Artist Kat O'Connor speaks at NESBA's series on creative process.

Kat O’Connor ( brought samples of her paintings and sketchbooks to NESBA’s April 16, 2016 meeting at the Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Visitor Center. She talked about her creative process in her studio work and in her experimental work, the importance of art in the world, and her attempt to help viewers see the abstractions in her figurative art. She showed slides of her various series, including her Water Series, her Edges Series and her Abstraction Process.
Kat's passion and enthusiasm for her art was inspiring as was her self discipline in pursuing her vision. 

"Botanical Art and Picasso” at the MFA

"Passion" is the One word that describes our NESBA event at the MFA. Our curator, Katie Hanson, for the MFA Picasso session, took our group from being observers of the famous Picassso paintings to living and breathing characters in his life and art. We were transformed into members of Picasso's inner circle, knowing the most personal details of what and why he painted the pieces in the show and why they were so transformational in art history.... And us!! He came alive to us all !! Bravo Katie for bringing the old curmudgeon to life again. ( And bravo to us if we can be inspired to find elements in his work/ life, to our own paintings !)

The botanical session was fabulous. The two curators: Nancy Keeler and Stephanie Stepanek, shared with us the tools and techniques used in botanical art from 1600-now. Some tools used long ago were new to us, and it was great seeing the history represented by prints of Redoute, Ehret, Bauer, Merian, side by side to better understand the changes over the centuries.

A yummy "coffee" was lastly enjoyed by the group in the astonishing Shapiro courtyard, the "outside is inside" coffee shop at the MFA.

Five NESBA Members Accepted into the 18th Annual Botanical Art Exhibition at Filoli in California: April 5 - June 12

Carrie Megan, Faye Van Wert, Jeanne Reiner, Jeannetta vanRaalte, and Dorothy McCauley will have their work displayed in the 18th Annual Art Exhibition at Filoli located 30 miles north of San Francisco. Filoli is a unique and fitting venue for this historical art form that has rendered plants throughout history and from around the world. The Filoli Botanical Art Exhibit has long been an essential part of the Botanical Art Program’s mission to interpret and preserve this historically significant art form. The work reflects the rich tradition of botanical art and adheres to high standards of botanical accuracy and skilled use of media.

Dotty McCauley
Franklinia Altamaha watercolor on vellum

                                        Faye Van Wert
                                        African Violet

Jeanne Reiner
watercolor on paper

Jeanne Reiner
Ornamental Cabbage
carbon dust on acetate vellum

Jeannetta vanRaalte
Helianthus annuus
Sunflower Arising

Jeannetta vanRaalte
Allium cepa var.vidalia
Vidalia Onion

Call for Entries: Arnold Arboretum, Woody Plants of New England

Call for Entries: Woody Plants of New England
Dates: Friday, July 8, 2016 through September 11, 2016
The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, 125 Arborway, Boston

A New England Society of Botanical Artists members’ exhibit at The Arnold Arboretum is open to any NESBA member in good standing (dues paid). Members may submit up to 2 works (space permitting) 

Subject/Theme of exhibit: Woody plants of New England (native or non-native accepted)
Due dates:

■ Deadline for submission of “Intent to Exhibit” Form*: Wednesday, June 1, 2016

■ Deadline for delivery of artwork to your contact person: Thursday, June 30, 2016

■ Artwork may be priced for sale or labeled “Not For Sale” (Wall labels are not allowed to have prices, therefore a book will be at the venue that lists artists, their piece, and price, if for sale. Please supply your asking price on the Intent to Exhibit Form.).

■ Exhibit hanging date: July 5–7 (TBD)

■ Reception: July 9, 1:00–3:00 pm

■ Demonstration Day: August 13, 2–4 pm (Interested in demonstrating botanical art? please contact Nancy Savage)

■ Take Down: September 12, 2016

* Intent to Exhibit Form:

See NESBA website for the “Intent to Exhibit” form and submit by  Wednesday, June 1, 2016 submit on line: or print and mail to: Pat Buchanan at 9 The Valley Road, Concord, MA 01742.

Framing: Please follow NESBA standards for this exhibit: white or off-white mats and simple, wood frame in a light, medium or gold wood color. No saw-tooth hangers. All artwork must be delivered in a bubble wrap “envelope” (see website for instructions on how to make one). No packing peanuts or artwork will be returned.

Packaging and Labeling:

Three labels can be found on the NESBA blogspot: and are to be used as follows:

1. Download PDF and print.

2. Attach one label to back of artwork in lower corner.

3. Attach second label to front of the bubble wrap envelope so that your artwork is returned to you in your envelope. (see website for how to make a bubble wrap envelope)

4. Enclose third label in a Ziploc bag with $10 cash or check for hanging fee for each piece hung.

Delivery contact people for this exhibit:

Wellesley area: Celeste Hurley

Cape Cod: Ellen Duarte

Boston & North: Joyce Westner

South Shore: Sarah Roche

West area: Nancy Savage

Artwork may be shipped via UPS or USPS to Joyce Westner by prior arrangement; please include return postage. Please contact Nancy Savage with details of any other drop off and/or pickup arrangements not listed above.

Artist Statement: If you are submitting an artist statement/bio to be included in the exhibit’s promotional material, please send a one-page statement with your “Intent to Exhibit” form to Pat Buchanan. Guidelines for your statement are posted on the NESBA website. Artist Statements are optional. A small number of business cards may be included with your artist statement.

No commission will be taken by NESBA on artwork sold as a result of the Arnold Arboretum Exhibit.

NESBA exhibits at the 2016 Boston Flower & Garden Show

NESBA presents a members exhibit at the 2016 Boston Flower & Garden Show,  
Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd, Boston 
 Wednesday March 16 through Sunday March 20
  The exhibit showcases over 55 works by members from all over New England.  

NESBA has participated in the Boston Flower and Garden Show for many years.  
A crew of seven hard working members set-up for the exhibit on Monday, March 14

Members of The New England Society of Botanical Artists enjoy the opportunity to promote public appreciation of the art and science of botanical art and illustration in New England. The Society educates individuals and organizations about botanical art and illustration through exhibits, lectures, workshops, and outreach programs.

Portfolio Sharing Sponsored by the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators – New England Chapter and New England Society of Botanical Art

The Feb 6th meeting at the Massachusetts Audubon Society Museum of American Bird Art in Canton, MA provided the opportunity to view art portfolios presented by members of the Guild of Natural Science Illustrators – NE (GNSI-NE) and members of the New England Society of Botanical Art (NESBA).


Students and faculty from Massasoit Community College and from Canton High School joined the sharing also.  Each school also brought some of their student work for members to look at.  This informal gathering was a great opportunity for students and faculty to view portfolios by artists from GNSI_NE and NESBA.
Attendees, moving from table to table, had the opportunity to look closely at the art work and to talk with each artist, ask specific questions about techniques and materials, and the artist’s background, etc.