Coming Soon!

We may not be able to count on the weather this time of the year (how about all of this rain?), but we can always count on the Nature Artists’ Guild to come up with some great events, indoors and out.

Coming up in the next few months –

  • On Wednesday, July 15, 2015, from 9 am until noon, members will be meeting on the Joy Path and in the Fragrance Garden of The Morton Arboretum for a paint-out filled with wonderful scents, sounds and sights.
  • The Nature Artists’ Guild exhibit, Viewing Nature, at Benedictine College in Lisle, IL, continues until July 16, 2015.  This gorgeous collection of nature art is located in the Komechak Gallery on the fifth floor of the Kindlon Hall of Learning.  After entering at the main entrance, visitors should proceed to the back of the building, where the elevator to the fifth floor is located in a short hallway to their right.  For more details, please click on the gallery name above.
  • On Thursday evening, August 6, 2015, from 7 until 9 pm, at Thornhill Education Center at The Morton Arboretum, Nature Artists Guild members and their guests will be given the opportunity to see three of our most talented artists at work.  Gail Diedrichsen, Bob Sunyog and Lindsey Sandbothe will be sharing some of their techniques, tips and inspirations at this popular yearly program.  Open to visitors, it is a great chance to interact with these artists, as well as to meet other members of the Nature Artists Guild (and possibly even consider becoming a member in the future). Everyone is welcome to attend this fun and fascinating program!
  • Member Margo Heald has very generously donated over 60 books to the Nature Artists’ Guild!  At our August 6, 2015 meeting, these books (instructional art books to fabulous coffee table books, as well as everything in between) will be available for purchase at a generous discount to our members (cash or check only, please).
  • A new fundraising project will be announced at our August 6, 2015 meeting. Committee members will have twenty 6-inch square canvases to give to members who wish to participate.  These canvases will then be taken home by the artists, to be painted or collaged as they wish, and returned at “referee night” of the Holiday Exhibit.  A display of all the canvases will be part of our 2015 Holiday Exhibit, and the canvases will be for sale, with proceeds going to the Nature Artists’ Guild.

Please be sure to check back for more details about these events as the dates approach.  

Two More Opportunities to Paint This June!

Well, why not?  Why not paint while the weather is willing and the gardens are at their finest?

Nature Artists’ Guild member Linn Eldred (click here to see some examples of her work as a previous featured artist) has kindly offered to share her daughter’s garden in Bolingbrook, IL with fellow members for a morning of painting, sketching, drawing and photographing from 9 am until noon on Thursday, June 18, 2015.  Those who would like to attend should RSVP to Mary Ann Jimenez, and check their e-mails from earlier this month for the address.

Ty Warner Park, Westmont Park District, Photo Credit Westmont Park District

Ty Warner Park, Westmont Park District, Photo Credit, Westmont Park District

On Thursday, June 25, 2015 between 9 am and noon, members of the Nature Artists’ Guild will be meeting at Ty Warner Park,  at the corner of Plaza Drive and Blackhawk Drive, Westmont, IL for another morning in nature.  According to the park’s website page (click here to visit), “Restored woodlands and enhanced wetlands are connected through a prairie system surrounding the perimeter of the park”.  Members should meet at the main gazebo, and may want to consider bringing a picnic lunch.  There is no need to RSVP for this event – the more the merrier!

She Will Be Missed

It was less than a year ago when long-time Nature Artists’ Guild member Charlotte Doyle Leavitt shared with us some of her inspirations and techniques for creating colorful watercolor collages featuring items from the seashore.   We are saddened to learn of Charlotte’s recent passing at age 91.

Even into her 90’s, Charlotte continued to explore new and exciting ways to share her joie de vivre with all, including through her joyful artwork and through her wonderful smile. Charlotte will be missed.

Charlotte Doyle Leavitt, Nature Artists' Guild 2014

Charlotte Doyle Leavitt, Nature Artists’ Guild 2014

Ku-mie Kim’s Garden Paint-Out Added on June 23, 2015

Ku-mie Kim’s talent for composition and color is not only evident in her artwork (click here for examples), but in her garden as well!

Ku-mie Kim has generously offered the opportunity to paint or draw in her garden to fellow members of the Nature Artists’ Guild on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 between 9 am and 1 pm.  Members who have attended previous paint-outs at Ku-mie’s garden have nothing but praise for the beauty of the garden and the graciousness of the host!  She has offered coffee, tea, water and a snack, and if attendees would like to bring their own lunch, Ku-mie will contribute a salad to that as well.

Please let our Programs and Paint-Outs Chair, Mary Ann Jimenez, know if you would like to attend by Friday, June 20, 2015.  Both Mary Ann’s contact information and Ku-mie Kim’s address can be found in the Nature Artists’ Guild Yearbook.

Gardener’s Art Festival, June 20, 2015

The Growing Place, 25w471 Plank Road, Naperville, IL, has again asked members of the Nature Artists’ Guild to return for their annual Gardener’s Art Festival, a fun celebration of plants and art, taking place on Saturday, June 20, 2015!

Space is limited to ten artists, so members of the Nature Artists’ Guild who wish to participate in this event should contact Mary Ann Jimenez (whose e-mail address can be found in their Yearbook) as soon as possible. Our artists will be featured from 11 until 3 pm, and can stay the entire time or just 2 hours, and will be working right amongst the flowers, shrubs, trees, and garden art of The Growing Place or at the Nature Artist’s Guild information table.

Most types of media are welcome, and styles can range from detailed botanical sketches to impressionistic views of the many garden tableaus featured at The Growing Place. Participating artists should bring a chair, some water, art supplies, and if desired, small examples of some of their finished artwork.

Suzanne Wegener and Karen Johnson at the Nature Artists’ Guild Information Table, Gardener’s Art Festival at The Growing Place

This is a wonderful opportunity to participate in a lively and festive event, where visitors from throughout the area who are interested in both gardening and art can view our talented Nature Artists’ Guild members at work!  For more information about The Growing Place, please visit their website by clicking here.

The Art and Lives of the “Plant Hunters” at the Sterling Morton Library on June 4, 2015

Plan to spend a wonderful evening on Thursday, June 4, 2015, from 7 until 9 pm at the Sterling Morton Library of The Morton Arboretum, as Manager of Library Collections, Rita Hassert, and Rare Art Collection Assistant (and Nature Artists’ Guild member), Arlene Widrevitz, discuss the lives and works of some of the adventurous and dedicated artists who contributed to plant hunting, collecting, and documentation across the world and the centuries.

Arlene Widrevitz and Rita Hassert at Nature Artists' Guild Presentation, Sterling Morton Library, 2014

Arlene Widrevitz and Rita Hassert at 2014 Nature Artists’ Guild Presentation, Sterling Morton Library

Featured in the presentation will be Ferdinand Bauer, an Austrian botanical illustrator, and William Bartraman American botanical and ornithological illustrator, both contributors of artwork to the French botanist and explorerAndre Michaux and his son, Francois Andre Michaux, for their book on trees of North America, The North American Sylva. The lives and works of other artistic contributors, Pierre-Joseph Redoute and Pancrace Bessa will also be explored.  (Please click on any of the highlighted links above to read more.)

During this presentation, rare works by these and other artists from the Sterling Morton Library’s Art and Rare Book Collections will be on display to highlight and illustrate the presentation, as well as the library’s current exhibit, Plant Hunters.

Guests and visitors are welcome to attend this special presentation sponsored by the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum.  There is no fee for parking or attendance, and non-members of The Morton Arboretum should let the gate attendant know that they are there for the Nature Artists’ Guild program.

“I See Something Green” Now Available at The Arboretum Store

"I See Something Green", Marsha Bergstrom Georgiopoulos and Gail Diedrichsen

“I See Something Green”, Marsha Bergstrom Georgiopoulos and Gail Diedrichsen

Signed copies of I See Something Green, a children’s book written by local author, Marsha Bergstrom Georgiopoulos, and illustrated by our own Nature Artists’ Guild president, Gail Diedrichsen, are now available at the gift shop located in the Visitors’ Center of The Morton Arboretum, The Arboretum Store.  Gail is so excited to see the book on the shelves next to some of her favorite books about nature!

I See Something Green, the first in a series of books based on color, stresses the importance of living green and saving our forests. “Yellow” is in the works and will focus on the importance of bees.

Marsha, a retired literature and Spanish teacher, and Gail, a retired literature and art teacher, are seasoned educators dedicated to their professions, both receiving Golden Apple nominations.  Once retired, as Gail puts it, “they did not abandon their need to influence our next generation”.  Marsha enjoys writing children’s poetry and Gail loves to “illustrate cute animals for children”.  This book series will allow Marsha and Gail to combine their passions and talents to send an important environmental message.

Books purchased from another source, or even signed books from The Arboretum Store may be brought to one of our Nature Artists’ Guild meetings, where Gail will be happy to personally inscribe them.

Congratulations, Gail and Marsha.  We are looking forward to “Yellow”!

Artwork for "Celebrating our Green Planet" from "I See Something Green", copyright Gail Diedrichsen

Artwork for “Celebrating our Green Planet” from “I See Something Green”, copyright Gail Diedrichsen