NESBA Holiday Party

NESBA members enjoyed celebrating the end of the year holiday party and hearing about what events and programs are in store for the new year.

Good food, great hospitality, (thanks Dotty) and the Yankee Swap were enjoyed by all!

Be sure to check the Calendar for 2017 on the right hand side of the blog to see what is happening and check back frequently to see what new things have be added.

Artists' reception: "The art of science ... the science of art."

The artists' reception took place on Saturday, Nov. 12 at the Akillian Gallery at Massasoit Community College, Canton, MA. This is a joint exhibition with the New England Society of Botanical Artists, and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators of New England.

The two organizations have different focuses. A natural science illustrator is an artist who works in the service of science, creating images of animals, objects and complex processes that teach, inform, and create understanding of our world. 

 The New England Society of Botanical Artists 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 with an emphasis on New England plant diversity and its preservation.

The exhibit demonstrates the commonalities in the approaches of the members in both organizations.

The art of science...the science of art

The Art of Science... the science of art brings together members of the two prestigious organizations, the New England Society of Botanical Artists, and the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators of New England.
Experience two very different focuses that share similar creative disciplines.

Reception: Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, 1:00-3:00  pm

Massasoit Community College
900 Randolph St
Canton, MA

NESBA members attend an egg tempera workshop with Koo Schadler in Alstead, NH.

Kelly, Jeanne, Esther, Stephanie, and Cathy observing Koo demonstrating technique.
Egg tempera is a very old technique, predating the invention of oil paints. Paints are prepared using raw egg yolk, water and pure mineral pigments. After creating an under-painting of blocks of color, using a dry brush technique, layers of egg tempera are applied. These layers acted like translucent glazes, combining to form particular colors. They also provided a depth of color that is almost impossible to achieve with other mediums.

To the few who have heard of egg tempera it is most commonly associated with iconography or Andrew Wyeth (tempera's most renown, contemporary practitioner). Consequently, the medium is sometimes perceived as incapable of anything beyond the lovely, stylized look of an icon or the beautiful weave of earth tones in a Wyeth. In fact, tempera paint offers a broad range of artistic possibilities.

Koo is a Master painter of The Copley Society of Boston. She is a contributing editor at The Artist’s Magazine and a board member of the Society of Tempera Painters. Koo teaches painting and design workshops around the US and abroad. Her work is represented by the Arden Gallery in Boston, MA. Her paintings and drawings are in more than 400 private and corporate collections, and many museums nationwide.

Koo's enthusiasm for the media, her knowledge of history, conservation, and technique made for an exciting three days in her workshop. 

Carrie Megan Botanical Drawings and Prints

Carrie Megan
Rosemary and Sage
graphite on paper

NESBA member Carrie Megan will be showing her work at the 
Page Waterman Gallery and Fine Framing
October 14 - November 5
Reception Friday October 21 from 6-8 pm
26 Church Street, Wellesley, MA 02482

Carrie Megan has exhibited widely with the New England Society of Botanical Artists and in numerous national and international juried exhibits, including The Beauty of Botanicals 2016 at the OA Gallery, the 12th, 15th, 16th, 17th & 18th Annual International American Society of Botanical Artists Exhibitions in 2009,  2012 (Ursus Award for Merit), 2013, 2014 & 2015 respectively, the 2015 & 2016 Danforth Art Annuals, The 17th & 18th Filoli Annual Botanical Art Exhibitions in 2015 & 2016, Green Currency at The NY Botanical Garden in 2011 (Honorable Mention), the 69th Annual Audubon Artists Exhibition in 2011 (Honorary John M. Angelini Award in Watercolor) and the 99th Annual Allied Artists of America (the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts Graphic Award) in 2012.
She has been teaching Botanical Art at Wellesley College Botanic Gardens since 2011.
Her work is in the permanent collection of the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation as well as numerous private collections.
Carrie Megan is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, the New England Society of Botanical Artists and Wellesley Women Artisans.

Kay Kopper Exhibit of Southeastern Massachusetts Plants and Wildlife

A South Shore Natural Science Center Exhibition
The Art of Observation- Seeing the Extraordinary in the Ordinary
48 Jacobs Lane
Norwell, MA.

October 10–November 22 with an opening reception on Friday, October 21, 6-8 pm.
Hours are Monday through Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday:11am 4pm

An exhibit to encourage curiosity, wonder and imagination and to remind us that our remarkable natural environment must be preserved and maintained.  We have been appointed custodian/friend. Kay's work inspires visitors to see the extraordinary in the ordinary.

The South Shore Natural Science Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating the public about the natural and cultural environments of the South Shore.Their mission is to provide natural science experiences that educate, excite, and commit every generation to preserve the environment and to encourage responsible use, stewardship and enjoyment of our natural resources.

Several NESBA members joined ASBA Grant Recipient Kay Kopper on Monday to
view her exhibit, "Southeastern Massachusetts Plants and Wildlife" at the
South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell, MA.  Kay used the grant
funding to encourage preservation of the rare pine barren habitat.  

NESBA welcomes Mark Klingler

NESBA welcomed Mark Klingler, who for the past 30 years has been professionally and passionately, as we discovered, working at scientific illustration for scientists as well as publishing in scientific books, journals, and showing his work in museums and galleries.

His generosity with each of us was astonishing. Saturday morning he showed us a power point presentation which encompassed his own work and process. Lots of little tips for us were welcomed by one and all. 

After lunch Mark led a demo and class on dissections and gave us many tips for producing beautiful botanicals. Sunday he continued the workshop. We took him to the Mt Auburn Cemetery to check out the botanicals and the Glass Flower museum to see the new display cases and the flowers as well as the Blaschkas' sea creatures. If you have a chance, go to to the MT Auburn Cemetery to see all the beautiful specimens. Who knew Olmstead would have produced such a treasure trove of items for us? 

Watch a video of Mark Klingler's presentation to NESBA
Sarah Klingler, filmmaker; Britt Griswold, producer

Thank you to Emmi who loaned us her awesome pitcher plants, venus flytraps and other plant "creatures" delightful for us to see and use for the workshop.

NESBA demonstration at the Oakes Ames Mansion

The Oakes Mansion at Borderlands State Park is in North Easton, MA and was the home of Oakes and Blanche Oakes. Oakes Ames is known for his research in Orchids. His wife Blanche Ames was a botanical illustrator.

Arleen and Celeste had way too much fun.

For the past several summers NESBA members have been invited to demonstrate botanical illustration to visitors to the home.

Joan showed a visitor how to paint acorns, and he did quite well.
A visiting botanist and Arlene were busy
 looking up plants and drawings.

Maria worked diligently on a large drawing.
The Orchidaceae were little-known before Ames' study and classification. He made expeditions to Florida, the Caribbean, the Philipines, and Central and South America with his wife Blanche Ames creating scientifically accurate drawings of the plants they cataloged. The Ames' work was published in the seven-volume Orchidicae: Illustrations and Studies of the Family Orchidicae. They also developed the Ames Charts, illustrating the phylogenetic relationships of the major useful plants, which are still used. 

Ames built up an extensive orchid herbarium with library, photographs, and paintings, which he gave to Harvard in 1938. Today the Orchid Herbarium of Oakes Ames contains about 131,000 specimens, plus 3,000 flowers in glycerine, 4,000 pickled specimens, and hundreds of line drawings.

Blanche Ames illustrated Oakes Ames's botanical publications, including his seven volume treatise on orchids which is still considered one of the best researched to this day. Blanche Ames first used watercolors for the orchid illustrations, but later switched to copperplate etching. She also published detailed pen and ink drawings of the orchids. The illustrations were drawn from dried plant specimens observed through a camera lucida. Blanche Ames continued to illustrate orchids throughout their life together, eventually designing the decorations which now appear at both of their graves.

A juried exhibit will be on display at the mansion. Two NESBA members each have two pieces in the show.  Congratulations to Kay Kopper and Sue Neff.

NESBA member Suellen Perold exhibiting in South Africa

Suellen's, Bird of Paradise, Strelitzia nicolai, is accepted into The South African Botanic Garden, Kirstenbosch, show titled  "Contemporary Botanical Art", which highlights indigenous flora of South Africa. 

Bird of Paradise
 Strelitzia nicolai

Work by Carol Govan in the Elm Bank Visitors Center

Recent Paintings on Exhibit from August 22 to Columbus Day
 NESBA member Carol Govan, a popular local naturalist, botanical art historian, and teacher has devoted years to informing the public about the work of many other artists, but this summer Mass Hort is fortunate to be able to present an exhibition of  her own artistic output.  It will be easily accessible to all late summer visitors to The Gardens at Elm Bank. The exhibit is in the visitor center at Elm Bank, the building just beyond the parking lot.  In her statement below, Carol invites the public to understand the process of producing art, but most of all, to enjoy looking at it.

Orange Canna
 Seeing Nature's Secrets- Carol Govan

I like to look at the natural world but have a hard time slowing down to see anything unless I draw and identify it. Drawing allows me to see details I didn't see at first glance. Struggling to find its name tells me new information that encourages me to go back and look again.  My interests tend to combine art and science, both of which require concentrated observation.

I am a naturalist who teaches various science and art courses.  One has students find a natural habitat in order to identify and draw all the plants (or anything else interesting) throughout the year.  Another, focusing on plant relationships in situ and through a microscope to fit them into family groups. "The History of Botanical Art" marvels at old books filled with beautiful details and descriptions. "Drawing Botany" has students examine and sketch plants as they learn about roots, shoots, flowers and fruits.  I encourage lots of drawing and playing with color to take notes rather than create a perfect plant portrait.

I teach or give lectures at The New England Wildflower Society, The Boston Mycological Society, The Massachusetts Horticultural Society, The Coastal Maine Botanic Garden, The Attleboro Museum, and the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens where I also write and illustrate articles about tropical plants and train the docents.  My lectures are about pond life, tulips, orchids, succulents, gymnosperms, cacti, insects, fungi, art history, color, field sketching, old herbals, etc. As you can see I have a hard time focusing but see or learn something new each time I go outside and draw something, teach a class (and relearn what I have forgotten), or give a lecture. These activities help me focus (a little) and encourage me to see and learn about new things. 

Check Mass Hort Web site for days, hours.  The website has a button on the left to click for "Campus Map",

NESBA egg tempera workshop

 Heads up!!

Patricia Giebutowski

Click for more info about egg tempera and the workshop

NESBA is sponsoring a workshop with renowned egg tempera artist, Koo Schadler.

Dates: October, Friday 28- Sunday 30

Where: Koo’s studio in Alstead, NH, near Keene

Time: 9 - 4

Cost: $ 408 per student, all supplies included. Payment due in full at time of registration. As the sponsor of this workshop, NESBA will provide an educational subsidy to members who attend of $60, payable after the workshop thereby reducing the cost to members to $348.

Number: Minimum 10 students, maximum 13

Registration: Handled by NESBA, with checks forwarded to Koo.

Payment: By check made out to Koo Schadler for $408 by Sept 17 and mailed to

Lucy Sur
19 Eliot Hill Road,
Natick, MA, 01760

Note: checks will not be cashed until after 10/1

Deadline for Registration: commitment by Sept. 17. If there are less than ten students at that time, we’d cancel and all money would be refunded.

Cancellation Policy: - If a student cancels before October 1st Koo will refund all money.

- If a student cancels after October 1st and has another person take their place, Koo will refund all money.
- Cancellations after October 1st forfeit the full tuition.

Accommodations: Please let registrants know that there are plenty of hotel, B&B, etc. options in the area but they can fill up in the fall. Our dates are past the peak of the foliage season but nonetheless people shouldn’t wait too long to secure accommodations.

Koo lists a variety of options (and the distance to her studio) on her website:

NESBA Exhibit at the Arnold Arboretum

On Saturday, July 9, 2016 NESBA hosted an opening reception for its exhibit “The Art of the Woody Plant” at the Arnold Arboretum. Members came from all over New England, and the public came in to see the art as well! There are 33 pieces of art hanging in the Arboretum’s Hunnewell Building and it’s there until mid-September. Everyone seemed to enjoy the artwork, seeing old friends and welcoming new members. 

NESBA president, Joan Pierce; Exhibit Chair, Nancy Savage; members, Sarah Roche, Elizabeth Rush, and Joyce Westner
The Arboretum staff was so gracious and very excited to have our exhibit hanging. It should draw many visitors! On August 13, members Jeanne Kunze and Suellen Perold will be demonstrating the “how to’s” of botanical art, using specimens from the Arboretum. Go and enjoy the show if you didn’t have a chance on Saturday!

Check out a review of the Exhibit, 'Art of the Woody Plant' exhibit opens at the Arnold Arboretum  

NESBA member, Carol Govan, presented the history of botanical art and illustration focusing on images of the tulip

The Attleboro Arts Museum Art Lovers Book Club hosted a program on the book;
Tulipomania – The Story of the World’s Most Coveted Flower & The Extraordinary Passions It Aroused by Mike Dash on June 25 at the Museum in Attleboro, MA.

New England Society of Botanical Artists (NESBA) member, Carol Govan,  presented the history of botanical art and illustration focusing on images of the tulip from the earliest preserved examples down to more contemporary work.

Carol Govan, (left) and NESBA member Maria Babylak 

About Tulipomania

In the 1630s, visitors to the prosperous trading cities of the Netherlands couldn’t help but notice that thousands of normally sober, hardworking Dutch citizens from every walk of life were caught up in an extraordinary frenzy of buying and selling. The object of this unprecedented speculation was the tulip, a delicate and exotic Eastern import that had bewitched horticulturists, noblemen, and tavern owners alike. For almost a year rare bulbs changed hands for incredible and ever-increasing sums, until single flowers were being sold for more than the cost of a house.
Tulips in artwork by members of The New England Society of Boatanical Artists
About The New England Society of Botanical Artists (NESBA)

The New England Society of Botanical Artists 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.
Through its art, NESBA emphasizes New England plant diversity and its preservation, provides a community for artists and illustrators engaged in this challenging discipline, designs forums for meetings and discussions, as well as for camaraderie among other botanical artists, illustrators, scientists and historians.

The New England Society of Botanical Artists is proud to be a chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists.

A Weekend in Norfolk, Ct

NESBA artist Leslie Watkins extends an invitation for any NESBA member to join her to exhibit and/or demonstrate in the wonderful space the National Iron Bank is allowing WaterWorks to use for this three day event.

Music, Art & Nature come together for three exciting days!
August 5, 6, and 7, 2016
Visit WaterWorks Open House at the National Iron Bank, Station Place, 2nd floor

WaterWorks Schedule of Events:

Friday, August 5, 5-6PM: Art Exhibition and Opening Reception - Nature based original watercolor paintings by various artists, art journals and live painting demonstrations.
Friday, August 5, 6-7PM: The History of Watercolor Painting Slideshow and talk on the evolution of traditional watercolor painting presented by Leslie Watkins.
Saturday, August 6, 10AM-5PM: Painting for children and adults, painting demonstrations.
Sunday, August 7, 10AM-5PM: Painting for adults, demonstrations.
Sunday, August 7, 5-6PM: Awards and prizes for notable paintings.

WaterWorks offers instruction in nature based painting, landscape painting, botanical illustration and traditional watercolor techniques. Classes are open to all, beginners through advanced students and are held both indoors and on location in nature preserves, gardens and art centers.

Leslie Watkins’ botanical watercolors and nature studies have appeared internationally on postage stamps, and in books, magazines and fine home products. She has taught enthusiastic students for over 25 years. Both aspiring and experienced painters benefit from the classes and have fun learning. Watkins has exhibited at The Columbus Museum, The Lyman Allyn Art Museum, The National Arts Club and The Brooklyn Botanical Gardens. She is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists and the New England Guild of Natural Science Illustrators. She is the founding director of the NWCT Berkshire Plein Air Painters.

WaterWorks Open House is generously sponsored by the National Iron Bank. All events are free and art materials are provided.

NESBA members reflect on a talk with Helen Allen

NESBA Speaker Series: Helen Allen,
curator of Prince Charles’ Florilegium: Highgrove and Transylvania

NESBA had a fun filled day listening to Helen talk about her experiences as curator of this florilegium. Here are some reflections on the day:

“….. the time, effort….determination of the artists was insight into their dedication to botanical art…..and long term commitment to the project and willingness to put in the time and research…… gave me a greater sense of the history and legacy of botanical art….”
                            Rose Powers

“….. trekking up and down hills, across the fields, climbing to a spot inside the highest point of the Prince of Wales’ Transylvania lodge to paint and gaze out the window at the broad vistas..”
                             Joyce Westner

“….. unspoiled Romanian countryside that was their home base…..the botanists who work in tandem with the artists made the paintings more accurate…..paintings were magnificent…..  newfound respect for those who go out into the field in a foreign country to document nature…”
                             Dorothy McCauley

“…. Traveling is so often about the big vista, and that so much of our immediate surround is overlooked. In Transylvania Helen showed us that the artists and botanists were literally down on the ground, midst the grass and meadow flowers, seeing and describing what we so often miss…. remind us that there is a world beneath our feet we really mustn’t take for granted.”
                              Pat Buchanan

“Nothing like a virtual escape to Transylvania…….simple countryside rich with history, old farming ways of horse drawn wagons, mounds of hay and fields of flowers……. Endless supply of living, blooming, flowers….we could escape and share her adventure… Great fun. ”
                               Sue Neff

“… Helen gave details on the preparation of art work and publishing of Prince Charles’.. Florilegium of Romania…. Her talk (sic) was informative, entertaining, and inspirational….”
                               Carolyn Payzant

“….Morning session… presenting her images of Prince Charles’….. and she talked about her time in Transylvania….she traveled with other well-regarded botanical artists in a very underdeveloped area……Cows shared the road with the artists as they hiked (sic) to search for subjects….. it (botanical painting sic), can really be done in the outdoors under less than ideal circumstances… Not even photos were allowed for later reference. So, when I feel constrained by my surroundings, or it’s not a sunny day, I think of these artists…..and the conditions they had in which they created their beautiful works……”
                                  Nancy Savage

“…Seeing so many familiar faces felt good….. We often work in isolation and spending the days with other artists was invigorating…. The day…. Left me wishing for more opportunities to gather. “ 
                                   Elena Balmaseda-Scherer

“…. Transylvania wildflower meadows and the importance of preserving our natural world….shifted my attention to botanical illustration as another form of preserving through documentation….the flora of an area (sic). I wanted to see beyond the attractive shapes and colors of the portrait…. Science behind what actually makes the plant specimen look and behave like it does…made me a more confident and dedicated artist….”
                                     Deborah Locke

“….record on site the flora of Transylvania’s meadows where farming methods have not changed in centuries and a diverse population of indigenous flora exists……images of Zalanpatak, where the artists stayed in one of Prince Charles’ properties…..high on the slopes of the mountains close to the Carpathians…..eating the local produce grown on the grounds (sic), harmony with their environment…floristically diverse area with 300-400 species within a few feet apart in some areas…. Species rich meadows……area residents (sic) have a less romantic view of their way of life than visitors……”
                                    Ruth Starratt

“…..lots of fun and…informative….fascinating to learn of the people and the area…time has hardly intruded on their way of life: horses being used for both transportation and work….wide range of artists included in the project… weather was perfect and wonderful time was had by all which included desserts with a floral motif!...”
                                      Robin Rosenthal

NESBA Artist Faye Van Wert's has work accepted in a show in Missouri

Faye Van Wert's watercolor painting Zea mays indurata Maize (flint corn) has been accepted for the OA Gallery The Beauty of Botanicals 2016 show in Kirkwood, Missouri.

NESBA Artist Lucy Sur has an exhibit on the Cape

Lucy will have an exhibit at Heritage Plantation and Gardens in Sandwich, MA, 
for the month of July. She will  be the featured artist in Heritage Highlights, shown in the education building where the antique carousel is housed. 

Red Lily

Three NESBA members receive awards at the South Shore Art Center's Art Festival on the Green, Cohassett, MA June 17-19.

Kathy Folino won first prize in watercolor for " Rose Library page". 

Sarah Roche received 3rd place in Watercolor for her "Wasabi".

Ruth Ann Wetherby received an honorable mention for her watercolor "Chioggia Beets". 

There were approx 400 entries in this Juried Show, and 49 pieces of artwork in all genres were selected so NESBA and Botanical Art will be well represented in the Awards Ceremony.

NESBA member Kathy Folino will receive first prize in watercolor at the South Shore Arts Festival

Kathy was thrilled to learn that she  will receive first prize in watercolor at the South Shore Arts Festival   [Rose Library page]  which will take place on Father's Day Weekend in Cohasset, MA

Kathy was also pleased that two of her paintings
[Tulipa x hybrida and Vines and Shadows]  have been juried into a show called "Of a Botanical Nature" at the Mill Pond House Gallery in St. James, New York.

NESBA member Kathie Miranda is pleased to announce her artwork has recently been accepted into three prestigious exhibitions....

My artwork has been accepted into two Colored Pencil Society of America (CPSA) Exhibitions...
Stone Still (Robin Fledgling), Colored Pencil on Stonehenge Kraft paper

CPSA Explore This! 12 - annual juried on-line exhibition 
on view now through January 31, 2017
My Favorite Album, Colored Pencil on Mi-tientes paper

June 25 - August 13, 2016
My artwork is also included in the Connecticut Watercolor Society's 76th Annual Exhibition
Ladies, (Pink Lady's-slipper Orchid), Watercolor on TwinRocker
handmade paper
Ice Breaker, (Skunk Cabbage) Watercolor on TwinRocker handmade paper

Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School, University of Hartford (CT)
June 1 - June 22, 2016

Copyright © 2016 Kathie Miranda, All rights reserved.

mailing address:
Kathie Miranda 
6 Hubbell Lane
Shelton, Ct 06484

NESBA Artist Bobbi Angell coauthors book

For anyone looking for a deeper appreciation of the wonderful world of plants!

The technical terms used to describe plants can be daunting, but they are essential for accurate identification and communication. This comprehensive glossary gives concise definitions of the terms that describe color, shape, texture, growth forms, fruit and flower characteristics, and much more, enhanced by clear, accurate illustrations.- Timber Press

Gardeners are inherently curious. They make note of a plant label in a botanical garden and then go home to learn more. They pick up fallen blossoms to examine them closer. They spend hours reading plant catalogs. But they are often unable to accurately name or describe their discoveries. A Botanist’s Vocabulary gives gardeners and naturalists a better understanding of what they see and a way to categorize and organize the natural world in which they are so intimately involved. Through concise definitions and detailed black and white illustrations, it defines 1300 words commonly used by botanists, naturalists, and gardeners.  - Amazon

Students, professionals, gardeners, and nature lovers will find this guide by Bobbi Angell and Susan Pell to be an invaluable aid in all their interactions with the plant describe plants.

NESBA member Carrie Megan has work in three exhibitions


Carrie has work juried into:

OA Gallery, The Beauty of Botanicals
Kirkwood, MO
June 6 - 30, 2016
Work accepted: Butterfly Weed, watercolor on vellum

Danforth Art Annual: 2016 Juried Exhibition
Framingham, MA
June 19 - Aug. 21
Work Accepted: Poppy Seed Head, graphite on paper

Blanc de Blanc, 2016 Summer Soirée Exhibition
Jamestown Arts Center, Jamestown, RI
July 1 - Aug. 20, 2016
Work accepted: Love-in-a-Mist, graphite on paper