Four NESBA members accepted in the 21st Annual International

American Society of Botanical Artists at Wave Hill 
September 8 – December 2, 2018

Launching ASBA’s collaboration with Wave Hill, the selection jury of Ken Druse, Karen Kluglein, and Eileen Jeng Lynch met in April to choose artworks to be included in the 21st Annual International. Jurors selected 48 artworks from an extremely competitive field of about 190 entries. Artists included hail from the US, Australia, Canada, France, Japan, Russia, Slovenia, and the UK, and fourteen of these have never before been included in an ASBA exhibition.The participating
NESBA members are: Jeanne Reiner, Jamie Kim, Faye Van Wert, and Jeannetta vanRaalte.
Jeanne Reiner

This year’s exhibition features native and exotic flowers, fruits, roots, trees and vegetables, including some specimens found at Wave Hill. 

Unique points of view, bolstered by an attention to detail that is almost excruciating, emerge from the interpretations offered, with the power to astonish and provoke us. Ken Druse explains in his essay in the accompanying catalog:

Nature is exquisite in its own rights. But very often, it takes a special eye to remind or show us for the first time how glorious it is. Photography makes a record, like seeing the world through the screen of a phone—perish the thought. Botanical art makes us stop, just like gardening: we can’t text a friend and dig a hole at the same time or weed or nurture a precious seedling. Ken Druse

Fruit of Hibiscus
Jamie Kim

Fay Van Wert

Japanese White Pine Bonsai
Jeannetta vanRaalte

NESBA demo day at the Ames Mansion in Borderlands State Park

For the 5th straight year The Friends of Borderland State Park in Easton, MA have invited NESBA to put on its much enjoyed Demo Day. The Friends consider NESBA's Demo Day to be its most successful event for the general public.

It is NOT exaggeration to state that NESBA 's Demo Day is largely the reason The Friends established a separate Botanical Art category, with generous cash prize, as part of its annual Blanche Ames National Juried Art Exhibition. 

The venue is a beautiful cool covered porch with wisteria vines, attached to the south side of the mansion.

Visitors have a chance to try their hands at creating botanical art. 

 Hostesses from the Friends of Borderlands,  Sheila Paiva Jones,  Andrea Miller and Linda Taylor.