Congratulations to NESBA Members!

Congratulations to Joyce McConnell! Joyce had two paintings juried into the Yarmouth Art Guild at the Cultural Center in Yarmouth. Her painting, " Early Spring Garden" , won an honors mention. Congratulations, Joyce!

Congratulations to Sarah Roche and to Phyllis Willis!
Two of Sarah's pieces were juried into this year's Festival Show at the South Shore Art Center. This one shown won First Prize for Watercolor!
The second painting shown below, is by Phyllis Willis.
Congratulations to both artists!

The Juried Show will be on display at the Festival -15/16/17 June on the Common in Cohasset
Visit for more info.

Korean Rhododendron
Watercolor on vellum
©2012 Sarah Roche

©2012 Phyllis Willis

Boston Mycological Club enjoys a workshop given by our very own NESBA members!

Carol Govan and Pat Buchanan gave a workshop on drawing fungi in the field for members of the Boston Mycological Club on May 20 at the Harvard Herbarium. Emphasis was placed on line and tone and taking time to see.

Fells Hanging Team

Here's our Fells hanging team busy at work.

Thanks Nancy H, Esther, Judith, Mathilde and Karen for your expertise and dedication! We all appreciate it so very much!

Your NESBA colleagues

Nancy was taking a well-deserved munch break in front of her drawing.

 Judith is toting gear up to the room for hanging in the Fitchburg Museum (Art in Bloom).

The gang lugs gear back to the car after hanging the show at The Fells.

Call for Entries

Call For Entries
The Brush Art Gallery, Lowell, MA 
A Brush With Nature
The New England Society of Botanical Artists
September 22–October 27, 2012 
Reception: September 22, 2012, 2:00–4:00 pm 

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

Location—The Brush Art Gallery 256 Market Street, Lowell, MA 01852

Theme—Botanical artwork created by members of the New England Society of Botanical Artists

Exhibit Guidelines—Artwork preferred to be for sale but not required to be. The Brush Art Gallery shall sell artwork at the price listed and set by the artist. The Brush Art Gallery will handle all sales and take a 40% commission. Checks will be sent to the artist at the conclusion of the show. All artwork must remain in the exhibit until October 27, 2012.

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

Artists Statement—Submit an artist statement/bio to be included in the exhibit’s promotional material (optional). Please include a one-page artist statement or resume. Email to Nancy Horrall at 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. 


August 19—deadline for submitting Intent to Exhibit form, label information, and drop off preference. Submit your information by completing the form on the NESBA website and send to Nancy Horrall.

Drop-off points

  • South—Sarah Roche 
  • West—Nancy Horrall 
  • North and shipped—Joyce Westner 
  • Wellesley area—Sue Neff 
  • Cape—Ellen Duarte 

September 13—work to delivery person/drop-off point. Artists may provide GicleĆ© quality prints or cards of botanicals to be sold in the gallery during the exhibit. Please use exhibit label and print clearly with price and contact information. A 40% commission with be taken on items sold. Artists will be required to sign the Brush Art Gallery's "Artist Loan and Insurance Agreement". Form will be sent to artist upon receipt of Intent to Exhibit, and the Agreement will be placed in the bubble wrap envelope with the piece of artwork.

September 16—Exhibit hanging date

September 22—Opening reception.

October 28—NESBA pickup from the Brush Gallery. Retrieve artwork from exhibit by arrangement with delivery person.

Liability Statement—NESBA is unable to assume liability during the show. Artists exhibit at their own risk. All artwork will be handled with the utmost care. Artwork may not be removed prior to scheduled end of the exhibit. Working to promote public appreciation of the art and science of botanical art and illustration in New England.

Call For Entries Document

Labels Document

Intent To Exhibit Document

Prints and Notecards Guidelines

Intent To Sell

NYBG Bus Trip Thursday June 7, 2012

Hello NESBA Members,

Once again, we are planning a trip to the beautiful New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx, NY. In addition to the fantastic grounds, there is a special exhibit going on called "Monet's Garden".
"Monet's Garden, on view in the Conservatory glasshouse and outdoor courtyards, will pay stunning tribute to the artist and his inspiration--flowers. Explore the rich legacy of his idyllic gardens and their lasting impact on the art world. Rarely exhibited Monet paintings never before seen in New York will be on display in the complementary Library exhibition that also includes Monet's original palette, digital versions of his sketchbooks, and more"....see

DATE: Thursday, June 7, 2012
HOW: Bus transportation from Braintree, MA, Riverside (Newton, MA), Millbury, MA and possible stop on I-95 in Connecticut (TBD).
TIME: First pickup at 6:15 am at South Shore Plaza in Braintree; two or three more stops along the way. Arrive NYBG at approximately 10:30am. Depart NYBG at approx. 3:00pm. Arrive at last stop in Braintree around 8pm.
COST: $75 per person. Includes admission to the Gardens (group rate), exhibits, self-guided tour, and bus transportation by "Local Motion" on:
The 36-Passenger Coach Bus has room for 36 adults, fits all types transportation needs and looks great, too. The versatile and comfortable 36-Passenger has center-aisle access, air conditioning, TV/DVD/VCR, microphone, reclining seats, lavatory, reading lights and overhead storage.

MEALS: Lunch on your own in one of several cafes at the Garden (not included in the $75 cost noted above); Dinner: bring your own in a small cooler and/or we will have one or two large coolers on the bus for your dinner. We will eat dinner on the bus on the way home.

IF YOU LIVE NEAR THE NYBG and/or don't need the bus transportation, please plan to meet us there! We'll include you in the $20 group rate. Let me know if you'd like to join us! We have a lot of CT and NY members now, and we'd love to see you there!

RSVP as soon as possible to Nancy Savage. We must get at least 25 BUS participants signed up by May 29 (checks to me by then, too) in order for the trip to happen. This is due to the cost of the bus. So email me, then put ONE check in the mail ASAP made out to "NESBA" for $75. ($55 pp for bus) ($20 pp for admission to Gardens only). Mail check to Nancy Savage.

If we cancel, due to low enrollment, I will return checks to you. We will not cancel due to weather----we'll go rain or shine.
Hope you can go! Looking forward to it!

May 25! Reception at The Fells

Dear NESBA Members,

The Fells exhibit is up and will open to the public with a reception on May 25. Thank you very much to Nancy Horrall and her NESBA committee members: Judith Baker, Mathilde Duffy, Esther Klahne, and Karen Tucker for driving to and from NH on Monday to hang this show! It promises to be beautiful. See Nancy's note below:

The opening reception for our exhibit at the Fells in Newbury, NH is Friday, May 25 from 5-7pm (including demonstrations by NESBA artists).
If you are planning to go and would like to demo, please email Nancy Horrall. Some members are staying overnight at the The Follansbee Inn on Kezar Lake.

Phone: 800-626-4221

If you would like to join us, make your own reservation and tell the Inn you are part of NESBA.

The show looks great.

Nancy Horrall, Chair, The Fells Exhibit committee

Painting and Sketching in the Garden

To All NESBA Members!

NESBA member Ellen Duarte had offered us a very kind invitation!

"Painting and Sketching in the Garden"

Where: At the home and gardens of member Ellen Duarte in Centerville, Mass. and at Long Pond Conservation and Community Gardens near Ellen's home.

Dates: choose to go to one, two or all three, following a plant all summer long!
  • Monday, June 25
  • Monday, July 30
  • Monday, August 20
The Plan: Arrive at Ellen's home in Centerville, MA at 8:30 am. (early, to "beat the heat"!) Caravan to the gardens (12 minutes away) and paint. Return to Ellen's house (air conditioned!) for lunch (bring your own, Ellen will provide cold drinks), or choose to go to a local restaurant on your own. Go back to the gardens after lunch, or stay and paint in Ellen's yard, or basement "classroom" Possibility, if interest, in a pot luck supper before you head on your way home!

Ellen says:
"If someone would like to follow the progress of something, I could see that the plant is preserved for the entire season (to the best of my ability!). I'm trying for another artichoke and part of the garden will focus on medicinal herbs and plants. There are always lots of flowers, ( I plant varieties of cosmos, zinnias, bachelor buttons, nasturtiums,and more), varieties of basil, lettuces and the ever present perennials."
Mark your calendars! Contact information and directions will come later, and you can RSVP to Ellen, whose information is in the ASBA Directory* or the soon-to-be-distributed NESBA Member List. (*under Margaret Ellen Duarte)

Thank you to Ellen for this lovely idea and for her hospitality!

©2012 Ellen Duarte

NESBA Hosts Special Guests!

Thank you to members Carol Govan (seen below giving lecture) and Robin Wilkerson (seen below leading group on outdoor tour) for presenting a great program yesterday at the Garden in the Woods in Framingham! Thanks go to Rita Edmunds for the wonderful photography!

NESBA hosted women from the National Museum of Women in the Arts and Carol presented a History of Women in Botanical Art. Robin gave tours of Garden in the Woods. Our guests provided our members and their members with a lovely lunch after the talk by Carol, then proceeded outdoors for the garden walk. Everyone enjoyed the day!

Double-flowered Trillium grandiflorum