Coming Soon for the Nature Artists’ Guild

  • There will be a paint-out this September for members of the Nature Artists’ Guild, with the exact date and location to be announced shortly.
  • The prospectus for the 2019 Autumn (Holiday) Exhibition of Natural History Art at The Morton Arboretum will be sent in early September to all members of the Nature Artists’ Guild.  New members are welcome to join the Guild before then to receive a prospectus.
  • Images from the 2019 Summer Encounter are being received from the artists and will be shared here and in the next issue of the Nature Artists’ Quarterly (a members-only publication).
  • A Creative Event has been scheduled for September 5, 2019 at 7 pm at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum for Nature Artists’ Guild members.  Lots of fun and creativity will be in store as members create handmade objects to sell at the Autumn (Holiday) Exhibit.  A list of skills being shared and suggested supplies to bring was sent to members on August 12.  All proceeds from the sales will be used to support the Nature Artists’ Guild.

An Opportunity to Learn Woodblock Printing with Ben Calvert

Nature Artists’ Guild members may remember Ben Calvert from his fascinating presentation on creating woodblock prints in February, 2019.  Ben will be teaching a four-evening introductory class beginning on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 and continuing for the following three Wednesday evenings, at The Morton Arboretum, where he will share the history, supplies, and processes involved in woodblock printing.  All supplies are included.

All are welcome to join Ben in this class, which will be suitable for all skill levels.  There is no requirement to be a member of the Nature Artists’ Guild or The Morton Arboretum to register, although Arboretum members will receive a discounted enrollment fee.  Please click here to register or to read more about the course.

Fellow procrastinators should note that to prevent cancellation, The Morton Arboretum requires a minimum enrollment number well before the start date of any class.  To minimize the likelihood of any class cancellations, early enrollment is highly encouraged.

Great Migrator Rest Stop, copyright 2018, Benjamin F. Calvert III.  Please click on the image to be directed to Ben’s website.

Nature Artists’ Guild’s 2019 Summer Encounter Artwork

The 2019 Summer Encounter for members of the Nature Artists’ Guild has come to an end. This project required the artists to start their artwork at one point of their paper or canvas (usually the bottom) and add to it each week, without necessarily knowing exactly where it would lead.  The results were impressive and wonderful!

Some of the participants have kindly agreed to share their Encounter artwork with us here.  Perhaps we’ll be seeing some of these pieces again in the upcoming Fall (Holiday) Exhibition of Natural History Art in November at The Morton Arboretum.  Congratulations to all the participating artists for, once again, venturing outside their comfort zone.

Larger images of the artwork can be seen on the 2019 Summer Encounter Gallery page under the Member Artwork tab of this website.

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A Trip to Australia with Nature Artists’ Guild’s Featured Artist, Karen Johnson

The Nature Artists’ Guild’s Featured Artist for Spring and Summer of 2019, Karen Johnson, has just returned from a trip to Australia.  Karen has been journaling her adventures in nature for years with words, photos and artwork on her blog, Karen’s Nature Art.  Needless to say, the nature she encountered in Australia is a little different from what may be seen in Chicagoland.  Karen has captured her impressions of the trip wonderfully, and a visit to her blog to see all of her sketches is definitely worth the click!

Image from Australia trip sketchbook pages.  Copyright Karen A Johnson. Used with permission.

Nature Artists’ Guild Program Next Thursday, August 1, 2019

The next program sponsored by the Nature Artists’ Guild is only one week away, on Thursday evening, August 1, 2019 from 7 until 9 pm at The Morton Arboretum. This program will feature three stations with different types of artwork being done at each.  Please click on this link to read more.

All fans of nature and art are welcome to attend, free-of-charge.

Please click on any of the images for larger versions and artist names.

Cantigny Gardens Paint-Out August 7, 2019

Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild are invited to attend the next paint-out on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 beginning at 9 am at the lovely Cantigny Gardens in Wheaton, IL.

The Gardens at Cantigny beckon you. They tug at your senses, drawing you closer. If you listen carefully, each garden will tell you a story, unfolding with every step. You will feel your body relax as you absorb the landscape and the landscape devours your stress. The hustle of life melts away just a few steps into our 29 acres of flourishing, blooming tranquility.

http://www.Cantigny.org

 

Although parts of the garden will be closed for “revitalization”, there will still be plenty of nature to paint in the their gardens of Golden Pond.

There will be no charge for admission or parking for this event. Guild members can arrive any time after 9 am, and stay for as long as they’d like (or until the park closes).

Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild at previous paint-out at Cantigny Gardens.

After sketching, painting, or photographing the beauty of the gardens and grounds, there is much more to do at Cantigny Park, the 500-acre former estate of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. Wonderful restaurants and cafes, museums, a visitor’s center and the Cantigny Shop will all be available for participants to enjoy.

Participating Nature Artists’ Guild members are encouraged to contact Linn Eldred if they plan to attend, but last-minute attendees are also welcome! Linn’s contact information can be found in the Nature Artists’ Guild Yearbook or in the e-mail sent to members on July 21. Folding chairs and picnic lunches are allowed in the park. Please click on one of the highlighted links for driving directions and to learn more about Cantigny.

Three Types of Nature Art at August 1, 2019 Program

Each August, the Nature Artists’ Guild invites three of its members to share tips and techniques for creating artwork in “new” (or sometimes ancient) ways.  This annual program is open to all and free of charge for parking, admission, and entry to The Morton Arboretum.  Members, guests, and visitors are welcome to attend on Thursday, August 1, 2019 from 7 until 9 pm.  There will be light refreshments and door prizes. There is no membership requirement for either the Arboretum or the Nature Artists’ Guild for this event.  Visitors should let the gate attendant at the Arboretum’s main entrance know they are there for the Nature Artists’ Guild program to be admitted and directed to the Thornhill Education Center.

The Arbor Room room in Thornhill will be set up into three different stations.  The audience will divide into three casual groups and visit each station for approximately 20 minutes to listen, watch, and ask questions (and occasionally participate) and then move to the next (or stay at the same place if so inspired).  It is a fun and informative event and a great opportunity to meet other artists and learn some new techniques.

 

At one of the stations, Jill Adzia will be sharing her tips and techniques for working with scratchboard, including the use of color to create stunning pieces.

 

At another station, Arlene Widrevitz will discuss her adventures in the ancient art of Mokuhanga, Japanese woodblock printing.

Fritillaria, work in progress, copyright Arlene Widrevitz

 

At the third station, members of the Nature Artists’ Guild who participated in the 2019 Summer Encounter led by Evelyn Grala will be exhibiting their completed “progressive” artwork at the third station.  These examples by Nancy Kolar show the progression towards the finished piece.