Learning from Leaves by David Valbracht

April 6–June 9
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6, 1:00–3:00pm
Artist’s Talk and Demonstration: Thursday, May 2, 6:00–7:00pm Register »
Guided Tour: Sunday, May 19, 2:00pm Register »

Landscape architect David Valbracht turned to botanical illustration to develop a better method for identifying trees. A guest researcher at the Arboretum, David gathers plant samples from his studies in the collections and arranges them in his studio as they grew in life. These “tree portraits” emphasize drawing as a method to develop observation and identification skills, and at the same allow for personal expression. The exhibition centerpiece is a thirty-foot mural illustrating over 100 species of trees, grouped according to the Arboretum’s landscape plan. Valbracht studied landscape architecture at Harvard University, botanical art at the Wellesley College Botanical Garden, and is currently attending the Academy of Realist Art, Boston.

NESBA Volunteers at Flower Show 2013

Elena Balmaseda-Scherer and Rita Edmunds

Lori Waresmith captivates a young artist with her demo on vellum!


























Working their magic!

The talented and dedicated Flower Show team!
Ellen Duarte, Chair
Judith Baker, Design Chair
Nancy Horrall, Intents and Labels Coordinator
Karen Tucker, Organizer extraordinaire!

Thank you to these four women who spent all day on Monday (and part of Tuesday!) setting up our exhibit space at the Flower Show. What a job and what a transformation!
We cannot thank you enough for your hard work, endless hours and your dedication. There would be no show without you.

Thank you!

Nancy Savage and the members of NESBA

ps: Thanks to all of the volunteers who work the show, the delivery people, and last year's advisors!



Judith Baker, Nancy Horrall, Karen Tucker and Ellen Duarte

Molly Peacock presentation on March 9, 2013

Molly Peacock, author of The Paper Garden: An Artist Begins Her Life's Work at 72 , spoke on March 9, 2013 at the Wellesley Library to an audience of botanical artists, garden club members and fans as far away as Rhode Island!

Her hour-long talk and power point presentation encompassed the life of Mary Delany, who lived in the 1700s. Molly entwined the story of Mrs. Delany's personal life with her discovery of botanical art. Mrs. Delany created a new form of art with her mixed-media collage. Her paper botanicals represent the flora of her time and the astounding botanical accuracy of any botanical painter of her time. This amazing body of work is made up of 985 works of art! Molly Peacock's book will tell you more! You may find out more about Molly, Mary Delany, and her botanical collages on line. Thank you to Lucy Sur, NESBA VP of Programs, for scheduling this event!

Molly Peacock (front row, left) with NESBA members Rita Edmunds,
Lori Waresmith, Nancy Savage and Lucy Sur

Flower Show 2013 postcard for you to print!

If you would like to print your own Flower Show postcard, please click here to download and print!

It is 5.5 x 8.5 inches. Thank you to Kay Kopper for its creation, and to Ellen Duarte for the beautiful image!



NESBA members accepted into the Filoli Botanical Art Exhibition

Congratulations to members Bobbi Angell, Pam Gordon, Dorothy McCauley and Kathie Miranda for having paintings accepted into the Filoli exhibition 2013.

You may see more about Filoli by going to their website at www.filoli.org.

Seckel Pears
©2013 Dorothy Gardner McCauley


Cabbage with Checkered White Butterfly
Brassica oleracea var. Capitata with Pontia protodice
©2013 Kathie Miranda


Sarah Roche to be Featured Artist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

On April 6, 2013 NESBA Founding Director and teacher, Sarah Roche, will be Featured Artist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

The studio session will go from 11-4 and is a drop in event.

Sarah has planned a project based on the Museums plant and museum collections.

All materials are provided, watercolor paints, brushes, paper etc, and there is no charge apart from the Museum entrance fee, and no need to sign up. All are welcome to attend, and may wish to spend the day enjoying the museum and restaurant!

Four NESBA members accepted into the ASBA exhibit: Following in the Bartrams' Footsteps

Congratulations to NESBA members Bobbi Angell, Beverly Duncan, Gillian Harris and Kay Kopper who have recently had pieces accepted into the ASBA exhibit that opens this April in Philadelphia.

Please see asba-art.org/exhibitions/bartram for a description of this prestigious exhibit and where it will be showing around the country. You may also see the information by going to the NESBA website nesbaartists.org and clicking on ASBA on the left hand side.

Toadshade trillium
Trillium sessile (forma sessile and forma viridiflorum)
©2013 Gillian Harris