New Member, Leslie Watkins Exhibit and Classes

“Paphiopedilium maudiae”, watercolor by Leslie Watkins, ©2014

Leslie Watkins, Gail Easton, Molly Lally: Botanicals

The Norfolk Library
9 Greenwoods Road East
Norfolk, CT 06058
March 1 - 31, 2015

Opening reception March 1, 4:00 - 6:00pm

Leslie will also be teaching  -

Nature Studies in Watercolor
Wednesdays, March 4 -25, 2015
10am - 12pm

Dandelion Cottage
281 Litchfield Road
Norfolk, CT 06058

Learn techniques of traditional watercolor as used by the masters.
Develop your skills and add to your portfolio as you paint. This class will provide the student with the confidence and ability to maintain a personal record of the natural world, with the intent to use it as a foundation to create works of art. Elements of painting such as drawing, the movement of light, mass conceptions, depicting form, creating depth, and atmospheric perspective will be taught. Traditional English watercolor techniques will be demonstrated, as used by J.M.W. Turner, Beatrix Potter, Albrecht Dürer, and Pierre Joseph Redouté.

Students at all levels, including beginners will enjoy this relaxed and illuminating class. More experienced painters will hone their craft and receive constructive criticism. Plenty of individual instruction and live demonstrations will be given. Bring any watercolor supplies you may have on hand, additional materials will be available for purchase.

Leslie Watkins is a well known botanical illustrator and landscape painter, with 30 years of practice and teaching. A very popular instructor, she is also the founding director of the NWCT Berkshire Plein Air Painters.

Contact: Leslie Watkins,, and visit:
(860) 542-3920

NESBA member Mathilde Duffy wins awards

Mathilde Duffy wins a number of awards for her artwork in the 
Massachusetts Orchid Society Annual Show and Sale, 
'Orchid Passion: Yesterday and Today'
 at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in West Boylston, MA.
The show was Oct 31- Nov 2.

NESBA meeting: All About Exhibiting

The NESBA meeting on Saturday, Oct 25 on All About Exhibiting was interesting and informative. Panelists discussed the nitty-gritty of how to organize an exhibit, either a solo show, a small-group show, or a NESBA exhibit open to all. In addition, we heard how to enter a juried show at the local, national or international level, including exclusively botanical-themed shows as well as shows with mixed themes. Joyce Westner, co-chair of NESBA's, ' From the Mountains to the Sea' exhibit, led the discussion. Regina Milan spoke of her experiences with exhibiting in the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society Show in London and Barbara DeGregorio spoke about the logistics of her solo show at Habitat in Belmont, MA . There was a lively discussion of talking points when discussing possible exhibits in different venues as well as the many varied experiences had by exhibit chairs in the past. 'Get it in writing' was stressed to be sure everyone understands expectations when working with venues.

Examples of publicity

NESBA artist Susan Bull-Riley shows in Vermont

Susan Bull-Riley has work in three different venues in Vermont this Fall.

Susan's work in being shown at The Governor's Gallery in Montpelier, VT

A Little Oil Painting (Iris)

Susan also has work at the Festival Gallery in Waitsfield, VT 

Maple Duet 
Festival Gallery in Waitsfield, VT

watercolor and graphite


Our newest fall art exhibit of oils and watercolors by Susan Bull Riley of Montpelier will be on display.

Susan's work in also is at a Montpelier Restaurant called Vermont Thrush where she's had a rotating exhibit of watercolors for the past two years.

Sensitive Ferns
watercolor and graphite

NESBA artist Stephanie Whitney-Payne at the Compass Art Center

Stephanie Whitney-Payne is showing her work at the Compass Art Center 

The show, Artful Vermont, is on display until November 2.
The Compass Art Center is located at 333 Jones Drive in Brandon, VT.
Gallery hours: 10-5, 7 days a week.

NESBA member M.E. Duarte shows her work on the Cape.

An exhibit of the work of Ellen Duarte will be held at the Old Selectman's Gallery in West Barnstable, MA from October 8 to October 12. 

An artist reception will be held Friday, October 10th, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Meet the artist and enjoy refreshments in this quaint historic building.  There will be ongoing demonstrations.

Exhibit hours:
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  October 8th- 11th.
noon- 6:00 p.m.  October 12th

The Old Selectman's Building Gallery
Meeting house Way (Rt. 149)
West Barnstable, MA

Borderlands State Park Interpretive Program: NESBA Demonstrations at Ames Mansion, Easton, MA

On Sunday, September 21, visitors watched NESBA's talented botanical artists at work. Blanche Ames, the woman of this estate was a botanical artist as well. Many visitors took the opportunity to interact with the NESBA members and to sit and draw with the artists.

Sarah Roche, Ellen Duarte. Demo in the Ames mansion

The event took place during The 2014 Blanche Ames National Art Exhibition on view Tuesdays through Sundays, from 11am to 3pm, through October 4.
Joan Pierce has visitors painting acorns

Kay Kopper, Mathilde Duffy Joan DeGregory, Gail Tatangelo

Maine artists demo at NESBA's Mountains to the Sea Exhibit

Maine NESBA members Sharon Jeffery and Trish Worthen demonstrate at Coastal Maine Botanic Gardens this past weekend. They said many garden visitors viewed “From the Mountains To The Sea, Plants, Trees and Shrubs of New England”, held over at the Coastal Maine Botanic Gardens until the end of October.

Trish said that many people stopped by to chat. “One thing that stood out was how many came up and asked questions, spent time watching us work, looking at and discussing the paintings. They were very interested in the process of creating botanical art. Doing the scientifically accurate graphite sketch, transferring the image and then doing the final painting seemed to speak to them.
Sharon Jeffery and Trish Worthen
“People asked if they could take our picture, and one took a shot of the latest ASBA Journal (I brought my copy along). Several wanted contact information for NESBA and everyone had very nice things to say about the paintings. So many came in to see the exhibit and left with big smiles saying that the show had made them so happy!

“There was a group of teenage girls from western Maine who had qualified to be part of a leadership week which exposed them to science, math and nature, based on Fibonacci number sequences and led by a math teacher. I suggested that the kids take a closer look at [those patterns in] the paintings and then they went into the gardens to try to identify more patterns.”

Both Sharon and Trish emphasized just how hospitable Melissa Cullina and her staff were: “They couldn't have been more excited about our being there, or more helpful.” CMBG put Sharon and Trish up at the Spruce Point Inn, told them how thrilled they were to have the exhibit there, and how much pleasure they got looking at the paintings each day as they came to work. It's a win win both for NESBA and the gardens!

Members show in Artists in the Arboretum: A Juried Exhibit in Conjunction with Jamaica Plain Open Studios

Artists in the Arboretum, A Juried Exhibit in Conjunction with Jamaica Plain Open Studios is being shown at the Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA.  NESBA members Suellen Perold, Pam Geer Gordon, Kay Kopper, Stephanie Whitney-Payne and Christine Leddy will exhibit works inspired by the Arboretum as part of Jamaica Plain Open Studios, the premiere annual arts event in one of Boston’s most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods.

Suellen Perold
Five Autumn Leaves on Bark

Pamela Geer Gordon
Siberian Squill and Oak Leaves
Stephanie Whitney-Payne
White Ash

The exhibit opens September 18–October 19, 2014
Reception: Thursday, September 18, 6:00–8:00pm
JPOS weekend: Saturday and Sunday, September 20 and 21, 10:00am-5:00pm
Kay Kopper
Iles verticillata

Christine Leddy

Jeannetta vanRaalte exhibiting in FROM THE GROUND UP: An Exhibition Celebrating the Joy of the Garden

FROM THE GROUND UP: An Exhibition Celebrating the Joy of the Garden
at the Brush Gallery, 256 Market Street, Lowell, MA
August 9 - September 13, 2014          Artists' Reception: August 23, 2 - 4 pm

NESBA member Jeannetta vanRaalte has three works in the exhibit.

Four Pink Roses


The garden has become an integral part of many people’s lives, the lifeblood of local communities, and a source of relaxation and leisure. More controversially, it has become a target for commercial enterprise, a symbol of concern for the environment, and an object of intense media interest.

From the Ground Up explores these and other topics using the language of art. Paintings, photographs, sculpture, fiber, glass, ceramics and more are all used to both celebrate and discover the garden and what it means to all of us.

Frances Topping in a show at the Wickford Art Association in RI

Frances Topping is one of a group showing at the Wickford Art Association in RI August 22 to Sept 14th. The reception is on Aug 22 6:30 -8:30 p.m

NESBA members attend a tour of the Ames Mansion and Borderlands State Park in North Easton, MA.

The restored rock garden at the Ames Mansion
Members walked through the park and toured the mansion. The mansion contains original furniture and art, including amazing botanical works, Blanche Ames's studio, her art materials, and a system she invented for matching watercolor pigments to the plant specimens. Borderlands is the most visited MA state park.

Members outside the mansion, left to right, Bob and Deborah Cassady, Gail Tatangelo and Joan DeGregory, our host Andrea Miller, new member Rebecca from Quincy, Joyce Westner, and park Superintendent, Ellenor Simmons.

We will be doing demonstrations at the Ames Mansion on Sunday September 21st during the The 2014 Blanche Ames National Art Exhibition which opens mid September. A number of NESBA members will have pieces in the show. For more information log onto, 

Congratulations to NESBA members accepted into The 2014 Blanche Ames National Art Exhibition

Congratulations to NESBA members who have work in the
The 12th Annual Blanche Ames National Art Exhibition 2014
presented by The Friends of Borderland. 
The juror for this year's exhibition is Mim Fawcett, Executive Director of the Attleboro Arts Museum.

Kelly Radding
Camellia japonica 'Sea Foam'

Pamela Geer Gordon
Toad Lily

Jeannetta VanRaalte
Lilium superbum
Turk's cap lily
Kay Kopper
Dried Milkweed

The opening reception is Saturday, September 20th at 7:00-10:00 pm at The Ames Mansion -Borderland State Park, 257 Massapoag Ave, North Easton, MA 

The exhibition is open Tuesday - Sunday 11:00 am-3:00 pm (closed Mondays).

Sue Neff
End of Season Pods
Sarah Roche
During the exhibition, on Sept. 21 from 11am to 3pm, members of the New England Society of Botanical Artists (NESBA) will be drawing and painting in the Ames Mansion. Visitors are invited to observe and interact with the artists. 

NESBA works to promote public appreciation of the art and science of botanical art and illustration in New England. The Society educates individuals and organizations about botanical art and illustration through exhibits, lectures, workshops, and outreach programs. More information about NESBA is available at NESBA is a chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists. Artwork will be available for purchase.

Mountains to the Sea reception at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

After traveling to five New England States, 'From Mountains to the Sea: Plants, Trees and Shrubs of New England' concludes its journey at The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.

A reception was held Saturday, August, 9

The 'In Addition' exhibit within the exhibit showcased additional NESBA artists from Maine.

Mountains to the Sea co-chairs

Joyce Westner,  Kay Kopper, (in photo) along with Kelly Radding were the co-chairs and originators of the Mountains to the Sea Exhibit.  They saw the whole project through from grant writing, selecting the juror for the exhibit, overseeing framing of the works, selecting venues, moving the art work from venue to venue, and the list goes on.........  NESBA members give a huge 'thank you' to them for their five long years of work.
Linda Funk, Joyce Westner, and Kay Kopper
 Linda Funk was the Maine exhibit co-coordinator.  She received a token of appreciation along with Joyce and Kay for their work at the The Maine Coastal Botanical Gardens. 

Hands-on botanical illustration for visitors

NESBA member Linda Funk in the July issue of Maine Home & Design.

Linda lives in Maine and coordinated the NESBA exhibit From the Mountains to the Sea at the Coastal Maine Botanic Gardens, Boothbay ME.

Mountains to the Sea Exhibit Installation at the Coastal Maine Botanic Gardens

Ellen Duarte and Anne Morrison hang the Mountains to the Sea Exhibit at the Coastal Maine Botanic Gardens, Boothbay, ME.
Trisha Barker, Linda Funk and Anne Morrison

Thank you to the hanging committee: Ellen Duarte, Kay Kopper, Anne Morrison, and Linda Funk.

The Wall
NESBA’s From the Mountains to the Sea exhibit opens this week at its sixth and final venue, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, in Boothbay ME. All members and their friends are invited to the reception on Saturday Aug. 9, 5-7 pm. The exhibit will be on view from August 1 through September 30.