Quarterly Newsletter

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Society of Botanical Artists
Hello Everybody! I hope to see everyone at my house soon! December 12th, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., 2193 South Juniper Street, Lakewood, CO 80228 (phone 303-456-5175). Sorry but we don’t appear on any GPS yet as the development is new. Here is my best (hopefully) directions. Please see the back cover for the details on directions. Well, what has happened this summer in my world? Carol Till and I went on the Plein Aire paint-out at the Governor’s mansion. Once again I proved to myself I don’t paint outside! But it was a lovely day. They fed us and, I really enjoyed seeing what everyone else was creating! Wow! I submitted my picture for judging, who knows, wait and see. I got a great reply from the curator of the living collection at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens. I was trying to paint a certain rare cactus for the Museum collection in Tucson. It is so rare I couldn’t find it! Wrote the Phoenix garden and they were so helpful. My husband and I went down in September at his request (Mr. Raul Puente) and he showed us around and spent time helping me and then cut off a piece of the plant, gave me several of the fruits to take away and work on. What a great experience. It also turns out that he is the one who helped set up the Opuntia collection at the gardens in Mexico “El Charco” Had a good time doing

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small sketches outside in the morning before it got HOT!! He’s a good person to meet if you are ever in Phoenix, and the gardens are fabulous! Make the loop go see our buddies, Susan Fisher and Rhonda at the Tucson Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum! Spent a lot of time painting this summer and enjoying every minute of it I sincerely hope you all did the same! Let’s get together at my house and share all the good things we did this year. Remember the fun and plan for next year. Remember what I said when I first started this year “Art should be fun, Art should enrich your life, not make you crazy!” Enjoy! Botanically yours, Susi Olson President

Contents
About RMSBA Founded in 1997 ........................................ 2 Upcoming Meetings Winter/HolidayMeeting ............................ 2 RMSBA Calendar November, December, January ............. 3, 4, 5 Tidbits Keep in mind .............................................. 6 Rare Exhibit Thanks Thanks to all who helped .............................7 Directions to Susi Olson’s For the Winter Holiday Meeting ............ BC Retail Displays for Art Work www.robinleemccarthy.com ..................... BC

Above illustrations on studying the plant Opuntia courtesy of Susi Olson

About the RMSBA
The Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists founded in 1997 is the first chapter of the American Society of Botanical Artists and is open to all persons interested in botanical illustration. RMSBA Officers 2009 President .................................................. Susan Olson Vice President .......................................... Dorothy DePaulo Secretary .................................................. Jan Boyd Haring Treasurer .................................................. Vicky MacWilliam Marketing ................................................ Julie Sprinkle Membership Chair .................................. Sharon Garrett Programs Chair ....................................... Annie Reiser Exhibits Chair ......................................... Libby Kyer Logistics (Refreshment) Chair ................. Susan DiMarchi Web Master ............................................. Susan Rubin Newsletter Editor .................................... Katie Nichols To join the RMSBA, please contact Vicky MacWilliam,Treasurer Tele.: 719.495.2986 E-mail: hgvmacwm@worldnet.att.net 8285 Freeman Drive • Black Forest, CO 80908 ASBA Journal and RMSBA Newsletter $90.00 membership includes regular individual membership in the RMSBA and American Society of Botancial Artists and entitles you to receive both the ASBA Journal and the RMSBA newsletter, as well as participate in all open exhibits and functions. Membership is for one calendar year. Memberships received after the first of November in any year will be applied to the following calendar year. Questions or contributions, please contact Katie Nichols, Editor E-mail: katienichols@comcast.net Tel.: 303.513.5453 7636 Gray Way • Arvada, CO 80003 • Artwork is donated to RMSBA for exclusive use in this newsletter. Any other use is strictly prohibited without written authorization of the artist. • The membership list is printed in whole in the Spring Edition of the newsletter. • Reproduction of this newsletter is prohibited without written permission from RMSBA. • We welcome your articles, calendar events and images. Please submit all text as an electronic file in .DOC (Word), .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.

upcoming Meetings

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

At our winter 2010 meeting, we will celebrate the close of the year by gathering at Susi Olson’s new home on December 12, 2010, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visit with the RMSBA colleagues you may not have seen for a while, meet new members, talk about shows and art in general. 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!

“Pinecone” , Courtesy of Bonny Anthony

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tidbits Art Work Wanted!
Please send me you recent digital captures of any of your recent art work. Running out and I would like some new and fresh art to display in the newsletter, PRETTY PLEASE!

Congratulations!

Dorothy DePaulo’s illustration of Cannabis, originally for the Culpeper Exhibit has been accepted into the Economic Botany Show at the New York Botanic Gardens March 2011. Next time you see Dorothy please congratulate her on her accomplishment! Please see the illustration below.

“Cannibis” , Courtesy of Dorothy DePaulo

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BOTANICA at Studio Botanica Loveland Museum/Gallery 503 N. Lincoln Avenue, Loveland, CO 80537 November 28, 2010 to February 27, 2011 Reception: December 10, 5-8 p.m. Watercolor and acrylic paintings, colored pencil and etchings all with a botanical theme will be exhibited by Susan Rubin, Carol Till, Heather Myers, Constance Sayas, Bonnie Anthony, Susan Olson and Jan Boyd Haring.

• ASBA and RMSBA links to workshops/classes www.amsocbotartists.org www.botanicalartists.org • General Links to Events and Workshops/Classes at the Denver Botanic Gardens: • DBG www.botanicgardens.org • 2010 • 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

• “Gone to the Dogs 2” Patty McAuliffe and Carol Till had pieces accepted into this juried exhibit of artwork depicting dogs. October 15 - November 13, 2010 Thurs-Friday 1-5 p.m., Sat. 12-4, 1st and 3rd Fridays until 9 p.m. Niza Knoll Gallery, 915 Santa Fe Drive, Denver CO 80204 www.nizaknollgallery.com

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November 4: Endangered Species in Furniture Industry (Abstract and further information)

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• RMSBA’s Holiday Party/Meeting: At Susi Olson’s home, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Please see back cover for driving directions.

“Every artist was first an amateur. ”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

It’s time to put away all of the gardening tools and perhaps get out all of the art producing tools! I know I will be doing just that now that the landscaping part of my business has ceased for the year. This winter I’ll be focusing on producing art that you would find in the land that I’m from, Maine. What are your goals for this Winter season? If any of you find that you have the desire to write a little blurb or two of your goals for the quiet winter season and have it published in a this newsletter, please do and send them to me by January 12, 2010. I can always use new and different submissions for the newsletter! Thanks, Katie M. Nichols

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“Pinecone” , Courtesy of Jan Boyd Haring

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Rare Exhibit thanks from Carol till
The RARE, Imperiled Plants of Colorado has concluded its tour of the state. The exhibit traveled 1200 miles, showing in four cities over an 18 month period. Three of the receptions had attendance exceeding 300 people. Steamboat Art Museum recorded 4500 visitors to the exhibit from May 18 through September 30. Numerous programs were held in conjunction with the exhibit including talks by artists and botanists, lectures on botanical art and botanical drawing for kids. The production costs for exhibit merchandise (cards, tees and catalogs) have been recovered and the remaining material sales will be pure profit for RMSBA. At my talk at the ASBA conference in Pittsburgh in September I was told that ASBA is considering using our RARE exhibit as a template/example for other chapters to follow. At the risk of missing someone, I would like to acknowledge and recognize the many RMSBA members who contributed to the production and success of this exhibit. This exhibit was possible due to the support of the following members who energetically contributed their time. I hope that this exhibit serves as inspiration to our group of the potential to do big things! The Culpeper exhibit was great. What’s next? RARE Honor Roll: Thanks to the two members who surreptitiously invited me to dinner, suggested uniform frames and started this exhibit on the path to a professional presentation: Susan Rubin and Connie Sayas. Susan also made the frames, Connie made the travel packages and Renee Jorgensen came up with a matting solution and all three framed the work. Thanks to our pals in Arizona: Susan Fisher, for heading up the jury and Libby Kyer who ran the computer for the jury and compiled the results. Renee Jorgensen established labeling criteria and presented at a meeting. Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski offered her advice on proper botanical naming and labeling. (Mervi also lobbied behind the scenes to place our exhibit at DBG.) Saundra Dowling, Katie Nichols and Bev Coogan got card and print quotes. Dorothy DePaulo and granddaughters, Heidi Snyder, Patty McAuliffe, Sharon Garrett and Katie spent evenings packaging card sets. Tee shirt quotes were obtained by Jan Boyd Haring and Mary Jo Ramsdale. Jan saw the printing through and stored those tees. Help on the ‘killer catalog’ goes to Patty McAuliffe, Terry Ruiter, Mary Barnes and Mary Clark for their proofreading. The catalog was produced on a very short timeline by Denver Botanic Gardens staff. We had from December 15 to January 11 to get artist’s biographies and plant descriptions done. Huge thanks to you all for working over the holidays to do this! (Next time you are in the DBG herbarium give a pat on the back to Dina Clark, who pulled a couple of 13 hour days proofreading and correcting this information.) Susan and Gregory Olson donated wine for the DBG reception which no doubt helped account for the $6100.00 in sales that afternoon. Thanks to Cathy Cridlebaugh and the Olson’s for traveling to Steamboat especially to work the reception. Susanne Wuerthele put together a lovely binder that traveled with the exhibit with a page on each of the artists. Susan DiMarchi, Dorothy DePaulo, Vicky MacWilliam, Sharon Garrett and Peggy Turchette all get my undying praise for their heroic cashiering efforts at the DBG reception. I had NO IDEA what kind of response we’d get and was woefully unprepared for two hours of purchasing frenzy. You guys were rock stars! Julie Sprinkle got the word out in the publicity department and helped book our spot at BAC. Sharon Garrett got hooked into presenting a children’s drawing program at BAC. I owe you lunch for that one, Sharon. Vicky MacWilliam in her usual unassuming and calm, competent manner keep track of all of the bookkeeping for this enterprise. Susan Dimarchi, Vicky MacWilliam, Patty McAuliffe and I drove the exhibit around the state. I got to drive the exhibit to Steamboat and saw two sandhill cranes in the snow at the top of Rabbit Ears pass! This state has no end of natural wonders. Also thanks to Terry Ruiter for arranging for Jim VonLoh to speak to our group about rare plants. Susan Olson, Patty McAuliffe and Susan Rubin hosted committee meeting at their homes. So, as you can see, this exhibit had great member participation. Special thanks to those listed above who did not have pieces in the exhibit, but selflessly contributed anyway! See you all at our December meeting or at Studio Botanica’s reception in Loveland on December 10th. Thanks, Carol Till

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Directions to Susi Olson’s home: 2193 South Juniper Street, Lakewood, CO 80228 If you are coming from the South take I-25 to C-470 heading west to the Alameda Parkway exit, it will be after the Morrison exit. Get off and turn towards Denver – up the hill to the crest and you will see stone markers for the Solterra development. Turn right on Indiana St. and go down the hill to the first left on Evans Place, quickly make a right and you are on South Juniper. We are the fourth house on the right (there are no houses on the left. If you are coming from the city direction you can come towards the mountains on 6th Avenue or I-70, get on C-470 towards Colorado Springs take the first exit Alameda Parkway and see above. Any other directions needed call me, 303-456-5175 … and I will have my husband tell you, not me. Click HERE for a link to Susi’s address via Google Maps:

Are you looking for displays for selling you art work? I would like to recommend that you shop from Robin Lee McCarthy. I found her on eBay, however she has her own Web site, www.robinleemccarthy.com. If you by chance saw my display at the Echter’s show this past September, you may have noticed a white wire display rack that held all of my Gift Enclosure Cards. I bought this display from Robin Lee McCarthy. She was pleasant and very helpful with figuring out if my items would fit any of the displays she had available.

7636 Gray Way • Arvada, CO 80003
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