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resident’s Notes
I hope 2009 brings you a feeling of excitement and renewal that seems to be associated with a new year. This year marks a new step for RMSBA with the Rare exhibit. This exhibit featuring Colorado’s rare plants is the society’s first juried show. Forty works will travel to four venues around the state over the next two years to educate the public about the need to protect these treasures … this is a wonderful way to meet the goals of our mission statement “to educate the public on plant diversity, regional plant ecology, and the rationale for preservation of plants species through botanical art that is relevant to the region”. Winter always seems to be downtime for botanical work, but this year especially should have RMSBA members working on new art. In addition to setting Rare up in statewide venues, Carol Till has been busy setting up exhibits throughout the year. Take this “slow” time to add to your portfolio for the shows to come. The new year also brings in new officers and executive committee members for the society. I would like to thank those whose terms ended in December, especially Patty McAuliffe as president, for their work to take RMSBA into new areas, such as the Rare exhibit. If you have been thinking about getting more involved, but are not sure what you would like to do, please give me a call (303.798.9452). RMSBA is a volunteer-run organization and all members are welcome to bring their thoughts, ideas and help. We have several committees that could use members and we are always looking for new ideas for activities or exhibits. Join in! Botanically yours, Terry Ruiter President
Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists
A Traveling Exhibition of Rare Plants of Colorado

“Tulip” Courtsey of Maria Ramsdale

President’s Notes ...................1 Upcoming Meetings ...............2 Happy New Year.....................2 About RMSBA ........................2 F.Y.I. .......................................3 Exhibits of Interest ..................3 Tagawa C.F.E. ........................4 Wrapping Up 2008 .................5 Spring is Coming C.F.E. .........6 Exhibits Report .......................8 Computer Helpful Hints .............9 Society Calendar ..................10 Common Botanical Illustrators .............................11

The front of the RARE postcard available to those who are participating in the exhibit


Imperiled Plants of Colorado
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Opening Reception Sunday, March 15, 2009 1 – 3 p.m. Denver Botanic Gardens

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Upcoming rMsBa MeetiNGs
The spring 2009 meeting will be held on 22 March 2009 at Koelbel Library, 5955 South Holly Street, Centennial, Colorado, from 1:30 to 4:00 in the afternoon. Frequently, as botanical artists and illustrators we spend so much time portraying our subject that we sign the work with relief and feel we are done. We put a mat and maybe a frame on the work and consider it good. Not so fast!!! This may not result in the best professional look … and fatigue may not be the best way to determine completeness. Susan Rubin will show us things to consider for finishing the piece and in the framing process to make the most of our labor … without spending an arm or other body part to accomplish it. Let Susan show you that your creativity should not stop when you sign your work.

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.

Happy New Year aND thaNKs For the olD oNes
Just wanted to take up a bit of space here to say Happy New Year to each of you, but more importantly, to say thank you to all the wonderful members of RMSBA for your interest and efforts to keep our organization thriving. Having served on the Board of Directors the past 4 years, I will miss each of the dedicated board members with whom I have had the opportunity to work. It has been a pleasure to serve RMSBA as Vice-President and President and I thank all for the opportunity. The brainstorming and efforts put forth are continuing to produce an excellent organization for all of its members to benefit from and enjoy. Thank you to all our ongoing and new board members for helping to continue our direction of providing the public information and enjoyment of our favorite subjects. RMSBA has an excellent team to move us through 2009! I will very much enjoy getting back to doing more art but hope to continue my participation in RMSBA as a member in coming years. May we all enjoy making wonderful botanical artwork and the fellowship of each other throughout 2009! Sincerely, Patty McAuliffe Past President

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

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


“Ackee” Courtsey of Patty McAuliffe 2 www.botanicalartists.org

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 Th of 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), .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 Winter 2009

Now available - an allinclusive book about the plants and people behind the first 74 plants recommended and introduced through Plant Select®. Written and photographed by the passionate people who brought many of these unique and exciting plants to cultivation, this landmark publication shares the story behind the selection of each plant, as well as detailed plant descriptions, growing tips, photographs, illustrations and anecdotal comments. The book contains over 200 stunning color photos and original watercolor illustrations on 216 pages; edited by James E. Henrich and published by Fulcrum Publishing. Where to buy: Plant Select® web site: Fulcrum Publinshing web site: www.fulcrumbooks.com Amazon: www.amazon.com 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 BIgraduates since 1990 when the program was established by Angela Overy. If you graduated prior to 1990 please let Mervi know. ASBA is asking for all members to inform RMSBA and ASBA whether or not they would like their name and/or personal information LEFT OUT of the ASBA directory that is published in the Spring. If you are in favor of being LEFT OUT, please contact Vicky MacWilliam

Exhibits oF iNterest


Tele.: 719.495.2986 E-mail: hgvmacwm@worldnet.att.net 8285 Freeman Drive • Black Forest, CO 80908

Denver Botanic Gardens is celebrating its 50th anniversary at the York Street location by publishing a book , FLOURISH, that highlights plants and people which are important to the history of the Gardens. Twenty-five original illustrations from the forthcoming publication entitled Flourish (edited by Panayoti Kelaidis) are presented with excerpts from the book and related photographs. This exhibit beautifully demonstrates Denver Botanic Gardens’ educational, aesthetical and informational roll in the community. Flourish Exhibit in Gates Garden Court January 10 through March 1. Reception on January 29, 5:30-8 pm. Please join the celebration of 50 Years at York Street!

Iris ‘Ruth Porter Waring’ an illustration for the Flourish project, Courtsey of Patty McAuliffe RMSBA Winter 2009 www.botanicalartists.org 3

Call For eNtries

1st Annual Tagawa Spring Show and Sale
Show Dates: April 3, 4 and 5, 2009 Location: Tagawa’s Garden Center, Centennial, CO Hours: Monday - Saturday: 9-6, Sunday 10-5 www.tagawagardens.com
Hours may be extended for spring Entries due February 28, 2009
Join us for Tagawa’s Garden Center for our first Spring Show and Sale. Enjoy exhibiting and selling your artwork in this greenhouse setting. Tagawa Gardens opened its door to the community 26 years ago, and is one of Colorado's Largest Garden Centers. This is both an exhibit and a sale. Originals, prints, cards, and calendars are welcome as long as they have a botanical theme. The exhibit will be open three full days.
Eligibility: RMSBA members with 2009 dues paid. Eligible Submissions: Original artwork, prints, cards, and calendars 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 distinguish them from originals. Labeling: All work that is for sale must be clearly labeled with the following: Artist Name Inventory number: Keep it simple i.e.: MJR 101 (Your initials + number) Medium: Watercolor, colored pencil 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. Each artist assumes liability for any loss and damage to their artwork. Delivery and Setup: Setup day will be Thursday April 2, 1-4 p.m. When you arrive you’ll check in your artwork, 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. Take-Down: Monday, April 6, 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. You can sign up for a work time in advance by emailing me. I will be looking for two members to work Saturday and Sunday 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, April 4, 1-3 p.m. Fees: Entry fee is $25.00. Make your check payable to RMSBA and mail with your registration form to Mary Jo Ramsdale 14186 E Hampden Place, Aurora CO 80014-4196 Registration Deadline: February 28, 2009. Contact: Mary Jo Ramsdale, mjrams@comcast.net

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Registration Form Registration Form and Fees due by February 28, 2009
(Mail with a check to Mary Jo Ramsdale 14186 E Hampden Place, Aurora CO 80014-4196

Please accept my registration to the “RMSBA Tagawa’s First Annual Spring 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 _________________________________ E-mail: _____________________________________________________________________________ I would like _________exhibit postcards.

Wrapping up 2008 holiDay MeetiNG MiNutes
Minutes of Member Meetings by Jan Boyd Haring, Secretary Minutes for RMSBA Meeting held December 14th, 2008. Location: Susan Rubin’s home. Another lovely Christmas Party was hosted by Susan Rubin. The weather was snowy and cold, but members attended with enthusiasm and holiday merriment. The refreshments were delicious and bountiful. The 2009 Election of Officer and Board of Directors was held and the results are as follows: Terry Ruiter – President Susan Olson – Vice-President Jan Boyd Haring – Secretary Vicky MacWilliam – extending term as Treasurer Annie Reiser – Program Chairperson Carol Till – extending term as Exhibit Chairperson Katie Nichols – extending term as Newsletter Editor Sharon Garrett – extending term as Membership Chairperson Julie Sprinkle – Marketing Chairperson Susan DiMarchi – Refreshment Chairperson Susan Rubin – extending term as WebMaster RMSBA annual dues were collected: $75.

“Maple Leaf ” Courtsey of Mary Jo Clark

Patty McAuliffe was presented with an outgoing officer gift to honor her years of service as RMSBA President. Carol Till was also presented with a fine collection of Faber-Castell’s for her ongoing devotion to the post of Exhibit Director. Carol Till reviewed the activities related to the RARE exhibit and venues. Denver Botanic Gardens March 7, with reception on March 15, ending May 17. Steamboat Art Museum (with gift shop), Steamboat Springs beginning September 2009 Other locations include the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College, Durango and the Business of Art Center, Manitou Springs. All entrants can have their RARE images included on greeting cards. The quantity would be 500 each, if they wished to return their signed permission document to Carol. RARE T-shirts were also sold at the meeting, and T’s will also be available at future RARE venues, along with the cards and prints. For RARE participants, framing fees were also collected: $100 Other 2009 RMSBA shows include Tagawa Greenhouse in April, Echters on September 14, and the Kobel Library in November. 12/14/08 RMSBA meeting adjourned.

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Call For eNtries


A juried Exhibit of Botanical Art and Illustration sponsored by Front Range Community College Art, Music, and Horticulture Departments. March 9 – April 2, 2009 Opening Reception: Thursday, March 12, 5-7 pm Eligibility: This exhibit is open to intermediate and advanced students, graduates, and instructors of the Botanical Art and Illustration Certificate Program at the Denver Botanic Gardens Jurors: Lydia Brokaw-Nelson, Arts and Humanities, Ray Daugherty – Horticulture and Landscape Technology, Front Range Community College, and other faculty Subject: Botanical subjects in any medium taught in the Botanical Art and Illustration Program. Presentation: Artwork must be framed and matted. Entries must be ready to hang by wire (no sawtooths accepted). Attach copy of the signed Entry Form to the back of the artwork with your name, address, phone number, e-mail address and the Latin name of species portrayed and the sale status, including price. Submissions: Deliver your artwork with the attached form to Front Range Community College (directions below), between March 2 and March 4, 2009, 10:00am-4:00pm. Having the information attached to your original artwork (tape it on the back side of your work) upon delivery is essential for exhibit preparation and accuracy. Only one work form each artist will be accepted to the jury process. The Framed Size: There is no size limit. Selection process: Upon completion of jury process (March 5th), you will be notified of status via email/phone. Work not accepted for exhibit can be picked up during regular gallery hours, MondaysThursdays, 10:00am-4:00pm. Security: A gallery attendant is on duty during open hours. Sales: Work may be priced for sale or marked not for sale (NFS). The full selling price goes to the artist, with no commission deduction. All work must hang for the entire duration of the show (see the form below). Contacts: Lydia Brokaw-Nelson: Lydia.brokaw-nelson@frontrange.edu. 303-404-5390 Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski: mervihj@botanicgardens.org. 303-731-3448 Directions: Visual and Performing Arts Gallery, Front Range Community College, C1660, 3645 W. 112th Avenue, Westminster, CO 80031, Art Department: (From South) I-25 to I-36 Boulder Turnpike, exit at the 104th/Church Ranch exit and drive east; turn north/ left at Sheridan Blvd. Approximately 1 mile, turn th th east /right on 112 Avenue. The college is located on the left side of 112 Avenue and the Art Department and Gallery are at the furthest eastern end. Enter the campus via the last access road just before the houses and enter the building through entrance #4. The building has large numbers on the beams over head in the main hall. The gallery is located at C 1660.

Exhibition Materials Check-In/Out and Contact Information Artist’s Name__________________________________________________ Phone Number(s) ________________________________________________ Address ________________________________________________________ Email Address ___________________________________________________ The Visual and Performing Arts Gallery at Front Range Community College does not handle any sales, or take a commission on sales. Gallery attendants will take the contact information of anyone interested in purchasing artwork. Please identify how we may contact you if someone is interested in purchasing your art: _______ Only have gallery staff contact me, I will contact the buyer _______ You may give my phone number to the buyer _______ You may give my email to the buyer Date Received ________ Date Returned_________ Signature __________________________ Signature___________________________

ENTRY FORM PLEASE PRINT and attach to the BACK of the work.

Title Artist Media Price

Exhibits report
At long last, the Rare exhibit is almost here! Thanks to all who participated in what will be an exciting event. It was obvious from the high quality of the entries that our members put a lot of time and effort into researching and painting their rare plant subjects. DBG is producing a catalog for our exhibit. A special note of thanks goes to our copy writers, Mary Barnes, Mary Clark, Patty McAuliffe and Terry Ruiter for writing descriptions for the catalog over the holidays! I am ordering a large quantity of postcards advertising the Rare exhibit at DBG. I am hoping that all of our members can mail them to their friends, family and clients to make the reception on March 15 a big event. We will have catalogs, t-shirts and other products available for purchase at the reception. Please bring cash or checks to purchase these items as we may not be able to accept charge cards. Rare, Imperiled Plants of Colorado Calendar Denver Botanic Gardens March 7 - May 17, 2009 Reception, March 15, 1-3 pm Steamboat Art Museum May 22 to September 30, 2009 Center of Southwest Studies, Fort Lewis College, Durango October 2009 - May 31, 2010 Other 2009 RMSBA Exhibits: First Annual Show and Sale Tagawa Garden Center April 3, 4, 5, 2009 Call for Entries in this issue. Reception Saturday, April 4, 1-3 pm Fifth show and sale at Echter’s September 11- 20 (tentatively) Member’s Exhibit – Koelbel Library November 1-30, 2009

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Imperiled Plants of Colorado

Opening Reception Sunday, March 15, 2009 1 – 3 p.m. Denver Botanic Gardens

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Computer helpFul hiNts
Do you have questions, frustrations, or a learning curve with computers? If so, please contact me and I will post the questions/answers here, so that everyone may improve their computer skills. Plus, always remember that I am always willing to have a phone chat or e-mail to help you out. You may have to bear with me as I am a Mac head and haven’t recently been refreshing my Windows experience. SALESFORCE SHORT TUTORIALS (for RMSBA users [board members] ) 1. Previous tutorial as a reference. Log In: Go to www.salesforce.com and a log in screen will come up. (I have set up user accounts for all users and obviously e-mailed you regarding your user accounts.) Type in your user name and password. 2. Downloading a mailing/membership list. Follow the log in instructions above. On the HOME page of SF.com, you will see many tabs each indicating different pages to go to within SF.com. To proceed with the tutorial of downloading a mail list, click on the tab that says “Reports”, Fig. A. A window will appear that looks like Fig. B below The page will have many reports to choose from and you may also create your own list based on the criteria you select. You can keep the customized reports in your “My Personal Custom Records” or you can make them public for others to use. Scroll down on the immense list of reports to the section of reports titled “Account and Contact Reports” Within this section of reports is a report titled “Mail List”. Click on this link and it will start the process of creating a report based on the criteria you select. Now, you have five criteria steps to complete. I could explain each step, but I think its best for each user to go in and play around. Of course, if you have any questions, you know how to get into contact with me.

Fig. A Fig. B

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Society CaleNDar
ASBA and RMSBA links to workshops/classes www.amsocbotartists.org www.botanicalartists.org January 20 - March 28, 2009 • Three Buds: Variations on a Theme of Botanical Realism Featuring work by: Constance Sayas, Julie Sprinkle and Carol Till Wisdom Tea House 65 Second Street Monument, CO 80132 www.wisdomteahouse.com, 719-481-8822 Tuesday-Saturday 9 to 5 Opening reception: Saturday, January 24, 2-4 p.m. 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) • • • • • • • February 5: John McKay, Ph.D., CSU: How Local is Local? (Abstract and further information) February 19: Airborne Allergies (Speaker TBA) (Abstract and further information) March 5: James Gurney: Dinotopia, Behind the Scenes (Abstract and further information) April 2: Donald Hazlett - Native Colorado Plants and People (Abstract and further information) April 16: Larry Benson, Ph.D., USGS: Corn and Mesa Verde (Abstract and further information) 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) Dinotopia: Behind the Scenes

Artist and Author James Gurney brings a perspective of realism and scientific accuracy to his work in fantasy. James Gurney is an artist and author probably best known for his illustrated book series about Dinotopia. Dinotopia is the isolated island inhabited by shipwrecked humans and dinosaurs coexisting peacefully in the same society. Less well-known might be the dozens of science fiction and fantasy paperback covers James Gurney has painted for works by authors such as Tim Powers and Alan Dean Foster, the background paintings he has done for the film industry, the stamps ( Sickle Cell Awareness, issued September 30, 2004; World of Dinosaurs, released by USPS on May 1, 1997), uncounted illustrations for “National Geographic” (illustrator for the Magazine 1984-2005) and other publications. Dinotopia has been translated into at least into 18 languages. Dinotopia: Behind the Scenes This talk examines the making of Dinotopia from its origins in 1988 to the most recent book, Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara. It explores the nitty-gritty of visualizing imaginary scenes realistically in traditional media. The presentation covers research, thumbnail sketches, reference maquettes, perspective, dinosaur reconstruction, step-by-step sequences, plein air painting, plus a little about worldbuilding and working as an author/illustrator. After the lecture, he will sign two of his books: Dinotopia: Journey to Chandara and Dinotopia, A Land apart from Time Fee $10 member, $13 non-member Course #09WBI010 Thursday, March 5, 6:30 – 8.00 p.m., DBG, Mitchell Hall. www.jamesgurney.com

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common BotaNiCal illustrators
Busy, busy, busy, so often we are so busy that we don’t What are the other items in your life that you would get a chance to sit down and get to know each other. Put like to share? a face with a name and find common ground. So, I had an Our son is working in animation and graphic design so idea to interview a member with every new issue. Here is I’m trying to learn how to use the computer from him. an interview with Bev Coogan, who lives in Denver. How and why did you become interested in Botanical Illustration? I have always been interested in art and have done landscapes, figures, and abstract trying to find my niche. I saw an article in the paper about Botanical Illustration and just felt that was what I was supposed to be doing. Learning the Botany and the diversity of plant life is fun to me. What has been the one piece that you are most happy about? I really enjoyed working on the Hopflower Oregano. It took f-o-r-e-v-e-r but I really enjoyed working on this piece. It has those delicate little flowers you can barely see and the leaves were such a light pastel shade that can’t be overworked. What are your other interests; gardening, etc.? I love hiking and just being out in nature. I am also interested in metaphysical studies. What is the medium that you really enjoy and easily flow with? Watercolor and Gouache are the mediums I enjoy the most. I like the way you can get accurate detail with a brush and the flow of laying down the paint. Do you have your certificate from DBG in Botanical Illustration? Yes, I received my certificate in June of ’05.

“Origanum libanoticum” Courtsey of Bev Coogan

Do you have a challenge to accomplish? I would like to do illustrations that inform the public What is your favorite plant/flower? The Peony about specific plants and to bring about more appreciation for the plant kingdom in general.
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Who/what is your inspiration/muse? The whole design of nature and the uniqueness of all living things inspire me. When you see a botanical illustration that is well done it inspires me to aspire to that level.

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“The picture of a flower in a botanical book is

information; its mission ends with our knowledge. But in pure art it is a personal communication.” — Rabindranath Tagore

“Pears” Courtsey of Bonnie Anthony

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