Call for Entries: Boston Flower Show 2016

NESBA Members Exhibit 
Wednesday, March 16 – Sunday, March 20, 2016


Call for Entries: A New England Society of Botanical Artists members exhibit at The Boston Flower & Garden Show is open to any NESBA member in good standing (dues paid).

Subject/Theme of exhibit:

 Nurtured by Nature

Members may submit up to 2 works (space permitting)

Due dates:

                  Deadline for submission of  “Intent to Exhibit” Form* and 
                    wall label info and Artist Statement (if submitting one): 
                    Saturday, February 13, 2016
          •         Deadline for delivery of artwork to your delivery person:
                    Wednesday, March 9, 2016 (OR as determined by your delivery person)
          •         Artwork may be priced for sale or labeled “Not For Sale”. 
          •         Exhibit hanging date:  March 15, 2016
          •         Retrieve your artwork from exhibit by arrangement with your
                    delivery person.

 * Intent to Exhibit Form: 
                    See NESBA website for the “Intent to Exhibit” form and submit by
                    Saturday, February 13, 2016  submit on line: 
                   or print and mail to: Pat Buchanan at 9 The Valley Road, Concord, MA                                              01742.  
Please follow NESBA standards for this exhibit: white or off-white mats and simple, wood frame in a light, medium or gold wood color. No saw-tooth hangers. All artwork must be delivered in a bubble wrap “envelope” (see website for instructions on how to make one).  No packing peanuts or artwork will be returned.

Packaging and Labeling: 
Three labels can be found on the NESBA blogspot:  and are to be used as follows:
          1.        Download PDF and print.
          2.        Attach one label to back of artwork in lower corner.
          3.        Attach second label to front of the bubble wrap envelope so that your
                     artwork is returned to you in your envelope. (see website for how to make a                      bubble wrap envelope) (No packing peanuts or artwork will be returned 
                     and will not be exhibited.)
          4.        Enclose third label in a Ziploc bag with $10 cash or check for hanging fee
                     for each piece hung.

Delivery contact people for this exhibit:
Wellesley area:   Celeste Hurley;
Cape Cod:   Ellen Duarte;
Boston & North:   Rita Edmunds:                 
West area:   Nancy Horrall;          
South Shore:   Sarah Roche:
Artwork may be shipped via UPS or USPS to Joyce Westner;, 
by prior arrangement; please include return postage.
Please contact Sue Neff with details of any other drop off and/or pickup arrangements not listed above at:

Artist Statement: 
If you are submitting an artist statement/bio to be included in the exhibit’s promotional material, please send a one-page statement with your “Intent to Exhibit” form to Pat Buchanan. Guidelines for your statement are posted on the NESBA website.  Artist Statements are optional.  A small number of business cards may be included with your artist statement.
No commission will be taken by NESBA this year on artwork sold as a result of the Flower Show.

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.

NESBA Holiday Party

NESBA members enjoyed a festive holiday party at Elena's lovely home.  It was a chance to catch up with fellow members, eat wonderful food, and reflect on the successes of the past year.  We heard about the ASBA conference from the many members who made the trip to Miami as well as all the exciting programs planned for NESBA in 2016.

Members show their botanical gifts acquired at the Yankee Swap.

Botanical Drawing with Helen Byers

  Cones & Conifers in Graphite

  Botanical Drawing with Helen Byers

  NEW DATES:  Feb 6-7: 10 AM – 4 PM
   Tin Mountain Conservation Center
   1245 Bald Hill Road, Albany, NH

   Tin Mountain Member $115, Nonmember $130

Treat yourself to a two-day workshop at Tin Mountain—just off the scenic Kangamangus Highway in the White Mountains—honing your drawing skills as you study the forms and features of cones and conifers. Through demonstrations and indivdualized instruction, Helen will guide you in techniques using graphite to achieve a fll range of textures and values. Draw studies of assorted cones, bark, and foliage, or work up a portrait of a single subject in all its glory. (Coulter pine, anyone?) An inspiring array of specimens from near and far will be provided. All levels welcome; some drawing experience helpful. A supplies list will be sent to registrants.

Tin Mountain offers a beautiful timber-framed nature center (where we will work), a library, a kitchen, and nature trails. There are abundant accommodations nearby (please request a list).

(by 1/30): Email OR call 603.447.6991

HELEN BYERS is an artist and educator who is active in several genres, including botanical drawing and painting, natural history illustration, field sketching, and plein-air landscape painting. She teaches botanical drawing and painting regularly at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in Massachusetts and annually at Ghost Ranch Education and Retreat Center in New Mexico. Her affiliations include the American Society of Botanical Artists, the New England Society of Botanical Artists, the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators, and Concord Art of Massachusetts.

Visit to see galleries of Helen’s work and slideshows from her courses.

February 6-7 (10 AM-4 PM).  Would you be able to change those dates for me on the flyer that’s up on the NESBA site?  You might also add: (NEW DATES) or some such wording (maybe in red, or green?), and change “by 12/7” to “by 1/30” after “REGISTER.”

NESBA sponsored workshop, 'Botanical Patterns in Silverpoint & Pastel Dust' with Kathie Miranda

Kathie Miranda
Before graphite pencils, artists used metal point, a small rod of metal sharpened to a point, to make marks on a prepared surface. Silver is the most popular metal because it produces an extremely delicate pale gray line – perfect for drawing plant life. Silver is easy to apply and will tarnish over time to mellow browns. 
Applying the Ground
The class included discussions of the historical context of silverpoint as well as a survey of the various studio-prepared surfaces used by the Old Masters with a modern twist. We made a paper sampler with different silverpoint grounds using a simple white watercolor paint and a sumptuous Old Masters recipe provided by the instructor.

After discovering the special qualities and challenges of drawing with silver, we added color with pastel dust.

Kathie Miranda is an award-winning botanical artist and educator who recently taught this workshop for the Art League in NYC.She exhibits her work nationally, and is currently researching and illustrating flora of Connecticut for future exhibition and publication. See some of her work on, Gallery/silverpoint.

The workshop was held at the beautiful Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Wachusett Meadow Wildlife Sanctuary, Princeton, Massachusetts.

NESBA member Leslie Watkins to teach Nature Journaling

Hyalophora cecropia,
giant silk moth, watercolor by Leslie Watkins, © 2015 

Wethersfield Academy for the Arts presents
Nature Journaling with Leslie Watkins

Use your visual and literary skills to create a record of the natural world. Botanical watercolor artist, plein air landscape painter, and garden writer Leslie Watkins demonstrates making and keeping a personal nature journal. Flowers, insects, birds, animals and natural objects are depicted along with personal thoughts, poems and notes. Participants learn how to make a handmade sketch book, with instruction in basic art techniques using pencil, pen and ink, and watercolors. Recommendations are made for easy to carry tools and supplies.

Starting Tuesdays, Oct. 13, 1:30pm - 4:30pm 6-week session

Fee: $225, member $30. yearly membership

Material List will be forwarded.

Wethersfield Academy for the Arts
431 Hartford Avenue
Wethersfield, CT 06109

Leslie Watkins
(860) 542-3920

NESBA members Lucy Sur and Joyce McConnell exhibiting on the Cape

The Cape Cod National Seashore presents a series "Perspective: Seeing the National Seashore Through Art". The series begins with a combination of botanical and scenic paintings by artists Lucy Sur, of Chatham and Joyce McConnell, of Brewster. 
Joyce McConnell
If you are on the Cape the month of October, come on out to the Salt Pond Visitor's Center in Eastham to see our exhibit. Then walk some of the gorgeous trails of the cape Cod National Seashore.

Lucy Sur
Salt Pond Visitor Center is located at 50 Nauset Road, at the corner of Nauset Road and Route 6 in Eastham. Hours: daily 9 AM to 4:30 PM. 

Five NESBA members showing in the 18th Annual International Exhibit

American Society of Botanical Artists and The Horticultural Society of New York present the 18th Annual International Exhibit

November 04 – December 30, 2015

Our longest-running collaboration, this prestigious exhibition will be held at the New York Design Center, 200 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY in midtown Manhattan. New York’s premier showcase of contemporary botanical art opens November 4, featuring some of the genre’s most established artists alongside emerging talents. Artworks were selected from 234 submissions by jurors Susan Fraser, David Horak, and Catherine Watters. The forty-four works are by artists from the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, The Netherlands, Russia, and the UK.
Betsy Rogers-Knox
The Bog
Kelly Radding
A Piece of the North Woods

Rare pitcher plants are shown in situ in Betsy Rogers-Knox’s (US) watercolor of The Bog, and native orchids and mosses in Kelly Leahy Radding’s (US) watercolor on vellum "A Piece of the North Woods",  are among a wave of habitat paintings that tell a more complete ecological story about the artist’s chosen subject.

Betsy Rogers-Knox
Dragon Arum

Kathy Folino
Rose Library Page
Carrie Megan

Witch Alder & Blue Wild Indigo

The broad range of styles and subject matter bring to light the rebirth and vitality of the genre, and leave one excitedly anticipating what’s to come. The American Society of Botanical Artists has a membership of over 1,300 from the United States and 25 other countries. Its mission is to promote public awareness of botanical art, honor its traditions and further its development. The Horticultural Society of New York’s Gallery encourages gardeners and artists alike to appreciate the creative intersection between art and nature with exhibitions that showcase emerging and established contemporary artists inspired by horticulture, botany, landscape, and the environment.

Jeannetta Van Raalte
"Sunflower Arising" (Helianthus anuus)

September NESBA meeting featured Doreen Bolnick

Doreen Bolnick 
Doreen brought her original illustrations, beautiful nature journals and some of her books, in addition to doing a wonderful power point presentation on how she compiled the first wild flower guides, her wildflower hunting expeditions, and the dozen hardcover nature journal sketches she did that led to her final products.

Doreen Bolnick began as an illustrator in pen and ink for archeologists and anthropologists at the Institute of African Studies and the British Institute in East Africa, both in Kenya, and also for the National Museum of Indonesia. She began keeping a prolific number of natural history sketchbooks at the end of the 1980's. While living in Zambia and later in Mozambique she wrote and illustrated the first field guide to wild flowers for each of these countries. In Zambia she wrote and illustrated A Guide to the Common Wild Flowers of Zambia and the Neighboring Regions. In Mozambique she illustrated and co-authored with Salomao Bandeira and Filomena Barbosa, Flores do Sul Mocambique / Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique.
A page from Doreen's journals
In 2011 she moved back to the states where she taught advanced drawing, botany for artists and field sketching. She also taught a wide range of workshops, including: advanced foreshortening; botanicals on tinted paper; white flowers on tinted paper; fine venation; dry brush; gouache; ferns; nature journaling; adding a graphite plant habit and/or landscape in a botanical; and painting orchids. She taught two workshops for the Smithsonian’s Resident Associate Program, including an introduction to botanical art course (in conjunction with the Losing Paradise Exhibit) and one on nature journaling.

Some of Doreen's field guide collection and her own journals.

She is an avid wild flower enthusiast and collects hand-illustrated field guides from around the world. She is fascinated by plant family relationships and global distribution.

The New England Society of Botanical Artists invites you to join our workshop!

Kathie Miranda, all rights reserved

Botanical Patterns in Silverpoint & Pastel Dust

Kathie Miranda
November 6-7, 2015
N.E.S.B.A Sponsored Workshop
Princeton, Massachusetts

      Before graphite pencils, artists used metal point, a small rod of metal sharpened to a point, to make marks on a prepared surface. Silver is the most popular metal because it produces an extremely delicate pale gray line – perfect for drawing plant life. Silver is easy to apply and will tarnish over time to mellow browns. The class will include discussions of the historical context of silverpoint as well as a survey of the various studio-prepared surfaces used by the Old Masters. Using plant material as our inspiration, we will treat this old art technique to a modern twist!

Kathie Miranda is an award-winning botanical artist and educator and recently taught this workshop for the Art League in NYC. She studied at Lyme Academy of Art and at Paier College of Art, and holds a Certificate of Botanical Art and Illustration from The New York Botanical Garden, where she is a highly sought-after instructor in their adult education art program. She serves on the Board of the American Society of Botanical Artists.

November 6-7, 2015 Friday/Saturday, 2-day workshop 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m daily
Fee: NESBA members $150, others $160 (plus $5 material fee to instructor)

Pre-registration required with fee paid in advance by October 9, 2015.
Please Register Early – Enrollment limited to 12 students
Contact Kathleen Kummer, Treasurer, NESBA. 

NESBA Exhibit opens at the Brush Gallery in Lowell, MA

New England Society of Botanical Artists:

 Rivers, Textile, and Dye Plants

 September 19 - October 24, 2015

Reception: September 26, 2 to 4 PM

Situated on the rushing Merrimack River, with its canals and locks, and the import of textile and dyes, Lowell became a center of the textile industry in the early 19th century. This fall, the New England Society of Botanical Artists will present an exhibit of 45 paintings that reflect plants representing the all-important river and the old textile days: plants that grow along rivers, plants that were used to make textiles, and plants used to make dyes. Not all will be native to the area, but most will be. We hope to educate the public, showing how plants have played a huge part in the textile industry’s past, and how a river gives life to many a plant species.

Article from the Lowell Sun about the NESBA Exhibit at the Brush Gallery :

Botanicals at the Brush: a look at plants and textiles

Posted by Nancye Tuttle on September 14th, 2015

"Monarda didyma,"
 Faye Van Wert
One of the gorgeous botanical illustrations on view in new show at Lowell’s Brush Art Gallery and Studios.
Lowell’s red brick mills and mighty Merrimack River made the city the epicenter of American textile manufacturing in the early 19th-century.
But plants played a part in the city’s rich industrial history, too. And the New England Society of Botanical Artists explores an array of colorful ones in Rivers, Textile and Dye Plants, a new exhibit on view September 19-October 24 at the Brush Art Gallery and Studios, 256 Market St.Lowell.
Over 50 paintings on view reflect plants that represent the river and the old textile days, from those that grew along
rivers to those used to make textiles and dyes. Most are native to the area.
Organizers hope the exhibit educates the public and shows how plants played a part in the textile industry and how rivers give life to many plant species.
Visitors will also learn how botanical art and illustration combine science and art in an aesthetically pleasing way.
The reception is on September 26, 2-4 p.m.

And in conjunction with the exhibit, Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust presents A Walking Tour of Hawk Valley Farm in Lowell on Saturday, Oct. 3 at 9 a.m. (no rain date). To attend, RSVP to Visit for details on the show.

NESBA members demonstrate at the Ames Mansion

On August 16, 2015 from 11:00-3:00pm behind the Ames Mansion at Borderlands State Park in Easton, MA members of NESBA demonstrated botanical illustration. Visitors stopped by to watch talented botanical artists at work! Blanche Ames, the women of this estate was a botanical artist –members of the New England Society of Botanical Artists completed beautiful pieces, as Blanche did many years ago. Some guests brought their own drawing utensils and joined in the fun! The Friends of Borderland provided some drawing material. Watching history in the making and interacting with the artists one could almost sense Blanche Ames out there painting along with us.
Ellen Duarte's beautiful watercolors on display
Joan Pierce showing fascinated children how to paint acorns
Joan Pierce showing guests how to paint acorns 

Mathilde Duffy drawing and showing some of her colored pencil flowers
Ellen and Rita Edmunds showing how it's done.
Maria Bablyak drawing preliminary sketch for her painting

An Evening at Elm Bank

Massachusetts Horticultural Society is presenting An Evening at Elm Bank: Arts on the Green, Thursday 23 July 2015 from 6:00pm - 08:30pm, in Wellesley, MA.

The evening will feature an Art Walk of artists showcasing their work throughout the gardens. It is a chance for the community to buy original art from the artists who make it. NESBA members Lucy Sur, Carrie Megan and Bobbi Angell will be displaying and selling their artwork. 

euonymus planipes
Bobbi Angell

parthenocissus quinquefolia
Lucy Sur

Carrie Megan

Enjoy live music, bring a picnic, sip a glass of wine and wander the gardens. We will also have family art projects and tours available. Free to all!
For more information,

Sue Neff to show her work on the Cape

NESBA member Sue Neff will be showing her work in East Sandwich, MA at the Green Briar Nature Center.  A reception will be held on Saturday, July 18 from 1-3 pm.

Ellen Duarte receives CBA

Congratulations to the newest graduate from the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Friends Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration Program, Ellen Duarte. Many of you joined us yesterday to celebrate with Ellen and see her wonderful final project exhibit. If you missed the exhibit, stop in sometime before next week to see it – it is inspiring and beautiful.

WCBG Friends offers a Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration (CBA) that brings together fine art and scientific accuracy in an integrated course of study set in the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens.
The certificate curriculum provides a solid background in both botanical art media and techniques and fosters a working knowledge of plant anatomy and development.
Ellen holds her well deserved certificate.

Sarah Roche, education director
and Ellen Duarte

Two NESBA members showing their work this summer.

Elena Balmaseda-Scherer is showing her paintings in Dorchester, MA
11 Ocean Street, on view through July 17.

Carrie Megan 's graphite drawing of, "Oak & Birch" has been accepted in The Danforth Museum's Annual Juried Exhibition, "Off The Wall", an interesting exhibit of work from different disciplines and media. The show is at the Danforth Museum, 123 Union Ave, Framingham, MA and runs from June 7 -August 2.

Call For Entries: Rivers, Textile and Dye Pants

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

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

Theme-An original botanical artwork depicting a river, textile or dye plant.  Can be from anywhere in the world, not limited to New England.

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. Details to be provided by the Gallery.

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.  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, (cash or check made out to NESBA).  If shipping please enclose shipping instructions, UPS or USPS only, plus return prepaid shipping with hanging fee.

Artist Statement:- Submit an artist statement/bio to be included in the exhibits promotional material (optional).
Mail or email a one-page artist statement or resume before delivery due date to:
Nancy Savage, 26 Stoneymeade Way, Acton, MA 01720,
Guidelines for your statement are posted on the NESBA website.


August 15 - deadline for submitting,   Intent to Exhibit Form  on the NESBA website or print and mail to:
Nancy Horrall, 26 Bowers Rd, Harvard, MA 01451

Drop-off Points-
South: Kathy Folino
West: Nancy Horrall
North: Rita Edmunds
Cape: Ellen Duarte
Wellesley area: Celeste Hurley
Shipping via UPS or USPS: Joyce Westner

September 4- Deliver work to person/drop-off point. Artists may provide Giclee quality prints or cards of botanicals to be sold in the gallery during the exhibit. See prints and card guidelines.
Commission: Gallery takes 40% on all work sold including prints/cards 
Artists will be required to sign the Brush Art Gallery's, "Artist Loan and Insurance Agreement". Form will be sent upon receipt of Intent to Exhibit, and the Agreement will be placed in the bubble wrap envelope with the artwork.

September 15- Exhibit hanging date

September 26- Opening reception

October 26- NESBA pickup from the Brush Gallery. Retrieve artwork from exhibit by prior 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.

NESBA weekend workshop held at the Connecticut Audubon Society-Pomfret, CT

NESBA's first weekend workshop, "Working with Gouache In the Studio and the Field", with Kelly Leahy Radding was held in Pomfret, Ct, May 16, 17. 

Gouache is a wonderful medium for both finished works and quick studies in the field. It can be applied in light washes like watercolor but can also be used to paint dark to light like an oil painting. In this workshop Kelly Leahy Radding lead a fun weekend of learning to paint with gouache inside from actual specimens and then on Sunday taking those skills out in to the field to capture quick studies and color notes.


Holding the workshop in CT gave those members who live a distance from the Boston area an opportunity to participate in a NESBA event.  Kelly's enthusiasm and expertise, the beautiful site, and the opportunity to meet members from CT, RI, as well as some from central and western MA made the weekend a great success.


"The Beauty of Nature's Bounty" Reception

The opening reception for, "The Beauty of Nature's Bounty" was held Friday night May 15 at the CT Audubon Society-Pomfret Center.

The exhibit reflects the beauty of the bountiful natural history of New England against the beautiful vistas of the CT Audubon Society-Pomfret, CT,  located in "the quiet corner" of northeast CT. From plants and birds to animals and insects the show celebrates the natural history works of the members of the New England Society of Botanical Artists. The show runs until June 21.  The Center is located at: 218 Day Rd, Pomfret Center, CT.  The hours are: 9-4, Monday through Friday and noon to 4 on Saturday and Sunday.