Call for Entries

Call for Entries 

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

May 19, 2013–September 30, 2014 

The New England Society of Botanical Artists (NESBA) will produce and stage a juried exhibition of native New England plants to promote awareness and celebrate the diversity and beauty of plants from our own backyards. This is a juried exhibition which will include approximately 50 original artworks in 3 framed sizes, 14" x 18", 24” × 18” and 30” × 24”, and will travel to each New England state.

The exhibit is open to any NESBA member in good standing (dues paid).

Subject listing: Although not required, you may notify NESBA of the plant(s) you intend to portray by emailing to John Perry at An informal list has been posted and is updated as artists state their choice of specie(s). See "Mountains To The Sea Subject List" in the "Pages" section on the left column of the blog. We would like to have plants representing a wide variety of genera and habitats of New England. (See links to sites giving you a list of native New England plants to consider.) Fungi and seaweed may also be considered as subject matter. This exhibit will be curated according to scientific accuracy, aesthetics, and technical mastery.

Media accepted: Two-dimensional original botanical art. No photography, no digitally generated work, and no three dimensional works will be accepted.

Fee: There is no entry fee for submission but if your piece is selected it will be framed for you, and you will share the cost with NESBA. See framing information.

Exhibition Dates 

  • December 12, 2012—Intent to Exhibit Send or email to Pat Buchanan  

 — 2013— 
  • January 18—Deadline for the jpg of your work on CD to reach Kay Kopper 
  • February 28—NESBA sends juror selection notice to artist 
  • April 3—Deadline for your artwork to be received by NESBA 
  • May 19—Exhibit opens at The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury MA (through Labor Day) 
  • Mid-September to early December—Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich VT 

— 2014 — 
  • January to early March—Bartlett Arboretum, Stamford, CT
  • March 15 to early May—Bedford MA Public Library
  • May 15 to June 28—Bristol RI Audubon Education Center 
  • August & September—Coastal Maine Botanic Gardens 

Submissions: Number per entry accepted 3. No entry fee. Digital files only: 300 dpi, image 8” high, .tif or .jpg files, submitted on CD/DVD labeled with marker only with artist’s name and name of artwork. Individual files on disk must be labeled with artist’s name and image title. Disks will not be returned.

Some sources for having professional high quality scans made; recommended but not limited to the following:
Recommended sources used by NESBA members:
Bill Wenzel, Norwell, MA 781-659-0900
Richard Klahne, Bolton, MA, (978) 634-1035
Joe Ofria, Arlington, MA,, 978-512-9060; 978-772-0421
Jennifer Frankel, Newton, MA,

Send to: Kay Kopper, 145 Plymouth Street, Pembroke, MA, 02359, by January 18, 2013. It is expected that one image will be selected, although exceptions may be made.

Catalog and online magazine: To be developed and for sale to members and in venue gift shops. Details to come.

Image size: Artwork will be framed in a professional quality ASBA-approved frame, including 8-ply mat and plexiglas. Artists are invited to submit up to 3 images that will look attractive within one of the frame/mat sizes listed in the chart.

Approximate area available for artwork including white space
Example 1
Plant image—no bleed & approx. 1 inch white space all around
Example 2
Plant image— bleeds off right
 & bottom of space
3” possibly weighted at bottom
3” possibly weighted at bottom
3” possibly weighted at bottom

Framing fee:
  • Framing will be done professionally by: The Frame Center 152 Rockland Street, Hanover, MA 02339 
  • NESBA will pay approximately 40% of the cost 
  • Fee for 18 x 24 is $55 
  • Fee for 24 x 30 is $75 
  • Artist’s work will be returned in the professional ASBA-approved frame at the close of the exhibit 
  • Exhibit committee will make final decision on which size frame works for each piece. 
  • For a lot of white space, make the image smaller 
  • For the image to bleed off one or two sides, make the image bigger 
  • Horizontal or portrait orientation is acceptable 
  • Plant image should be no smaller than 10 × 6 
  • Be creative with the image layout—almost anything will work out just fine! Tiny plants can stay tiny but you might paint several to fill the space 
  • The exhibit committee reserves the right to determine frame specifications although artist suggestions are welcome 
Subject matter details:
  • It is the artist’s responsibility to determine if the subject matter is a New England native, defined as present before Europeans arrived. Subjects not native to New England will not be considered for jurying. We can help you find out if your considered subject is a native.
  • It would be very helpful if the artist keep track, document, photograph even video their subject matter and their process so that we can develop useful wall information and online. THIS IS NOT A REQUIREMENT. 
  • If selected for the show, you will be required to provide a brief description of the plant’s location and general habitat for the wall labels. Details to come. 
  • The following websites may be helpful, and you are encouraged to use any other sources for native New England plants: 
Also this new book: Flora Novae Angliae: A Manual for the Identification of Native and Naturalized Higher Vascular Plants of New England by Arthur Hanes, illustrated by NESBA member Elizabeth Farnsworth et al.

Selling prints, cards, originals, etc.:
  • You are encouraged to create items for the venues’ gift shops to sell on consignment, such as notecards, bookmarks, unframed prints of your artwork. Details to come.
  • Your original may be for sale, but not removed until the exhibit closes in the fall of 2014.
  • Commissions vary by venue but are in keeping with the usual and customary percent Details to come. Liability Statement NESBA is unable to assume liability during the show, although some venues do insure the work. Assume that you exhibit at your own risk. All artwork will be handled with the utmost care. Artwork may not be removed prior to scheduled end of the exhibit. Important! Forms must be saved as a copy:
  • Right-click on the link and select download.
  • Save it to your computer before filling it in (form will be blank unless you save it as a copy before you fill it in).
  • Fill it in.
  • Save it again.
  • Email it to a party to be named later.

Intent to Exhibit Form — Due December 12, 2012

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.

Click here for Intent to Exhibit

Click here for MTS2C Call for Entry

Click here for MTS2C Exhibit Entry Form

Congratulations to NESBA member Nancy Savage.

Nancy Savage’s collection of watercolors on Thoreau’s Wild Fruits has been selected by the Concord Art Association for an October 2013 joint exhibit in their Members Gallery. The committee stated: “The combination of Nancy’s precise and lovely botanicals with Art’s stunning black and white photos of trees and tree roots will be an interesting combination hung together and they will complement each other. We're looking forward to seeing it here next year.”

Nancy painted the wild fruits as part of her requirements for the Wellesley College Friends of Horticulture certificate in botanical art program.

Wild Grapes
©2012 Nancy Savage

Calls for Entries

Hello NESBA members,

Three Calls for Entries have come to our attention that may be of interest to you!

They are at three different venues:

  • The Milton Art Museum, Canton, Mass.
  • The Brush Gallery, Lowell, Mass.
  • Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Boylston, Mass. 

See details below. (Note that the Tower Hill one is for an exhibit to be hung in 2013, not 2012 as is implied).

The Milton Art Museum, Canton, Mass.

   My name is Christina Ciaramella and I am writing to you on behalf of the Milton Art Museum We are having out first call to artists and would like to invite any of your members to participate. It is for 2D works and will be Juried by Nahid Khaki of Khaki Gallery in Boston. Deadline for Submissions is April 20th, 2012 and the entry fee is $30. Below is some information on the Juried Competition as well as a link to the website where people can submit. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me!

Open to all 2-D media.

Judge: Nahid Khaki,
Owner and Director of Khaki Gallery, Boston MA

Submission Deadline: Friday, April 20, 2012 by 5:00 PM EST.
Submission Fee: $30.00
Submission Guidelines
  • Open to all 2-D media.
  • Online and mailed submissions accepted. All submissions must include Artist Bio, Artist Statement, Exhibition Resumé, including any awards, and the Art Submission Form (Pg. 2 of  pdf). Unlabeled work will not be considered.
  • Mailed submissions may include up to (4) jpeg images on cd. Documents can be included on the cd or sent as hard copies, along with a check payable to Milton Art Museum. Cds and/or other materials included in the submission will NOT be returned. Note: Do not send original art work. Click here for Entry Form (PDF)
  • Online submissions Click here. Payment via PayPal.
  • Images must be 1024 pixels on the longest side at 72 DPI. Each file must be named by image title.
Announcement of winners will be posted on the Milton Art Museum website: and the Milton Art Museum Facebook Page on Sunday, May 20, 2012 after 5:00 PM EST. Winners will receive written notification.
  • First place winner of the competition will be awarded a solo exhibition for September/October 2012.
  • Six (6) runners up will exhibit in one (1) of two (2) group exhibitions; the first to take place July/August 2012 and the second November/December 2012.
  • All exhibitions will be promoted and advertised throughout New England and its art communities including a public relations campaign promoting the winning artists and their work.
Art Delivery Policy
All artwork must be wired and ready to hang and must not weigh more than fifty (50) lbs. Framed art work with glass must be Plexiglas. Selected works must be delivered seven (7) days prior to their exhibition date. Artists are responsible for all shipping and handling costs prior to and after their respective exhibitions. All art work must be insured during shipping. Art work is insured by the museum while it is exhibited. Art work that is dropped off and picked up by artists must be done seven (7) days prior to their respective exhibition and within seven (7) days after their exhibition is over.

Christina Ciaramella

Photographer | Milton Art Museum Board Member

The Brush Gallery, Lowell, Mass.

The Brush Gallery & Artists' Studios Presents:
Encounters with Cancer

Call for artists who are cancer victims, survivors and caretakers.

Exhibition dates: November 3 - December 1, 2012
Deadline for submission: September 10, 2012
Juror: TBD
Suffering, surviving or caring for someone with cancer changes us forever. Encounters with Cancer uses art to focus on this experience. The exhibition is open to artists who are currently battling cancer, who have survived cancer or who are caring for someone with cancer. Artwork should reflect the artist's experience with this disease. All two dimensional and three dimensional work is welcome.
In conjunction with this exhibition will be a series of talks by cancer professionals. The Brush Gallery will be collaborating with Lowell General Hospital to raise funds for and awareness about the many free services LGH provides to cancer victims and their families. Showing in conjunction with Encounters with Cancer and at the adjacent Lowell Telecommunications Corporation Gallery will be the Eli Lilly's Oncology on Canvas collection.
If you or an artist you know is interested in applying to this exhibition, please click here for complete details, a prospectus and an on-line application.

Tower Hill Botanical Garden, Boylston, Mass.

Boston Flower and Garden Show

March 19, 2012

The Boston Flower and Garden Show concluded yesterday, after five fabulous days and a beautiful NESBA exhibit. I hope that many of you got to go to Boston and see the show and our paintings! All of this could not happen without the dedicated volunteers who planned, hung and took down this annual exhibit. When you see these members, please thank them in person for a job well done! The exhibit was spectacular!

And thank you to all of the volunteers, around 30 of you, who worked at the show during the public hours to demonstrate and explain botanical art to the viewers! I cannot name all of you here, but many thanks for helping out at this important NESBA event.

Happy Spring to all!

Nancy Savage

Flower Show Committee:
Esther Klahne, Artistic Design
Lori Waresmith, Organizational Co-chair
Linda Oliver, Organizational Co-chair
Nancy Savage
Delivery/return contacts:
Ellen Duarte
Nancy Horrall
Celeste Hurley
Sarah Roche
Joyce Westner
Labels, postcards, informational fliers:
Pat Buchanan
Kay Kopper
Linda Oliver
Postings of information and pictures to website:
John Perry
Volunteer Coordinator:
Gail Easton
Set up on Monday, March 12, 2012:
Judith Baker, designed and provided all floral arrangements
Ellen Duarte
Nancy Horrall
Esther Klahne
Linda Oliver
Lori Waresmith
Joyce Westner
Sandra Whaley, photography
Take down on Sunday evening, March 18, 2012:
Judith Baker
Ellen Duarte
Rita Edmunds
Celeste Hurley
Kathy Iovanni
Esther Klahne
LInda Oliver
Joan Pierce
Lori Waresmith
Go to to see pictures of the hanging team in action, courtesy of Sandra Whaley! Sandra's photos are also available at

RHS Botanical Art Show

Artist and writer Katherine Tyrrell writes about art for artists and art lovers. See her article on the 7 Gold Medal Winners at RHS Botanical Art 2012.

Thank you to NESBA members

At our Saturday, March 3, 2012 meeting, a panel of our own NESBA artists gave a talk about "Composition". Each shared some of their own work and offered insight into how we can all paint more interesting, balanced and well-composed botanical paintings. Thanks to Dorothy, Kathy, Kay, Ruth Ann and Sarah for their wonderful presentations! Thanks go to Joyce for the photos!





Ruth Ann