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, countrygardenwatercolors.com 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.
Sunflower, ©Beverly Behrens, Used With Permission
Red Bud, ©Beverly Behrens, Used With Permission
Muscadet Lily, ©Beverly Behrens, Used With Permission
Milkweed, ©Beverly Behrens, Used With Permission
Middlefork Savanna – Summer, ©Beverly Behrens, Used With Permission
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 AudubonArt.com 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.
On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, Nature Artists’ Guild members will make their annual outing to the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum at Benedictine University for a morning of sketching, drawing or painting among the thousands of specimens in the museum’s collection.
The Nature Artists’ Guild has reserved the museum from 9 am until noon, but artists are welcome to stay later if they wish. Some participants may choose to meet at a local restaurant for lunch afterwards.
The museum is located at 5700 College Road, Lisle, IL. Please contact Carol Jean Rogalski at if you would like to attend. You can find her contact information in your Yearbook.
Our new Nature Artists’ Guild President, Susan Bartlett would like to share this request with our members -
Help Wanted! Volunteers! We are looking for four members to co-chair two committees: Social Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.
The Social Committee is responsible for the Holiday Party as well as refreshments for all of the general meetings. The Ways and Means Committee is responsible for the Artisan Shop and Raffle at the two art exhibits. The former chair people will offer assistance to the new co-chairs.
Both of these positions are fun and great ways to meet and work with other guild members. We really need you!! Please contact Susan Bartlett or Gail Diedrichsen if you are interested. We look forward to hearing from you!
Nature Artists’ Guild members will find Susan and Gail’s contact information in their Yearbook, or can leave a comment on this post to receive contact information by email.
The Nature Artists’ Guild of the Morton Arboretum welcomes Landscape and Nature Artist Robert Pennor as our first presenter of the year on Thursday, February 6, 2014 from 7 pm until 9 pm.
Robert will be sharing some of his techniques for creating beautiful landscape, animal and nature scenes in acrylic. A graduate of the Art Institute of Boston, Robert spent many years working as a graphic designer and illustrator in New York and Connecticut. He now lives in the Chicago area and devotes his creative energy to painting the landscape and nature. Robert is a member of the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society, and is represented by the Brigantine Gallery in Downers Grove, IL.
Please visit Robert Pennor’s website, robertpennorgallery.com to view some his wonderful work.
As always, guests and visitors are welcome to join us. The program is free of charge and the gate attendant at The Morton Arboretum will direct you to the correct location. We look forward to seeing you there!
Every year, one of the most anticipated and well-attended paint-outs for members of the Nature Artists’ Guild is the trip to Orchids by Hausermann, 2N134 North Addison Road, in Villa Park, IL.
On Tuesday, February 11, 2014, attendees will meet at about 8 am and spend the next few hours among thousands of blooming orchids that are looking their best just in time to be sketched, drawn, painted or photographed (or even purchased if you’d like to take your model home with you). One lucky participant will even win a certificate for a free orchid to take home with them.
Attendance is limited to about 15, so please contact Carol Jean Rogalski to save your spot (if you are a new member and do not yet have your Yearbook with Carol Jean’s contact information, please let us know in the comments section below, and we will send you the information).
It’s a wonderful way to spend a cold winter day! You may want to click on this link to Hausermann’s website for a preview of what you can look forward to. If you’d like to see more photos of last year’s artists at work, please click here. All photos from last year are courtesy of Evelyn Grala.
Here is a little extra incentive for those who have been considering joining us, but haven’t quite gotten around to doing so. If you send in your membership dues to the Nature Artists’ Guild by January 20, 2014, you will be eligible to receive a prospectus for participation in our Spring Exhibit.
Our Spring Exhibit will take place from April 4 to April 6, 2014, coinciding with the arrival of many of The Morton Arboretum’s spring blooms! Just think of all those winter-weary visitors that will be eager to get a glimpse of green, both outdoors on the Arboretum grounds, and indoors at our wonderful exhibit of Nature Art. Our Nature Artists’ Guild three-day exhibits at The Morton Arboretum normally attract nearly 1000 art and nature-loving visitors.
Of course, your Nature Artists’ Guild membership will also be your ticket to our programs, paint-outs, participation in exhibits (including a new group exhibit at the Bloomingdale Park District Museum this summer) and holiday party. You will also receive our publication, The Nature Artists’ Quarterly, which features member artwork as well as announcements and articles about Nature Art. Please click on the following link to view the Nature Artists’ Guild membership application.
The Nature Artists’ Guild board has been busy planning, scheduling and preparing for a busy (and fun) year – check back here soon for more details.
We look forward to meeting you!