Sunday, January 21, 2018

2018 Plant Portraits Exhibition

Common Blue-eyed Grass
Sisyrinchium montanum
Artist Lynn Moore

Plant Portraits is The Ottawa Society of Botanical Artists' (OSBA) art exhibit that will run from May 18 to October 31, 2018, at the Canadian Agriculture and Food Museum. One of five regional art exhibits across Canada that will celebrate the diversity of Canada’s native plants, Plant Portraits is an opportunity for our membership to contribute to this year’s series of global botanical art exhibitions while showcasing the growing local interest and talent in contemporary botanical art. 

Key Dates·        
  •       March 12, 2018 – Submission and artwork review day
  • ·        May 1, 2018 –  Deadline for artwork to be framed
  • ·        May 17, 2018 – Vernissage at the Canadian Agriculture and
          Food Museum Learning Centre
  • ·        May 18, 2018 – Exhibit opens to the public

Important Information

Questions regarding the exhibit can be sent to Theresa Bolton at

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

OSBA 2018 Plant Portraits Exhibit

In conjunction with the worldwide botanical art community's initiative to celebrate plant diversity, members of the Ottawa Society of Botanical Art (OSBA) will present the 2018 Plant Portraits Exhibit at the Canadian Museum of Agriculture and Food (Central Experimental Farm). The Exhibit will run from May 18 to October 31, 2018 in the Learning Centre. Artists have been working diligently to capture the beauty of native plants and look forward to the opportunity to share their artistic vision. Further details on this exhibit will follow.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Field Trip on Monday, June 12, 2017

Marsh Marigold

Beaux Arbres Plantes Indigènes/Native Plant Nursery
Bristol, Quebec

Members of the Ottawa Society of Botanical Artists are invited to participate in a field trip to the Beaux Arbres Plantes Indigènes/NativePlant Nursery in Bristol, Quebec.  This nursery is located about one hour northwest of Ottawa in the beautiful Pontiac area of the Outaouais region.  The nursery specializes in plants native to the Ottawa Valley and garden-worthy wildflowers from eastern North America.  We will enjoy a tour of the garden as well as an opportunity to sketch the native plants. 

Friday, April 7, 2017

April 10 General Meeting Presentation on Photographing Art

Doris Lamontagne will demonstrate photographing visual art and will discuss how to present a polished product. Members will learn about the equipment and techniques Doris uses to photograph and process the images for the best results. In addition to the demonstration, the presentation will include a slideshow as well as a question and answer session. The photography presentation will start at 2:00 pm. Visit Doris Lamontagne and her page on the Bravo Art website

The General Meeting will be held on Monday, April 10, 2017, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Studio 2, Nepean Visual Arts Centre (located at back of Nepean Sportsplex), 1701 Woodroffe Avenue, Ottawa. New members are welcome.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

City of Ottawa Archives Gallery 112 Exhibition

Artists and volunteers met at the conclusion of our successful exhibition at the City of Ottawa Archives Gallery 112. The exhibit was well received by the visiting public and artists appreciated the opportunity to show their work in this wonderful public gallery. Thanks to the helpful staff at the City of Ottawa Archives.

Exhibiting Artists and Volunteers from left to right: Kerri Weller, Jette Dapoz, Celia Godkin, Donna Fleras, Barry Matthews (volunteer), Cecelia Martin, Jan Salmon, Inge Legere, Carla Burns (exhibit coordinator), Mary Atkins, Sandra Lindsay, and Ros Allchin

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Worldwide Exhibition 2018 -- Art of the Plant

Kerri Weller - Lilium canadense, Canada lily - watercolour on paper

Worldwide Exhibition 2018

Linking People to Plants through Contemporary Botanical Art
Opening May 2018

Botanical Artists from around the world will be celebrating the earth’s precious plant diversity by creating exhibitions featuring plants indigenous to their home regions.  A primary goal of this initiative is to link people around the world to plants through contemporary botanical art. This project was initiated by the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) Botanical Art Worldwide Exhibition 2018. Countries participating in this event include: Australia; Bermuda; Brazil; Canada; Chile; Costa Rica; France; Germany; India; Italy; Ireland; Japan; the Netherlands; South Africa; New Zealand; Thailand; South Korea; the United Kingdom; and the United Sates of America.

The Art of the Plant Exhibition is Canada’s contribution to this simultaneous worldwide botanical art project. This exhibition opens in May 2018 in Ottawa and online in coordination with other participating countries around the globe. Visit the website and Call for Entry page for further details on this event.  Submissions will be accepted from November 1, 2017, to January 15, 2018.  

Monday, November 7, 2016

OSBA General Meeting

OSBA General Meeting
Monday, November 14, 2016
Time: 1:00 to 4:00

Please join us on Monday afternoon for our meeting, guest lecture and social get-together at the Nepean Visual Arts Centre – Located at the Nepean Sportsplex.
The address is 1701 Woodroffe Avenue.  The NVAC is located at the back at entrance 3.
Note: This time the meeting will be held upstairs in Studio 3 
Near the pottery studios on the 2nd floor
(elevator available)

It is time to renew your membership.  
Please bring your cheque book or cash to the meeting.  Membership fee is $25 annually. 
New Members Welcome
  • Nominations and voting for executive positions
  • Swap and Trade - Bring in any art supplies that you are not using 

"Creating Values with Coloured Pencil" by Jan Salmon

This is an opportunity to work on a small project using coloured pencils.  Here you will learn about creating lights and darks that give your paintings beauty, depth and solidity.   
A limited number of coloured pencils will be supplied, however, members are asked to bring their own if possible, including a colourless blender pencil.  If you have a set of Verithin coloured pencils, bring those as well as your Prismacolour pencils.  Also, please bring hot pressed watercolour paper, 8x10, (plus some scrap) mounted on a masonite board, eraser, sketching pencil, electric pencil sharpener, and a lamp.