Lovely Weather Predicted for Paint-Out Tomorrow!

Will it be the wonderful weather forecast, or the promise of an acre of mature trees, shrubs and flowers that will convince you to drop what you are doing tomorrow morning to join fellow Nature Artists’ Guild members for the last paint-out of the summer at Sharon Malec’s home?Sharon Malec's garden, tulip trees

There is plenty of room, so members are absolutely welcome to drop-in tomorrow, Tuesday, August 23, 2016, any time between 9:30 am and noon.  Bring your art supplies, camera, and a small stool or folding chair.  Sharon’s address can be found in the Nature Artists’ Guild Yearbook.

Please scroll down or click here for more information and a few photos of Sharon’s landscape. This paint-out is limited to Nature Artists’ Guild members and their guests only, please.

A Morning in the Country

Sharon Malec’s charming acre in West Chicago couldn’t be more picturesque and brings to mind a morning in the countryside.  Sharon humbly states that her garden is “just the normal stuff”, but where else could you sit in the dappled shade of huge tulip trees, sketch a bamboo patch or hydrangea and sneak a ripe blackberry fresh from the vine, all in one place?

On the morning of Tuesday, August 23, 2016, from 9:30 am until noon, Sharon will share her wonderful yard and garden for a paint-out with fellow Nature Artists’ Guild members.  Interested members are encouraged to RSVP to Paint-Outs Coordinator Jane Kellenberger, but there is plenty of room for last-minute participants as well.   Jane’s contact information, as well as Sharon Malec’s address and contact information can be found in the Nature Artists’ Guild Yearbook.

Three Nature Artists at The Morton Arboretum on Thursday, August 4, 2016

Nature Artists’ Guild members, non-member artists, those fascinated by the process of creating art, or those just curious or looking for an interesting and enjoyable way to spend an evening – all are invited to attend and none will leave disappointed!

On the evening of Thursday, August 4, 2016 from 7 until 9 pm at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum, Lisle, IL, the Nature Artists’ Guild will proudly present three talented members who will share their art, inspirations and techniques with attendees.

Please click on this link to a previous post to read more about artists Susan Bartlett, Carol Cooley and Sharon Malec, who will presenting this year’s edition of this popular annual program.  There is no charge for entry to The Morton Arboretum, the program, or parking, and light refreshments will be provided.  Visitors should let the gate attendant at the Arboretum know they are there for the Nature Artists’ Guild presentation, and they will be directed to Thornhill.

One of the World’s Largest Botanical Libraries is Now Online

New York Botanical Garden, A digital selection from the Mertz Library collections, chosen by the head of special collections, research and archives, Stephen Sinon

Nature Artists’ Guild member Marilyn Peretti would like to share an article she recently discovered. One of the world’s largest botanical libraries, the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden, is being digitized and the article contains numerous photos and links that nature artists may find useful and fascinating!

Please click on this link to the article for more information about the Mertz Library or on the highlighted link above for the library website page.

Thanks for sharing, Marilyn!


The Popular “Nature Artist Trio” is Back, Thursday, August 4, 2016

No, it’s not a new musical group!  Even better, each year the Nature Artists’ Guild invites three artist members to share their tips, techniques, materials and inspirations in a fun, informal and informative presentation.  The program will be held at the Thornhill Education Center, The Morton Arboretum, on August 4, 2016 from 7 until 9 pm.  

This year, all three artists will be working on or with paper, but in interesting new ways.  

Carol Cooley will share her methods for using watercolor and the “shinkolei” process to add new elements to her wonderful block prints.

Sharon Malec uses her hand-made silk papers to create shimmering fabric art.

Susan Bartlett’s stunning collages are made with paper that she has hand-painted.

Members, non-members, visitors, friends, family – all are welcome at this popular program!  Both the program and parking are free-of-charge.  Non-members of The Morton Arboretum should let the gate attendant know that they are there for the Nature Artists’ Guild program and they will be directed to Thornhill.

All artwork images above are copyrighted and may not be used without permission of the artist.


Two talented Nature Artists’ Guild’s members who also happen to be popular instructors at The Morton Arboretum will be teaching a three-evening class titled Amphibian Art:  Frogs Across Forms beginning on Tuesday, July 26, 2016  from 6:30 until 9:30 pm and continuing on the following two Tuesdays. Participants in this class, taught by Suzanne Wegener and Karen Johnson, will be looking at artsy amphibians from different points of view and interpreting fabulous frogs in various media.  Students will complete some drawings and even a croaker creation from polymer clay bead.

For more details (minus the poor puns and awful alliteration), please click on this link to The Morton Arboretum’s class listing.  It is sure to be a “ribbiting” experience!

Frog Beads, copyright KA Johnson