Quarterly Newsletter

R o c k y M o u n ta i n
Society of Botanical Artists
President’s notes
What a goofy spring this has been … we had VERY early warm weather that enticed the early spring flowers out only to be covered in snow and cold and followed by a little hint of warm and another rush of cold. The early warm teased the lovely spring green out all around, only to turn it brown a few days later … not the brown of autumn that inspires botanical artists!! I hope you have found inspiration in RMSBA’s shows if you cannot find it outside yet. The Rare exhibit, currently at Denver Botanic Gardens, is a wonderful place to start. The effort, anxiety and concern required to get it together were worth it. As RMSBA’s first juried show, it has set a high standard for our future efforts. Carol Till took a couple of years to get it together and it shows. Thanks to everyone who embraced the idea of putting together this start on educating the public about our rare plants! Mary Jo Ramsdale shepherded our first show and sale at Tagawa’s Garden Center. It was a terrific show of diverse ways to present botanical subjects. The best thing about our shows every year is seeing how much the individual and collective talents of our members are growing. And Tagawa’s itself provided some of that inspiration that snowy days foiled. This show also gave many of our members the opportunity to participate in a hand’s on way. Later in this newsletter, you will see that Annie Reiser has set up meetings for the rest of the year that will get us together again while learning new skills. I hope you are anticipating these meetings as much as I am! So, even though spring may toy with us a bit more, there are options with RMSBA that will inspire you to work on your art and learn new skills to take it in a direction you might not have anticipated! I will look forward to seeing you at these meetings! Botanically yours, Terry Ruiter President

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Upcoming Meetings “The best thing about our shows
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About RMSBA First Chapter of the ASBA Upcoming Meetings Summer, Fall and Winter Meetings F.Y.I. April, May and June F.Y.I. From Renee Jorgensen at Art Source Susan T. Fisher Workshop Flower Portraits in Pastel Pigs Fly Workshop “We are having Martha Kemp

visit us again, as we have had NUMEROUS requests for her!.” at the RARE exhibit was estimated to be over 250 people and the Gates Court Gallery was one crowded place! ”

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Tally of Tagawa, Computer Helpful Hints and Editor’s Note RMSBA Spring Meeting “When is a piece done?” Common Botanical Illustrator “The best thing about our shows
Above illustrations courtesy of: Heidi Snyder, Marjorie Leggitt, Susan Rubin, Libby Kyer and Jane Kinsdale

every year is seeing how much the individual and collective talents of our members are growing.”

about the RMSBa
RMSBA Officers 2009 President ......................................................... Terry Ruiter Vice President ................................................. Susan Olson Secretary ......................................................... Jan Boyd Haring Treasurer .........................................................Vicky MacWilliam Marketing ....................................................... Julie Sprinkle Membership Chairperson ............................... Sharon Garrett Programs Chairperson .................................... Annie Reiser Exhibits Chairperson ...................................... Carol Till Logistics (Refreshment Chairperson).............. Susan DiMarchi WebMaster ..................................................... Susin Rubin Newsletter Editor ........................................... Katie Nichols 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.

upcoming Meetings

Programs Coordinator: Annie Reiser annieandrolf@q.com Hm: 303-772-1721, Cell: 720-841-6296

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 Botancial 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. Newsletter Submission Deadlines January 12th April 12th July 12th Newsletter Published Winter Spring Fall

The summer 2009 meeting will be held at the Denver Botanic Gardens on June, 28 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. and features artists’ exercises with Renee Jorgensen. Join us for an afternoon of plein air sketching on the grounds of the Gardens, followed by an exercise session tailored to keeping artists’ muscles loose and comfortable. We all know what it’s like to get so involved in our work that before you know it, we realize we have been sitting for too long crumpled over, with hands in a death grip on our tools, and barely alive because we have nearly forgotten to breath ! Renee will give us valuable tips and demonstrate exercises to revive our muscles, posture, and body so we can render our best detail work ever! Please come to the BI Classroom C (or designated spot in the Gardens TBA) for refreshments and a quick intro to the day at 1:00 p.m. Then we’ll spend an hour or so of sketching and return to the classroom (or designated spot) at 3:00 p.m. for our focus; valuable artist-related exercises and tips you’ll want to remember! Handouts will be provided. A DBG entry fee will be required. Our fall 2009 meeting will be held on September 13 at Susan DiMarchi’s lovely home studio in the country just north of Boulder from noon - 4:00 p.m. (a light lunch will be served.) Annie Reiser will teach you to coptic stitch a special artist journal – designed exclusively for our BI color mixing classes. Paper and most materials will be provided for a fee of (to be determined). You will need to RSVP to Annie Reiser by September 4 if you would like to participate; annieandrolf@q.com Cell: 720-8416296. We need to know how many will attend to purchase enough materials, arrange the space for this creative project, and prepare the lunch. Susan’s garden is a special treat you won’t want to miss! Walk the grounds for a break and admire her inspiring floral vignettes. A materials list will be sent at a later date. At our winter 2009 meeting, we will celebrate the close of the year by gathering at Susan Rubin’s house (2235 Dexter St., Denver, Colorado) on December 6, 2009, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the afternoon. Visit with the RMSBA colleagues you may not have seen for a while, meet new members, talk about shows and art in general, and drool over Susan’s beautiful new house and, especially, her studio. Susan says, “Don’t get too excited – way smaller than the old one!” Bring the latest works you would like to share as well as a favorite hors d’ouvres or sweets for the season. We will hold elections for openings on the RMSBA Board, and invite all members to participate in committee work. Please think about how you might participate!

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Questions or contributions, please contact Katie Nichols, Editor E-mail: katienichols@comcast.net Tel.: 303.513.5453 7636 Gray Way • Arvada, CO 80003 • rtwork is donated to RMSBA for exclusive use in this A newsletter. Any other use is strictly prohibited without written authorization of the artist. • e membership list is printed in whole in the Spring Edition of Th the newsletter. • eproduction of this newsletter is prohibited without written R permission from RMSBA. • e welcome your articles, calendar events and images. Please W submit all text as an electronic file in .DOC (Word), .XLS (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.


INDEPENDENT LECTURES &WORKSHOPS For more information and registration, please contact Marjorie Leggitt, 303.394.0566 or mcl@leggittdesign.com LECTURES: “The Science of Art: Recreating Earth’s Ancient Plants” Thursday, April 23 Denver Botanic Gardens, Mitchell Hall 6:30-8:00pm $8 Members/$10 Non-Members “Tulips, Pineapple Trees and Dinosaurs” Saturday, May 16 Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Woodland Park, CO 2:30-3:30pm Price: Free with museum admission [Seniors (65+) $10.50, Adults $11.50, Children 5 – 12 $7.50] WORKSHOPS: Extended day • BOTANICAL ILLUSTRATION AND PAINTING at Appledore Island, Maine Instructors: Marjorie Leggitt & Patricia Savage Monday, June 22 through Monday, June 29, 2009 (1 week) Appledore Island, Maine Price: $1225/per person, double occupancy Offered through Cornell University and the University of New Hampshire. ***For more information and to register, go to http://www.sml.cornell.edu/sml_cc_botanical.html • ZEN OF FIELD SKETCHINGCapturing the Colorado Montane Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt Saturday and Sunday, July 18-19, 2009 (2 days) 8:30-4:30pm Evergreen, Colorado Price: $185 with optional gourmet lunches • BACK TO BASICS: Drawing with Confidence Instructors: Marjorie Leggitt & Susan Rubin Tuesday- Friday, July 21-24, 2009 (4 days) 9:00-2:30pm (half-hour lunch) Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC), Dos Chappell Room, Washington Park, Denver, CO Price: $350 WORKSHOPS: Single day • MOVING ANIMALS Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt Friday, September 18 (1 day) 9:00-2:30pm The Denver Zoo, Denver Price: $70


In early 2010 DBG will have a juried Botanical Illustration 20-year Anniversary Show and Celebration of our successful program. The theme for the entries will be Colorado Native Flora. This show is open for all BI-graduates since 1990 when the program was established by Angela Overy. If you graduated prior to 1990 please let Mervi know. ASBA and RMSBA links to workshops/classes www.amsocbotartists.org www.botanicalartists.org General Links to Events and Workshops/Classes at: DBG www.botanicgardens.org 2009 • Café Botanique Lectures www.cb-lectures-mervi.blogspot.com Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Place: Morrison Center, Denver Botanic Gardens (SE corner of York St & 11th Ave) • May 6 (Wednesday): Charles Smith, Color Marketing Group: TBA (Abstract and further information) • May 21: Patricia Koelbel, PhD, TTU, Lubbock, Texas: Natures Palette (Abstract and further information)


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by Renee Jorgensen from art Source and RMSBa member
Our members have been offered a substantial savings on custom picture framing through Art Source & Design, a local wholesale art gallery and fine custom framing company located here in Denver. In an effort to create a visual cohesiveness for group shows, several frame samples were chosen according to the American Society of Botanical Artists guidelines. Art Source & Design has over 3,200 frame samples on their walls and have selected seven samples for artists to choose from. Of course, artists are welcome to pick from other frame designs at varying discount levels. Give Renee a call at 303-936-4212 to set up an appointment, or stop by 1111 W. Evans Avenue to view selections of mat boards and framing options. We look forward to being of service to your membership.

Flower Portraits in Pastel Pastel Workshop with Susan T. Fisher July 10, 11 and 12 from 9am to 4pm Class Fee = $180 Begin with quick studies that create a roadmap to a finished piece; do exercises in color selection to increase your personal color vocabulary and learn how to make no-fear choices to a finished painting. Individual attention and instructor demonstrations will boost your confidence and improve your work. Join Susan in this one-of-a-kind experience to paint in the Wild Flowers store on 12th Avenue at Madison Street. Individual

Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists Fine Art Frame Pricing

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Welcome! Art Source and Design is a wholesale company providing art and fine custom framing for the interior design industry and artists. We are prepared to provide your membership with custom framing services and are happy to extend “to-the-trade” industry discounts. We were given the framing guidelines recommended by the American Society of Botanical Artists; and have chosen a variety of frames and mat samples that will work for gallery and exhibition viewing standards. Attached you will find reference sheets with photos of the frame samples and pricing sheets for your convenience. Our business hours are Monday thru Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Please feel free to call for an appointment or, if in our neighborhood stop on by. We look forward to working with you in the near future.

still lifes using the stores unique blend of garden, gift and home merchandise will be created for each student in several areas of the store, an exhibit and reception for participants will be held on Sunday, following the class. Contact Ronda Ballard 303.320.4553 or e-mail rondaballard@cox.net for more information and to sign up for the workshop.

Sincerely, Renee Jorgensen Custom Framing Designer 303-936-4212


RMSBA Mt. Evans Artists' Retreat 2009

Martha Kemp ~ No Color, No Kidding™
July 16-18, 2009 or Martha, the world is black and white, and that suits her just fine. Her mastery of the tonal range available in greyscale informs all her artworks, providing amazing depth and tender detail. Kemp’s works have garnered Gold Medals from the Royal Horticultural Society each time she has exhibited there, have received ASBA Awards of Excellence and are featured in Today’s Botanical Artist (Schiffer Publishing). She is also the recipient of the ASBA Diane Bouchier Founder’s Award for Excellence in Botanical Art, a once in a lifetime achievement. Her works are collected internationally and are included in the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation permanent collection. She has taught her techniques in her wellreceived “No Color, No Kidding™” class for five years. A warm and supportive teacher, Martha is a master with greyscale. Her stunning portrayals of plants explore the full gamut of tonal range. This 3-day class includes demonstration, individual support and critique, and lots of time to draw. Learn to select the right pencil as well as to use blending and modifying tools. Martha will share her techniques with you, and help you


develop your own methods of working with graphite.

Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to study with Martha at the Denver University High Altitude Research Lodge on Mt. Evans. These workshops are held the third week of July to provide you with the maximum Rocky Mountain High Experience. This is the BEST weekend for seeing wildflowers in full bloom. The mountain is lush this time of year. Your workshop fee includes lunch and dinner on Day 1, three meals on Day 2 and breakfast and lunch on Day 3. A nice selection of entrees and snacks, which includes vegetarian (not vegan) choices at every meal, is provided. All meals are served buffet-style. Lodging is included for 2 nights in dormitory, single or double rooms as available. You may request a single room or your roommate on the registration form. Linens are provided. The lodge is large, well furnished and comfortable, and there'll be time for peer interaction, hiking and hanging out! Classes are held in the Lab, with full-spectrum lighting and drawing boards provided. The workshop is limited to 15 participants. Further information to make your retreat a great 'time-out' from hectic lives is provided on confirmation of your registration. Plan to arrive on the first day of your workshop around 9:00 AM to check in and stow your gear. Classes begin at 10:00 AM on Day One, 9:00 AM on Days 2 and 3. Lunch breaks are 1 hour, and there is ample time and daylight for field sketching or other outdoor activities. Classes end at 5:00 PM Days 1 and 2, and at 4:00 PM on Day 3 of the workshop. Each year the workshop fills up quickly so do plan ahead! We look forward to seeing you! Fee: $395 per RMSBA Member, $455 per non-Member For questions, call us at PH: 303.438.9565; for full information, reservation form and payment Workshops options including credit card go to www.pigs-fly.com, contact us at pigsflyworkshops@aol.com, or Art education above the ordinary complete the registration form below and return with your check made out to 'Pigs Fly Workshops'. Our FAX is 303-438-1244; Mail: RMSBA Mt. Evans Retreat - Graphite, 10374 Julian Court, Westminster, CO 80031. Thank You! Detach and mail Registration Form RMSBA 2009 Artists Retreat with Martha Kemp ~ Graphite Name:___________________________________________________________________________________________ Address:_________________________________________________________________________________________ City: ______________________________________________State:_____________ ZIP:________________________ PH:_______________________________________E-mail ________________________________________________ Please register me for Martha Kemp’s Graphite Workshop qRMSBA Member fee: $395 qNon-RMSBA Member fee: $455 Total Amount Enclosed: $____________registration + $40 materials fee = _________________ qVegetarian qNon-Vegetarian Meals qI have food allergies:________________________________ I prefer Requested Roommate: _____________________________________________________________________________ Roommate's Phone Number: ________________________________________________________________________


Rare, Imperiled Plants of Colorado Schedule *Denver Botanic Gardens March 7 - May 17, 2009 *Steamboat Art Museum May 22 to September 30, 2009 Tuesday - Saturday 11a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday 12 to 4 p.m., Closed Mondays. Member’s only Reception Thursday p.m., April 21 Public Reception Friday p.m., April 22 - 5:30 to 7:30 *Center of Southwest Studies Fort Lewis College, Durango October 2009 - May 31, 2010 Reception November 14 *Business of Art Center Manitou Springs July 1- September 30, 2010 Reception July 2, 2009 Other 2009 RMSBA Exhibits: Fifth Annual Fall Show and Sale at Echter’s Arvada September 11- 20, 2009 Member’s Exhibit- Koelbel Library Littleton November 1-30, 2009 RARE Reception Rave! RMSBA’s RARE, Imperiled Plants of Colorado exhibit reception at Denver Botanic Gardens on March 15 was a resounding success! Guests began started arriving well before the 1:00 p.m start and immediately started queuing up to purchase merchandise. Attendance was estimated to be over 250 people and the Gates Court Gallery was one crowded place! Our guests included Rare Plant Conservation Initiative members, DBG members, friends, family and botanic art supporters. The DBG Exhibit organizers, Lisa Eldred, Kim Manajek and Lily Parra, were on hand making sure everything was going smoothly. Many thanks are owed to the RMSBA members who contributed to the reception! First and foremost were the cashiers, Susan DiMarchi and Peggy Turchette. Neither artist entered the Rare exhibit, but both volunteered to staff the merchandise sales table. We had sales in excess of $6000 in only 2 hours! And that was only prints, cards, tee shirts and catalogs! Many thanks also to Dorothy DePaulo, her daughter and granddaughters for helping with sales. Sharon Garrett, Jan Boyd Haring, Katie Nichols (and hubby) were also working their tails off during the reception. Special thanks to Vicky MacWilliam for getting our

Exhibits Report & Schedule

Exhibits Coordinator: Carol Till annieandrolf@q.com Hm: 303-772-1721, Cell: 720-841-6296

credit card charging system set up and operating. I know there were others helping as most of the time there was a long line of purchasers. THANKS to all of you for pitching in! In addition to the catered food provided by DBG, Susi and Greg Olson contributed wine to the reception to keep our guests refreshed and happy. Thank you to all who contributed to this project and event, from the artists to the framers, merchandise managers and cashiers. This was truly a group effort! Other RARE Exhibit News: RMSBA donated approximately $450 dollars from card sales at the reception to the Colorado Rare Plant Conservation Initiative to help pay for printing their final report. The RARE exhibit ends at DBG on Sunday, May 17 and moves to Steamboat Springs for receptions on May 22 and 23rd. A reception for Steamboat Art Museum members will be Thursday p.m. and the public reception is on Friday, May 23rd. Our artists are invited to both, members to the Friday reception. RMSBA merchandise, cards, prints and tee shirts will be available for purchase at their adjacent gift shop. The exhibit will be at S.A.M. until October 1, 2009. The S.A.M. will be sponsoring a “plein air” paint out in August. Checking their website for details and dates which will be posted soon! www.steamboatartmuseum.com RARE Merchandise Denver Botanic Gardens and Steamboat Art Museum cooperated in publishing the fabulous catalog. It is much more than an exhibit catalog. It also includes interesting information about each plant and where in the state it is located. A limited number of catalogs were printed, so don’t wait to purchase yours! The catalog is available from DBG for $19.95 plus sales tax. Contact Lily at exhibits for information about purchasing a catalog. exhibits@botanicgardens.org or parral@botanicgardens.org or phone Lily at 720-865-3636. It will also be available at the Steamboat Art Museum gift shop along with note cards, tee shirts and prints. RMSBA is not handling nor profiting from any catalog sales. RMSBA will be selling RARE note cards and tee shirts at our Fall Echter’s show in September. For more information about tee shirts contact Jan Boyd Haring. Contact Katie Nichols for information about note cards. RARE prints and originals may be purchased from DBG exhibits office through May 17, 2009.


RaRE Exhibit Photos at DBG


Hello Artists,

tally is in for the First annual tagawa Exhibit

computer Helpful Hints
I’m happy to say that I’ve had several inquiries with helping a few members with computers/applications. I’m always happy to try and help you out to the best of my ability and if I don’t have an answer for you, I’ll do my best to find one. Suzanne Wuerthele inquired about help on learning Apple’s layout program Pages. She was putting together the RARE Artist’s Info Book for the Exhibit. She is fairly new to a Mac, as she has in the past used a Windows platform. Julie Sprinkle and Annie Reiser had a small lesson in using Salesforce.com’s Mass E-mail application (most likely you received the e-mails from them). I think overall it was a good learning experience for Julie and Annie. If you have a desire to learn how to do Mass E-mail (and your a board member), contact me and we can go through the process. On another note, when Heidi Snyder, Sharon Garrett and Dorothy DePaulo helped out with putting all of the RARE note cards together (THANK GOODNESS!), they expressed an interest in learning Adobe Creative Suite. I’m willing to teach for a small fee. I can really only support small groups (max of 3 people) as I don’t have the space for a large crowd. If you are interested in learning about CS4 or any other applications, contact me and we can set up a time to learn.

Our efficient Treasurer, Vicky MacWilliam has already tabulated our receipts for our First Annual Tagawa Exhibit: Total sales for 4/3-5/2009: $2,614.46. Thanks to all of you for sharing your amazing creativity, contagious energy and working at the show. We have set a tentative date for four days next year: April 15-18, 2010. We are working on making improvements for 2010, and welcome your input. We’re looking at creating some preview displays at Tagawa’s to promote the exhibit We are also considering linking up with Tagawa’s special events and the various societies such as the Rose Society, African Violet Society, the Daylily Society and the edible plant group for new opportunities to exhibit and sell on a smaller scale throughout the year. Congratulations on a successful affair. M.J. Maria J. (“Mary Jo”) Ramsdale (303) 690-1947 http://www.mariaramsdale.com

Editor’s note
I’ve given the newsletter a facelift! I did this to help accomodate all of the information I received for this issue (hopefully the next issues will have as much too!). Plus, I recently upgraded to a the new Adobe Creative Suite 4 package and I’m learning all of the new and cool tools the package has to offer. I also wanted to “clean up” the look and make it easier to view. My question is, do you think I accomplished this or not? Let me know, I like to receive feedback. Also, if I have made a mistake in anything within the newsletter, please let me know. I try to do my best, but I do and can make mistakes. When you do inform me, I’ll post it in the next issue. Thanks! Katie Nichols


RMSBa Spring Meeting
RMSBA Spring Meeting Minutes held March22, 2009 Location: 1:30 PM Koelbel Library, Centennial Documented by: Jan Boyd Haring, Secretary 29 RMSBA members attended the 2009 Spring Meeting. • Our member Charles B. Smith will be the guest speaker at the May 7th Café Botanique Art/Science lecture series. Charles will be doing his presentation on color and how it affects the human system. • The ASBA Conference will be held in Phoenix this year – close enough to attend! • Annie Reiser presented the completed 2009 Meeting Program Schedule. • Rare Business: Carol Till There were 250-300 people at the DBG Rare reception. We sold over $6000 of product in two hours: 34 prints, 120 boxes of cards, 87 catalogs, 8 T-shirts, and Susan Rubin sold her original piece. • Tagawa Exhibit: Mary Jo Ramsdale reported attendance at 21 artists, but had several slots to fill in for work days. The sign-up sheet was passed around. Treasurer Report: Vicky MacWilliam had checks for prints sold at the DBG Rare show. To those artists who have over $600 in sales within a tax year, Vicky will be reporting those gains. process. Executing: Work clean. Don’t muddy up the colors. Watch your shadows so they aren’t too bright or the wrong shade. Finishing: Complete piece with time to look at it. Ask someone to take a look at your piece for you. Scan it onto the computer and experiment with contrasts and color saturation. Use Photoshop to desaturate the color. This will show the true values of the piece. Prints flatten an image, be sure to have plenty of contrast. Perspective: Be sure to have different dimensional plains – front, middle and back. Atmosphere: Green/Blue glaze will bring things forward, Violet/Blue glaze will push things back. Labeling: Beautiful calligraphy looks good. Bad tracing looks amateurish. Try using your own handwriting. Framing: Can do it yourself, but do it well. Use no nonarchival materials inside the frame. Bright colored mats can be overused – dull down the colors to neutral shades. Can also use shoe polish to dull down bright frames. Pricing: A general guideline is Width x Height x Price Point= Price of artwork Example: Price point may be $10. Framed piece is 16”x20”. 16=20=36 united inches. 36 united inches x price point=$360. Your pricing may vary by artist experience, venue, type, density, and your attachment to the piece. Many thanks to Susan for her tips and advice. • Renee Jorgensen is working at a volume discount frame shop called Art Source & Design (please se article on page 4 of this newsletter). Their business is wholesale only, but she has put together some packages for RMSBA members. She reviewed services, frame options, mat options, plexiglas, and no limit on amounts. Turnaround time would be two to two and a half weeks. This is a wonderful opportunity for RMSBA artists to cut their framing costs. Renee’s work number is (303) 936-4212.

• Meeting presentation: Susan Rubin on “ When is a Piece Done?” Strategy is needed to complete a piece. Planning: Determine frame size and image to fit standard sizes. Follow criteria for show venues. If you are making prints or publishing, the image may lose color in the


Mark in your calendar

May 23rd June 28th July 12th Sept. 11th Sept. 13th

Rare Exhibt’s next stop - Steamboar Art Museum, until September 30,2009 RMSBA summer 2009 meeting will be held at the Denver Botanic Gardens from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.. DBG entry fee required. Deadline for Summer newsletter Fifth Annual Fall Show and Sale at Echter’s Arvada September 11- 20, 2009 RMSBAs fall 2009 meeting will be held on September 13 at Susan DiMarchi’s lovely home studio (4876 Valkyrie Drive, Boulder, CO 80301) in the country just north of Boulder from noon - 4:00 p.m. (a light lunch will be served.) RARE Exhibit’s third stop is at the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College, until May 31, 2010 Deadline for Fall newsletter Member’s Exhibit- Koelbel Library Littleton November 1-30, 2009 RMSBA winter 2009 meeting, we will celebrate the close of the year by gathering at Susan Rubin’s house (2235 Dexter St., Denver, Colorado) on December 6, 2009, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. RARE Exhibit’s last stop at the Business of Art Center, Manitou Springs until September 2010

Oct. 6th Oct. 12th Nov. 1st Dec. 6th 2010 July 1st

“The Wild Bunch” Steamboat Art Museum May 22 - September 30, 2009 Reception: Friday, April 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Studio Botanica will be exhibiting artwork featuring wild flowers at Steamboat Springs this summer. Members Peggy Turchette, Susan Rubin, Heather Myers, Bonnie Anthony and Carol Till will be exhibiting wild flower paintings in a variety of styles in this exhibit.

“Thermopsis” Courtsey of Susan Rubin


How and why did you become interested in Botanical expand my artistic expression to sizes beyond our standard 11x14 format and maybe loosen my style to capture the essence Illustration? My recent involvement in our BI program got started when of my subject in a more spontaneous, lively, and fresh way. a friend at work saw some of my artwork and commented Watch for a melding of my favorite artists in that new style! that the Denver Botanic Gardens had classes in this type of Do you have your certificate from DBG in Botanical illustration. Long before I even knew that botanical illustration Illustration? was an established art discipline, I was most attracted to and Yes, I completed the program in February of 2008. What are the other items in your life that you would drawing in the style of the botanical illustration tradition. like to share? What has been the one piece that you are most I recently moved to Longmont but still work in Boulder, CO. happy about? and use my art background on the job to develop education and I would have to say my Lesquerella congesta, or Dudley Bluffs outreach materials, graphics, and illustrations for the National Bladderpod. This is a recent colored pencil on mylar that I Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. I work there worked up for the Rare Plants exhibit. I actually “like” other fulltime and have been with the organization for ten years, illustrations I’ve done better, but I’m since we moved back to the States most happy about this one. It was from Germany. a special experience for me to go While residing in Germany, I was a from start to finish on a plate that freelance artist and potter showing in local galleries until I became a teacher. required me to research the plant, I received my M.A. in German hunt it down in the herbarium as at CU and taught there for many well as in its natural surroundings, do years before returning to Germany field sketches of my plant in various to direct the CU/Regensburg study stages, and portray this minuscule abroad program. In Germany I somewhat uninteresting specimen in taught English as a Second Language a piece pleasing to the eye as well as at international businesses in and “Rhubarb” Courtsey of Annie Reiser scientifically accurate, conveying its around Regensburg. unique botanical characteristics. In I signed up for the BI program because I’m at that stage in my a way it represents the culmination of my BI certification. I life where I know how important it is to pursue your passions, would never have been so disciplined of an artist to go through which for me includes applied arts. My husband Rolf and I that for one of my previous works. have been married for 28 years and we have 2 kids, 3 stepWhat are your other interests; gardening, etc.? children together and 3 grandchildren from that caboodle. And I love nature in any form. I’ve spent years on the backs of I dare not forget our dog Sunny, born in Germany, going on 13 horses, soaking in the beauty of the nature we were riding but who still passes as a frisky youngster! through, here in Colorado and in southern Germany, where I Who/what is your inspiration/muse? lived and worked for over 12 years. I also like to camp, hike, and Many artists from history have been inspirational to me; Joris garden, spend time with my dog and more recently with our Hoefnagel, Maria Sibylle Merian, Gustav Klimt, Georgia grandchildren. I love to cook, so herbs and their many uses have O’Keeffe, and Edward Hopper, just to name a few. But I have always fascinated me. I’m an avid reader and also like to collect to admit that recently I’ve been drawing my inspiration from books with beautiful illustrations/artwork. RMSBA friends and colleagues. I am in awe at the talent in What is the medium that you really enjoy and easily this group which includes our BI Program teachers who have flow with? taught me so much. It wouldn’t be fair to leave out my husband, I’ve always loved drafting – so graphite and colored pencil are who shares my interest in art and who has been a long-time my preferred choice of media. I rediscovered my love for pen supporter of my dabbling in fiber arts, ceramics, and now BI. and ink while taking classes at the Botanic Gardens. In fact, What is your favorite plant/flower? I’m currently working on a pen and ink illustration (based on That’s hard to answer because I love them all so much! If I had an art journal rendering that I thought would work well due to to choose, I’d have to say that roses of any kind are in a tie with mushrooms of any kind. its strong linear character). Do you have a challenge to accomplish? Yes, I want to challenge myself to work more often in watercolor and even acrylic. I have some “big ideas” literally. I’d like to 11

common Botanical illustrators - annie Reiser from Longmont

“Gooseberry” Courtsey of Susie Olson

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