Upcoming Events

2022 NCalSBA Activities!

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Please Note: Reservations for events are non-refundable. However, if you are unable to attend, you may transfer your reservation to another participant.

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Meanwhile, please be sure to visit our Exhibits page for information about any exhibits we have coming up. And be sure to check out the Other Events page for exhibitions and other activities in which our members participate. And don’t forget to watch for Calls for Entries deadlines!


Melissa Islam PhD presenting
A Glimpse into Botanical Secrets for Accurate Illustrations
Friday, August 5, 2022 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm PDT


Melissa Islam PhD

Melissa is a botanist who delights in sharing her knowledge and passion of plants and igniting plant curiosity. Melissa earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Colorado State University in Botany and a doctorate in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Her education, research, and work experience focuses on plant evolution, taxonomy, floristics, and natural history collections. She currently teaches botany to artists at the Denver Botanic Gardens School of Botanical Art & Illustration. And, spends her days on botanical projects with Colorado State University, University of Washington Herbarium, and Flora of North America Association.

Botanical illustrations are often thought of as art in the service of science, but science can serve the art and the artist. Let’s delve into a bit of botany to sharpen our observations and learn about botanical resources that will guide the illustration process. By highlighting what characteristics are essential to accurately render along with the common bungles to avoid, your botanical art will leap from the page.

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In the Works

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