NESBA members visit the Arnold Arboretum

A fabulous time was had by all on our visit to see the historic botanical pieces from the Arboretum’s library. First greeted by director of the arboretum, William Friedman, and then guided through the collection by librarian Lisa Pierson, we were treated to see works by Hooker, Martuis, Humbolt, Jacquin, Knoop, Catesby, Rousseau and more. Lisa graciously invited any of our NESBA members to book appointments with her to peruse these artifacts.

Calendar of Upcoming NESBA Shows

Boston Flower Show   March 14-18

Subject: any
Intent to Exhibit open now-
Deadline for submission : February 7, 2018

Newport Flower Show June 22-24

Click Subject information:
Call for Entry to Follow
To enter Newport Flower Show, submit digital images to Joyce Westner;

Seasons of the Leaf: Oct 9-Nov 19

Subject: leaves representing a wide variety of genera in any or all seasons
Call for Entry opens in April
Deadline for submission  5/15
Sept 27 deadline for jpg/tif of your work to Kay Kopper

Jeanne Reiner and Susan Sarapani from the newly formed Tri-State Botanical Artists Circle (TSBA) invited NESBA to get together with them at New York Botanic Garden.

The groups met in the gallery to see “Out of the Woods: Celebrating Trees in Public Gardens” at the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG). It’s the 3rd NYBG Triennial exhibition with ASBA. The exhibition runs from November 18, 2017 - April 22, 2018. Diane Batson Smith who is the excutive director of ASBA and works out of the NYBG office joined us in the Gallery to say hello.

The pieces in the exhibit were outstanding and besides watercolor many different media were represented such as oil, gouache, graphite, pen and ink, egg tempera, colored pencil, etchings as well as combinations of these media. The variety and quality was very exciting.
Wendy Hollender
Soursop Tree (2017)
Annona muricata
McBryde Garden,
National Tropical Botanic Garden
Koloa, Hawai'i
Colored pencil, graphite, and 
watercolor on paper
Diane Batson Smith, left, executive director of ASBA
greets NESBA members. 

After lunch with members of TSBA, NESBA members went to the New York Design Center to see the 20th Annual International Exhibition by ASBA & HSNY (Horticultural Society of NY) at the New York Design Center, 200 Lexington Ave., NYC. The exhibition runs from November 9, 2017 - December 21, 2017.

Carrie Di Costanzo
Cockscomb III
Celosia argenteaGouache on Paper
Linda Medved Lufkin
Helianthus annuus
Watercolor and Gouache on Paper

The day was filled with inspiring work by members of the American Society of Botanical Artists 
We very much enjoyed meeting with the TSBA members and we look forward to more joint meetings in the future.

Call for Entry: Flower Show 2018

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Boston Flower Show 2018

NESBA Holiday Party

Members enjoyed a festive luncheon at the home of Celeste Hurley.

This get together was celebration of the activities of the past year:
Our exhibits; The Flower Show in Boston, The Flower Show in Newport RI, and the Raw exhibit at the South Shore Arts Center in Cohasset, MA.

Our programs included Ned Friedman, director of the Arnold Arboretum, talking about his views of the garden, GNSI-NESBA joint sharing of our portfolios, Emily Passman's lessons in sketchbooking technique and a demo of new techniques, a visit to the newly designed Harvard Glass Flower Museum, Botany Library, and Straus Forbes Paint Collection.

Our Two program POP UPS of Social POP UP: studio days and the homes of members and a get together at the Arnold Arboretum for a tour of LILAC Sunday and  Community Service POP UP: community service at Children's Hospital. Demo Day was held at Ames Mansion in Easton, MA. "

Raw Exhibit: Art to Table

The Art to Table event in connection with NESBA's RAW exhibit at the South Shore Art Center on Friday evening was a great success. Feast and Forage was an evening with a botanical art inspired menu featuring bites paired with wines.

The local Garden clubs created wonderful arrangements inspired by our beautiful artwork.

We raised $8,500 for the center’s art education outreach program. Steve Folino played with his band ’Natural Born Fools’. They were wonderful!

National Postal Museum Opens Art Exhibition
Beautiful Blooms on Stamps
Original Stamp Artwork from the
Postmaster General's Collection

"Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps," opened today, Oct. 20, at the 
Smithsonian's National Postal Museum. The exhibition, open through July 14, 2019,
 celebrates the variety of flowering plants commemorated on U.S. postage stamps during
 the past 50 years and explores the symbiotic relationship between flowering plants, bees,
birds and butterflies.

The exhibition showcases 33 botanical artworks from the renowned Postmaster General's 
Collection, on long-term loan to the National Postal Museum from the U.S. Postal Service. 
Created in partnership with Smithsonian Gardens, "Beautiful Blooms" invites visitors to 
observe and appreciate not only the compelling artwork, but also the creative process behind 
stamp design. By juxtaposing concept art and final art, and by linking larger-scale art with 
images on actual stamps, visitors will be able to see beyond the stamps to their meaning 
and messaging.

Featured botanical artwork, which includes 29 framed pieces and four pieces of digital art 
displayed interactively, are organized into seven themes: Flowering Trees; 
The Rose: Queen of Flowers; Birds in the Garden; Pollination; Botanical Congress;
The Seasonal Garden and Beautification of America.

A garden-themed atrium display
complements the exhibition gallery 
with garden furniture and live plants
from Smithsonian Gardens as well as 
a large-scale mural triptych featuring 
lush garden imagery from the
Smithsonian Institution's collection 
of hand -painted glass lantern slides. 
The overall experience will 
transport visitors into a relaxed but
vibrant garden setting.

  "The exhibition represents an 
opportunity for visitors to see and appreciate some of the most admired artwork in the
Postmaster General's collection," said Elliot Gruber, director of the Museum.

"Highlights include original artwork for the classic rose-themed Love stamps, some of the
most popular state bird and flower stamps and a concept art piece created by Mary
GrandPre' whose illustration style visitors will recognize from the Harry Potter book series."
The exhibition explores the diversity of artwork used in the U.S. stamp production process, including both developmental and final art designed by illustrators using a variety of media, such as oils, pastels and digital design software. The display of stamp art in various phases of development will enable visitors of all ages to understand the role developmental artwork plays in the production of postage stamps.


In celebration of the exhibition opening, the museum will host a "Garden Party Family Festival" on Saturday, April 7 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with activities taking place throughout the museum. The museum, in partnership with Smithsonian Gardens, Smithsonian Libraries and local garden clubs, will explore and celebrate the many facets of flowers through craft projects, fun activities for children, curator talks and other informative programming.

On Sunday, Apr. 18, from 12:00 - 12:45 p.m., the museum will host a lunchtime lecture by Cindy Brown of Smithsonian Gardens, where she will share her insights into the creation of the floral displays incorporated into the "Beautiful Blooms" exhibition and highlight the pan-Institutional work they do in support of the Smithsonian's mission.

The museum will also host a teacher workshop in the summer of 2018, using "Beautiful Blooms" exhibition content as context for new learning experiences. The workshop, in partnership with Smithsonian Gardens and the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access, will utilize the Smithsonian Learning Lab to demonstrate to local teachers how to use the museum's exhibition and collection content in the classroom, with curriculum that demonstrates the intersection of art, science and history.


A special website has been created to augment the exhibition as well, providing additional access to the rich content presented.

Thank you for your interest in the National Postal Museum!
Smithsonian National Postal Museum, 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE, MRC 570 PO Box 37012, Washington, DC 20013-7012