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!

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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.