Gardens at Cantigny Park Paint-Out Rescheduled for Thursday, May 25, 2017

With rain expected tomorrow, the Nature Artists’ Guild paint-out at the Gardens at Cantigny Park has been rescheduled to the rain date, Thursday, May 25, 2017. Participants can meet at the Visitors Center at 9 am, or join the group in the gardens any time before noon.

Please click on the above highlighted link for more information about the paint-out.

Marge Hall’s Spectacular Floral Portraits on Thursday, June 1, 2017

Marge Hall with one of her Floral Portraits, http://www.margehall.com

There has been a slight scheduling change, and the Nature Artists’ Guild now welcomes nationally recognized artist Marge Hall to Thornhill almost a year earlier than originally planned. On Thursday, June 1, 2017, from 7 until 9 pm, Marge Hall will share some of her inspirations, methods, and tips for creating her spectacular floral portraits in oil. Since Marge’s personality is as wonderfully sparkling and colorful as her paintings, it promises to be an enjoyable as well as educational evening.

As always, guests and visitors are welcome to attend this Nature Artists’ Guild sponsored program at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL. There is no charge for parking or admission to the Arboretum for this event, and visitors can let the gate attendant know they are there for the Nature Artists’ Guild program to be directed to Thornhill.

Two White Daisies, copyright Marge Hall. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

Please click on one of the photos or highlighted links to learn more about Marge, to see more of her award-winning artwork, or to watch a time-lapse video of her at work.

Flower, copyright Marge Hall. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

A Few Reminders For Nature Artists’ Guild Members

  • The paint-out at The Gardens at Cantigny Park has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 25, 2017 (originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 23, but changed due to weather concerns).  Please contact Jane Kellenberger if there are any questions. You can also click on this link for more information.
  • Prospectuses (which were e-mailed in late April) for this summer’s Nature Artists’ Guild Special Exhibit, Impressions of Nature, at A Gallery of Nature at Wasco Nursery and Garden Center in St. Charles, IL are due on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Please contact Gary Chipman if there are any questions.
  • The “Summer Encounter” begins on June 1, 2017. 30 Nature Artists’ Guild members have already agreed to try to get outdoors this summer to create a Nature Artist’s Journal.  Check your e-mail for details and contact Evelyn Grala if there are any questions.
  • On the evening of June 1, 2017, the Nature Artists’ Guild welcomes Marge Hall and her Floral Portraits to the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum. Guests and visitors are also welcome to attend this free presentation. Please click on this link for more details.

Nature Artists’ Guild members will find contact information for Jane, Gary, and Evelyn in their Yearbook.

Lori Stralow Harris and Butterflies on June 1, 2017

Update – We apologize, but due to a scheduling concern, Lori will not be presenting the June 2017 program.  Please join us instead for a presentation by Marge Hall on June 1, 2017 from 7 until 9 pm.

Artist and educator Lori Stralow Harris opened the Salt Creek Butterfly Farm in 2012 in an effort to provide a “wide variety of opportunities for children and adults to slow down, observe, and appreciate the quiet but spectacular presence of butterflies in our world.”

On Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 7 until 9 pm, members of the Nature Artists’ Guild, guests, and visitors will have the chance to experience one of these opportunities as Lori brings her talents as well as some live butterflies to the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their camera and sketchbooks to this unique presentation! As always, guests and visitors are welcome to attend this Nature Artists’ Guild sponsored program, and there is no charge for admission or parking. Visitors should let the gate attendant know they are there for the program in order to be admitted free-of-charge and directed to Thornhill.

Please click on this link for the Salt Creek Butterfly Farm or the photo below to read much more about Lori and her fascinating mission.

Photo credit www.saltcreekbutterflyfarm.com. Copyright Lori Harris.

Going Back for More at the Gardens at Cantigny Park

Update – due to weather concerns, the paint-out has been rescheduled to the rain date of Thursday, May 25, 2017.

Some paint-out locations are just so enjoyable that we can’t wait to go back for more!

On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, Nature Artists’ Guild members are invited to attend a paint-out at the wonderful Gardens at Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road in Wheaton, IL between 9 am and noon.  As you can see from the photos from last year’s paint-out, there will be plenty of room and plenty to paint (or draw, or sketch, or photograph). Bring a stool or chair (the bright yellow wingback will probably already be taken), your painting or drawing supplies, some water and a camera.

There is no fee for admission, but parking is $5.   Afterwards, feel free to spend some time wandering the Visitors Center and museums, visiting the Cantigny Shop, or having lunch at the popular Le Jardin.  The rain date will be Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 9 am until noon. There is no need to RSVP, but please feel free to contact Jane Kellenberger with any questions. (Nature Artists’ Guild members will find Jane’s contact information in their Yearbook or the Spring edition of The Nature Artists’ Quarterly.)  

Please click on any of the highlighted links to learn more about Cantigny Park. Thanks to Jane Kellenberger for the photos from last year’s event.

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America’s Flora, Linking People to Plants through Botanical Art at United States Botanic Garden

Thank you to Nature Artists’ Guild member Carol Jean Rogalski for this link to information about America’s Flora, Linking People to Plants through Botanical Art, opening in Washington D.C. in collaboration with the United States Botanic Garden in May 2018. Please click on the highlighted link for more information about this exhibition of artwork by members of the American Society of Botanical Artists.  Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild who are also members of the ASBA may possibly be represented in this juried exhibit of botanical art.

View of United States Botanic Garden with United States Capitol in background. Photo credit https://www.usbg.gov/