Sorry, But The Chaco Golden Knee Tarantula Will Be Otherwise Engaged On May 7, 2019

The Chaco Golden Knee Tarantula and the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach may not be out on display for the Nature Artists’ Guild’s paint-out at the Cosley Zoo in Wheaton, IL on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, from 2 until 4 pm.  Nearly 60 other species, though, many native to Illinois, some domestic, and some exotic, will be available (click here for the zoo’s full species list with photos).

Space is limited, so interested Nature Artists’ Guild members should contact Linn Eldred (whose contact information can be found in their Yearbook) if they’d like to attend.  Please click on one of the highlighted links to read more about the Cosley Zoo and its animals, its history, and its mission.

Lynx rufus, Bobcat. Photo credit http://www.CosleyZoo.org.

Nature Artists’ Guild’s Spring Exhibit Opens this Weekend, April 6 and 7, 2019

Some of the warmest temperatures so far this year are predicted for the Chicagoland area this weekend, and visitors will be flocking to The Morton Arboretum to enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of the season.  One stop on any visitor’s tour of the Arboretum should be the Cudahy Room (located next to the historic Sterling Morton Library inside the Administration & Research Center) to view the Nature Artists’ Guild’s Spring Exhibit of Natural History Art.  The exhibit is free-of-charge with admission to the Arboretum.

In addition to the approximately 150 pieces of nature art created by nearly 50 members of the Guild, there will be raffle baskets, small original works of art for sale, opportunities to talk with artists and watch them work, and, for members of the Arboretum (and guests of the artists) at tonight’s reception, delicious refreshments.  Please click on any of the highlighted links for more information.

Celebrating Spring with Nature Art

Yay! Spring is finally here, and a great way to celebrate is to visit The Morton Arboretum on the weekend of April 6th and 7th, 2019.  There will be plenty to enjoy outdoors, of course, but it is also the weekend of the 2019 Spring Exhibit of Natural History Art, featuring nearly 150 works of nature art by members of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum.   Please read more by clicking here or on the above highlighted link.

Here is just a small sample of the artwork in the exhibit.  Thank you to all of the artists who contributed to this preview.

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Artists at Work at the 2019 Spring Exhibit of Natural History Art

During the Nature Artists’ Guild’s Spring 2019 Exhibit of Natural History Art, visitors will have the opportunity to watch, speak with, and ask questions of talented artists working in a variety of media in addition to enjoying the nearly 150 works of art on display.

On Friday evening, April 5, 2019, during the Artists’ Reception for members of The Morton Arboretum and guests of the artists, Ku-mie Kim will be sharing watercolor techniques from 5 until 7:30 pm.

Porcelain-berry (Ampelopsis brevipedunculata), watercolor, copyright Ku-mie Kim.

On Saturday and Sunday, the exhibit is open free-of-charge to all visitors of The Morton Arboretum.

Peggy McGahan will be creating florals using watercolor pencils on Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 10:30 am until 1 pm.

Tulips in watercolor pencil, copyright Peggy McGahan.

On Saturday afternoon, April 6, 2019, from 1:15 until 3:45 pm, Nancy Staszak will be sharing the tools and techniques of gelatin printing.

Gelatin print, copyright Nancy Staszak.

Susan Bartlett will be sharing the steps in her unique type of collage-making between 10:30 am and 1 pm on Sunday, April 7, 2019.

Collage, copyright Susan Bartlett.

On Sunday afternoon, April 7, 2019, from 1:15 until 3:45 pm, Mary Ann Jimenez will be creating artwork with metalpoint and pastel dust.

In progress artwork, metalpoint and pastel dust. Copyright Mary Ann Jimenez.

Just a Few Weeks until the 2019 Spring Exhibit of Natural History Art

Artwork by Featured Artist Karen Johnson. Postcard design by Evelyn Grala.

The 2019 Spring Exhibit of Natural History Art featuring approximately 150 works of art by nearly 50 members of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum is only a few weeks away.  The exhibit will be held in the Cudahy Room of the Administration (and Library) building at the Arboretum on the weekend of April 6 and 7, 2019.  An Artists’ Reception for members of the Arboretum and guests of the artists will be held on the evening of April 5, 2019.

Coming soon – some of the artists will be sharing a preview of their work!

Sketching Safari at Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum on Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL has more than 3500 specimens on display (from their collection of more than 10,000), and members of the Nature Artists’ Guild are invited to spend a morning sketching, painting, or photographing them on Thursday, March 21, 2019.  This fun annual event will take place between 9 am and noon, and participants may be able to borrow certain specimens to take home for further study.

No insect repellent, sun protection, or hiking boots are needed for this indoor event, but participants may want to bring a small folding chair along with their art supplies and camera.

Interested Guild members can contact Linn Eldred for any questions or to let her know they’d like to attend, but there is plenty of room and last minute drop-ins are also welcome.  This paint-out is reserved for Nature Artists’ Guild members only.  Please click on the highlighted link above for directions to the museum, which is located on the second floor of the Michael and Kay Birck Hall of Science at the university.

Here are some photos of Guild members at the annual Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum paint-outs over the last five years –

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Nature Artists’ Guild 2019 Spring Exhibit of Natural History Art

The poster and postcards for the 2019 Spring Exhibit of Natural History Art featuring the artwork of Karen Johnson and designed by Evelyn Grala are ready!  Anyone who would like posters to display or postcards to share can pick some up at the Nature Artists’ Guild program on Thursday, March 7, 2019, or at Megan Dunning’s office in the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum during regular business hours.

Nature Artist’s Guild members will soon receive digital copies of the postcard in their e-mail, and are encouraged to share them with friends and family!

Nature Artists’ Guild 2019 Spring Exhibit poster. Poster artwork by Featured Artist Karen Johnson. Poster design by Evelyn Grala.

Please visit this website’s Featured Artist page to learn more about Karen Johnson and to view some of her lovely artwork.  Also worth visiting is Karen’s personal blog, Karen’s Nature Art, a fascinating collection of her thoughts, sketches, and photographs of the time she spends in nature.