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

“Viewing Nature”, Exhibit of Nature Art at the Komechak Gallery Begins May 3, 2015

On Sunday, May 3, 2015, between 2 and 4 pm, all are invited to attend an opening reception for the special exhibit of artwork by members of the Nature Artists’ Guild, at the Fr. Michael E. Komechak, O.S.B. Art Gallery at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL.  This “First Sunday Tea & Talk Art Lecture Series” gives members of the public a chance to meet and talk with the artists, as well as to view some of the artists engaging in their creative process.

Viewing Nature, featuring nearly 50 pieces of nature art, many of which were inspired by the collection of the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum at Benedictine University, will be on display at the Komechak Gallery from May 4 until July 18, 2015. The gallery is open from 11 am until 4 pm every day except Sunday.

Komechak Art Gallery, Benedictine University, Lisle IL

Komechak Gallery, Benedictine University. Photo credit Benedictine University website. Please click on photo to be directed to the website page.

Komechak Gallery is located on the 5th floor in Kindlon Hall of Learning, Benedictine University, 5700 College Road, Lisle IL. For more information, please click on this link to the Komechak Art Gallery’s web pages or click on one of the photos to be directed to their website.

Komechak Art Gallery, Benedictine University

Komechak Gallery, Benedictine University. Photo credit Benedictine University website. Please click on photo to be directed to the website page.

Nature Artists’ Guild Open Studio, Paint-In, Saturday May 2, 2015

On Saturday, May 2, 2015, members of the Nature Artists’ Guild are invited to meet at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum anytime between noon and 3 pm for an open studio and “paint-in”.

From our Program and Paint-Out Chair, Mary Ann Jimenez –

Having the opportunity to associate and work alongside other artists, from time to time, can enlighten us and open our eyes to the diversity that pours out of creative minds. Come and enjoy this opportunity to share in an environment of creativity and motivation. Everyone can learn a great deal working alongside other artists.

Bring whatever piece you are currently working one (or start a new one), as well as your own supplies. Hope to see you there.

Of course, if you come down with a touch of spring fever during this event, remember that the sights, sounds and scents of Joy Path are right outside of the doors of Thornhill for all to enjoy!

Spring Color, photo credit

Spring Color, photo credit Please click on the photo to be directed to The Morton Arboretum’s Bloom Report.

Spring Exhibit of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum, April 18 and 19, 2015

The Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum is proud to announce our Featured Artist of the 2015 Annual Spring Exhibit, Nancy Halliday.  You can view more of Nancy’s work and read all about her artistic journey by clicking on the “Our Current Featured Artist” tab above.

The Spring Exhibit will feature over 200 pieces of artwork by more than 50 of our talented Nature Artists’ Guild members.  It is a wonderful opportunity to see some of the best nature art in the area, in a beautiful setting, the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum.

The exhibit is open to the public on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, 2015 from 10 am until 4 pm.  There is no admission charge, but gate fees do apply to non-members of The Morton Arboretum, located at 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, IL.

A special reception for Arboretum members and guests of the artists will be held on April 17, 2015 from 5 until 9 pm.

Copyright Nancy Halliday

Copyright Nancy Halliday