Calendar 2017

Jan 23                          Harvard Glass Flower Museum, Botany Library,
10:30-2                        Straus Forbes Paint Collection
                                    - sign-up required by 1/10/17

Feb 4                           GNSI-NESBA members portfolio sharing, & lunch
10:30                           963 Washington St, Canton, MA *

Mar 22-26                   Boston Flower and Garden Show
                                    NESBA Members Exhibition
                                    Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA

Mar                             Ikumi Kayama
                                    NESBA talks
                                    speakers reviews

Apr 15                         Emily Passman
10:30                           Sketchbook Technique Talk and Demo
                                    Wellesley College Botanic Garden
                                    Wellesley, MA

May 6                          Ned Friedman, director Arnold Arboretum
                                    Wellesley College Botanic Garden
                                    Wellesley, MA *

Jun 23-25                    Newport Flower Show
                                    NESBA Members Exhibition
                                    Rosecliff Mansion
                                    Newport, RI

Aug 20                         Ames Mansion Demo Day
(11:30-3 pm)                Borderlands State Park
                                     North Easton, MA

Sep-Nov 5                   "Raw"
                                    NESBA Members Exhibition
                                    South Shore Art Center
                                    Cohasset, MA

Sep 30                         Linda Karlsberg *
                                    Artist Talk and Powerpoint Presentation
                                    South Shore Art Center
                                    Cohasset, MA

Oct 12-14                    ASBA Conference
                                    San Francisco, CA

Oct                              Ikumi Kayama
                                    Mentorship Partner
                                    NESBA Talks
                                    speakers final reviews

Nov                             NESBA Talks due

Dec 2                          Holiday Party *

* board meetings-9:30

New this year: "Pop-ups"

Calendar of Pop-ups:

The Pop Ups are coming! 
Mark your calendars with the following dates. 
No need to RSVP! 
Elena Balmaseda-Scherer - pop-up director

1. Thursday, April 20 at 10 am. Meet up at Elena Balmaseda-Scherer's home studio for a day of painting. Bring a bag lunch. 617-288-1574, 11 Ocean Street, Dorchester

2. Tuesday, May 16. Meet up with Diane Pitkialis at the Hunnewell building, Arnold Arboretum at 2pm. for a walk. Lilacs will be in bloom!

3. Monday, May 22 
10 am. Meet up at Ellen Duarte's home studio for a day of painting. Bring a bag lunch.

4. Tuesday, June 20, 11:00 am. PROGRAM by Kathy Bell, Tower Hill Librarian
Lecture/Demonstration Botanical Treasures from the Vault
Not all of Tower Hill’s treasures are in our gardens and conservatories. Many wonderful and beautiful works are stored in the Tower Hill Library archives and this program will introduce some of our finest examples stretching across five centuries. We’ll introduce a range of herbals, early dictionaries, and journals and share the stories behind them. We’ll display gorgeous prints, porcelain and an array of rare books by noted authors and artists. Finally, some of our most cherished works tell stories about the early history and people who formed the Worcester County Horticultural Society and we’ll highlight many of our unique local resources. This 45 minute program will be held in the Tower Hill Library. (May need to be moved to a different location within Tower Hill depending upon the number of individuals attending)
Participants can eat at the cafe or bring their lunch, tour the gardens…..roses should be in bloom, view the perennials, vegetable gardens ……photograph or sketch…..THBG is a beautiful, relaxing place to walk and enjoy at NO COST to members for this event.

RSVP Before June 1 to Kathleen Kummer

11 French Drive, P.O. Box 598, Boylston, MA 01505-0598

Phone: 508.869.6111 | Web:

AT THE ENTRANCE GATE: "When members of your group arrive please have them tell the gate keeper that they are here for the New England Society of Botanical Artists Annual Program and they will let them in free of charge."

FROM BOSTON Take the Massachusetts Turnpike to Exit 11A, I-495. Take I-495 North to Exit 25B, I-290 West toward Worcester. Take Exit 24, Church Street, Northborough/Boylston. Follow Church Street toward Boylston for 3 miles. The entrance to Tower Hill is on the right.

From I-95 North, take the Route 146 North exit. Follow for approximately 35 miles toward Worcester. In Worcester, take the exit for I-290 East. Follow through the city to Exit 24, Church Street, Northborough/Boylston. Follow Church Street toward Boylston for 3 miles. The entrance to Tower Hill is on the right.

Take the Massachusetts Turnpike East toward Boston. Follow for approximately 40 miles to Exit 10, I-290 East, Worcester. Follow through the city to Exit 24, Church Street, Northborough/Boylston. Follow Church Street toward Boylston for 3 miles. The entrance to Tower Hill is on the right.

Take Route 2 toward Leominster. Take I-190 South to Exit 5, Route 140. Turn left on Route 140 South. Continue on Route 140 through West Boylston to traffic light at intersection of Route 140 and Route 70. Turn left onto Route 70. Travel one mile through the center of Boylston. Continue on Route 70 another half mile to a blinking yellow light at French Drive (marked by a blue highway sign “turn right for Tower Hill Botanic Garden”). Turn right and proceed a short distance to the entrance to Tower Hill Botanic Garden on the left.

Take Route 2 to Exit 35, Route 70 Lancaster/Lunenburg. Follow Route 70 through Lancaster and Clinton, passing Tahanto Regional High School on the right. Approximately 1-1/4 miles further along Route 70, turn left at the blinking yellow light at French Drive (marked by a blue highway sign “turn left for Tower Hill Botanic Garden”). Tower Hill Botanic Garden is on the left.

thank you. and Remember to RSVP to Kathleen by June 1, 2017. 

5.. Wednesday, June 21 , changed to September at 10 am. Meet up at Celeste Hurley’s home studio for a day of painting. Bring a bag lunch. 

6.. Robin Wilkerson will host a true Pop Up as date is TBD! sometime in July…

- For our "POP UP" community service event at Children's Hospital, we're going to draw plants, flowers, trees, or whatever botanical (include pollinators, etc), you decide. We're asking NESBA members to draw a line drawing in marker, scan it, and send to We'll print these and bring them to the hospital. (If you want to be a teacher for this event, let Suellen know.)

Please scan and send to by February 1, 2017.

More POP-up's: Other places for NESBA members to get together.

1. MADE BY ME: first Wednesday of every month 6:30-9:00, $14 (pottery not included), refreshments served plus BYOB. 617-354-8111. / 1685 Mass Ave, Cambridge

2. PAINT BAR: Newton or Boston locations. Paint on canvases for a night of eating, drinking and merriment. Newton: 823 Washington Street, Newtonville, 617-467-5777. Boston: 248 Newbury Street, Boston, 857-265-3469.

3. MUSE PAINT BAR: Hingham Shipyard, 15 Shipyard Drive, 781-790-4200/ The calendars for after January are not up yet, but by looking at January, we can get a glance at what is offered and when it's up we can plan a time.

4. COLOR SWAP: bring an empty pill box to a location and swap colors that you need with others who need yours.

5. IT'S OUR DAY: meet with other NESBA members who have info to share, maybe from conferences, classes, with others at a member's house.

6. TREE MOB with PAM THOMPSON of the ARNOLD ARBORETUM: go on the website:

and join with the staff to walk and learn a new topic each walk.

7. A DAY OF PAINTING: join along with other NESBA members to paint at a member's house.

8. FLASH MOB: Meet at a public place like a restaurant, mall, coffee shop, the Aquarium, etc, to paint and sketch and possibly prep for a botanical art piece.

9. PEACE, ART, PAINT, and SIP: in Worcester, to eat, drink and be merry. 65 James St. , Worcester, 01603. 978-618-4993.

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