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 
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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.
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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. 


Hosta
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