NESBA members demonstrate at the Ames Mansion

On August 16, 2015 from 11:00-3:00pm behind the Ames Mansion at Borderlands State Park in Easton, MA members of NESBA demonstrated botanical illustration. Visitors stopped by to watch talented botanical artists at work! Blanche Ames, the women of this estate was a botanical artist –members of the New England Society of Botanical Artists completed beautiful pieces, as Blanche did many years ago. Some guests brought their own drawing utensils and joined in the fun! The Friends of Borderland provided some drawing material. Watching history in the making and interacting with the artists one could almost sense Blanche Ames out there painting along with us.
Ellen Duarte's beautiful watercolors on display
Joan Pierce showing fascinated children how to paint acorns
Joan Pierce showing guests how to paint acorns 

Mathilde Duffy drawing and showing some of her colored pencil flowers
Ellen and Rita Edmunds showing how it's done.
Maria Bablyak drawing preliminary sketch for her painting

An Evening at Elm Bank

Massachusetts Horticultural Society is presenting An Evening at Elm Bank: Arts on the Green, Thursday 23 July 2015 from 6:00pm - 08:30pm, in Wellesley, MA.

The evening will feature an Art Walk of artists showcasing their work throughout the gardens. It is a chance for the community to buy original art from the artists who make it. NESBA members Lucy Sur, Carrie Megan and Bobbi Angell will be displaying and selling their artwork. 

euonymus planipes
Bobbi Angell

parthenocissus quinquefolia
Lucy Sur

Carrie Megan

Enjoy live music, bring a picnic, sip a glass of wine and wander the gardens. We will also have family art projects and tours available. Free to all!
For more information,

Sue Neff to show her work on the Cape

NESBA member Sue Neff will be showing her work in East Sandwich, MA at the Green Briar Nature Center.  A reception will be held on Saturday, July 18 from 1-3 pm.

Ellen Duarte receives CBA

Congratulations to the newest graduate from the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens Friends Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration Program, Ellen Duarte. Many of you joined us yesterday to celebrate with Ellen and see her wonderful final project exhibit. If you missed the exhibit, stop in sometime before next week to see it – it is inspiring and beautiful.

WCBG Friends offers a Certificate in Botanical Art and Illustration (CBA) that brings together fine art and scientific accuracy in an integrated course of study set in the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens.
The certificate curriculum provides a solid background in both botanical art media and techniques and fosters a working knowledge of plant anatomy and development.
Ellen holds her well deserved certificate.

Sarah Roche, education director
and Ellen Duarte

Two NESBA members showing their work this summer.

Elena Balmaseda-Scherer is showing her paintings in Dorchester, MA
11 Ocean Street, on view through July 17.

Carrie Megan 's graphite drawing of, "Oak & Birch" has been accepted in The Danforth Museum's Annual Juried Exhibition, "Off The Wall", an interesting exhibit of work from different disciplines and media. The show is at the Danforth Museum, 123 Union Ave, Framingham, MA and runs from June 7 -August 2.

Call For Entries: Rivers, Textile and Dye Pants

Call for Entries-A New England Society of Botanical Artists members exhibit at Brush Art Gallery in Lowell, Massachusetts is open to any NESBA member in good standing (dues paid).

The Brush Art Gallery
256 Market Street, Lowell, MA 01852

Theme-An original botanical artwork depicting a river, textile or dye plant.  Can be from anywhere in the world, not limited to New England.

Exhibit Guidelines- Artwork preferred to be for sale but not required to be.  The Brush Art Gallery shall sell artwork at the price listed and set by the artist.  The Brush Art Gallery will handle all sales. Details to be provided by the Gallery.

Framing-Please follow NESBA framing standard for this exhibit: white or off-white mats and a simple gold, medium, or light wood frame. Plexi or glass is permitted in this gallery. No sawtooth hangers.  Frames that do not meet exhibit quality standards will not be accepted.
All artwork must be bubble wrapped and properly labeled and include a $10 hanging fee, (cash or check made out to NESBA).  If shipping please enclose shipping instructions, UPS or USPS only, plus return prepaid shipping with hanging fee.

Artist Statement:- Submit an artist statement/bio to be included in the exhibits promotional material (optional).
Mail or email a one-page artist statement or resume before delivery due date to:
Nancy Savage, 26 Stoneymeade Way, Acton, MA 01720,
Guidelines for your statement are posted on the NESBA website.


August 15 - deadline for submitting,   Intent to Exhibit Form  on the NESBA website or print and mail to:
Nancy Horrall, 26 Bowers Rd, Harvard, MA 01451

Drop-off Points-
South: Kathy Folino
West: Nancy Horrall
North: Rita Edmunds
Cape: Ellen Duarte
Wellesley area: Celeste Hurley
Shipping via UPS or USPS: Joyce Westner

September 4- Deliver work to person/drop-off point. Artists may provide Giclee quality prints or cards of botanicals to be sold in the gallery during the exhibit. See prints and card guidelines.
Commission: Gallery takes 40% on all work sold including prints/cards 
Artists will be required to sign the Brush Art Gallery's, "Artist Loan and Insurance Agreement". Form will be sent upon receipt of Intent to Exhibit, and the Agreement will be placed in the bubble wrap envelope with the artwork.

September 15- Exhibit hanging date

September 26- Opening reception

October 26- NESBA pickup from the Brush Gallery. Retrieve artwork from exhibit by prior arrangement with delivery person.

Liability Statement — NESBA is unable to assume liability during the show. Artists exhibit at their own risk. All artwork will be handled with the utmost care. Artwork may not be removed prior to scheduled end of the exhibit.