20th Annual Meeting & Conference - 2014

Denver, Colorado

  • Denver Botanic Garden - Photo by Scott Dressel-Martin

The Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists is pleased to invite you to ASBA’s 20th Annual Meeting and Conference in Denver, Colorado.

The Conference will be held at the Westin Denver Downtown, located one block from the famous 16th Street Mall, providing access to restaurants and shopping (with free electric shuttle buses). Within walking distance of the hotel are the excellent Denver Art Museum, the American Museum of Western Art – The Anschutz Collection, the Clyfford Still Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, the Molly Brown House Museum, Denver Public Library’s Western History and Genealogy Department, the historic Brown Palace Hotel and shopping destination Larimer Square. The hotel is a 25 minute cab or shuttle ride from Denver International Airport.

Whether you are a beginner or an accomplished artist, there’s something for you at ASBA’s conference.  You’ll be immersed in botanical art and leave with memories to inspire you for a long time to come.   In addition to the three-day core conference, there are pre- and post-conference workshops providing in-depth study.  The conference activities will be held at the Westin Hotel and the Denver Botanic Garden.  Join us for dessert and wine at a Welcome and Small Works Opening Reception on Wednesday evening.   Registration opens on July 12, 12:00 noon Eastern Time.

Pre- and Post- Conference Workshops
ASBA offers workshops with three exceptional artists in pre- and post-conference workshops.  Two-day workshops preceding the conference (October 14-15) include Light Form & Reflected Lights – Gourds with Jean Emmons and Watercolor Roundup with Connie Sayas.  Beverly Allen will conduct a three-day workshop on Working to the Third Dimension on October 19, 20, 21. 

Visualize your Day-by-Day Conference Activities
Welcoming & Small Works Opening Reception

On Wednesday evening, October 15, relax after your travel and kick off the conference .  Join the Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists, our local hosts, for a welcoming reception and opening of Botanical Art with Altitude: Small Works Exhibition.  Dessert and wine will be served at 8 pm.  Meet up with old friends and make new ones as we begin a full schedule of activities.

Classes, Lectures, Trips and More!

On Thursday, October 16, the popular Portfolio Sharing will be held in the spacious Westin Mezzanine. The Annual Meeting and Luncheon will catch you up on ASBA’s activities and will be followed by the Techniques Showcase featuring Hillary Parker (composition), Ann Swan (colored pencil), and Kelly Leahy Radding (gouache).  Hands-on classes with Susan Fisher, and Carol Govan and lectures with Jesse Meyer of Pergamena, Katherine Taylor of Daniel Smith,  Carol Woodin and Jeanne Debons fill the day.  The Wildflower Forum Thursday evening will feature Rare Plants of Colorado with Susan Spackman Panjabi, a botanist with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program.

Friday and Saturday will include many hands-on classes, lectures, demonstrations and tours.  Tours to the Plains Conservation Center, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and the beautiful Denver Botanic Gardens with a special exhibition of Chihuly Glass Sculptures will educate and dazzle you!

The Silent Auction and Awards Banquet are great finales to the conference.  Along with the auction, some of the donated items will be included in a Market Place format. No need to wait to be the winning bidder. Just purchase the items of your choice before someone else beats you to it!l

Click on the "Sessions" tab to see the full list of offerings.  Click on each item in the list to see details about each session.  Downloadable and printable versions of the conference schedule and mail-in registration form are available HERE

Please note that Denver’s altitude is 5,280 feet, one mile above sea level. While in Denver, drinking plenty of water is the number one way to adjust to the higher altitude. October temperatures average 37 to 65 degrees F.

Denver, Colorado
October 16 - 18, 2014

Westin Hotel

1672 Lawrence Street

Denver, Colorado 80202

Rooms fill up quickly, so make your reservations now. For reservations call 1/888-627-8435. Please ask for the American Society of Botanical Artists block of rooms. If you have any questions regarding your reservation contact Rhiannon Dreadon at 303/572-7251.

Room rates are $175 per night plus applicable taxes.

Roommate inquiries:  Contact Marilyn Garber at asbaconfcoord@aol.com.

Denver International Airport is located approximately 25 miles from the Downtown Westin.

Metro Taxi 303/333-333 or Yellow Cab 303/777-7777- approximately $51 one-way.

Super Shuttle (shared ride) (800/258.3826) or book online to receive $8 off round trip at this link: http://groups.supershuttle.com/americansocietyofbotanicalartists.html
Enter code: ASBA4 to receive discount rate of $36, round trip.

Bus service will be provided between Westin and other conference venues.

Please note: There is a marathon taking place near the hotel on Sunday morning. Please take this into account when making your return transportation plan.

Thanks to our sponsors!

Title
Instructor
Location

xPre-Conference Workshop: Light, Form and Reflected Light - Gourds

NOTE: This is a 2-day workshop (Tuesday and Wednesday) - Session fee covers both days. After completing a series of watercolor exercises, we will tackle autumn gourds. Sculptural and durable, gourds offer us a perfect opportunity to study light on form. Each little wart and bump allows us a chance to study highlights, core darks, reflected light, cast shadows and form shadows.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$300.00
Jean Emmons
Westin, Blake

xPre-Conference Workshop: Watercolor Roundup

NOTE: This is a 2-day workshop (Tuesday and Wednesday) - Session fee covers both days. Welcome to the Wild West! Dab, charge, blend and bleed; explore the properties of watercolor while painting harvest vegetables. First, practice wet-into-wet painterly techniques. Then rein it in; refine and define using dry brush drawing. So get back into the saddle. Expand your watercolor skills.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$300.00
Connie Sayas
Westin, Cook

xPre-Conference Workshop: Light, Form and Reflected Light - Gourds

NOTE: This is a 2-day workshop (Tuesday and Wednesday) - Session fee covers both days. After completing a series of watercolor exercises, we will tackle autumn gourds. Sculptural and durable, gourds offer us a perfect opportunity to study light on form. Each little wart and bump allows us a chance to study highlights, core darks, reflected light, cast shadows and form shadows.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$300.00
Jean Emmons
Westin, Blake

xPre-Conference Workshop: Watercolor Roundup

NOTE: This is a 2-day workshop (Tuesday and Wednesday) - Session fee covers both days. Welcome to the Wild West! Dab, charge, blend and bleed; explore the properties of watercolor while painting harvest vegetables. First, practice wet-into-wet painterly techniques. Then rein it in; refine and define using dry brush drawing. So get back into the saddle. Expand your watercolor skills.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$300.00
Connie Sayas
Westin, Cook

xWelcome & Small Works Opening Reception

The Rocky Mountain Society of Botanical Artists welcome you to Denver! Join us for this welcome reception and the opening of the Small Works Exhibition. Dessert and wine will be served.
Session Capacity: 
200
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$35.00
Westin, Confluence A B

xPortfolio Sharing

Display your portfolio or view those of other ASBA artists. Share ideas and camaraderie. On a first-come basis, artists who sign up to display their work will be given table space as space permits. Open to all, beginners to advanced. You must register to display your portfolio, but all are invited to view the portfolios. Registration is ONLY required for those members wishing to RESERVE A TABLE to show their portfolio. All conference attendees should plan to attend this event!
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Westin, Mezzanine

xThe Story of Vellum

Since 1550 the Meyer family has been involved in tanning and leatherwork. Pergamena is recognized as North America's leading parchment and leathers producer. Join Jesse Meyer of Pergamena for a lecture about the making and use of different types of prepared skin vellum as a ground for watercolor. Vellum will be available for sale during the conference.
Session Capacity: 
50
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Jesse Meyer
Westin, Blake

xGeneral Meeting Luncheon

Annual meeting of the general membership. Updates on ASBA's activities and plans for the future. Menu selection: your choice of chicken, salmon or ravioli.
Session Capacity: 
200
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$46.00
Westin, Confluence C

xTechniques for Teaching Middle and High School Students

Middle and high school students are a wonderful age to introduce all aspects of botanical illustration. Jeanne will present ideas and techniques for engaging these students and share a drawing tool that will help students create an outline, accurate perspective and foreshortening.
Session Capacity: 
25
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Jeanne Debons
Westin, Curtis

xTechniques Showcase

Three artists demonstrate and talk about their techniques, with close-up views projected onto a large screen. 1:30 - Hillary Parker, Outside the 22"x30" Box, 2:30 - Ann Swan, Colored Pencil Techniques, 3:30 - Kelly Leahy Radding, Gouache on Dark Backgrounds
Session Capacity: 
130
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$10.00
Westin, Lawrence A B

xWow! Botany is Exciting!

Science and botanical drawing both require close observations. Quickly draw seeds, flowers and fruits to understand the lifecycle of flowering plants. See demonstrations of methods to draw and tone faster while maintaining accuracy and a fast way to match and understand correct color.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$60.00
Carol Govan
Westin, McCourt

xSculpting Plants for Reference or Display

Follow the steps to create plants for display in a diorama at a museum or to use as a reference for illustration. Plants made from paper, paint and clay can open a new approach to composition on a 2D surface.
Session Capacity: 
12
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$65.00
Jayme Irvin
Westin, Blake

xJuror Training

A review of the topics needed to serve as a juror in ASBA Exhibitions, including ASBA policies and procedures for jurors and criteria used in scoring artwork. Participants will divide into teams and jury a small exhibition.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Carol Woodin
Westin, Weltin

xDaniel Smith - Story of Pigments

Join Katherine Taylor of Daniel Smith Color Manufacturing for this informative lecture. Curious about Quinacridone pigments, wonder where in the world the color Serpentine comes from, how a color gets it’s name or how we test pigments for lightfastness? The presentation will start off with the history of Daniel Smith and the many aspects of developing Daniel Smith products, specifically Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors. Enjoy the rare opportunity to see firsthand lab paint outs of many colors and also the minerals used to manufacture colors.
Session Capacity: 
30
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Westin, Curtis

xWildflower Forum - Rare Plants of Colorado

Rare Plants of Colorado Colorado supports about 500 globally and state rare plant species. Photos and artwork showing some of the rare species will be presented, as well as information about local conservation efforts. Susan Spackman Panjabi is a botanist with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program at Colorado State University. She has focused her research on the rare plants of Colorado for the past 20 years and is the principal author of the Colorado Rare Plant Guide.
Session Capacity: 
100
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$20.00
Susan Spackman Panjabi
Westin, Lawrence A B

xTextures on Mylar in Colored Pencil

The bus departs the Westin at 8:30 am for DBG. Class runs from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at DBG. Create realistic textures using a variety of colored pencil techniques specific to Mylar film; layering, using the back of the surface to enhance the front, even erasing for effect. Through guided exercise and practice, assemble a collection of texture technique studies to enhance your future work. A box lunch will be provided in the DBG classroom. Return bus departs DBG at 4:15 pm, arrives at the Westin at 4:30 pm.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$145.00
Susan Rubin
DBG Classroom B, Meet in Westin Lobby for Bus

xRecreating Plants - Drawing from Herbarium Sheets

The bus departs the Westin at 8:30 am for DBG. Session runs from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm at DBG. Class will cover: proper handling and usage of herbarium specimens, drawing techniques to produce a 3D presentation from a pressed plant; bar scales and how to present various size insets, pen and ink line and stipple techniques to create plates for reproduction. A box lunch will be provided in the DBG classroom. Return bus departs DBG at 4:15 pm, arrives at the Westin at 4:30 pm.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$65.00
Marjorie Leggitt
DBG - Hibiscus, Meet in Westin Lobby for Bus

xTour: Plains Conservation Center

Bus departs from Westin at 8:45 am. The Plains Conservation Center exists to bring the natural wonder of the prairie into the realm of personal experience by: PRESERVING a remnant of the eastern Colorado High Plains, EDUCATING the public about its natural and cultural heritage and NURTURING sound conservation and environmental ethics. The 1,000 acre natural area is home to pronghorn, prairie dogs, coyotes and prairie birds with 5 miles of trails for visitors to explore. Wells Crossing, the historic farm, harkens back to homesteading days of sod houses, one-room schools, heritage livestock and heirloom gardens. The Cheyenne Camp offers visitors a glimpse into the former semi-nomadic life of Plains Indians, including 4 stately tipis and their typical furnishings. This trip includes a wagon tour and time to sketch and take photographs. Return bus departs Plains Conservation Center at 3:00 pm, arrives at the Westin at 4:00 pm.
Session Capacity: 
30
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
Guests
$50.00
Plains Conservation Center

xArtichokes: A Tonal Watercolor Study

A monochromatic rendering of artichokes focuses the viewer on the contour of the artichoke and highlights the interaction of form and light within different points in the painting. Class demonstrations and exercises will explore painting the artichoke in continuous tone using Ivory Black watercolor from foreground to background and from various distances from the light source.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$65.00
Marilyn Garber
Westin, Gilpin

xColor Force - Color Course

Your instructor prefers one color while you prefer another - what to do? You receive numerous recommendations on the “best paints” to use and you are still unsure. This class will show you how to find your own answers, give you hands-on instruction in mixing paints (as time allows), and offer practical advice you can use throughout your career as an artist.
Session Capacity: 
20
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$60.00
Susan T. Fisher
Westin, Curtis

xMastering Watercolor Washes

This half-day course focuses on developing advanced techniques of creating seamless form, using a unique approach to layering multiple washes and glazes. Demonstrations, progressive exercises, and new skills applied to forms of all shapes and sizes, challenge students to master the art of controlling water and pigment with washes, freeing them from a sense of frustration and moving to a higher level of ease and confidence.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$65.00
Hillary Parker
Westin, Lawrence A

xOnions in Watercolor

The lowly onion has much to offer the botanical artist: translucent skin covering a solid form; a mass of roots; and the paper-like quality to its cut stem. A charming challenge! The skills you’ll learn will translate to all kinds of vegetables and fruits (flowers too).
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$135.00
Sally Jacobs
Westin, McCourt

xTextures in Watercolor

Learn techniques for creating textures in watercolor - smooth, shiny, fuzzy, dried, and wrinkled. We will try new colors, experiment with masking fluid and white gouache, learn to mix dark, interesting shadow colors, and try out several different techniques for creating texture.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$135.00
Denise Walser-Kolar
Westin, Cook

xPen and Ink with Watercolor

This class is for anyone who uses pen & ink (or would like to). I will show you my process for creating botanical illustrations using pen & ink and then adding water color. It is fun and easy to add color to a pen & ink drawing and adds interest and information to your botanical artwork.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$135.00
Joan McGann
Westin, Blake

xA Day's Dive into Vellum

This short immersion into painting in watercolor on vellum will alleviate anxiety and increase confidence in working with this beautiful but quirky material. Using a small autumn subject, artists will build layers, increasing color intensity and form, while learning to take advantage of vellum’s best qualities. Bring your own vellum or purchase it during the conference from Pergamena.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$135.00
Carol Woodin
Westin, Welton

xFriday Box Lunch

Your choice of Portobello Sandwich, Mozzarella Tomato Salad, or Chicken Waldorf Salad
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$40.00
Westin, Augusta

xDrawing in Graphite

Graphite can create fantastically detailed and subtle works of art. Learn various line systems and make clean, fresh images with a strong range of values.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$60.00
Robin Jess
Westin, Curtis

xMake your own Art Journal

Learn simple, elegant and functional techniques in bookbinding in just a few hours and create your own archival art journal. Using Crossed Structure Binding originating in the Renaissance time Italy your journal has eight signatures. The binding structure allows potential later expansion.
Session Capacity: 
12
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$80.00
Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski
Westin, Lawrence A

xBotanical Art Education for Adults - What's Important?

Centering on a panel discussion, we will explore what should be the most important elements of any rigorous botanical art curriculum. Drawing from the wisdom of our speakers, each will give a short overview, and then, using pre- submitted questions and group discussion, build a guideline, useful for teachers of all experience levels. Our panel includes Derek Norman, Helen Allen and Susan Fisher, all of whom are experts in the botanical art education field. Derek, ASBA President, teaches at the Chicago Botanic Gardens. Susan has directed programs in Denver and Tucson and now teaches for many prestigious botanical art programs. Helen is Director of the Chelsea Physic Garden program in London and is Director of the Highgrove Florilegium. The moderator is Sarah Roche, ASBA Education Chair and Education Director of the Certificate Program at the Wellesley College Botanic Garden.
Session Capacity: 
30
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Westin, Gilpin

xGrant Presentations

Attend this interesting session to learn about these outstanding projects from the recipients themselves. Marsha Bennett’s project will fund a five minute video highlighting the Citizen Scientist project and members of the Southwest Society of Botanical Artists in the scientific identification and documentation of the flora of the Phoenix Mountains Preserve. Lisa Coddington’s project goal is to teach two botanical art workshops on the island of Grenada with a support partnership involving the Peak Institute. Estelle DeRidder’s project is to assist with the creation of multiple sets of reusable plant identification cards featuring illustrations of plant life cycle phases and focused on the top 35 native plant species of the Madrona Marsh Preserve in Torrance Ca. Jody William’s project is extending the reach of ASBA’s Following in the Bartram’s Footsteps exhibition to the St. Francois Mountains of Southeastern Missouri. The project will include drawing, painting and lecturing about the plants listed by the Bartrams and growing in the region.
Session Capacity: 
100
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
Guests
$0.00
Jan Boyd Haring
Westin, Confluence A B

xMonotype Botanicals - Morning

Bus departs from the Westin at 8:30 am for Open Press Studio. Class runs from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. Come prepared with two or three of your drawing ideas that you would like to see realized as a monotype. The finished print size will be 8 X 10 inches. There may be time for you to complete more than one print. Learn the basics about this unique process using a combination of painting and printmaking techniques to create your own one of a kind image. You will draw the botanical image of your choice on a flat plate using appropriate inks and then observe how that image is transferred to paper by passing it through a printing press. There will also be a wide variety of botanical prints on view, in the gallery at Open Press, Ltd. Return bus departs OPS at 12 noon, arriving at Westin at 12:30 pm. Box lunch at Westin.
Session Capacity: 
10
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$60.00
Mark Lunning
Open Press Studio, Meet in Westin Lobby for Bus

xBotanical Zentangle

Bus departs the Westin at 8:30 am for DBG. Class runs from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at DBG. Botangles, decorative pen drawings, are simple to render, but look amazingly complicated. Based on the Zentangle technique of drawing, you will learn “tangles” or patterns that improve your skill, focus, and creativity while translating a plant into a Botangle rich in form and texture. Box lunch at Westin. Return bus departs DBG at 12:15 pm, arrives at Westin at 12:30 pm.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$65.00
Annie Reiser
DBG Classroom B, Meet in Westin Lobby for Bus

xTour: Denver Museum of Nature and Science

Bus departs Westin at 8:30 am. Explore one of the world’s great museums, right in the heart of Denver! World-class wildlife displays take you to Earth’s wildest places, huge dinosaurs transport you back in time, interactive space exhibits make your mind wonder, and personalized health science fun puts your body to the test. Return bus departs Museum at 12 pm, arrives at Westin at 12:30 pm. Box lunch will be at Westin.
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$25.00
Denver Museum of Nature and Science

xTour: Denver Botanic Garden - Chihuly Exhibit & DBG Instructor Demonstrations

Bus departs from the Westin at 8:30 am. Bus departs DBG at 12 noon, returning to Westin at 12:30 pm. Box lunch will be at Westin. Tour the Garden and the special installation of Dale Chihuly’s world renowned glass art. See demonstrations by instructors from the Garden’s School of Botanical Art and Illustration. The Denver Botanic Gardens was one of the first gardens in the country to emphasize native plants and to champion environmentally responsible practices. DBG’s Research and Conservation department plays a critical role in the conservation, preservation and documentation of native flora. Special Feature! Denver Botanic Gardens presents the Rocky Mountain Region’s first major outdoor exhibition of artwork by celebrated American artist, Dale Chihuly. Chihuly’s sculptures – ranging from unique water features to a 30-foot neon tower – add bold colors and dramatic beauty to the Gardens’ 24-acre urban oasis.
Session Capacity: 
30
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
Guests
$35.00
Denver Botanic Garden

xSketching with Quill and Ink

Bus departs the Westin at 8:30 am for DBG. Session runs 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at DBG. Feeling anxious working with Quills and Ink? In this fast-paced guided sketching class, you will build confidence using this medium. In thirty minute intervals, sketch seedpods, flowers, fruits and vegetables using quick expressive lines and marks. A box lunch will be provided in the DBG classroom. Return bus departs DBG at 4 pm, arrives at Westin at 4:30 pm.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$150.00
Susan DiMarchi
DBG Classroom C, Meet in Westin Lobby for Bus

xBeyond Accuracy: Creating Art - Panel Discussion

Botanical artists straddle two worlds - one of accuracy in portraying plants and the other of creating art. How can we combine these two without sacrificing one for the other? This illustrated discussion considers the concept of moving beyond mere accurate images into art. Work by many artists will be shown and there will be time for audience questions. Panelists include Robin Jess, Lugene Bruno, Carol Woodin, and Jean Emmons.
Session Capacity: 
50
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Westin, Lawrence A

xBuilding the Colored Pencil Painting

Find the true power of colored pencils used in a painterly fashion. Learn to work wet and dry, building your image from a full underpainting up. Palette selection methods and special finishing techniques add highlights and lowlights that pop your image off the paper.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$60.00
Libby Kyer
Westin, Blake

xRosehips, the Perfect Botanical Study

With their interesting forms and variety of colors, rosehips are a wonderful subject to explore and paint. In this workshop we’ll be using a step-by-step approach using a variety of transparent washes,building up to dry brush and fine detail. Note - the instructor for this session has changed (originally scheduled with John Pastoriza-Pinol, the session will now be taught by Betsy Rogers-Knox)
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$145.00
Betsy Rogers-Knox
Westin, Curtis

xThe Beauty of White on Black

Learn how to paint a luminous white flower on black by adding white to your pigments to paint light over dark – a layering technique called scumbling. We will explore different types of black/dark papers including learning how to prepare your own black paper utilizing Daniel Smith black watercolor ground
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$145.00
Kelly Leahy Radding
Westin, Lawrence B

xNo Color...No Kidding!™

From crisp edges to flawless continuous tone, it’s all about control. We’ll explore the versatility of graphite pencil for rendering the details of cones, nuts and dried pods. It’s almost like sculpting on paper!
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$140.00
Martha Kemp
Westin, Welton

xColored Pencil - Tips & Tricks

Ann will share with you her latest tips and tricks most of which are not in her book. She will demonstrate techniques to help you achieve vibrant colour mixes, detailed vein structures and touchable textures, including underpainting, and with careful guidance you can try out these techniques for yourselves.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$130.00
Ann Swan
Westin, McCourt

xTransforming Lives Through Botanical Art: Citizen Diplomacy

Dianne Aigaki's botanical painting transformed an entire Tibetan village. Her paintings and teaching introduced thousands of people in the West to the conditions of the Tibetan people living under Chinese rule while providing funds to help educate children and feed prisoners.
Session Capacity: 
30
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Lee McCaffree and Vicki Underland-Rosow
Westin, Lawrence A

xSaturday Box Lunch

Your choice of Turkey, Tuna, or Greek Salad
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$40.00
Westin, Augusta

xMonotype Botanicals - Afternoon

Bus departs from Westin at 12:30 pm for Open Press Studio. Class runs from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Come prepared to the Open Press, Ltd. Print studio with two or three of your drawing ideas that you would like to see realized as a monotype. The finished print size will be 8 X 10 inches. There may be time for you to complete more than one print. Learn the basics about this unique process using a combination of painting and printmaking techniques to create your own one of a kind image. You will draw the botanical image of your choice on a flat plate using appropriate inks and then observe how that image is transferred to paper by passing it through a printing press. There will also be a wide variety of botanical prints on view, in the gallery. Box lunch at Westin. Return bus departs Open Press at 4:15pm, arriving at the Westin at 4:30 pm.
Session Capacity: 
10
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$60.00
Mark Lunning
Open Press Studio, Meet in Westin Lobby for Bus

xWatercolor Pencils - The Multimedia Multitasker

Bus departs from Westin at 12:30 pm for DBG. Watercolor pencils are a versatile mixed media and truly the multitasking responder in your tool kit. Wet like paint or dry like pencil, we will explore a host of tried and true mixed media techniques as we discover how easy it is to embellish watercolor pencil with other compatible media. Box lunch at Westin. Bus leaves DBG at 4:00pm arriving at Westin by 4:30pm.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$65.00
Renee Jorgenson
DBG Classroom B, Meet in Westin Lobby for Bus

xOrganizing a Traveling Chapter Exhibition

The New England Society of Botanical Artists spent three years planning for a juried native plants exhibit and 18 months moving it to venues throughout the region. Along with the core exhibition, they developed “In Addition” exhibitions in each state and using ASBA grant funds, provided speakers and workshops. Hear the lessons learned from this ambitious project, unanticipated pitfalls and great triumphs. Joyce Westner, exhibition co-chair.
Session Capacity: 
30
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Joyce Westner
Westin, Lawrence A B

xPainting Translucent Subjects in Watercolor

Capture the inner glow and translucent quality of grapes, currants and gooseberries. Catherine will teach you how to skillfully layer transparent watercolors and demonstrate how well balanced highlights, shadows and reflected light will make your subject luminous.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$70.00
Catherine Watters
Westin, Blake

xSilent Auction & Marketplace

ASBA's annual fundraising event. A new twist on the auction is that some of the donated items will be included in a "Market Place" format. No need to wait to be the winning bidder - just purchase the items of your choice before someone else beats you to it! To add to the festivities, you’ll receive a complimentary glass of wine, generously donated by Jan Boyd Haring. Auction runs from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. Payment for winning bids will take place from 6:45 pm to 7:15pm.
Session Registration Required: 
No
ASBA Members
Guests
$0.00
Westin, Confluence C

xAnnual Awards Banquet

Culminating event of the conference including presentation of ASBA annual awards and preview of the 2015 conference. Your choice of chicken, pasta or pork.
Session Capacity: 
200
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
ASBA Members
$0.00
Guests
$72.00
Westin, Confluence A B

xPost-Conference Workshop: Working to the Third Dimension

NOTE: This is a 3-day workshop (Sunday, Monday & Tuesday) - Session fee covers all three days. Working with a simple subject, the course will build on your skills by demonstration and individual attention. Emphasizing close observation and accurate drawing and we will focus on using light and color subtleties to create a three-dimensional effect in your work.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$450.00
Beverly Allen
Westin, Blake

xPost-Conference Workshop: Working to the Third Dimension

NOTE: This is a 3-day workshop (Sunday, Monday & Tuesday) - Session fee covers all three days. Working with a simple subject, the course will build on your skills by demonstration and individual attention. Emphasizing close observation and accurate drawing and we will focus on using light and color subtleties to create a three-dimensional effect in your work.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$450.00
Beverly Allen
Westin, Blake

xPost-Conference Workshop: Working to the Third Dimension

NOTE: This is a 3-day workshop (Sunday, Monday & Tuesday) - Session fee covers all three days. Working with a simple subject, the course will build on your skills by demonstration and individual attention. Emphasizing close observation and accurate drawing and we will focus on using light and color subtleties to create a three-dimensional effect in your work.
Session Capacity: 
15
Session Registration Required: 
Yes
Session Supply List: 
ASBA Members
$450.00
Beverly Allen
Westin, Blake

Beverly Allen

Beverly Allen has been a botanical artist for 19 years and teaching for 13 years. Her work is held in the Shirley Sherwood Collection, the Highgrove Florilegium, the RHS Lindley Library, Royal Botanic Gardens Library Kew, the Isaac and Alisa Sutton Collection, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney. She holds gold medals from the RHS and the NYBG and the ASBA Diane Bouchier Artist Award for Excellence in Botanical Art in 2016.

Jan Boyd Haring

Jan Boyd Haring completed the Denver Botanic Gardens Botanical Art and Illustration Program in 2006. She received her BFA from the University of Northern Arizona and is now enrolled in the Horticulture Program at the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Lugene Bruno

As Curator of Art at the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation, Lugene Bruno is responsible for all activities of the Art Department, including curating the collection and twice-yearly exhibitions; designing catalogues; giving talks, tours and accessibility to collection materials. She is also an artist working in the mediums of photography and graphite drawing.

Jeanne Debons

Jeanne Debons received a Diploma of Botanical Illustration from the English Gardening School, a MS and PhD in Botany and Plant Pathology. She teaches classes in Botanical Illustration and has participated in exhibitions internationally. Her work has been published and has appeared on the covers of books.

Susan DiMarchi

Susan is a visual artist with a diverse background in painting, commercial art, glass design, botanical illustration and plant landscapes. Her work has been exhibited in galleries, book publications, and private collections. Susan teaches Graphite, Colored Pencil and Pen/Ink at the School of Botanical Art and Illustration in Denver.

Jean Emmons

An avid gardener, Jean Emmons has 2 gold medals and "Best Painting of Show" (London, 2011) from the Royal Horticultural Society and the 2005 ASBA Diane Bouchier Artist Award for Excellence in Botanical Art.

Olga Eysymontt

Since 1997, Olga Eysymontt has taught botanical illustration classes for the Los Angeles County Arboretum and Botanic Garden. She is a former instructor at Otis College of Art, and a Fine Arts graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology. Olga is passionate about teaching and the thrill of bringing out each student’s vision. Aside from botanical illustration, her current interests include landscape and macro photography.

Susan T. Fisher

Susan T. Fisher is the former Coordinator for the Botanical Art and Illustration Program at Denver Botanic Gardens. She is also the former Director of the Art Institute at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. Susan is a past president and former member of the Board of Directors of the American Society of Botanical Artists. 
Her illustrations and sculptures appear in numerous periodicals, books, florilegia, private collections and national exhibits including the Hunt Institute for Botanical Documentation.

Marilyn Garber

Marilyn Garber is the founder of the Minnesota School of Botanical Art (2001-present) located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Marilyn has served as the ASBA's President, Vice President, Co-Chair of the Education Committee, and Exhibitions Committee member. She is a member of the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens Florilegium Society, and founder of the Eloise Butler Wildflower Florilegium. Her botanical paintings have been included in exhibitions at the RHS, the Shirley Sherwood Gallery, the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, the Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden, Thailand among others.

Carol Govan

Carol Govan teaches many art and botany courses at the Wellesley College Botanic Gardens and the New England Wild Flower Society, where she helps students explore the connection between art and science and develop the observational and drawing skills needed for both.

Mervi Hjelmroos-Koski

Mervi is a botanist with a PhD in quaternary biology and D.Sc in palynology. She has been the Manager of the Denver Botanic Gardens' School of Botanical Art and Illustration since 2007. Mervi teaches Botany, Microscopic techniques and Bookbinding.

Jayme Irvin

Jayme S. Irvin has had the good fortune to work at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science creating exhibits and working on Diorama restoration. Her studio features flora and fauna paintings, botanic illustrations, and habitat creations for museums, visitor centers and private collections.

Sally Jacobs

A Los Angeles-based artist, Sally Jacobs has taught botanical illustration at Otis College of Art, the Los Angeles Arboretum, and the Getty Center. Her work has been selected for many ASBA sponsored juried shows. She shows her paintings regularly at the TAG Gallery at the Bergamot Art Center in Santa Monica, California.

Robin Jess

Robin A. Jess is the former Executive Director of ASBA. Robin is fluent in graphite, watercolor, pen and ink, and etching. Currently the Coordinator of The New York Botanical Garden’s Botanical Art and Illustration Program, Robin’s work is represented in the Hunt Institute’s collection. Robin lives in Edison, NJ and received a Distinguished Artist Fellowship from the NJ State Council on the Arts.

Renee Jorgenson

Renee is a Colorado native and nature enthusiast, instructor, and freelance artist. Her interests’ in the natural world afford her a variety of commission in botanical art, modern illumination and calligraphy. Renee is currently an instructor for the School of Botanical Art and Illustration in Denver, Colorado.

Martha Kemp

Martha Kemp is a self-taught artist who specializes in using graphite pencil for detailed botanical drawings. She is the recipient of the 1999 ASBA Diane Bouchier Artist Award for Excellence in Botanical Art, has received five Gold Medals from the Royal Horticultural Society and two “Best Drawing in Show” awards at ASBA/HSNY Annual Exhibitions.

Libby Kyer

Libby Kyer has been teaching colored pencil arts since 2000. A professed control freak, she loves the demands of realism, nature and intricate detail. Libby is a warm and supportive teacher, passionate about sharing botanical art, and author of Today’s Botanical Artist (Schiffer Publishing). libby@lkyerstudio.com

Kelly Leahy Radding

Kelly Leahy Radding is a contemporary Artist-Naturalist who specializes in botanical and wildlife art. She works with watercolors on calfskin vellum and paper, casein, graphite & silverpoint. Her ideas begin with field observations that she translates to finished paintings in the studio.

Marjorie Leggitt

Marjorie Leggitt, a professional scientific illustrator, uses traditional and digital techniques to produce illustrations for professional research, trade, and textbook publications, and museum exhibits. A member of GNSI since 1979 and ASBA since 2000, she has taught at the Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration since 1990.

Mark Lunning

Mark Lunning is the owner of Open Press, Ltd. He is a master printmaker, who has been assisting hundreds of artist printmakers from across the country for over 25 years. Fine art prints are created with pigment, dye, or ink applied by, on, or through one or more plates.

Lee McCaffree and Vicki Underland-Rosow

Vicki Underland-Rosow and Lee McCaffree traveled with Dianne Aigaki in Tibet painting flowers on the highest plateau in the world while becoming part of Companions In Compassion, non-profit providing educational scholarships for Tibetan children and food for starving political prisoners in Tibet.

Joan McGann

Joan McGann received her BFA from Wichita State University and a Certificate of Excellence from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute, Nature Illustration Program. Her works in botanical illustration have an emphasis on desert plants. Joan works in pen and ink and watercolor, as well as graphite and colored pencil.

Jesse Meyer

Jesse Meyer's family company, Pergamena, has been preparing animal skins since 1550. He has refined the quality of parchment skins for use by artists, calligraphers, bookbinders and designers.

Susan Spackman Panjabi

Susan Spackman Panjabi is a Botanist with the Colorado Natural Heritage Program at Colorado State University. She has focused her research on the rare plants of Colorado for the past 20 years and is the principal author of the Colorado Rare Plant Guide.

Hillary Parker

Hillary Parker is a naturalist and international award winning botanical watercolor artist with paintings exhibited and sold worldwide. With a dual career of teaching and painting for over 25 years, she paints for private and public commissions, juried exhibitions, and presents international workshops, lectures and private art instruction.

John Pastoriza-Piñol

John Pastoriza-Piñol employs techniques from both the centuries-old tradition of botanical drawing as well as contemporary art. John’s work is now held in numerous public and private collections around and he was the recipient of the American Society of Botanical Art Diane Bouchier Award for Excellence in Botanical Art in 2013.

Annie Reiser

Annie Reiser teaches part-time at the Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art and Illustration, and is a certified Zentangle® teacher doing business as Botangle© . A teacher by trade with an M.A. in German, she is now a full-time writer/editor for NOAA in Boulder.

Betsy Rogers-Knox

Betsy earned a Certificate in Botanical Illustration from The NYBG and is enchanted by the full lifecycle of plants.  Her work has been included in the 13-19th ASBA Annual Exhibitions, Weird, Wild and Wonderful, Focus on Nature, Following in the Bartrams Footsteps and The Royal Horticultural Society Exhibition  in London in 2016.             

Susan Rubin

Susan Rubin has taught colored pencil and graphite courses at the Denver School of Botanical Art and Illustration since 1998. A CPSA award-winner, she exhibits locally and nationally and her art is found in many collections including the Hunt Institute and the State Museum of NY.

Connie Sayas

Coloradoan, Constance Sayas has a degree in Fine Art and a career in science. Former exhibition designer for several museums, then scientific illustrator for Encyclopaedia Britannica, she currently teaches illustration at Denver Botanic Gardens. Her award-winning watercolors are in numerous collections including the Hunt Institute.

Ann Swan

Ann is an internationally acclaimed botanical artist, passionate about drawing and the use of colored pencils. Author of ‘Plant Portraits with Colored Pencils’, with four RHS Gold Medals to her name, she is an accomplished teacher always evolving and incorporating new techniques into her work.

Denise Walser-Kolar

Denise Walser-Kolar has been painting on vellum for almost 10 years and loves introducing people to the wonderful combination of watercolor on vellum. Her work has been exhibited in international juried shows, the RHS, and is held in the permanent collection of the Hunt Institute.

Catherine Watters

Catherine is the co-founder and primary instructor of the Filoli Botanical Art Certificate Program. She also teaches throughout the U.S and in France. Her paintings are included in several Florilegia: the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens; the Brooklyn Botanic Garden; Filoli and Alcatraz. Also in the Hunt; the Sutton Collection; the Museum of Natural History, Paris; the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Joyce Westner

Joyce Westner has a Botanical Art certificate from the Friends of Wellesley College Botanic Gardens and writes The Botanical Artist “Conversation with Our Artists” interviews. With Kay Kopper and Kelly Radding, she organized and coordinated their “From the Mountains to the Sea” exhibit.

Carol Woodin

Specializing in watercolor on vellum, Carol Woodin’s work has been exhibited around the world. Recipient of the 1998 ASBA Diane Bouchier Artist Award, and an RHS Gold Medal, she served on the Board of the American Society of Botanical Artists, and is now its Director of Exhibitions.
Conference Fee - Early Registration: 
$360.00
Early Registration Deadline: 
08/08/2014
Conference Fee: 
$390.00
Registration Deadline: 
09/12/2014
Fee Includes: 

Conference fees are for current ASBA members. You must be a current ASBA member prior to registering for the conference. Several meals are included in the conference fee including lunches on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and the Saturday evening banquet. Light refreshments will be served at the Welcome and Small Works Reception on Wednesday and Thursday’s Wildflower Forum. Many activities are free including: Portfolio Sharing, The Story of Vellum, lectures on teaching botanical art, The Story of Pigments, Juror Training, Wildflower Forum, Grant Recipient Presentations, Beyond Accuracy presentation, Transforming Lives through Botanical Art, and How to Organize a Chapter Exhibition.

How to Register: 

Registration opens July 12, 2014, 12:00 noon Eastern Time

First-come, first-served.

Two ways to register: online or by mail. Online registration is the best way for you to get the classes you want.  Mail-in registrations will be processes when received, not based on postmark date.  Mail-ins postmarked prior to opening day of registration (July 12) will not be processed.

1. To register online and pay with a credit card (MC/Visa): go to www.asba-art.org/conference/2014 and click on the "Registration" tab.  Nearly 100% of registrants used the registration website last year. 

HINTS:

  • Practice logging in to the website prior to July 12th. You will need to log in in order to register for the conference. Need Assistance?
  • Plan your session & menu choices before you register online. Print the registration form, note your choices on it and use it as a guide when you register online.
  • After registering, you can refer back to your online registration by clicking on the "orders" link in the top right of your "Member Dashboard" page.  Click on "Member Features" when logged into the website to get to your "Member Dashboard".
  • You cannot make changes to your registration form once you have completed it.  Please contact Sandy at asbameeting@aol.com if you require a change. 

2. To register by mail:  clip, copy or download and print the registration form.  Complete form and mail along with your check payable to ASBA to ASBA 20th Annual Meeting, 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10458-5126.

Policy: 

If any discrepancies exist between policies that appear in the Journal and online, the policies online will take precedence.

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

1.  Current ASBA membership is required for registration.

2.  The ASBA Annual Meeting and Conference is a three-day event.  Partial registration is not available.  Preference is given to conference registrants for pre- and post-conference workshops and activities.

3. Registration Fees:

  • On or before August 8, 2014: $360 for current members
  • On or after August 9, 2014:  $390 for current members

4.  Registration Deadline: Registration is closed as of September 12, 2014.

 No registrations are accepted after this time.

5. Refund and Cancellation Policy:

  • - Cancellation on or before August 8, 2014 - $75 fee.  All workshop fees refunded.
  • - Cancellation after August 9 through September 1, 2014 - $150 fee plus 20% of workshop fees
  • - Cancellation after September 1 through September 12, 2014 - $200 fee plus 50% of workshop fees
  • - Cancellation Pre-and Post-conference Workshops on or before August 15 – 50% fee
  • - Pre- and Post-conference Workshop cancellation after August 15 – no refund.
  • - No refunds of registration fee or workshops dropped after September 12.
  • - Health emergency or death in the immediate family:  Refunds will be same as above except cancellation on or after October 1 through October 10, $200 of the basic registration fee and 50% of all other fees will be refunded to the registrant.
  • - If a guest cancels due to health emergency or death in the immediate family on or after October 1, 75% of guest meal fees and 50% of any other fees will be refunded.
  • - ASBA reserves the right to cancel any workshop that does not meet a minimum registration and to replace an instructor in the event that an instructor is unable to fulfill their obligation to teach. 

If any discrepancies exist between policies that appear in the Journal and online, the policies online will take precedence.

The Silent Auction, ASBA's annual fundraising event,  will take place on Saturday evening before the banquet.

A new twist on the auction is that some of the donated items will be included in a Market Place format. No need to wait to be the winning bidder - just purchase the items of your choice before someone else beats you to it!

To add to the festivities, you’ll receive a complimentary glass of wine, generously donated by Jan Boyd Haring.

There is always a variety of new and interesting donations to generate fun-filled “bidding wars.”

Help to support The Botanical Artist and the Artist and Education Grants by donating and/or bidding.

To donate an item, complete the online donation form HERE.  If you are not a member or have difficulty logging into your online user account, you may email your donation information to silentauction@asba-art.org .

Download a LIST OF ORIGINAL ART UP FOR BID

Download IMAGES OF ORIGINAL ART UP FOR BID

A great time had by all...