Quarterly Newsletter

First Chapter oF the asBa

R o c k y M o u n ta i n
Society of Botanical Artists
President’s notes
Again, the weather seems to drive my thoughts. It seems we have been spoiled by the rains and relatively cool days … not many over 90 by the middle of July! And the rain has kept the need to water pretty minimal while letting the plants flourish … I hope you are able to take advantage of the lovely summer to get some illustrations completed for this next year. We will have opportunities to show and sell art throughout the coming year. The annual American Society of Botanical Artists meeting will be in Phoenix this year, another opportunity for a western venue before the meeting heads to Pittsburgh and New England for the next two years. The meeting has expanded to three days with some terrific opportunities to take classes from stars of contemporary botanical art and illustration. I would encourage you to peruse the information in the June ASBA newsletter and consider attending this last western meeting for a few years. The meetings are fun and the inspiration is huge! The middle of the year is none to soon to begin thinking about volunteering for RMSBA in 2010. We have committees that would benefit from your involvement and you will benefit from working with other RMSBA artists. This is entirely a volunteer organization and becomes better when more members can be part of the action. Give it some thought and talk with people you meet at the next two meetings. Speaking of those meetings, I hope you have them in your calendars … 13 September at Susan DiMarchi’s home north of Boulder and 6 December at Susan Rubin’s new home in east-central Denver. More information is provided in the newsletter, but these will be great opportunities to socialize with other members, eat some excellent food, check out someone else’s studio space, and, oh yeah, learn some new things about botanical art. Please, join in! In the meantime, I hope you find time for your art. Botanically yours, Terry Ruiter President

summer • 2009

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Upcoming Meetings “Our fall 2009 meeting will be


held on September 13 at Susan DiMarchi’s lovely home studio …”

About RMSBA First Chapter of the ASBA RMSBA’s Meetings Fall and Winter Meetings Exercises for the Artist. Every half-hour take a break Call For Entries Echter’s Fifth Annual Show For Your Information (F.Y.I.) Exhibits Report & Schedule Art Museum curator Shirley Sherwood has lots of events planned for the RARE exhibit. She planned a member’s reception on May 22 ”

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Common Botanical Illustrator My inspiration is plants! I cannot get enough of them. So varied. So challenging. I just want to paint them all. Call For Entries Koelbel Library Show For Your Information (F.Y.I.) continued

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Above illustrations courtesy of: Heidi Snyder, Marjorie Leggitt, Susan Rubin, Libby Kyer and Jane Kinsdale

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.

upcoming Meetings

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

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 ..................................................... Susan Rubin Newsletter Editor ........................................... Katie Nichols

Making a Color Mixing Journal RMSBA Fall Program September 13, 2009 Program Coordinator, Annie Reiser 510 N. Parkside Dr., C Longmont, CO 80501 annieandrolf@q.com Hm: 303-772-1721 Cell: 720-841-6296 Our fall 2009 meeting will be held on September 13 at Susan DiMarchi’s lovely home studio (4876 Valkyrie, Boulder, 80301) 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 $25. You will need to rsvp to Annie Reiser by sending a check for the materials by September 4 made out to Annie Reiser if you would like to participate; address above. 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. NOTE: The materials fee of $25 covers the cost of the paper and photocopy services, book binding (Davey board), special adhesive, waxed linen (neutral and black), and waxed paper, handouts, etc. MATERIALS PARTICIPANTS BRING: Cutting mat or heavy cardboard to cut on Exacto knife Utility knife 1 bone folder 1” glue brush (something cheap ) 24” steel ruler Pencil Decorative cover paper Awl 4 darning needles (size 1) or binder’s needles (Lineco size 3) Waxed linen if you want a different color than black or neutral ( 3 yards) Paper towels OPTIONAL: Four sheets of watercolor paper of your choice cut to 8.5 x 11 inches. All of the bookbinding supplies can be found at most art supply stores; locally from Jerry’s Artarama, Art Hardware, Two Hands Paperie (Boulder), Guiry’s, (Boulder and Denver), and Kozo’s (Denver).

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

October 12th


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.


RMSBa Summer Meeting
RMSBA Summer Meeting Minutes held June 28, 2009 Location: 1:00 PM DBG, Classroom C Documented by: Jan Boyd Haring, Secretary Twenty-three RMSBA members attended the 2009 Summer Meeting. The delicious refreshments made by Susan DiMarchi and Annie Reiser were absolutely inspirational. Susi Olson began the meeting with displaying a frame template to fit over the page of a small sketchbook. The purpose was to frame and establish the boundaries around the subject you would be working on. This would prevent running off the page with your drawing. The RARE show is in the Steamboat venue, and Susi says it’s just beautiful. Everyone should try to see it while it’s there. Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski reminded all DBG graduates to be sure to select a plant for “Meet the Natives”. There are 3400+ species to choose from, and you need to confirm with the CU catalog that the plant is a native of Colorado. The links to the lists are in the blog. Annie Reiser promoted our activity for the September meeting, Coptic Binding. An interesting and beautiful sample book was passed around. The fee will be $25 for materials, using ultra bright card stock. Optional (you bring) four 8.5x11 in. sheets of watercolor paper can be used. Annie distributed a preliminary supply list during the meeting. RSVP by Sept 4th! Meeting Subject: Exercises for Artists, courtesy of Renee Jorgensen. Renee assigned the group to one hour of drawing in the Gardens. On our return, we performed each of her exercises and discussed the risks of no exercise/no breaks. These exercises help with blood flow in the muscles and tendons. Renee generously agreed to share her Exercises for Artists in the newsletter for all to use and enjoy. Thanks to Renee for showing us the way to healthful habits! 06/28/09 RMSBA Summer Meeting adjourned

To watch a video of Renee doing the exercises, follow the link below to YouTube.com http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_1EFAPbAp0

Renee Jorgensen showing the exercises to the RMSBA members who attended the summer meeting.



Fifth Annual Botanical Art Fall Show and Sale
Reception: Saturday, September 12, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Due August 15, 2009

September 11—20, 2009

Echter’s Garden Center, Arvada, CO, 5150 Garrison St, Arvada, CO 80002 www.echters.com Open during Store Hours: Mon-Sat: 9-6, Sunday 10-5

This will be the fifth year of our popular fall show and sale of botanical art at Echter’s Garden Center. Items may be offered for sale to the public, cash and carry. This year RMSBA will be able to accept credit cards for purchases. Neither Echter’s nor RMSBA take any commission on sales. Exhibiting artists watch the exhibit, handle all sales and are required to work a day.

Eligibility: RMSBA members with 2009 dues paid, received by our treasurer by August 8, 2009. Eligible Submissions: Original artwork, archival prints, cards, calendars featuring botanical subjects only; no figures, architecture, animals, etc. should appear in the artwork. Artwork featuring and including non-botanical subjects have been drifting into this exhibit and will not be permitted this year. Artwork not fitting the requirements will be removed from display. Work may be framed or unframed. Labeling: Every item that is for sale is required to have a removable sticker on it
listing the following: 1) Artist’s 3 initials and a number; MJR1, MJR2, etc. 3) Medium: Watercolor, colored pencil, etc., or ‘print’ 4) Price: Sale price (before sales tax) or NFS (not for sale) Stickers will be removed when an item sells and will be used to track sales for each artist. Removable stickers are available at office supply stores in small sheets and in a form that can be used in a desktop printer. Please label your items before you bring them to the exhibit. Unlabeled artwork will not be displayed. Prints must be clearly labeled as “print” to prevent confusion with originals.

Exhibit Information: Each Artist will be allocated 2 lattice panels and 1/2 of a table for display of her artwork. Wood lattice display panels and fabric cov-

ered tables are provided. You may bring your own freestanding print bins, card racks, etc. Professional display fixtures only- no cardboard boxes or plastic storage tubs. You may bring your own table covering, but it must be white. Your artwork must stay with the exhibit until take-down, unless sold. Artists removing your work prior to take-down will forfeit the right to exhibit in 2010 RMSBA exhibits.

Setup: Thursday, September 10, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Bring your completed inventory sheet with you to the setup. When you arrive you’ll check in and hang your artwork. Cashier training will be at 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. and is required of all exhibitors. We will be showing you how to write up sales and make credit card sales. Take-Down: Sunday, September 20, 3:30 - 4:45 p.m. Echter’s is allowing us to take down the exhibit on Sunday for our convenience, but will not stay past their 5:00 closing for us. Each artist will take down her artwork and do an inventory check-out.

Staffing & Sales: Exhibiting artists handle all sales and are required to work one day. Sign up for a work time in advance by emailing me, or you will be assigned a time at check-in. We will need one person/day for weekdays and two people/day on weekends. Sales training is required of all exhibitors. RMSBA will handle sales tax reporting and dispurse payments to members. Fee: $30.00 payable to RMSBA. Mail a check with your registration form to Carol Till, 3665 Estes Street, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. Registration and Fee Deadline: Saturday, AUGUST 15, 2009
Questions: Carol Till, 303-423-2687, e-mail at caroltill@mindspring.com

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------(Mail this form with a check for $30 made out to RMSBA to: Carol Till, 3665 Estes Street, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 Please accept my registration to the RMSBA Fifth Annual Fall Show and Sale. Our exhibit space is in a greenhouse, with a roof that can leak. RMSBA, our members and Echter’s accept no liability for any damage to your artwork, including theft. RMSBA and Echter’s Garden Center do not insure the artwork in this exhibit. Each artist is responsible for insuring their own artwork. By my signature below I indicate that I have read and agree to the terms listed above in this Call for Entries. Signature:_____________________________Date:_______________________ Print Name:_________________________________________Address:______________________________________, Phone:_______________email:_____________________________ Check #___________________

Registration Form Registration Form and Fees due by August 15, 2009


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) • September 3: Jack L. Carter, Ph.D., Author of Trees and Shrubs of Colorado: Aldo Leopold and the Development of the National Forest System and Wilderness areas in South West. September 17: David Pyle, VP/Division Publisher for Art, Jewelry, and Yarn Interweave: Colors, Paints - Safety, Stability, Archaivability October 1: Jan Boyd-Haring: (Wildflower hunt in South Park, CO) October 22: Tass Kelso, Ph.D., Colorado College, Colorado Springs November 5: Richard Yeatts, Ph.D., Colorado School of Mines: (Fibonacci numbers in plants)

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“Garden Pea” Courtsey of Peggy Turchette

“Summer is
munching on peas straight from the garden!

“Bok Choy” Courtsey of Jane Kinsdale

~ my husband, Will Nichols

RARE - but Still Cookin’

Exhibits Report & Schedule

Exhibits Coordinator: Carol Till caroltill@mindspring.com Hm: 303-423-2687

Steamboat Art Museum curator Shirley Sherwood has lots of events planned for the RARE exhibit. She planned a member’s reception on May 22 and a public reception on Friday June 5 as part of the First Friday Art Walk. Over 300 people saw the exhibit during the Art Walk. See the S.A.M. Web site to see all of the other events. Both Shirley and S.A.M. board member Judith Harrington generously provided me with fabulous lodging for my visits to Steamboat. I gave a training session about RARE to about 20 enthusiastic volunteers and docents of S.A.M. on June 4. They are now totally versed on the exhibit and ready to talk about botanical art and rare plants! The gift shop is stuffed with Rare merchandise too. The S.A.M. will be sponsoring a “plein aire paint out” August 17-23. Check their website for details: www.steamboatartmuseum.com
RARE Merchandise:

The RARE catalog can be purchased from DBG. Contact Lily at Exhibits for information about purchasing a catalog at 720-865-3636. It is also available at the Steamboat Art Museum gift shop along with note cards, tee shirts and prints. S.A.M. 970-870-1755.

• Thanks to Vicky MacWilliam’s efforts, we will be able to make credit card sales at Echter’s. RMSBA will be selling RARE note cards and tee shirts • During our reception, Echter’s will have a “Flourish” book signing with Panayoti Kelaidis. Exhibitors: Bring at our Echter’s show in September. For more information your Flourish pictures and we’ll set up a special panel about tee shirts contact Jan Boyd Haring. Contact Katie featuring them. Nichols for information about note cards. Koelbel Library: We will be returning to Koelbel library for a November 1 - 29 exhibit. Koelbel is a super busy Echter’s Garden Center: We will be returning to Echter’s place. The Denver Business Journal ranked Denver-Area for our fifth annual show and sale from September 11 Cultural Attractions in 2007, according to attendance. to 20. See this newsletter for the Call for Entries. I have Koelbel Library ranked 6th (460,284)! been working with Mary Jo Ramsdale to standardize requirements for our annual sales at Echter’s and Tagawa’s This will be a member’s choice exhibit. There is no specific garden centers. The size of these show/sales has grown, theme constraining you, so bring your best new work. and managing sales has become increasingly complicated. See Call for Entries in this issue. Hard to think about it We’ve implemented new rules designed to simplify now, but our next newsletter won’t be out until the end of tracking sales and to create a more professional exhibit September. Mark the entry deadline of October 4th on your calendar. appearance. Read the CFE carefully. 6
Upcoming 2009 Exhibits:

RaRE Exhibit Photos at Steamboat art Museum
I need helpers for the Koelbel exhibit: 1. A volunteer to make the gallery labels for this exhibit. 2. Four volunteers to hang the exhibit on November 1 and take it down on November 29th. Please call me at 303-423-2687 or email me if you can help on either date.
Photos Please!

I need images for our exhibit postcards. Send me a high resolution jpeg (under 10 MB) A.S.A.P. of your artwork. They should be 300 dpi and 4 to 6 inches high or wide.
2010 Exhibits

We have applied to The Dairy in Boulder for an exhibit in 2010. We are still waiting to hear if we were accepted. I’ll post a note on the RMSBA website when I hear, so periodically check there for details. RARE will be continuing through May 31, 2010 at the Center of Southwest Studies in Durango and moving to its final exhibit in Manitou Springs in July 2010. We’ll be back at Tagawa and Echter’s garden centers in 2010, too.

Penstemon grahamii, Uinta Basin penstemon 2009, Courtsey of Carol Till


common Botanical illustrators - Libby kyer from Denver
How and why did you become interested in Botanical Illustration? I had finished a career in medical administration due to a significant illness. I have always drawn, but had used my art skills in recent times only for illustrating the babies in my neonatal intensive care unit. So, I decided to take the course at the DBG as a ‘refresher course’ in media. Figured a realism program would be media intensive. It took 2.5 years for me to actually snag a place in the program (it was MUCH smaller then!), but after about 12 weeks of that, I was addicted to botanical art. I decided it made me so happy, I’d focus on that. I graduated in 1996, and began teaching in 2000. What has been the one piece that you are most happy about? It’s pretty much always the last one. However, I recently (Spring 2007) finished a painting of Cucurbita foetidissima that I really, really like. I should! It is the 8th and final (probably!) iteration of this plant for me. The 3rd image I did went to the Packard Foundation for their boardroom. The 5th image is in the Hunt Institute’s Collection and was exhibited in their International Exhibit in 2007 (September). This last one was on exhibit at the Wildlife Experience Museum with the RMSBA exhibit for 3 months, then on display at the DBG in the Instructors and then the Alumni exhibits. It’s traveled a lot, and I’m glad it gets to stay home for awhile. This plant changes it’s appearance entirely from spring early leaves to late summer heavy with fruit. I kept drawing it and drawing it and drawing it until I got it “just right.” Kind of like Goldilocks! What are your other interests; gardening, etc.? I am drawing some very large (elephant sheet) pictures of horses, will paint those in colored pencil. I also love to travel, and will be in Scotland, England and France this summer, went to Ireland last summer. Also, love to teach, and do a number of 3-day workshops around the country each year…. except for this year, as I am taking a brief vacation from that. Also, I co-wrote and fully designed a book on botanical art in North America last year. It is available from Schiffer Books at schifferbooks.com (eventually available through Amazon. com and BarnesandNoble.com), it spotlights contemporary botanical art on this continent with 65 artists from USA and Canada. There are over 200 images of some really beautiful artwork in the book, with a brief comment on each artist, and a complete index of each artist with awards, publications, exhibits and art pricing. What is the medium that you really enjoy and easily flow with? I have two. My sketch, everyday drawing, travel sketching is done in ink. My first medium, it’s very intuitive for me, and I love it. My color work is done in colored pencil. I “paint” with colored pencil, using it to create fully rendered images, and I also “draw” in colored pencil using it for sketching and finished drawings. I LOVE colored pencil. It is so organic. It leads you to the next step, continually intriguing and challenging. So much fun! And I love the results, vibrant, exciting color that never changes from application through the years. I work primarily in Polychromos (by Faber Castell) pencils, which are oil based, but will use any colorfast pencil that has a smooth laydown and great colors. Do you have your certificate from DBG in Botanical Illustration? Yes! 1996. What are the other items in your life that you would like to share? Every year, I donate either a painted palette or a paired artist painting to the Memories in the Making Alzheimer’s Association auction in June. This auction takes pictures, created by Alzheimer’s patients who have created images in the Memories in the Making Program, and pairs a number of those images with works created by professional artists. The ‘pairs’ are auctioned off together, and I have been privileged to have had 3 pairs invitations. In the years that I don’t create a paired image (Susan Rubin and I share this treat, so we alternate years), I create a palette for the auction. The palettes are white, and I have decorated one so far. I love what the Association is doing to help patients and their families and caregivers, and I feel it is so important for research to continue apace! There are a LOT of Baby Boomers coming of age in their golden years. This disease is devastating, and must be cured. The emotional, social and financial swath it cuts through our country is only increasing. Who/what is your inspiration/muse? My inspiration is plants! I cannot get enough of them. So varied. So challenging. I just want to paint them all. They’re also my muse, encouraging me to do better constantly. I’m also SO grateful that the RMSBA is flourishing. Getting to know new artists, making friendships and sharing tips, tricks and techniques is vital to my work. I’m not a ‘starving in the garret with my art” kind of gal. I love the shared passion, shared knowledge. continued on page 11


November 1 - November 29, 2009

RMSBA Annual Member’s Exhibit
Koelbel Library, 5955 South Holly Street, Centennial, CO 80121

Due October 4, 2009

Exhibit Hours: Monday - Thursday: 9am - 9pm, Friday, Saturday: 9am - 5pm, Sunday: 1pm - 5pm

This is a member’s choice exhibit, with no specific theme. Bring your best new work! Eligibility: RMSBA members with 2009 dues paid, received by our treasurer by September 1, 2009. Eligible Submissions: Original artwork that has not previously exhibited in an RMSBA exhibit, completed in the past 2 years. Space is limited, so all submitted artwork may not be hung. All artwork must be framed with a wire hanger. We will not hang artwork with sawtooth hangers. Artwork must not exceed 40” in height. Media: Two-dimensional original artwork of botanical subjects. No prints or print derivatives. No props, man-made objects or non-botanical elements allowed. Labeling: Each item must be labeled on the back of the frame with artist’s name, title, medium, contact info. and price. Exhibit Information: Artwork will hang in the Joan R. Duncan Galleries at Koelbel Library. Exhibitor understands that the Exhibit will be in a public place and will not be monitored on a continuing basis by the library or its staff. Artwork will be insured while hanging in the gallery. The price or valuation that you list on your entry will be used as its insured value. Sales: Prices may be listed on the gallery label, but Koelbel Library does not handle sales. However, the District will direct individuals who express interest in purchasing items to the artist. The artist contact sheet will be available at the library. The exhibitor agrees to remit 20% of the sale price of any work or item sold, while on exhibition at the library, or of sales made as a direct result of this exhibition, to the Arapahoe Library Friends Foundation. This 20% fee is tax deductible. Sold artwork may not be removed from display prior to the conclusion of the exhibit. It is the artist’s responsibility to arrange for the delivery or pickup of sold items. Drop Off: Sunday, November 1, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Artwork will be hung that day. Pickup: Sunday, November 29, 1:30- 3:30 p.m. Fee: $25.00 payable to RMSBA. Mail a check with your registration form to Carol Till, 3665 Estes Street, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033. Registration and Fee Deadline: Sunday, October 4, 2009 Questions: Carol Till, 303-423-2687, e-mail at caroltill@mindspring.com


Mail this form with a check for $25 made out to RMSBA to: Carol Till, 3665 Estes Street, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 RMSBA and their members are not liable for an damage to artwork incurred while handling artwork for this exhibit. By my signature below I indicate that I have read and agree to the terms listed above in this Call for Entries. Signature:_______________ _____ Date:_______________________

Registration Form and Fee due by Sunday, October 4, 2009

Name:_________________________________________ Address:______________________________________ Contact info for Artist contact sheet:________________________________ Artwork Entered: List your entries in order of hanging preference, if we must limit entries due to space constraints. 1) Title:_____________________________________Medium:________________Framed Size:_________Price:$______ or value if NFS____________ Prints Available/Price__________________ 2) Title:_____________________________________Medium:________________ Framed Size:_________Price:$_______or value if NFS____________ Prints Available/Price__________________


Aug. 15th Sept. 11th

Mark in your calendar

Entries Due: Echter’s Fifth Annual Botanical Art Show and Sale Echter’s Garden Center, Arvada Entries Due: August 15 Call for Entries in this issue. September 11- 20, 2009 11:00-2:00, Echter’s reception RMSBA’s 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.) Continuing through September 27, 2009 Rare, Imperiled Plants of Colorado -Ongoing Steamboat Art Museum Tuesday - Saturday 11a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday 12 to 4 p.m., Closed Mondays. Member’s Exhibit entries due. RARE Exhibit’s third stop is at the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College, until May 31, 2010 Deadline for Fall newsletter November 1-29, 2009 2009 Member’s Exhibit Koelbel Library, Centennial Entries Due: October 4 Call for Entries in this issue. 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.

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

Sept. 12th Sept. 13th

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.

Sept. 27th

“Thermopsis”, Courtsey of Susan Rubin

Oct. 4th Oct. 6th Oct. 12th Nov. 1st

Dec. 6th

2010 July 1st

RARE Exhibit’s last stop at the Business of Art Center, Manitou Springs until 10 September 2010

“Goldenrod”, Courtsey of Marjorie Leggitt

common Botanical illustrators - Libby kyer from Denver
continued from page 8 also my muse, encouraging me to do better constantly. I’m also SO grateful that the RMSBA is flourishing. Getting to know new artists, making friendships and sharing tips, tricks and techniques is vital to my work. I’m not a ‘starving in the garret with my art” kind of gal. I love the shared passion, shared knowledge. What is your favorite plant/flower? Tiny little rare orchids. Any orchid with a flower bigger than an inch across is just not challenging enough. I think in my heart of hearts, I’m either a miniaturist or a muralist. I used to paint huge super graphics and murals in public places. Now, painting the tiny hairs in the heart of an orchid no bigger than my thumbnail just lights me up! Same fun as the big stuff, less walking! INDEPENDENT LECTURES &WORKSHOPS

For more information and registration, please contact Marjorie Leggitt, 303.394.0566 or mcl@leggittdesign.com WORKSHOPS: Single day • MOVING ANIMALS Instructor: Marjorie Leggitt Friday, September 18 (1 day) 9:00-2:30pm The Denver Zoo, Denver Price: $70 CALL FOR ENTRIES OUTSIDE OF RMSBA Meet the Natives Exhibit at DBG Please click on the following link for complete information, entry form and species list for the “Meet the Natives” Exhibit April 10 - May 16th 2010. http://natives-mhjk.blogspot.com/ B.I. Student Art Show Please click on the following link for complete information, and submission form for the “Student Art” Show at DBG September 26 - November 8, 2009 http://student2009-mhjk.blogspot.com/ The North American Rock Garden Society Please click on the following link for complete information, and submission form for the “NARG” Show in the El Pomar gallery at the DBG, July 7 – July 18.

“Buffalo Gourd in Late Summer”, Courtsey of Libby Kyer

Miniature sale and Show: Cocktail party November 17th, 5-7 p.m., Sale in Mitchell Hall November 18-20 contact Mervi for more information. DBG Gift shop DBG Gift shop will start carrying traditional BI prints and cards starting in September (contact Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski – NOT the gift shop).


Stay loose • Learn to watch snails • Plant impossible Gardens • Invite someone Dangerous to tea • Make little signs that says YES! and post them all over your house • Make friends with freedom & uncertainty • Look forward to dreams • Cry during movies • Swing as high as you can on a swingset, by moonlight • Cultivate moods • Refuse to “be responsible” • Do it for love • Take lots of naps • Give money away • Do it NOW! • The money will follow • Believe in magic • Laugh a lot • Celebrate every gorgeous moment • Take moonbaths • Have wild imaginings • Transformative dreams, and perfect calm • Draw on the wall • Read every day • Imagine yourself magic • Giggle with children • Listen to old people • Open up • Dive in • Be free • Bless yourself • Drive away fear • Play with everything • Entertain your inner child • You are innocent • Build a fort with blankets • Get wet • Hug trees • Write love letters. © SARK 89

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