'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 - ssac.org - 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: https://www.arboretum.harvard.edu/plants/image-search

NESBA members accepted into the MassAudubon Trailside Museum Exhibit

Three NESBA members will
have their work exhibited at the Blue Hills Trailside Museum, Milton, MA

"Water World"

May 20- July 23


Nancy Savage - her piece Swamp Milkweed will be exhibited at Blue Hills Trailside Museum, in Milton, MA

Nancy Bentivegna will have her work, Plymouth Gentian, displayed.

Emmi Kurosawa
will have two works exhibited.  Utricularia resupinata of Plymouth and

Utricularia gibba of Blue Hills

A feature article on NESBA member Linda Funk

NESBA members may be interested in a feature
article about my work that is in the May/June issue of Victoria Magazine.

Call for Entries-NESBA Members Juried Exhibit: RAW

NOTE:  The deadline has changed from May 15th to the 31st!

View PDF for clearer copy

To enter:  www.smarterentry.com and click "Calls for Entry" at the top, scroll down to RAW

Pop-up day With Elena Scherer

NESBA has initiated a series of Pop-Ups throughout the area.  These are informal gatherings of members to get together for comraderie, to work, and/or visit a botanical place or event. 

We had our first Pop Up today at the home of Elena Balmaseda-Scherer.
We painted, enjoyed lunch together, and painted some more, and ended with a group critique where we each shared our working techniques.

‘What a wonderful way to be introduced to NESBA. Elena was a wonderful hostess and facilitator of this Pop UP and I had a great time.” June Purpura, new member.

See Calendar of Pop-ups for more info

NESBA Sketchbook Technique Talk and Demo by Emily Passman

Emily believes sketchbooks are an important reference.  Each mark should inform the drawing and record information. Keep your eyes on the subject and draw what you see. Draw those things you want to draw attention to.


It was great fun to watch and lots of wonderful inspiration to just draw and a new way of looking at things. Emily was very generous with her time and stayed a little bit longer than an hour but it was a good time. I’m anxious to try out her ideas, it would be a wonderful exercise in not looking at your paper and focusing on what you see. -Rose Powers

Emily's talk was excellent and her demo was equally good. She is very personable and was able to explain what she was doing in her terms, but also how it might relate to botanical illustration. I really loved it and would love to take a class from her! -Nancy Savage

Emily's demonstration and talk about sketch booking was very illuminating
and interesting. She is an extremely enthusiastic and very talented teacher. She left the
group excited and interested in going out into the "great outdoors" whether
actually outside or in with a sketchbook and writing / drawing implements
and putting to paper what you see around you. -Robin Rosenthal

NESBA: Community Service Pop-Up: "Flower Power"

The NESBA Children's Hospital program was welcomed by both the hospital staff and participants well beyond our expectations. The kids and parents who came into our room started off shy or scared, but left smiling and happy. Well, more than happy, thrilled !!! The kids were excited and joyous when they left, as were adults. To bring some light into their lives made us all joyous too. We were told to prepare for 5 people, but all our art tables were filled.

Thank you to the following artists who sent in drawings: Jenny Hyde-Johnson, Bobbi Angell, Nancy Bentivegna, Deborah Cassady, Ellen Duarte, Doris Sheils, Beverly Duncan, and Kelly Radding. Your generosity was warmly welcomed and loved by all the participants. Not just one per artist, many. Thank you !!!

And to the teachers: Rose Powers, Jeanne Kunze, Beth Sanders, Nancy Bentivegna. You were strikingly supportive of each parent and child. To insure privacy, as we were asked by the hospital, we can't go into details, but please know that we were all greatly appreciated. And, all our teachers had a ball there.

Rose Powers will be taking over this committee, so please let her know if you want to join us next time; she will be adding to the kinds of events we do for our "POP UP Community Service". If you want to help her, please let her know.

Suellen Perold, Program Chair

NESBA exhibits at the Boston Flower and Garden Show 2017

Set up and ready for visitors.  NESBA display at the Boston Flower and Garden Show.

March 22 through March 26
Seaport World Trade Center
200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA

Wednesday, March 22:
Thursday, March 23: 10:00AM-8:00PM
Friday, March 24: 10:00AM-9:00PM
Saturday, March 25: 10:00AM-9:00PM
Sunday, March 26: 10:00AM-6:00PM