The board of the Nature Artists’ Guild is excited to offer, for 2019, six scholarships to cover the cost of Guild membership for one year plus the exhibit fee for one exhibition at The Morton Arboretum during the year. The only requirements for applying for the scholarship are that the applicant is interested in nature art and is not a current or former member of the Nature Artists’ Guild. All applications will be reviewed by the Nature Artists’ Guild board.
Instructions are included on the simple application form that follows. Please click on the highlighted link to read or print the form.
Scholarship Application to the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum
The Nature Artists’ Guild is a friendly and non-competitive gathering of artists working in a wide assortment of media and subject matter at all levels of skill, with a unifying interest and respect for the natural world.
Following are examples of the art and activities of Nature Artists’ Guild members over the last few years. Please feel free to browse this website for more art and information by scrolling through, choosing a category at the right of the page, or clicking on one of the tabs above.
Red-winged Blackbird, copyright 2018 Lindsay Sandbothe
Tomatoes, copyright Marlene Vitek.
Tulip Muze, Watercolor, Copyright Patricia Mroczka
Red-Spotted Purple Butterfly, copyright Peggy McGahan
Nature Artists’ Guild at Jurica-Suchy 2015
Artwork by Susan Bartlett. Poster design by Evelyn Grala.
Coyote, Block Print, Copyright Carrie S. Carlson
Nature Artists’ Guild at Gallery 200
Spiderwort, copyright 2018, Karen A. Johnson. Please click on the image to go to Karen’s Nature Art for more.
Detail of Moth pyrography, copyright Gail Diedrichsen
Bob Sunyog at work
Remembering November, Pastel, copyright Bobbie Brown
Colored pencil drawing on slate tile, copyright Mary Ann Jimenez.
Tangled, Mixed Media, copyright Bobbie Brown
Carolina Jessamine, Polymer Clay Necklace, Copyright Karen A. Johnson
Sharon Malec’s fiber art created with her hand-made silk paper
Lindsay Sandbothe at work
Wooly, copyright Nancy Thyfault
Retreating Glacier, copyright Joe Rizzo.
I Like Ducks, copyright Evelyn Grala. Photo credit Downers Grove Public Library.
Copyright Fran Kelly
As summer winds down, so does the Nature Artists’ Guild 2018 Summer Sketchbook Encounter. Congratulations to all the participants and thank you to Evelyn Grala for leading this project and to those who have shared some of their sketches here and in previous posts, which can be seen by clicking here and here.
Deliciously Red, copyright Pamela Hamilton. Used with permission.
There was a lot of excitement around the work of a certain talented pastel artist at the recent Wine and Art Walk at The Morton Arboretum. We are pleased to announce that this artist, Pamela Hamilton, will be sharing some of her inspirations, tips, and techniques at a presentation sponsored by the Nature Artists’ Guild on Thursday evening, October 4, 2018 from 7 until 9 pm at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum.
Pamela Hamilton painting en plein air at the 2018 Wine and Art Walk at The Morton Arboretum.
Pamela Hamilton’s booth at the 2018 Wine and Art Walk at The Morton Arboretum.
Pamela’s stunning pastel paintings cover a wide range of subject matter, and she is as talented en plein air as she is in studio work. Please visit her website, ArtByPamelaHamilton.com to read more about this award-winning artist and view many more examples of her work.
Visitors and guests are welcome to attend this presentation, free-of-charge for parking, admission, and entrance into the Arboretum. Visitors should let the gate attendant at The Morton Arboretum know they are there for the Nature Artists’ Guild program to be directed to the Thornhill Education Center.
Gilded Petals, copyright Pamela Hamilton. Used with permission.
A few of the upcoming Nature Artists’ Guild’s activities for Autumn, one of the most wonderful times of the year to celebrate nature –
- This Thursday, August 23, 2018 a paint-out at the Gardens at Ball will take place from 9 until noon for Guild members. Please click on the highlighted link for more information.
- On Thursday evening, October 4, 2018, from 7 until 9 pm, pastel artist Pamela Hamilton (a favorite at last weekend’s Wine and Art Walk) will share some of her techniques and inspirations with Guild members, guests, and visitors at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum. Check back soon for more about Pamela and her presentation. The program, sponsored by the Nature Artists’ Guild, is free-of-charge and open to all.
- The 2018 Holiday (Autumn) Exhibition of Natural History Art, featuring the artwork of Guild members, is scheduled for the weekend of November 3 and 4, 2018, with a reception for Arboretum members and guests of the artists on the evening of Friday, November 2, 2018 in the Cudahy Room of The Morton Arboretum. Much more to come in the following weeks about this exhibit and the featured artist, Gary Chipman.
Five members of the Nature Artists’ Guild are scheduled for two hours each to answer questions about the Guild and to share some artistic techniques, including painting, jewelry-making and fiber art at a table near The Arboretum Store inside the Visitor Center of The Morton Arboretum during the Wine and Art Walk this weekend, August 18 and 19, 2018.
All are invited to stop by! Please click on either of the following images to read more about the Wine and Art Walk, which will feature works of more than forty artists from the Midwest, refreshments, and live music.
A few of the Nature Artists’ Guild members participating in the 2018 Summer Sketchbook Encounter have shared some of their latest work. Previously shared examples of lovely summer sketches can be seen again by clicking here.
Thursday’s program will feature three Nature Artists’ Guild members sharing techniques and tips for creating art in some unique and beautiful ways.
Spring, At Last, copyright Catherine Stacy.
Polar Vortex Landscape, copyright Marilyn Peretti.
Retreating Glacier, copyright Joe Rizzo.
All are invited to attend this program and can read more about it and view complete versions of the above artwork by clicking here.
In addition to the program, Guild members will be able to pick up some blank canvases for a fundraiser for the 2018 Autumn (Holiday) Exhibition of Natural History Art. The 3 x 3 inch canvases can be painted, collaged, or drawn on, and the finished works of art will be sold at the upcoming exhibit in November.
Nature Artists’ Guild 2018 Fundraiser. Examples of finished canvases by Laurie Freeman, Carol Puotinen, and Catherine Stacy.
The small size and reasonable price ($5 each) will make it possible for almost any exhibit attendee to bring home an original work of art to display, use as an ornament, or give as a gift. Blank canvases will also be available to pick up at the October meeting, but must be completed and returned on or before the exhibit drop-off (referee) evening of October 31, 2018. Questions about this fundraiser can be answered by Catherine Stacy, whose contact information is in the Yearbook.
More information about the exhibit will be coming soon!