The Nature Artists’ Guild’s First Outdoor Paint-Out of 2014!

Last year’s Nature Artists’ Guild paint-out at Graue Mill was held late in summer and had to be postponed for a few days because of the heat!  We don’t anticipate that problem for this year’s event, scheduled for Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

There is so much to see and sketch or paint at Graue Mill on Salt Creek in Oak Brook!  Wildlife, a waterfall, and historic buildings are just some of the subjects available for our artists to choose from.  Please take a few minutes to view some photos by clicking on this link to the Graue Mill website.  You’ll also be able to read more about the gristmill (one of only two operating in Illinois), the Underground Railroadand the history of this fascinating and important location.

Bring your chair, a drink and your art supplies anytime between 9 am and noon on May 13, 2014 and be prepared to enjoy the morning!  Please let Carol Jean Rogalski know if you plan to attend (you can find her contact information in your Yearbook).

Graue Mill is located at 3800 York Road, Oak Brook, Illinois.  Please click on the following link for directions.

Paint-Outs Planned for 2014

Our Program and Paint-Out Chairperson, Carol Jean Rogalski, has surpassed even last year’s busy paint-out schedule for Nature Artists’ Guild members!

April 8, 2014 – Joel Oppenheimer Inc., Chicago Illinois

May 13, 2014 – Graue Mill, Oak Brook, Illiinois, 9 am until noon

June 10, 2014 – Mayslake Peabody Estate, Oak Brook, Illinois, 9 am until noon

July 8, 2014 – Garden of Susan and Kenneth Beard, Oak Brook, Illinois, 9 am until noon

August 12, 2014 – Garden of Catherine Donovan, La Grange, Illinois, 9 am until noon

September 9, 2014 –  Garden of Tanner Musso, Hinsdale, Illlinois, 9 am until noon

October 14, 2014 – Lake Marmo, The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, Illinois, 9 am until noon

Details will be forthcoming as each event approaches.  Nature Artists’ Guild members should check their e-mail for more information.

Plein Air at Chicago Botanic Garden, Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Lake County Art League Plein Air Group invites members of the Nature Artists’ Guild to join them at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe, Illinois for a plein air session on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 9 am until noon. 

The session coincides with the Chicago Botanic Garden’s annual Antiques & Garden Fair ($10 admission) and the Garden Photographic Society’s  Nature in View exhibit, so even if the weather doesn’t lend itself to plein air painting, there will still be much to see and do!  Please click on the above links for more information about these two events.

 Nature Artists’ Guild members should check their e-mail for all the details and directions.  

Special Members-Only Presentation by Bird Artist Linda Feltner Next Thursday, April 3, 2014

Nature Artists’ Guild members are invited to to attend a presentation by award-winning wildlife artist Linda Feltner on Thursday, April 3, 2014 from 7 to 9 pm at Thornhill.   Linda will be focusing on birds during this special presentation for members only.

To read more about Linda and to view some of her wonderful artwork, please visit her website,


Linda’s experiences span more than 32 years painting and drawing, 25 years as a natural history guide, 23 years working one-on-one with clients to design interpretive graphics and 16 years as sole-proprietor of her business. She has been an instructor for the Scientific Illustration Program with the University of WashingtonNorth Cascades Institute, and the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute.

Prairie Trails and Country Garden Watercolors by Beverly Behrens, March 6, 2014

Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild will be welcoming Spring a bit early this year, with Botanical Artist Beverly Behrens on Thursday, March 6, 2014, from 7 until 9 pm, at Thornhill.

Beverly uses graphite, pen and ink, and watercolor to create lovely works of art from the garden and from the wild.   Beverly’s presentation for the Nature Artists’ Guild, Prairie Trails and Country Garden Watercolors will  take us on a tour of her life from “early years on the western prairie of South Dakota to today and the Middlefork Savanna of Illinois”. We will also be treated to a glimpse of Beverly’s layered watercolor technique.

Beverly is a member of numerous art organizations, the recipient of many awards, and is represented by galleries in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff.  Please visit her website, to view some of her wonderful work.

We look forward to sharing the evening with Beverly and her artwork!  As always, guests and visitors are welcome to attend.  There is no charge for admission.

Please click on any image below to enlarge.  All artwork is copyrighted by Beverly Behrens and is used with permission.

An Exciting New Field Trip Planned for April 8, 2014

On April 8, 2014, at 1 pm, members of the Nature Artists’ Guild will receive a private tour of the renowned Oppenheimer gallery by Joel Oppenheimer. Please click on this link to to read more about the gallery.

Be sure to check your e-mail or check back here for more details in the coming weeks.  Please feel free to contact Carol Jean Rogalski if you have any questions.  You can find her contact information in your Yearbook.