Julie Sutter-Blair Comes to Thornhill on Thursday, February 2, 2017

Julie Sutter-Blair is a superbly talented artist whose intaglio prints and colored pencil drawings are inspired by nature.  The Nature Artists’ Guild is honored to host a presentation by Julie on Thursday, February 2, 2017 from 7 until 9 pm at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum, in Lisle, IL.

Julie will also participate in the Visiting Artist Series of The Morton Arboretum’s education program with her workshop Drawing Nests With Julie Sutter-Blair, which will be held the following Friday and Saturday, February 3rd and 4th, 2017.  Please click on the above link to register.

Both the Nature Artists’ Guild program and the workshop are open to all, not just members of the Nature Artists’ Guild or The Morton Arboretum.  There is a fee and a registration requirement for the workshop, but Thursday evening’s program is free-of-charge for both admission and parking. Visitors should let the gate attendant know that they are there for the Nature Artists’ Guild program and they will be directed to the Thornhill Education Center.

Copyright Julie Sutter-Blair

Copyright Julie Sutter-Blair

It’s Back to the Tropics for the Nature Artists’ Guild

Wind, snow, and bitter cold are all possibilities for Chicagoland on Thursday, February 9, 2017, but some members of the Nature Artists’ Guild will hardly notice, because they will be spending the morning in the tropics instead!

Sorry, this isn’t a give-away for a trip to Hawaii, but it is the chance to spend a morning, between 7 and 11 am, sketching, drawing, painting, and photographing in the tropical greenhouse of one of the nation’s oldest and largest orchid growers, Orchids by Hausermann, at 2N134 Addison Road in Villa Park, IL.  One lucky participant will be awarded a gift certificate to spend as they choose at the greenhouse.  Please click on this link to see the beautiful blooms in Hausermann’s catalog, including orchids that are in bud right now!

Space is limited for this popular event, so interested Nature Artists’ Guild members should contact Jane Kellenberger as soon as possible to reserve a spot. Jane’s contact information can be found in the Yearbook.  Participants should bring their camera, art supplies, and possibly a small folding chair, as seating is limited.

First Nature Artists’ Guild Exhibit of 2017 Opens Tomorrow

The first Nature Artists’ Guild exhibit of the new year opens tomorrow, January 4, 2017 at the Downers Grove Library,  1050 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove, IL. The exhibit will be open during normal library hours, 9 am to 9 pm on weekdays, 9 am to 5 pm on Saturdays, and 1 pm to 5 pm on Sundays.

The Downers Grove Library has a wonderful gallery space featuring rotating displays, and even has its own collection of art.  The exhibit of select works by members of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum runs through February 1, 2017.

Come for the Scenery, Stay for the Fun

Both inside and out, there won’t be a prettier place in the suburbs than the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum this Thursday, December 8, 2016, for the annual Nature Artists’ Guild Holiday Party.

Yes, The Morton Arboretum is always quite pretty, but with the holiday decorations in place and a bit of moonlit snow on the ground, it is sure to be breathtaking!

The Morton Arboretum Thornhill Education Center. Photo credit www.mortonarb.org

The Morton Arboretum Thornhill Education Center. Photo credit http://www.mortonarb.org

Inside, the Nature Artists’ Guild party team, led by Gail Diedrichsen and Susan Bartlett, will be busy all afternoon preparing and decorating, making the historic Founder’s Room and Arbor Room even more festive for the occasion.

The fun starts at 6 pm, with live music, food, raffles and a few 30th Anniversary surprises.

This special event is limited to Nature Artists’ Guild members and their guests. Please click on this invitation for details.

Before You Begin Shopping

Whew! The cooking, cleaning and dishes are done and the guests have left.

This might be a great time to take a minute for yourself, and renew your Nature Artists’ Guild membership for 2017!  The Nature Artists’ Guild accepts renewals and new members any day of the year, but memberships are for the calendar year, so renewing (or joining) now will ensure that you receive all of the benefits that your membership brings.

Current members can pay their 2017 dues by mailing a check to our Treasurer, Nancy Wu (her address will be in the Nature Artists’ Guild Yearbook).  Nancy will also be accepting renewal dues at the Holiday Party.  New members are asked to mail a check to the address printed on the membership brochure (click here or on the tab at the top of the website to download or print a copy).

Nature Artists' Guild Membership Brochure Page 1

Nature Artists' Guild Membership Brochure Page 2

A Few More Things We Are Thankful For

It’s the time of the year when many reflect on all they are grateful for, and the Nature Artists’ Guild would like to add a few items for consideration –

  • The friends and family who support our artistic endeavors
  • The time (however little) and space (however small) for creating
  • The support and encouragement of other artists who understand the unique challenges involved
  • The time and effort of all the volunteers who have kept the Nature Artists’ Guild running so smoothly for so many years
  • The Morton Arboretum, for its inspiring natural beauty as well as for providing historic and lovely meeting and exhibit spaces and a quality learning environment

Please feel free to add to the list in the comments below.

Happy Thanksgiving, and don’t forget to give your turkey a nod of respect!

Detail of Wild Turkey, copyright D. Fisk

Detail of Wild Turkey, copyright D. Fisk (this is for you, Gail)

Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum Begins Celebration of 30th Year

December 4, 1986 was the beginning of 30 years of programs, 30 years of paint-outs, 30 years of workshops, 30 years of exhibits, and 30 years of creativity, learning, sharing and friendship for members of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum.

Our volunteer party team has been planning and preparing for months, and they have come up with some exciting ways to combine the celebration of  the beginning of the Nature Artists’ Guild’s 30th year with the members’ annual Holiday Party on Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 6 until 9 pm at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum. This event is reserved for current and former Nature Artists’ Guild members and their guests only.