Jeanne Reiner and Susan Sarapani from the newly formed Tri-State Botanical Artists Circle (TSBA) invited NESBA to get together with them at New York Botanic Garden.

The groups met in the gallery to see “Out of the Woods: Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens” at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG). It’s the 3rd NYBG Triennial exhibition with ASBA. The exhibition runs from November 18, 2017 - April 22, 2018. Diane Batson Smith who is the excutive director of ASBA and works out of the NYBG office joined us in the Gallery to say hello.

The pieces in the exhibit were outstanding and besides watercolor many different media were represented such as oil, gouache, graphite, pen and ink, egg tempera, colored pencil, etchings as well as combinations of these media. The variety and quality was very exciting.
Wendy Hollender
Soursop Tree (2017)
Annona muricata
McBryde Garden,
National Tropical Botanic Garden
Koloa, Hawai'i
Colored pencil, graphite, and 
watercolor on paper
Diane Batson Smith, left, executive director of ASBA
greets NESBA members. 

After lunch with members of TSBA, NESBA members went to the New York Design Center to see the 20th Annual International Exhibition by ASBA & HSNY (Horticultural Society of NY) at the New York Design Center, 200 Lexington Ave., NYC. The exhibition runs from November 9, 2017 - December 21, 2017.

Carrie Di Costanzo
Cockscomb III
Celosia argenteaGouache on Paper
Linda Medved Lufkin
Helianthus annuus
Watercolor and Gouache on Paper

The day was filled with inspiring work by members of the American Society of Botanical Artists 
We very much enjoyed meeting with the TSBA members and we look forward to more joint meetings in the future.

Call for Entry: Flower Show 2018

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Boston Flower Show 2018

NESBA Holiday Party

Members enjoyed a festive luncheon at the home of Celeste Hurley.

This get together was celebration of the activities of the past year:
Our exhibits; The Flower Show in Boston, The Flower Show in Newport RI, and the Raw exhibit at the South Shore Arts Center in Cohasset, MA.

Our programs included Ned Friedman, director of the Arnold Arboretum, talking about his views of the garden, GNSI-NESBA joint sharing of our portfolios, Emily Passman's lessons in sketchbooking technique and a demo of new techniques, a visit to the newly designed Harvard Glass Flower Museum, Botany Library, and Straus Forbes Paint Collection.

Our Two program POP UPS of Social POP UP: studio days and the homes of members and a get together at the Arnold Arboretum for a tour of LILAC Sunday and  Community Service POP UP: community service at Children's Hospital. Demo Day was held at Ames Mansion in Easton, MA. "

Raw Exhibit: Art to Table

The Art to Table event in connection with NESBA's RAW exhibit at the South Shore Art Center on Friday evening was a great success. Feast and Forage was an evening with a botanical art inspired menu featuring bites paired with wines.

The local Garden clubs created wonderful arrangements inspired by our beautiful artwork.

We raised $8,500 for the center’s art education outreach program. Steve Folino played with his band ’Natural Born Fools’. They were wonderful!

National Postal Museum Opens Art Exhibition
Beautiful Blooms on Stamps
Original Stamp Artwork from the
Postmaster General's Collection

"Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps," opened today, Oct. 20, at the 
Smithsonian's National Postal Museum. The exhibition, open through July 14, 2019,
 celebrates the variety of flowering plants commemorated on U.S. postage stamps during
 the past 50 years and explores the symbiotic relationship between flowering plants, bees,
birds and butterflies.

The exhibition showcases 33 botanical artworks from the renowned Postmaster General's 
Collection, on long-term loan to the National Postal Museum from the U.S. Postal Service. 
Created in partnership with Smithsonian Gardens, "Beautiful Blooms" invites visitors to 
observe and appreciate not only the compelling artwork, but also the creative process behind 
stamp design. By juxtaposing concept art and final art, and by linking larger-scale art with 
images on actual stamps, visitors will be able to see beyond the stamps to their meaning 
and messaging.

Featured botanical artwork, which includes 29 framed pieces and four pieces of digital art 
displayed interactively, are organized into seven themes: Flowering Trees; 
The Rose: Queen of Flowers; Birds in the Garden; Pollination; Botanical Congress;
The Seasonal Garden and Beautification of America.

A garden-themed atrium display
complements the exhibition gallery 
with garden furniture and live plants
from Smithsonian Gardens as well as 
a large-scale mural triptych featuring 
lush garden imagery from the
Smithsonian Institution's collection 
of hand -painted glass lantern slides. 
The overall experience will 
transport visitors into a relaxed but
vibrant garden setting.

  "The exhibition represents an 
opportunity for visitors to see and appreciate some of the most admired artwork in the
Postmaster General's collection," said Elliot Gruber, director of the Museum.

"Highlights include original artwork for the classic rose-themed Love stamps, some of the
most popular state bird and flower stamps and a concept art piece created by Mary
GrandPre' whose illustration style visitors will recognize from the Harry Potter book series."
The exhibition explores the diversity of artwork used in the U.S. stamp production process, including both developmental and final art designed by illustrators using a variety of media, such as oils, pastels and digital design software. The display of stamp art in various phases of development will enable visitors of all ages to understand the role developmental artwork plays in the production of postage stamps.


In celebration of the exhibition opening, the museum will host a "Garden Party Family Festival" on Saturday, April 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with activities taking place throughout the museum. The museum, in partnership with Smithsonian Gardens, Smithsonian Libraries and local garden clubs, will explore and celebrate the many facets of flowers through craft projects, fun activities for children, curator talks and other informative programming.

On Sunday, Apr. 18, from 12:00 - 12:45 p.m., the museum will host a lunchtime lecture by Cindy Brown of Smithsonian Gardens, where she will share her insights into the creation of the floral displays incorporated into the "Beautiful Blooms" exhibition and highlight the pan-Institutional work they do in support of the Smithsonian's mission.

The museum will also host a teacher workshop in the summer of 2018, using "Beautiful Blooms" exhibition content as context for new learning experiences. The workshop, in partnership with Smithsonian Gardens and the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, will utilize the Smithsonian Learning Lab to demonstrate to local teachers how to use the museum's exhibition and collection content in the classroom, with curriculum that demonstrates the intersection of art, science and history.


A special website has been created to augment the exhibition as well, providing additional access to the rich content presented.

Thank you for your interest in the National Postal Museum!
Smithsonian National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE, MRC 570 PO Box 37012, Washington, DC 20013-7012

'Art To Table', sponsored by the South Shore Art Center in conjunction with the RAW Exhibit by NESBA

ART TO TABLE | October 21, 2017
at South Shore Art Center

Taste, sip and see what our friends and neighbors will be creating!   
Join us for an evening of food, paired with wine and tablescapes
inspired by RAW/plants: A Feast of Botanical Art   
an exhibition featuring members of  
New England Society of Botanical Artists.  
Foodie Silent Auction and Wine Pull too!  

Menu designed by The Fresh Feast    
Wine and beverages provided by Stillwaters, Harborside Wine & Liquors, Nantucket Vineyards and 888 Distillery.  
Bar service by Taylor Made.  

Live, local music provided by The Natural Born Fools.

SOUTH SHORE ART CENTER - - 781-383-2787

Opening Reception, RAW Exhibit, South Shore Art Association, Cohasset, MA

RAW/plants: A Feast of Botanical Art, original contemporary botanical artworks depicting edible plants to reflect the season is showing at the South Shore Art Center.

The exhibit will be on display from September 15 through November 5.  The center is located at, 119 Ripley Rd, Cohasset, MA

Activities and Events:
     Book Signing; Foraging and Feasting
      9/22, 6:30-8:30

     Visiting Artist: Wendy Hollender, Grisaille Technique in Botanical Painting

     Fall Benefit; Art to Table
     10/21, 7:00  

The 14th Annual Blanche Ames National Juried Art Exhibition for 2017

Several NESBA members have work exhibited in The 14th Annual Blanche Ames National Juried Art Exhibition for 2017 sponsored by The Friends of Borderland, Inc., a nonprofit organization which assists in the operation and preservation of Borderland. The intention is to foster an appreciation of the arts as well as to pay tribute to Blanche Ames, who was a painter and an illustrator and whose studio was in the Ames Mansion at Borderland, and to Oakes Ames, professor of botany at Harvard University and orchid specialist.

Doris Sheils

Regina Gardner Milan

Ames Mansion, "Borderland"

Event Dates: 9/12/2017 - 10/3/2017
Reception: 9/16/2017
Location: Ames Mansion Museum at Borderland State Park
Phone Number: 781-738-2136
257 Massapoag Avenue
North Easton, Massachusetts

NESBA artists participated in Demo Day at the Ames Mansion

On Sunday, Aug 20, Four NESBA members participated in the 4th annual Demonstration Day at the Ames Mansion at Borderland State Park in Easton. This opportunity is organized by the Friends of Borderland. It is open, free of charge, to the general public.
Celeste Hurley is painting kiwi fruit.        Ellen Duarte demonstrates pen and ink stippling.

Visitors of all ages share a common interest in learning about art, botanical art in particular.

Mathilde Duffy is drawing with colored pencils.     Joan Pierce, NESBA president, demonstates painting techniques. 

The Friends are hugely appreciative of NESBA members being willing to give their time and talk with the pubilc. This is one of the Friends most popular events of the year for the general public. It is in large measure because of the interest that NESBA artists have shown in helping the Friends that has led the Friends to plan an exhibit in 2018 that is focused solely on botanical art.

Visitors enjoying the opportunity to try out botanical illustration 
NESBA invites all of its members to participate in this 1/2 day event next August. It is lots of fun. 

Friends of Wellesley Botanic Gardens and NESBA co-sponsor talks.

Friends of Wellesley Botanic Gardens have graciously invited NESBA to co-sponsor talks by esteemed NESBA members, Pam Harrington and Kay Kopper. These two excellent artists are presenting their research on 2 fascinating topics. Because NESBA is a co-sponsor, NESBA members attend for free. Members of the Friends also attend at no cost. As noted, Guests pay $10.  The talks will take place in the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens' Visitor Center, adjacent to the Science Center on the Wellesley College Campus.

Pam Harrington
Tuesday, September 19 1:30 p.m 

Botanical Artists of the USDA
During the years 1886-1942, a small staff of professional botanical artists was employed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Division of Pomology to support the agricultural initiatives of the Division. The artists’ impressive body of work, known today as the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection, consists of more than 7,700 watercolor paintings, pen and ink drawings, and wax models of fruit specimens. Most of this work was produced by ten botanical artists during the years 1886-1920, although as many as fifty artists are known to have worked there. Botanical artist and CBA candidate Pam Harrington talks about the origins, nature and scope of the work, why, where, and how it was done, and the artists themselves.
Tuesday, September 19 1:30 p.m
Members Free / Non-Members $10

Kay Kopper
Wednesday, October 25 1:30 p.m.

Documenting the Pine Barrens
Botanical artist Kay Kopper recived a grant from the American Society of Botanical Artists to paint plants and wildlife native to Southeastern Massachusetts, which has the second largest region of pine barrens remaining in the world. It is a habitat for pitch pine (Pinus rigida), scrub oak (Quercus ilicifolia), cecropia moth (Hyalophora cecropia), New England cottontail (Sylvilagus transitionalis) and American woodcock (Scolopax minor), among other species. Kay will describe what an adventure and learning experience this project has been for her.
Wednesday, October 25 1:30 p.m.
Members Free / Non-Members $10

NESBA members’ juried exhibit at the 2017 Newport Flower Show

A NESBA members’ juried exhibit at the 2017 Newport Flower Show took place at Rosecliff Mansion in Newport RI on Friday, June 23 – Sunday, June 25, 2017

The Newport Flower Show theme was “FĂȘte des Fleurs: Paintings and Parterres”.

Imaginations were transported to the place that has inspired generations of artists and gardeners - France. At Rosecliff, modeled after the Grand Trianon of Versailles, visitors traveled on a very French adventure, from grand gardens to urban Paris chic.

Thank you to the members set up the exhibit

View of the Rosecliff grounds

Latest Pop-Up News!

Elena Balmaseda-Scherer (left) and Ellen Duarte (right) enjoyed a peer
critique of each other’s work on Monday, May 22nd at Ellen’s house on the Cape.

Our POP UPS are designed to address members concerns for both social and community service events. These are informal gatherings of members to get together for camaraderie, to work, and/or visit a botanical place or event.

Arnold Arboretum Director Ned Friedman presented "Four Tales of Plant Obsession in the Arnold Arboretum" to NESBA members.

Members were treated to the beautiful photos he takes of his favorite themes among the trees:
Looking closely at all aspects of trees opens one to the beauty easily missed by the casual observer.

1) Careful observation of winter buds,(frozen leaves) opens one to the unique ways nature has of protecting the new years growth.

2). Observing the architectural structure of trees allows one to see the big picture.

3) The red jewels of the new growth in conifer cones is beautiful and easily missed.

4) Rhododendrons and their viscin threads--pollen being released in pearly threads from a pore at the top of the anther is nature's way of insuring pollination.

Many of Ned Friedman's photos can be seen on the Arnold Arboretum's website in a searchable database: