VT artist Susan Sawyer demonstrates at Montshire

Thanks to the ASBA Julius I. Brown Grant to NESBA, Susan Sawyer will spend Saturday, Nov. 9 demonstrating botanical drawing techniques at the From the Mountains to the Sea exhibit at Montshire Museum of Science.

See their webpage for more info about the activity and about our fellow NESBA member Susan Sawyer: http://www.montshire.org/programs/adults/artist-in-residence-susan-sawyer/

Changes to membership renewal

Starting in November 2013, renewing your membership in NESBA/ASBA will now be done on the ASBA website. 

ASBA will send you a notice reminding you to renew, and you can pay your ASBA/NESBA membership fee online on the ASBA secure website. NESBA will keep the ASBA/NESBA membership fee at $95. 

This new process allows you to use VISA/MC and simplifies the record keeping for NESBA as well as for ASBA. You may renew by mailing a check to ASBA if you do not want to pay online.

Please direct any questions to Sue Neff via email at sueneff1@comcast.net

Congratulations to NESBA members!

Congratulations to Kitty Gilbert, whose skunk cabbage painting was accepted for the book American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the Mid Atlantic, and the exhibition at the United States Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., opening on February 15, 2014.

Skunk Cabbage
©2013 Kitty Gilbert

Congratulations to Susan Pettee, whose drawing of galls on dried rudbeckia stalks was also accepted for Weird, Wild, and Wonderful.

Rudbeckia Stalks
©2013 Susan Pettee

Congratulations to NESBA member!

Congratulations to Jeannette vanRaalte for having her painting of a Romanesco Cauliflower (Brassica oleracea var. botrytis) accepted for Weird, Wild and Wonderful.

In addition, an image of her painting of a Turk's Cap Lily(Lilium superbum) will be included in the book,"American Botanical Paintings: Native Plants of the MidAtlantic" to be published by Botanical Artists for Education and the Environment in the Spring, and the painting will be part of an exhibition of the same name at the United States Botanical Garden from February 15 to June 15, 2014.

Romanesco Cauliflower
Brassica oleracea var. botrytis
©2013 Jeannette vanRaalte

Turk's Cap Lily
Lilium superbum
©2013 Jeannette vanRaalte

Congratulations to NESBA members!

Two more members have work accepted into "Weird, Wild and Wonderful!"

Knotted Wrack with Green Sea Urchin
©2013 Kathy Folino

Fibonacci's Camellia
©2013 Kelly Leahy Radding

Congratulations to NESBA member!

Congratulations to Kathie Miranda on her acceptance into the ASBA/NYBG 2nd Triennial Exhibition, Weird, Wild and Wonderful.

Tropicana canna
Colored pencil on stacked Mylar
©2013 Kathie Miranda

NESBA meets at the Arnold Arboretum on October 19, 2013

The chapter had its fall meeting at the Arboretum. A general business meeting was held, followed by a viewing of special collections in the library and then a docent-led tour of the grounds.

It was a beautiful day for a walk in this jewel of the Emerald Necklace!

NESBA members enjoy a warm and sunny afternoon at the Arboretum

Members Rose Powers, Gail Tatangelo-Vezina and Joan DeGregory look over large portfolios in the Arnold Arboretum library. Librarian Lisa Pearson shared these special documents with the group.

NESBA Artists exhibit on Long Island

The Flora Art Circle is having an exhibit at the Cold Spring Library on Long Island. If anyone is in the area you're invited to enjoy the show. Those participating: Irene Messina, Marcia Galletti, Henriette deBellegarde, Caryn Coville, Mary Kane, MaryBeth Hansen, D Record, Bruna Schuss, Patricia Luppino, Masako Stamph and Susan Strauss.

Montshire Museum hosted "Mountains to the Sea" Reception on October 3

Many thanks to the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, Vermont for hosting the October 3 opening reception of the second venue for The Mountains to the Sea: Plants, Trees, and Shrubs of New England. Our hosts Bob Raiselis and Sherlock Terry created a beautiful display.

Museum donors, at least 16 NESBA artists, and many guests enjoyed the gathering which included a talk by Bobbi Angell about the exhibit and the artists.

Montshire’s art intern, Terra Fletcher, created an exhibit about Bobbi’s work and her method of field work plus using herbarium specimens to illustrate for botanists, text books and popular publications. She did a terrific and creative job, devoting many hours to reproduce one of Bobbi’s plant specimens as a silhouette on the exhibit wall. Terra, thank you so much!

An interactive piece encourages visitors to sit and examine leaves encased in laminate and try their hand at drawing them. It has been attracting children and adults alike, and they hang their drawings on the wall.

Thanks also to the NESBA artists in Vermont and New Hampshire for organizing the splendid ‘In Addition’ exhibit of paintings—Bobbi Angell, Patricia Giebutowski, Lois Jackson, Caroline Payzant, Susan Bull Riley, Susan Sawyer and Stephanie Whitney-Payne.

And a final thanks to the team that moved the artwork from Duxbury MA to Vermont: Ellen Duarte, Carole Ely, Joyce Westner, Carolyn Payzant, and Nancy Horrall.

Bobbi Angell speaking to group at reception.

NESBA members at reception

Montshire Museum gift shop, with the catalog and members' cards

Visiting Artist spoke about Australian project

On Monday, October 7, Jean Dennis, a botanical artist from Australia, spoke to a group of NESBA artists about her paintings of the plant family Brachychiton. Her project was a personal quest "to track down 45 species, the whole genus, Brachychiton, native of Australia, and to paint them in the wild over a thirteen year period. This is the first time this little known but beautiful family has been painted."

Jean told us about her travels all over Australia to find the plants, and how she paints on site and her methods for saving her specimens to continue her paintings back at her caravan! Jean is in the process of publishing a book on this remarkable genus of plants. See this link to read more about Jean and her work: http://eternalorderinnature.squarespace.com/jean-dennis

Thanks to Jean for bringing this compelling story of adventure and art to us!

Jean Dennis shares her paintings with artists at the WC Greenhouse Visitors' Center. Jean is holding a tiny palette of paints that she uses in the field!

NESBA Members honored at the annual ASBA Conference, and Mountains To The Sea receives accolades

Congratulations to the following NESBA members who were honored at the reception for the 14th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration!
  • Ellen Gaube
  • Esther Klahne
  • Carrie Megan
The annual ASBA Conference was held in Pittsburgh, PA from September 25-28, 2013. Every third year the conference is held in Pittsburgh to coincide with the Hunt Institute's exhibit which honors some of the world's most talented botanical artists. This year, three of our very own members of the New England Society of Botanical Artists were honored at the 14th International Exhibition of Botanical Art and Illustration, Ellen Gaube, Esther Klahne and Carrie Megan. Congratulations to all!

About the exhibit: The Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation presents its 14th International Exhibition of Botanical Art & Illustration from 27 September to 19 December 2013. The exhibition includes 41 artworks by 41 artists from 10 countries. The Institute established the International series in 1964 with the hope of supporting and encouraging contemporary botanical artists. Every three years, the International series features the works of talented botanical artists from around the world. http://huntbot.andrew.cmu.edu/HIBD/Exhibitions/Exhibitions.shtml

"From the Mountains to the Sea" Co-Chair, Joyce Westner, presented a talk to conference attendees about our current juried exhibit, "From the Mountains to the Sea". In 2012, Joyce was awarded the Julius I. Brown Grant for this traveling exhibit, to support educational lectures, gallery talks, art demonstrations and classes at six venues throughout New England. Joyce, along with other grant recipients, returned to the annual conference this year to report on our exhibit and presented a talk and power point presentation about the exhibit. Thank you to Joyce, the Mountains to the Sea committee members and to the ASBA for making this outstanding exhibit a reality.

Below are some photos of members at the conference. We would welcome more photos if any of you have some!

Carrie Megan standing with her piece, Ailanthus altissima, Tree of Heaven

Esther Klahne and Lugene Bruno, Curator of Art & Senior Research Scholar, with Esther's piece, Hibiscus moscheutos ‘Kopper King’, Rose Mallow

Joyce Westner presenting her talk on "From the Mountains to the Sea"

Dotty McCauley shares her portfolio at the Conference

Kay Kopper's "Pitch Pine" highlighted by Carol Woodin of ASBA for the Bartram's Exhibit talk

Tree of Heaven
Watercolor on vellum
©2012 Carrie Megan

Celastrus orbicularis (Eros)
©2013 Ellen Gaube

©2013 Esther Klahne