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CONTENTS
President’s Notes .............1 Upcoming Meetings .........1 About RMSBA ..................2 Echter’s CFE.....................3 Exhibits of Interest..............4 Echter’s Inventory Sheet ......5 Rare Call For Entries ......6 & 7 Computer Helpful Hints .......8 Rare Commitment List .......... 9 Society Calendar ............11 Rare T-shirt Order Form ...... 12 Botanical Realism CFE .....13 Workshops of Interest.....14 Common Botanical Illustrators .......................15 Exhibits Report ...............15 Artists Wanted .....back cover

resident’s Notes

Last weekend I found myself in an unusual activity! I was learning a new skill, useful in our state, and helping myself as a botanical artist. I found myself, after attending an excellent training through the research program of Denver Botanic Gardens, counting Cypripedium calceolus L. ssp. parvIflorum, (exquisite tiny yellow lady’s slippers) in a top-secret location in our mountains! This event occurred for my sister, my husband, because of my desire to find these little beauties to help me complete my plate for the Rare, but really Well Done exhibit for 2009 and me. Oh, I could have limited it to a few books from the botanical and scientific libraries, the Internet, and maybe the herbarium, but I wanted to see the real live specimens in their habitat. After an early morning start and lengthy drive over roads well suited to my gas-guzzling jeep we arrived at a walking path. Then we hiked upwards for about 2 to 3 miles to find the little yellow heads peeking out under branches and leaves and needles. We were carefully tiptoeing through deep pine forested, spongy terrain, over fallen logs, streams and brush to count each little sprout and blossom. Isn’t it interesting what one can get involved in as an artist? But seriously, I had fun with this new adventure and thank the many people who helped me be a help in researching just how endangered these lady’s slippers are becoming. I have become quite fond of these minute moccasins in the woods. Mostly I feel the cause now much more intensely and I am ready to do my best to help in the Yellow Lady’s Slipper’s plight. This wonderful exhibit should help educate the public about the Yellow Lady’s Slipper, and about 39 other, even more rare, species of Colorado. This project serves this very important mission of RMSBA: ‘The RMSBA seeks to educate Upcoming the public on plant diversity, regional plant ecology, and the rMsBa MeetiNGs rationale for preservation of plant species through botanical art that is relevant to the region.” The next meeting will be at the other end of the field season, I am being redundant as my last President’s Notes also tentatively for Sunday, September 14 from 1:00 – 4:00 at quoted the RMSBA mission statement but I just wanted to Echter’s Greenhouse. CLICK HERE FOR GOOGLE MAP®. This is expected to be the final day of our annual show and let you all know how much I am really getting into it! And to serve our mission statement is to do what we are all about! The sale at Echter’s and they have agreed to let us have a meeting best thing is that our organization is not all words but, rather, there to go over our work and talk about labeling. To provide puts action behind the words of our mission. the Rare exhibit unity, RMSBA is requiring a specific labeling At the end of September, we will be learning to label our format for all entries. The labeling standard will be presented at plates for the exhibit. Whether you are participating in this this workshop. This workshop would also be a terrific place to exhibit or not, this meeting should be most helpful. Many discuss other work you may be finalizing … because Rare will of us are working on other artwork for family, our friends, be the focus of so much effort this summer, we expect to see or ourselves and/or to exhibit in future galleries and sites. A many wonderful pieces that are completed or nearly so. correct and beautiful label of the plant portrayed may be just The end of year member party will be held in early December. the finishing touch for the artwork. I know I am anxious to learn any tips I can on this “finishing touch”. Hope to see you The date and location will be announced as we get closer. at the next meeting to enjoy the learning and fun.

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About the RMSBA
The Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists founded in 1997 is the first chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists and is open to all persons interested in botanical illustration. RMSBA Officers 2008 President ................................................... Patty McAuliffe Vice President ........................................... Renee Jorgensen Secretary .................................................. Susi Olson Treasurer ................................................... Vicky MacWilliam Marketing ................................................... vacant Membership Chairperson .......................... Sharon Garrett Programs Development ............................ Terry Ruiter Exhibits ...................................................... Carol Till Logistics..................................................... Martha Long Web Coordinator ....................................... Susan Rubin Newsletter Editor ....................................... Katie Nichols To join the RMSBA, please contact Vicky MacWilliam,Treasurer Tele.: 719.495.2986 E-mail: hgvmacwm@worldnet.att.net 8285 Freeman Drive • Black Forest, CO 80908 Your $75.00 membership includes regular individual membership in the RMSBA* and American Society of Botanical Artists* and entitles you to receive both the ASBA and RMSBA newsletters, as well as participate in all open exhibits and functions. Membership is for the calendar year. Memberships received after the first of December in any year will be applied to the following calendar year. On September 27, 2007 the ASBA Board of Directors voted for an increase in dues for 2008. This increase is only for the ASBA portion of your RMSBA fees and everything else will stay the same. *ASBA, with its chapter RMSBA, is a registered not-for-profit organization. Newsletter Submission Deadlines January 12th April 12th July 12th October 12th Newsletter Published Winter Spring Summer Fall

RMSBA member Mary Barnes

Questions or contributions, please contact: Katie Nichols, Editor E-mail: katienichols@comcast.net Tel.: 303.513.5453 7636 Gray Way • Arvada, CO 80003 • Artwork is donated to RMSBA for exclusive use in this newsletter. Any other use is strictly prohibited without written authorization of the artist. • The membership list is printed in whole in the Spring Edition of the newsletter. • Reproduction of this newsletter is prohibited without written permission from RMSBA. • We welcome your articles, calendar events and images. Please submit all text as an electronic file in .DOC (Word), .XML (Excel), or the body of an e-mail. Please submit images in digital format; .JPG, .TIF, .PDF and at least 300 dpi (resolution; dots per inch) in color. RMSBA Summer 2008

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CALL FOR ENTRIES

4th Annual Fall Show and Sale

Entries Due August 20, 2008

Show Dates: September 5-14, 2008 Hours: M-Sat: 9-6, Sunday 10-5

Location: Echter’s Garden Center, Arvada, CO www.echters.com

Join us for our fourth year at Echter’s Garden Center for our annual Fall Show and Sale. Echter’s has been a fun location for this event. Enjoy exhibiting and selling your artwork in this greenhouse setting. Echter’s was just named “Garden Center Retailer of the Year by the Garden Centers of America! Only one garden center a year gets this national honor. As many of you know, Echter’s has a great clientele who has been very supportive of our event in the past. This is both an exhibit and a sale. Originals, prints, cards, calendars, etc., are welcome as long as they have a botanical theme. The exhibit will be open 10 full days. Note: A special RMSBA Rare exhibit meeting will be held the last day of the exhibit at Echter’s. See Meeting details.
Eligibility: RMSBA members with 2008 dues paid. Eligible Submissions: Original artwork, prints, cards, calendars, etc. with a botanical theme. Work may be framed or unframed. Adhesive hangers will be available to hang wrapped prints if desired. Prints should be clearly labeled as such to destinguish them from originals. Labeling: All work that is for sale must be clearly labeled with the following: Artist Name Inventory number: Keep it simple. Medium: Watercolor, colored pencil, etc., or “print” Price: Sale price (before sales tax) or NFS (not for sale) Exhibit Information: The work can hang on hinged free-standing wooden lattice panels, be placed in print bins or displayed on tables. If you have a print bin bring it! It you wish to display on tables (smaller artwork), please bring easels. Echter’s covers the artwork every night to guard against any damage. The show is set up in an area with a shaded overhead. Each artist assumes liability for any loss and damage to their artwork. Delivery and Setup: Setup day will be Thurday September 4, 1-4 p.m. When you arrive you’ll check in your artwork (see link to inventory sheet), select a panel and hang your own artwork. You may bring your own display materials, such as print bins, card holders, etc. Please arrange for a friend to deliver and install your artwork if you can not. We will not have people available to hang your artwork Bring the completed inventory sheet with you to the setup. Bad News: We have to install on a weekday. Good News: The first Friday we’re open is an exceptionally good sales day! Take-Down: Monday, September 15, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Artists will take down their artwork and do an inventory check-out. Staffing and Sales: RMSBA members work the exhibit and handle all sales. In the past we’ve had enough members entering, so that each exhibiting member only had to work a half day. You can sign up for a work time in advance by emailing me. I will be looking for 2 members to work the first Saturday because of heavy sales volume! RMSBA will handle sales and sales tax reporting and reimburse members once a final accounting is made. Reception: Saturday afternoon, September 6, 1-3 p.m. Fees: Entry fee is $30.00. Make your check payable to RMSBA and mail with your registration form to Carol Till, 3665 Estes Street, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. Registration Deadline: August 20, 2008. Contact: Carol Till, 303-423-2687, e-mail at caroltill@mindspring.com

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Registration Form Registration Form and Fees due by August 20, 2008 Please accept my registration to the “RMSBA Fourth Annual Show and Sale” By my signature below I indicate that I agree to the terms listed in this Call for Entries. Signature: _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Date: _____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Print Name: ________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address:______________________________________ Phone:_______________email: __________________________________ I would like _________exhibit postcards. RMSBA Summer 2008 www.botanicalartists.org 3
(Mail with a check to Carol Till, 3665 Estes Street, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

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Sale 4th Annual Show &2008 September 5 - 14,
Reception- Saturday, September 6, 1 - 3 p.m. Original Botanical Paintings Art Prints and Cards Echter’s Greenhouse & Garden Center 5150 Garrison St., Arvada, CO 80002
303-424-7979, www.echters.com
Hours: Monday–Saturday 9 a.m.– 6 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. *Cash & Checks Only. Sorry, we cannot accept credit cards. Cash and Carry.

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UPDATED INFO

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Submissions continued There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit. Entry fee is $40 for the first entry and $10 for each additional entry. Send a check for your entry fee payable to RMSBA with the completed entry form, liability form and CD with images to Carol Till, 3665 Estes St., Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 Submission Deadline: October 31, 2008

Availability: All artwork must be for sale. Artwork must be available for exhibit for the duration of the touring schedule and may not be released to the buyer until the end of scheduled exhibits. A commission schedule will be provided to artists upon acceptance. Further Information: In order to exhibit the greatest diversity of rare plants, and to avoid duplication, RMSBA is keeping a list of plants artists have committed to portray. There is no guarantee that any specific artist or plant portrait will be chosen for the exhibition. Please contact Carol Till for a current list and notify her of your plant choice. Because of the somewhat scarce and protected status of these plants, we are working with DBG, botanists and others to assemble resources to assist artists in researching, locating and studying their plant. Please respect the copyright holders of photographs and other resources you may use and get their permission. Contact: Call Carol with any questions. Carol Till, 303-423-2687, e-mail at caroltill@mindspring.com

Rare Plants already selected by artists for the Rare Exhibit.
Check the Master List of plants at the website below. Check it against this list to determine what is still available. Contact Carol Till to register your choice. http://www.cnhp.colostate.edu/rareplants/masterlist.html Adiantum capillas-veneris, Southern Maidenhair Fern Aquilegia micrantha Aquilegia saximontana, Rocky Mtn. columbine Asclepias uncialis, Dwarf Milkweed Astragalus humillimus, Mancos milk-vetch Astragalus osterhoutii, Osterhout milk-vetch Botrychium campestre, echo, pallidum, linaire Cypripedium calceolus L. ssp. parviflorumm,Yellow lady’s-slipper Draba grayana, Gray’s Peak Whitlow Grass Epipactis gigantea, Giant Helleborine orchid Eriogonum brandegei, Brandegee wild buckwheat Eriogonum pelinophilum, Clay-loving wild-buckwheat Eustoma grandiflorum, Showy Prairie Gentian Eutrema penlandii, Penland alpine fen mustard Frasera coloradensis, Colorado Green Gentian Gaura neomexicana var. coloradensis, Colo. Butterfly plant Ipomopsis aggregata ssp. weberi, Rabbit-Ears gilia Ipomopsis globularis, Globe gilia Ipomopsis polyantha, Skyrocket, Pagosa Lesquerella congesta, Dudley Bluffs bladderpod Lilium philadelphicum L., Wood Lily Lygodesmia dolorensensis, Dolores River skeleton plant Nuttallia chrysantha, Golden blazing star Machaeranthera coloradoensis-Colorado tansy aster
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Mimulus eastwoodiae Oenothera harringtonii, Arkansas Valley evening primrose Oönopsis puebloensis, Pueblo goldenweed Oxybaphus rotundifolius Standley Round-leaf four-o’clock Papaver klutenensis, Alpine Poppy Pediocactus knowltonii, Knowlton cactus Pellaea astropurpurea, Purple cliff-brake Penstemon debilis, Beardtongue, Parachute Penstemon harringtonii, Harrington beardtongue Penstemon penlandii, Penland beardtongue Penstemon scariosus albifluvis, Beardtongue, White River Phacelia formosula, North Park phacelia Phacelia submutica, Phacelia, DeBeque Physaria alpina, Avery Peak Twinpod Physaria bellii, Mulligan Bell’s twinpod Physaria obcordata, Dudley Bluffs twinpod Pyrola picta, Picture leaf wintergreen Ranunculus gelidus, Tundra buttercup Sclerocactus glaucus, Uinta Basin hookless cactus Sclerocactus mesae-verdae, Mesa Verde cactus Spiranthes diluvialis, Ute ladies’-tresses Sullivantia hapemanii, Hanging garden sullivantia Thalictrum heliophilum Viola pedatifida
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Imperiled Plants of Colorado Traveling 2009-2010 The RMSBA is enlisting our members to produce original artworks of rare plants of Colorado for a special traveling exhibition. This juried exhibition will include forty or more original artworks including all thirteen federally listed endangered and threatened species in the state. This is an opportunity to further our stated mission to, “educate the public on plant diversity, regional plant ecology, and the rationale for preservation of plant species through botanical art that is relevant to the region”. We plan to exhibit it in several locations around the state. ***PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE YOU BEGIN WORK ON YOUR PLATE.*** Eligibility: RMSBA members in good standing (dues paid for 2008). Subject: 1) Plants listed on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife List of Endangered and Threatened Plants web site for the State of Colorado. Web site: http://ecos.fws.gov/tess_public/StateListing.do?state=CO&status=listed 2) Plants listed in the Colorado Master Plant List from The Colorado Rare Plant Field Guide, produced through the efforts of the Colorado Rare Plant Technical Committee, updated 3/1/99. Master List web site with photos: http://www.cnhp.colostate.edu/rareplants/masterlist.html 3) List from Colorado Rare Plant Initiative targeted for priority conservation, April 2008. Contact Carol Till for the list. Two-dimensional original artwork in color. Colored pencil, pastel, watercolor, acrylic and mixed media allowed. All artwork must have a white background. No colored papers or backgrounds allowed. Any natural elements or environment included in the painting should be site specific to your plant subject.

Media:

Sizes and Format: Image size: The artwork can be any be any size up to a maximum WIDTH of 12 inches and maximum HEIGHT of 16 inches, and any format (vertical, horizontal or square.) Paper size: The artist needs to add one inch or more margin all around the image size. Presentation: To create a professional exhibit, framing will be standardized, frames will be VERTICAL format, gallery style, 16” wide x 20” high. RMSBA will provide conservation framing to members at the cost of $100 per frame which will include maple frame, UV Resistant Plexiglas, custom matting with 8-ply archival rag mat, acid-free backing, all incidental framing materials and labor. Artists will submit the artwork upon acceptance to the exhibit with the framing fee made payable to RMSBA. Scale: Labeling: The provision to “show the plant actual size somewhere on the plate”has been removed. All enlarged views must be clearly labeled with a bar scale. All work must be accurately labeled on the front of the plate with the scientific name using RMSBA labeling standards developed for this exhibit. RMSBA will have a workshop in September to provide this information. Do not label your artwork until those details are provided. Details will be e-mailed to members and posted on our Web-site soon! Susan T. Fisher, Director, Art Institute at Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Carolyn Crawford, Botanical Artist, James Von Loh, MS, Consulting Botanist.

Jurors:

Submissions: All works must be submitted for jury selection. The work will be judged according to the usual ASBA criteria – artistic sensitivity, technical skill and botanical accuracy. Entries must be submitted digitally at 300 dpi color, JPG format, 8” high on a CDs labeled with artist’s name and title(s) of artwork(s). Individual files on disk must be labeled with artwork title, size, and medium. CDs will not be returned to the artist. The entry form will be posted on the RMSBA Web site. A liability form must be completed by all artists applying to this exhibit. The form is posted on our Web site.

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compUter helpFul hiNts
Do you have questions, frustrations, or a learning curve Forgot your Windows xP Home password? If you want to log on to a computer but have forgotten your with computers? If so, please contact Katie Nichols and I password, there is no cause for alarm. The following options will post the questions/answers here, so that everyone may are available to help you access the system: improve their computer skills. I am always available to have a phone chat or e-mail to help you out. • erify that you have typed the letters of your password in V the correct case; case sensitivity. • Access a password hint on the Welcome screen. SECURE WIRELESS INTERNET FRIENDLY • Use a password reset disk. REMINDER • og on as administrator to assign a new password to your L For those of you who have ventured to using or maybe those account. that are thinking of using wireless Internet connection, please take the extra steps to make your access “secure”. This Use password hints will make sure that no one else can jump onto your wireless A memory aid can help remind you of your password. If you and/or hack into your sensitive material. Follow your have entered a password hint in your user account, you can wireless modem setup manual and if you have problems, access the hint on the Welcome screen. To display the hint, contact your computer support as each system is a little bit click the question mark (?) that is next to your user account. different. Type your password box/Password Hint displayed How to set a password hint as a precaution ADOBE 1. Log on to your computer. Here is the link to Adobe Reader. This is the application 2. Click Start, and then click Control Panel. you will need to open and read the RMSBA newsletter. 3. D ouble-click User Accounts. (User Accounts icon) 4. C lick your user account, and then click Change my WORD, ExCEL & POWERPOINT FILES Did you know that Apple’s iWork suite can open most types password. User Accounts/Tasks window List of account of Word, Excel and PowerPoint files? It can also save to options/Change password selected these formats, which can then be sent to, and safely read by, 5. E nter your current password, enter a new password, and Windows PCs. And it only costs $99, as opposed to $649 then enter the new password again to confirm it. for Microsoft Office. You can even download a free 30 trial 6. E nter the password hint, and then click Change of iWork from Apple’s web site. Password. Change your password window 7. Th e change will take effect the next time that you log on. RESTART It might seem obvious, but often a restart is just what your Note: If you want to keep your existing password, you must Mac needs when it hits a bump in the road. I recommend enter it as the current password, enter it again as the new restarting your Mac at least once a week for optimal password, and then enter it one more time to confirm the performance, more if needed. password. REPAIR DISk PERMISSIONS A good, regular maintenance routine to perform is to repair your Mac’s disk permissions. You can do this in the Disk Utility program, which is located in Applications/ Utilities. I recommend doing this once every month or two. Also do this before you update your computer and then do it after you have restarted your computer from doing updates. Reset your password If you cannot determine your password by using these methods, you must reset the password. You can do this if you have previously created a password reset disk as described in Microsoft Knowledge Base article 894901. If you do not have a password reset disk, you must log on by using the administrator account. You can use the administrator account to delete the forgotten password and then to create a new password as described in Microsoft Knowledge Base article 894902. More info/link to this helpful hint at: www.Microsoft.com

OK!, I totally admit that I am biased with being a Machead and knowing helpful hints for Macs. I’ve been searching for Windows helpful hints, but to no avail, I couldn’t find hints that didn’t sound extremely nerdy! (I’ll give anyyou complete permission to harass me on my bias). I asked my husband for some Windows helpful hints and his suggestion was to go to a Mac or Linux operating system (sorry, I had to rub that in!).
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Rare Plants Artist Commitment List, July 12, 2008
Here is the list of artists who have contacted me with their plant choice. If there is anything incorrect on this list, or you are not listed and should be, please contact Carol Till. The botanists at CNHP are reviewing this plant list for accuracy in plant names. There have been some changes to common names on this list. You will be furnished that information with the labeling criteria, soon.

Mary Barnes ..........................................Eutrema penlandii, Penland alpine fen mustard Jan Baucum ...........................................Penstemon scariosus albifluvis, White River beardtongue Karla Beatty ..........................................Draba grayana, Gray’s Peak Whitlow Grass Mary Clark ............................................Lygodesmia doloresensis, Dolores River skeleton plant Bev Coogan...........................................Thalictrum heliophilum Bev Coogan...........................................Mimulus eastwoodiae Kathy Cranmer ......................................Pyrola picta, Picture leaf wintergreen Cathy Cridenbaugh ...............................Aquilegia chrysantha Cathy Cridenbaugh ...............................Aquilegia micrantha Dorothy DePaulo ..................................Physaria alpina Saundra Dowling ..................................Phacelia submutica, DeBeque phacelia Ann Fleming .........................................Sclerocactus mesae-verdae, Mesa Verde cactus Sharon Garrett .......................................Penstemon penlandii, Penland beardtongue Jan Boyd Haring ...................................Sullivantia hapemanii, Hanging garden sullivantia Colleen Hillmeyer .................................Botrychium campestre; echo, pallidum and lineare Renee Jorgensen....................................Astragalus osterhoutii, Osterhout milk-vetch Marjorie Joy ..........................................Eriogonum brandegei, Brandegee wild buckwheat Marjorie Joy ..........................................Oxybaphus rotundifolius Standley Round-leaf four-o’clock Marjorie Joy ..........................................Nuttallia chrysantha , Golden blazing star C. Klingensmith ....................................Viola pedatifida Martha Long..........................................Ipomopsis polyantha, Skyrocket, Pagosa Beth Lovold ..........................................Ranunculus gelidus, Tundra buttercup Vicky MacWilliam ................................Eriogonum pelinophilum, Clay-loving wild-buckwheat Linda Mahoney .....................................Eustoma grandiflorum, Showy Prairie Gentian Patty McAuliffe ....................................Cypripedium calceolus L. ssp. parviflorumm,Yellow lady’s-slipper

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Rare Plants Artist Commitment List, (continued)
Jill Moring.............................................Oenothera harringtonii, Arkansas Valley evening primrose Jill Moring.............................................Oönopsis puebloensis, Pueblo goldenweed Heather Myers.......................................Asclepias uncialis, Dwarf Milkweed Katie Nichols ........................................Gaura neomexicana var. coloradensis, Colo. Butterfly plant Susan Olson ..........................................Sclerocactus glaucus, Uinta Basin hookless cactus Mary Jo Ramsdale.................................Papaver klutenensis, Alpine Poppy Mary Jo Ramsdale.................................Penstemon harringtonii, Harrington beardtongue Ann Reiser ............................................Epipactis gigantea, Giant Helleborine orchid Ann Reiser ............................................Lesquerella congesta , Dudley Bluffs bladderpod Susan Rubin ..........................................Aquilegia saximontana, Rocky Mtn. columbine Susan Rubin ..........................................Pediocactus knowltonii, Knowlton cactus Terry Ruiter ...........................................Astragalus humillimus, Mancos milk-vetch Terry Ruiter ...........................................Spiranthes diluvialis, Ute ladies’-tresses Connie Sayas.........................................Physaria bellii, Mulligan Bell’s twinpod Heidi Snyder .........................................Machaeranthera Coloradoensis - Colorado tansy-aster Gai Swanson .........................................Ipomopsis aggregata ssp. weberi, Rabbit-ear gilia Gai Swanson .........................................Pellaea atropurpurea. Purple cliff-brake Heidi Taylor ..........................................Ipomopsis globularis Globe gilia Carol Till ...............................................Phacelia formosula, North Park phacelia Peggy Turchette ....................................Lilium philadelphicum L., Wood Lily Patricia Whalen .....................................Adiantum capillas-veneris, Southern Maidenhair Fern Patricia Whalen .....................................Frasera coloradensis, Colorado Green Gentian Suzanne Wuerthele................................Penstemon debilis, Beardtongue, Parachute Suzanne Wuerthele................................Physaria obcordata, Dudley Bluffs twinpod

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2008 • Café Botanique Lectures http://cb-lectures-mervi.blogspot.com/ August 13 etsy Neely, Senior Conservation Planner, The Nature B Concervancy, Boulder: TBA (Colorado Rare Plant Initiative) September 4 Susan Saarinen, SLA, Saarinen design and flowers September 18 ohn McKay, Ph.D., CSU: How Local is Local? (about J local adaptation, conservation and restauration) October 2 arry V. Benson, Ph.D., USGS: Corn and the Fall of L Anasazis October 16 udith Reynolds, Durango, CO: TBA (about J Nordenskjöld and Mesa Verde) November 6 lexander Viazmensky, St. Petersburg, Russia: Mushroom A Magic (mushroom hunting in Russia) November 20 oy Roath, Ph.D., CSU: TBA (Colorado Grasslands and R Range management) July 3 - August 16 RMSBA Native Plants Exhibit, Arkansas Valley Art Center. Reception: July 12, 5-6:30 p.m. July 5 - Aug. 31 Portraits of Heirloom Plants The Gardens’ Botanical Illustration program exhibits careful renderings of perennial flowers and vegetables from the class of heirloom plants. These plants, many no longer used in modern agriculture and horticulture, are enjoying a renewed popularity. Many gardeners grow them for their historical interest, others to preserve the plant for future generations. July 31, 2008 Botanical Realizm Exhibit Entry deadline August 27 - November 9, 2008 Botanical Realism-Science informs Art RMSBA exhibit at The Wildlife Experience Sept. 5 - Sept. 14 RMSBA 4th Annual Show and Sale Echter’s Greenhouse, Arvada, CO September 6, 1-3 pm RMSBA Reception at Echters Sept. 6 - Nov. 2 Student Art Show: Highlights of the Botanical Illustration Program: Students of the Gardens’ certificate program display their best work exploring botanical art and illustration. Many of the paintings will be for sale (proceeds benefit the Botanical Art and Illustration program). Sept. 6 - Nov. 30, 2008 Observing Orchids The Gardens’ Botanical Illustration program exhibits artful renderings of tropical orchids. This exhibition will be complemented by rare books and prints, as well as herbarium sheets of preserved orchids. A living display of orchids will be on view in the Gardens’ Lobby Court. September 14 RMSBA Fall Meeting Echter’s Garden Center 1 - 4 p.m. September 28, 11-2 pm Brunch for members at The Wildlife Experience. October 31, 2008 RMSBA RARE, but really Well Done!, Imperiled Plants of Colorado Exhibit Entry Deadline General Links to Events DBG http://www.botanicgardens.org/ ASBA http://amsocbotartists.org/

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1. 2. 3. Jan Boyd Haring P.O. Box 764 Cascade, CO 80809-0764 E-mail questions: kimharing087502@msn.com 4. Order deadline: October 1, 2008 LADIE’S STYLE

T-Shirts are being printed for the Rare Plant Show. Both styles come in three colors. We will have plenty of T’s printed to accompany the shows, but we would like to make preferred sizes and colors available to RMSBA members. The silkscreen “RARE, but really Well Done” will be printed in one color. Price of each shirt is $20.00 Choose your style(s) Choose your sizes and colors Send the form and your check to Jan Boyd Haring or Mary Jo Ramsdale: Note: You can also submit your order form and check or cash at the 9/14/08 RMSBA meeting at Echters. Mary Jo Ramsdale 14186 E. Hampden Place Aurora, CO 80014-1496 E-mail questions: mjrams@comcast.net

T-Shirt Order Form for RMSBA RARE Plant Show

Back and front logo idea (These may be modified as show dates move closer)

MEN’S STYLE

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Plants of Colorado Exhibit 2009

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Date Change: August 27 - November 9, 2008 Location: The Wildlife Experience, 10035 South Peoria St., Parker, CO 80134 www.thewildlifeexperience.org • There is an admission fee to TWE. See their Web site for prices.

Entries Due July 31

The Wildlife Experience (TWE) has invited the RMSBA to exhibit our botanical artwork at their facility to coincide with a nationally touring floral art exhibit, “Blossom, the Art of Flowers” http://www.susankblackfoundation.org/blossom.htm. This juried exhibit received entries from 970 artists from 14 countries. Our exhibit, “Botanical Realism” provides RMSBA with an opportunity to educate the public about the genre of botanical art and illustration and how it differs from floral art. Our theme emphasizes the combination of art and science that distinguishes botanical art and illustration. Whether you consider your work “illustration” or “art”, bring your finest work to this exhibit to illustrate what botanical artists do best. Eligibility: RMSBA members with 2008 dues paid. Theme: Botanical Realism, Art informs Science Botanical art and illustration requires close scientific observation and realistic documentation. Artists combine the demands for botanical accuracy with artistic and technical skills to produce artwork that is both scientifically illustrative and artistically appealing. Prizes: RMSBA will provide a Curator’s Choice Award of $100 which will be presented to the artwork chosen as best illustrating the exhibits theme. We are honored to have The Wildlife Experience Executive Director, Richard Smartt, Ph.D. and Exhibits Manager, Connie Mohrman selecting the award winning piece. Eligible Submissions: Artwork produced in the past 3 years which has not be previously exhibited at this venue. Space is limited, so we are limiting artworks to those less than 30 inches in width (framed). All artwork must be framed and securely wired for framing. No sawtooth hangers. Media: Two-dimensional original artwork of botanical subjects. No prints or print derivatives. Any natural elements or environment included in the painting should be site specific. No props, man-made objects or non-botanical elements allowed. Labeling: All work that is labeled must follow standard botanical labeling format. Any picture which is labeled incorrectly or which contains misspelling will not be allowed in the exhibit. Photography: TWE and RMSBA will have permission to photograph the artwork for reproduction in brochures or other marketing/public relations efforts related to the exhibition. Gallery Information: TWE’s Habitat Hallway, is outside of the café and theater on the museum’s first floor. It is a space that has high traffic from visitors and is available for receptions and other events. Food and beverages may be consumed in this area. Low railings have been permanently installed in this area to enforce distance from the walls and there is security camera surveillance. Given the conditions noted above, every effort will be made to ensure the safety of the artwork displayed in Habitat Hallway. Sales: TWE will not put prices on gallery labels or handle any sales. TWE will have a contact list available for people who want to reach the artists. RMSBA will not be handling any sales. RMSBA will post a price list and artist contact information on our web site during the exhibit so that artists can be contacted by interested buyers. Any works sold must hang for the duration of the exhibit. Reception: TWE will be hosting a invitation-only Sunday Brunch reception to celebrate our show, as well as Blossom~Art of Flowers and the Colorado Artist Guild show. All RMSBA members will receive an invitation. The brunch will be Sunday, September 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Curator’s Choice Award will be presented during the brunch program. Delivery and Pickup: Delivery to Terry Ruiter’s (6260 South Grant, Centennial CO; 303.798.9452) on Sunday, 10 August, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.. It should all be wrapped and ready to go or you will be sent back to wrap it. Artwork must be adequately wrapped for safety in transport. Minimum requirement is a soft covering of bubble wrap, or soft-packed in a box. Items will be repacked in the original materials by TWE. Pickup details TBD. Fees: Members may enter one or two original pieces for $25.00. Make your check payable to RMSBA and mail with your registration form to Carol Till, 3665 Estes Street, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. Registration Deadline: July 31, 2008. Contact: Carol Till, 303-423-2687, e-mail at caroltill@mindspring.com

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Registration Form Registration Form and Fees due before July 31, 2008
Please accept my registration to the “Botanical Realism” exhibit at The Wildlife Experience. By my signature below I indicate that I agree to the terms listed in this Call for Entries.
(Mail with a check for $25 to Carol Till, 3665 Estes Street, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 or e-mail form to caroltill@mindspring.com (and don’t forget to mail your check!)

Signature: ______________________________________________________________________________________________ Date: __________________________________________________________________________________________________ Name: _________________________________________________________________________________________________ Address: _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Artwork Entered: List your entries in order of hanging preference, if we must limit entries due to space constraints. 1) Title:Medium: ______________________Approx. Framed Size: __________________Price:$ _________________________ 2) Title:Medium: ______________________Approx. Framed Size: __________________Price:$ _________________________ Artist contact information for the price list: ______________________________ Postcards can be picked up at artwork delivery. RMSBA Summer 2008 www.botanicalartists.org 13

WorKsHops oF iNterest
Contact for workshop: Marjorie Leggitt mcl@leggittdesign.com http://www.science-art.com/member.asp?id=57 303.394.0566 Postcards from … Ghost Ranch (Sept 25-28, 2008) A very talented painting colleague, Linda Lowry, and I will be teaching a 4 day painting workshop at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico. Many of you are familiar with the spectacular landscapes made famous in Georgia O’Keefe’s paintings... Ghost Ranch is that local! ASBA has an immense list of workshops available online. Click HERE to be directly taken to the Web site page. DBG, of course has wonderful courses and workshops available for anyone interested. Click HERE to be directly taken to the Educational Web site page. Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski Program Coordinator, mervihj@botanicgardens.org Blog Spot link: http://www.botanicalillustration.blogspot.com/
“Pasque Flower” Courtesy of Heidi Snyder

“Trunk Show” Courtesy of Julie Sprinkle

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common BotaNiCal illustrators
Here is an interview with Frank Merrem, he lives in Boulder. I’ve been a member of DBG for years and enjoyed it as a very pleasant place for doing photography. Because of my interest in photography and art in general, I wanted to learn more about color and color mixing. So my first class was Color Mixing. Then — why not — pencil. Then, painting a botanical mural (painting scientifically accurate representations of prehistoric plants on a dinosaur) should be fun. Well, are you beginning to see a pattern? I believe that it is a pen and ink drawing of a dried chili. Stay tuned for another class and another “most happy piece.”
What are your other interests; gardening, etc.? What has been the one piece that you are most happy about? How and why did you become interested in Botanical Illustration?

eXHiBits report
This summer and fall are busy times for RMSBA events and exhibits! • Deadline July 31, 2008. “Botanic Realism, Art informs Science” at The Wildlife Experience August 27 - November 9. A Curators Award and cash prize will be presented at the Reception Brunch on September 28. See Call for Entries for details. • Call for Entries in this newsletter for our 4th Show and Sale at Echters — September 5-14, 2008. Originals, prints and cards are welcome at this event. Entry deadline is August 20. • Rare Exhibit News — The exhibit will debut in March - May of 2009 at Denver Botanic Gardens. The exhibit will move to Steamboat Art Museum in Steamboat Springs for a Memorial Weekend opening. The exhibit will hang there through September. www.steamboatartmuseum.com • We welcome their curator and artist, Shirley Stocks as a new RMSBA member! • The Center for Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College in Durango will host the exhibit from November 2009-May 2010. http://swcenter.fortlewis.edu/ We are thrilled to exhibit in such great galleries and will be working on activities to enhance each exhibit. • Rare Entry deadline is October 31, 2008 — See changes in requirements in attached call for entries. • There are nearly 400 plants listed as “Rare” in Colorado, so if you want to join in, there are still lots of choices. • Order your “Rare, but really Well Done!” tee shirts in this issue. Thanks to MaryJo Ramsdale and Jan Boyd Haring for managing this project! • A June 22 meeting was well attended by Rare exhibit project volunteers. Products to accompany the Rare exhibit being developed are gicleé prints, cards and a catalog. Let me know if you want to join in! Thanks to the eight or so RMSBA members who attended the “Drawn from Nature” reception on July 12 at Arkansas Valley Art Center in Buena Vista! Mary Barnes’ talk on herbal/medicinal uses of plants illustrated was fascinating. The exhibit runs until August 16. Contact me with any questions, Carol Till, 303-423-2687 • caroltill@mindspring.com
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Reading, good food, art, photography, music are some of the things that I really like to do. If I did not live in a very small apartment I would try some gardening.

What is the medium that you prefer to work with?

Though I have not yet taken BI classes in watercolor or colored pencil I have fun with all of them. W hile in college I would break up my course work in physics/math/and chemistry with the occasional class in art: oils, ink, and watercolor.
Do you have your certificate from DBG in Botanical Illustration?

No, not yet, another year or two.

Finish the certificate in BI and then take more classes. Mmmmmm … maybe teach?
What are the other items in your life that you would like to share?

Do you have a challenge to accomplish?

I’m retired from the Federal Government where I did computer software/application research. Now I enjoy cooking and eating my “models” that I have just illustrated or photographed.

I see so many wonderful pieces of art: botanical illustrations, paintings from all periods of time, impossible not to look at photographs, etc. that I want to create. This/that is my muse, my inspiration. I don’t believe I yet have one. On the other side of that question: I try to stay away from roses.
RMSBA Summer 2008 What is your favorite plant/flower?

Who/what is your inspiration/muse?

Artists Wanted
The Wildlife Experience would like one or two RMSBA members to come to the museum and do some sketching and answer questions regarding botanical art during our September 6, Family Fun Day event. Family Fun Day is the first Saturday of every month and includes such things as: animal trivia and bingo, story time, art and science projects, and special entertainment or educational presentations. Visitors of all ages come out for these events and our traffic increases. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. If an artist or artists were available, maybe from 12-2 or something, that would be great. This would be a nice complement to our “Botanic Realism” exhibit. Contact Carol Till if you are interested

“Rosa mundi” Courtesy of Constance Sayas

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