Green Currency: Plants in the Economy

NESBA member Carrie Megan wins an Honorable Mention Award for her piece “Morels” in graphite.  Shown at the opening reception of “Green Currency: Plants in the Economy” at the New York Botanical Garden, April 20, 2011, left to right NYBG VP for Education Jeffrey Downing, renowned botanical art patron Dr. Shirley Sherwood, ASBA Executive Director Robin Jess, Carrie Megan, and NYBG President Gregory Long.

Congratulations to NESBA members who are also featured in the exhibit to run through July 31: Bobbi Angell, Pamela Geer Gordon, Esther Klahne, Kay Kopper, Julie Sims Messenger, and Kelly Leahy Radding. To subscribe to the Green Currency blog and see the artwork, or to buy the catalog go to

NESBA Trivia Cards for 2011 Conference

Dear NESBA members,

We are working on a project to print Botanical Trivia Cards (similar to Artist Trading Cards), which will highlight our members’ artwork. Trivia Card sets will be one of NESBA’s gifts to the attendees at the Boston ASBA Conference and Small Works Exhibit, October 27-29, 2011, at the Boston Marriott Newton, MA. If we get enough images, and distribute sets at different times during the conference, we might get a “buzz” going with some trading going on!

The theme of the Trivia Card project is New England Plants, with the art work and plant name on one side, and on the back, the artist’s name, a couple of sentences or “trivia” about the plant (maybe its environs, special features, economic value, native or not), and the NESBA 2011 copyright. The original theme of “native” New England Plants has been expanded to include any plant, native or not, whose cultivation or presence in New England is well known. For example, the potato was introduced to New England around 1719 and is closely associated with Maine’s agricultural history.

Here is a link to the form with the plant information, artist information, and permissions we need to be able to use your images; shown on the form is a sample of how the image and information will appear on the card. (And as always, links to our documents are available from the Documents selection on our blog. See the bottom of this previous post for details on working with the Documents selection.)

In addition to use on the cards, your permission will allow limited use of your images on posters and flyers to be used at the conference.

Please email the form (it can be downloaded and filled out on your computer) and the jpg of your artwork as soon as possible, but no later than August 15, 2011 to Images should be 300 ppi, sized roughly to fit the dimension of the card (2.5” x 3.5”).

Thank you,

Rita Edmunds and Pat Buchanan

We're getting questions on the details of this project. As they come in, we will update this post so be sure to check on this blog post if you have questions. It may already be answered here! :-)

Here's our first question:

Does the trivia card require a brand new piece of art?
No, anything will do as long as long as it was growing in New England.

Can I send more than one image?

Call For Entries: “Inspiration From the Fells”


Inspiration From the Fells: Rock Garden Plants 
May 20–July 17, 2011 
Reception: May 27 5:00–8:00 pm. 
Reception will feature botanical artist demonstrations.

Crocus sp
©Lucy Sur

Call for Entries—A New England Society of Botanical Artists members exhibit at theThe Fells is open to any NESBA member in good standing (dues paid).

Location—The Fells, Newbury, NH, May 20 –July 17 , 2011 Exhibit will coincide with the International North American Rock Garden Society conference, June 17–20, 2011

Subject matter— "A rock garden plant is any plant you can grow with rocks", according to Jeff Good, Landscape Director at The Fells. Fine artwork by the New England Society of Botanical Artists will feature and interpret rock garden and alpine plants found throughout New England. Subject matter should be any plant found in rock gardens, including shade, sun, wet, dry, and alpine areas etc.
Matted Giclee prints of hanging artwork may be sold in the gift shop. Artwork preferred to be for sale but not required to be. The Fells shall sell artwork at the price listed and set by the artist and the Fells shall retain a 25% commission and NESBA shall retain a commission of 10% on all artwork sold in the exhibit.

Framing—Please follow NESBA framing standard for this exhibit: white or off-white mats and a simple gold or light wood frame. No sawtooth hangers, or mats. Frames that do not meet exhibit quality standards will not be accepted. Artwork not required to be for sale. All artwork must be bubble wrapped and properly labeled and include a $10 hanging fee per piece. If shipping, please enclose shipping instructions plus return prepaid shipping with hanging fee.

Artists Statement—Each artist is required to submit an artist statement/bio to be included in the exhibit’s promotional material. Please include a one-page artist statement or resume. Email to Nancy Horrall before delivery due date. (Or printed on an 8.5 x 11 sheet of white paper and include with your piece) Guidelines for your statement are posted on the NESBA website.

©Nancy Savage


May 6—deadline for submitting label information as well as drop off preference to Nancy Horrall.

Drop-off points:
  • South—Sarah Roche
  • West—Nancy Horrall
  • North—Joyce Westner
  • Wellesley College

May 13—deadline for delivering artwork: If you wish to ship your work, please email Joyce Westner for details.
May 17—Exhibit hanging
May 20—Exhibit opens
May 27—5:00–8:00 pm Opening reception; Need artists to demo-RSVP to Nancy Horrall
June 17–20—International North American Rock Garden Society conference
July 17—exhibit closes

Common Cinquefoil
©Kathy Folino

Submit intent to exhibit by completing the following and send to Nancy Horrall by May 6:
  • Artist name
  • Latin name
  • Common name
  • Medium
  • Price or NFS
  • Prints available- print price
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Drop-off preference

Here's a little tip from your webmaster:

Documents that Joyce sends out in emails or are referenced in the blog posts are also available in the Documents section of our blog.

While viewing the blog, notice on the left hand side the bulleted item in "Pages" labeled "Documents". Click on Documents and you are brought to a page containing links to our recent documents.

Click "Home" or anywhere in the blog header to return to the main page.