New Member, Leslie Watkins Exhibit and Classes

“Paphiopedilium maudiae”, watercolor by Leslie Watkins, ©2014

Leslie Watkins, Gail Easton, Molly Lally: Botanicals

The Norfolk Library
9 Greenwoods Road East
Norfolk, CT 06058
860-542-5075 
March 1 - 31, 2015

Opening reception March 1, 4:00 - 6:00pm

Leslie will also be teaching  -

Nature Studies in Watercolor
Wednesdays, March 4 -25, 2015
10am - 12pm

Dandelion Cottage
281 Litchfield Road
Norfolk, CT 06058

Learn techniques of traditional watercolor as used by the masters.
Develop your skills and add to your portfolio as you paint. This class will provide the student with the confidence and ability to maintain a personal record of the natural world, with the intent to use it as a foundation to create works of art. Elements of painting such as drawing, the movement of light, mass conceptions, depicting form, creating depth, and atmospheric perspective will be taught. Traditional English watercolor techniques will be demonstrated, as used by J.M.W. Turner, Beatrix Potter, Albrecht Dürer, and Pierre Joseph Redouté.

Students at all levels, including beginners will enjoy this relaxed and illuminating class. More experienced painters will hone their craft and receive constructive criticism. Plenty of individual instruction and live demonstrations will be given. Bring any watercolor supplies you may have on hand, additional materials will be available for purchase.

Leslie Watkins is a well known botanical illustrator and landscape painter, with 30 years of practice and teaching. A very popular instructor, she is also the founding director of the NWCT Berkshire Plein Air Painters.

Contact: Leslie Watkins, lesliewatkins@lesliewatkins.com, and visit: www.lesliewatkins.com
(860) 542-3920

NESBA member Mathilde Duffy wins awards

Mathilde Duffy wins a number of awards for her artwork in the 
Massachusetts Orchid Society Annual Show and Sale, 
'Orchid Passion: Yesterday and Today'
 at Tower Hill Botanic Garden in West Boylston, MA.
The show was Oct 31- Nov 2.

NESBA meeting: All About Exhibiting




The NESBA meeting on Saturday, Oct 25 on All About Exhibiting was interesting and informative. Panelists discussed the nitty-gritty of how to organize an exhibit, either a solo show, a small-group show, or a NESBA exhibit open to all. In addition, we heard how to enter a juried show at the local, national or international level, including exclusively botanical-themed shows as well as shows with mixed themes. Joyce Westner, co-chair of NESBA's, ' From the Mountains to the Sea' exhibit, led the discussion. Regina Milan spoke of her experiences with exhibiting in the prestigious Royal Horticultural Society Show in London and Barbara DeGregorio spoke about the logistics of her solo show at Habitat in Belmont, MA . There was a lively discussion of talking points when discussing possible exhibits in different venues as well as the many varied experiences had by exhibit chairs in the past. 'Get it in writing' was stressed to be sure everyone understands expectations when working with venues.


Examples of publicity

NESBA artist Susan Bull-Riley shows in Vermont

Susan Bull-Riley has work in three different venues in Vermont this Fall.

Susan's work in being shown at The Governor's Gallery in Montpelier, VT

A Little Oil Painting (Iris)
Tulips
watercolor

Susan also has work at the Festival Gallery in Waitsfield, VT 

Maple Duet 
Festival Gallery in Waitsfield, VT

Amaryllis
watercolor and graphite

Lovers 

Our newest fall art exhibit of oils and watercolors by Susan Bull Riley of Montpelier will be on display.


Susan's work in also is at a Montpelier Restaurant called Vermont Thrush where she's had a rotating exhibit of watercolors for the past two years.


Amaryllis
watercolor
Sensitive Ferns
watercolor and graphite

NESBA artist Stephanie Whitney-Payne at the Compass Art Center



Stephanie Whitney-Payne is showing her work at the Compass Art Center 


The show, Artful Vermont, is on display until November 2.
The Compass Art Center is located at 333 Jones Drive in Brandon, VT.
Gallery hours: 10-5, 7 days a week.

NESBA member M.E. Duarte shows her work on the Cape.


An exhibit of the work of Ellen Duarte will be held at the Old Selectman's Gallery in West Barnstable, MA from October 8 to October 12. 


An artist reception will be held Friday, October 10th, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Meet the artist and enjoy refreshments in this quaint historic building.  There will be ongoing demonstrations.

Exhibit hours:
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  October 8th- 11th.
noon- 6:00 p.m.  October 12th

The Old Selectman's Building Gallery
Meeting house Way (Rt. 149)
West Barnstable, MA

Borderlands State Park Interpretive Program: NESBA Demonstrations at Ames Mansion, Easton, MA

On Sunday, September 21, visitors watched NESBA's talented botanical artists at work. Blanche Ames, the woman of this estate was a botanical artist as well. Many visitors took the opportunity to interact with the NESBA members and to sit and draw with the artists.

Sarah Roche, Ellen Duarte. Demo in the Ames mansion



The event took place during The 2014 Blanche Ames National Art Exhibition on view Tuesdays through Sundays, from 11am to 3pm, through October 4.
Joan Pierce has visitors painting acorns



Kay Kopper, Mathilde Duffy Joan DeGregory, Gail Tatangelo