. Thank you for the wonderful and professional artwork accomplished and how you presented NESBA in such fine fashion!

Exhibit Coordinator 
Nancy Horrall

Hanging Team
Judith Baker
Mathilde Duffy
Nancy Horrall
Esther Klahne
 Jeanne Kunze
Karen Tucker
Sandra Whaley

Take Down Team
Judith Baker
Nancy Horrall
Esther Klahne
Karen Tucker
Sandy Whaley

A special nod goes to the Take Down Team for braving downpours (and an unconfirmed report of donut holes!)

We also want to share with you this email to Nancy Horrall from The Fells Education Director, Michael J. Caduto:

Hi Nancy:

Thank you all very much for the help with putting up and taking down the exhibit. It was a very popular show that generated much enthusiasm among those who visited the gallery. It was especially meaningful to be able to show such beautiful pieces depicting species that grow in The Fells rock garden.

Please convey our hearfelt thanks to all of the artists involved for giving of their talent and time to make this exhibit possible.
Let's keep in touch regarding your idea for a future exhibit about native plants of New England.

Meanwhile: Think Cool!



Michael J. Caduto
Education Director, The Fells

Congratulations to Elaine Wong

Congratulations to Elaine Wong, NESBA artist, whose pieces will be included
in be in the exhibit "Nature's Medicine Chest" at the Highstead Arboretum,
Connecticut, to be presented by the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators,
N.Y. Chapter, in September, 2011.

Blighia sapida, common name "Ackee"
 Watercolor and colored pencil on illustration board
©2011 Elaine Wong

Preliminary Call for Entries

Preliminary Call for Entries

Opening 2013-2014 (tentative)

From the Mountains to the Sea: 
Plants, Trees, and Shrubs of New England

The New England Society of Botanical Artists (NESBA) will produce an exhibition of native New England plants to promote awareness and celebrate the diversity and beauty of plants from our own backyards. This juried exhibition will include approximately 45 original artworks in 2 framed sizes 24” x 18” and 30” x 24” and will travel to each New England state (venues and dates to be determined).

Subject listing: Although not required, you may notify NESBA of the plant(s) you intend to portray. An informal list will be posted. We would like to have plants representing a wide variety of genera and habitats of New England. We will post some links to sites giving you a list of native New England plants to consider. This exhibit will be curated according to scientific accuracy, aesthetics, and technical mastery.

More information to come:

Submission requirements and deadlines:



Losing Paradise? - Opening at Kew

What began in 2006 with a preliminary call for entries to the membership of the American Society of Botanical Artists is culminating in the final showing of Losing Paradise? Endangered Plants Here and Around the World , a botanical art exhibition in the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, UK. The exhibition opens Saturday, June 25th as part of a broader exhibition Plants in Peril which will be on view at the gallery until Sunday, October 16th.

The collection includes 44 works of original art depicting threatened and endangered plants from North & South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia, including pieces by NESBA members, Bobbi Angell, Kay Kopper, Kelly Radding. To see the art:

See the full release document here:

Congratulations to NESBA Members

Congratulations to four NESBA artists for their upcoming daylong event at Glastonbury Abbey in Hingham MA on June 18! Sarah Roche, Ruth Ann Wetherby, Madeline Merchant, and Kay Kopper will have artwork at this lovely event.

Click image to view full size.

Congratulations to Barbara DeGregorio!

Congratulations to Barbara DeGregorio whose watercolor exhibit “Nature’s Beauty Borrowed” will run from June 3-30 at The Habitat in Belmont, MA.

Congratulations to Kay Kopper!

Congratulations to Kay Kopper whose botanical works are among 64 pieces juried into the MassArt alumni exhibit (out of 255 submissions). Flourish: Alumni Works on Paper will be on view in the Bakalar & Paine Galleries at MassArt from June 6 to July 9, 2011. There will be an opening on Thursday, June 9 from 6–8 pm.

Seedheads ©2011 Kay Kopper

Highbush Blueberry ©2011 Kay Kopper

NESBA Opening the Fells

NESBA members Rita Edmunds(standing), Mathilde Duffy and Nancy Horrall (sitting at demonstration table) attending the Fells opening which includes 30 works by NESBA artists, Friday, May 27th. With over 200 guests, this opening was a spectacular success. Photo by NESBA member Sandra M. Whaley.

Congratulations to NESBA Members

Congratulations to NESBA members Barbara Holden, Joyce McConnell, and Lucy Sur on their upcoming exhibit on Cape Cod!

Botanics by 3 Cape Artists: 
Explorations in Graphite, Watercolor, and Colored Pencil
June and July
The Unitarian Universalist Meeting House
893 Main St. (rt.28), Chatham, MA
M - F 10:00-3:00, Sun 9 - noon

Begonia © 2011 Barbara Holden

Sweet Corn © 2011 Lucy Sur

Porcelain Berry © 2011 Lucy Sur

Apologies if you missed our YouTube video in the most recent blog post email. There were a few technical difficulties that have since been remedied. 
Click this link to go straight to the video:

NESBA On YouTube!

Here is NESBA's very first YouTube video!

Did you know how many links we have to resources? See "Online Resources" on the right-hand side of our blog for the list. The same links are listed below:

NESBA YouTube Channel
NESBA Facebook
Boston ASBA Facebook
Botanical Artist's Group

Invitation to 2011 WCFH CBA Graduation

Congratulations to our members Kathy Folino, Pamela Geer Gordon and Anita Turner! Let Eileen Sprague know if you would like to attend.

Please RSVP if you can make this exciting event as we celebrate our second class of graduates of the Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration Program.

NESBA Setup At The Fells

The Rock Garden Plants Show by the New England Society of Botanical Artists was hung Tuesday, May 17th at the Fells, Newbury, N.H. Congratulations to all 30 artists who have work in this exhibition. A special thank you goes to Nancy Horrall (not pictured) for her great organization work. Show hanging volunteers were: Jeanne Kunze, Nancy Horrall, Esther Klahne, Judith Baker, Karen Tucker, Mathilde Duffy and Sandra Whaley.

Congratulations to NESBA Member!

Congratulations to NESBA member Suellen Perold!

Suellen’s painting of Gourds, Cucurbita pepo, has been juried into the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators’  Annual Conference Exhibit in July!

The Fells Postcard

Check our blog article for info about the reception and RSVPing to The Fells. If you plan to visit before the reception, call ahead and let them know so they can let you in. The official opening of The Fells to the public is Memorial Day weekend.

Also, Nancy Horrall has contacted the Follensbee Inn up there and they have waived the two-night minimum if you would care to stay there. Rates are at

You will get a postcard in the mail about the exhibit (two if you are exhibiting) and we encourage everyone to send the link to friends in the area or the attached. Thanks to Nancy Horrall and her team for making this happen—it’s been in the planning for nearly a year!

Congratulations To NESBA Members

West Coast Historic Preservation Institution Filoli has juried in the work of our members Pamela Geer Gordon and Dorothy Gardner McCauley as part of their upcoming 13th Annual Botanical Art Exhibit!

 Congratulations to both of you!

Creating a Traveling Herbarium

"We had a great meeting at Long Hill Gardens on May 7th featuring a hands-on workshop by Erika Sonder on 'Creating a Traveling Herbarium'."
Carolyn Payzant

Erika Sonder

Visti Erika Sonder's Traveling Herbarium website.

Erika Sonder, Barbara DeGregorio

Erika Sonder, Barbara DeGregorio

Getting Started.

Make your own press by routing an old kitchen cabinet door. 

Artfully arrange plant and root between newspaper pages to be pressed.

Label each page and place on press with corrugated cardboard between each page. Let dry for at least 1 month for best color.

Tightly strap.

After the plant is dry, dap diluted Elmer Glue on the back.

Place on Acid Free paper.

Weight down with washer and let dry.

Label page for reference.

Or, if you plan on selling your work, keep in an acid free portfolio.

A good time had by all!