Paint-Out at The Gardens of Ball on August 21, 2018

So much to sketch. paint or photograph on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 between 9 am and noon!  As shown in Jane Kellenberger’s photos above, artists can choose from picturesque views or detailed close-ups in colors galore at The Gardens of Ball at the Ball Horticultural Company worldwide headquarters, 622 Town Road, West Chicago, Il.

From their website –

The Gardens at Ball have been the evaluation and testing grounds for the world’s wealth of horticultural introductions and improvements for over 80 years. What began as a row trial garden for seed varieties in 1933 has grown to encompass over 9 acres of display beds for annuals, perennials, cut flowers and vegetables, including the newest plants from the industry’s leading breeders and marketers.

Please click on either of the above highlighted links to read more and to view more beautiful images.

Interested Nature Artists’ Guild members should contact Jane Kellenberger to RSVP for the paint-out and for maps of the garden and paint-out guidelines.  Jane’s contact information can be found in their Yearbook (membership directory).

Spread Your Wings! Lindsay Sandbothe’s Workshop on July 28 and 29, 2018

Red-winged Blackbird, copyright 2018 Lindsay Sandbothe.  Please click on the image for more at lindsaysandbothe.com.

Lindsay Sandbothe and her incredible paintings of birds return to The Morton Arboretum on the weekend of July 28 and 29, 2018.  In a two-day workshop for intermediate to advanced artists, Lindsay, in her friendly and fun teaching style, will share her techniques for painting on wood in acrylic.

From The Morton Arboretum class listings

Bird Portraits: Acrylic on Wood

Lindsay Sandbothe returns for a two-day, intermediate/advanced workshop. Explore intermediate techniques for painting on wood in acrylic, including staining, blocking, layering, and glazing while rendering detailed portraits of birds in their natural environment. Through demonstrations and time to work under the guidance of the instructor, students will create their own bird portraits.

To register or to read more about this workshop, please click on this link to The Morton Arboretum’s Learn and Experience page.  All artists with some painting experience are invited to participate.  There is no requirement to be a member of the Nature Artists’ Guild or The Morton Arboretum, but Arboretum members will receive a discounted fee.  Registration ends soon!

The Promise of an Acorn Exhibit Opens Sunday, July 22, 2018

Many of the artists participating in the upcoming exhibit, The Promise of an Acorn, at the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods in Riverwoods, IL are also members of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum. The artists would like to extend an invitation to all nature and art lovers to the opening reception and exhibit.  Please click on the above highlighted link or on the image for directions and more information.

From the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods

The Promise of an Acorn

The Art of Oak Ecosystems

July 22 to September 2, 2018

Our exhibition, The Promise of an Acorn, focuses not just on the oak itself, but also on the unique habitat it creates, the other species it supports, and its impact on the environment and culture.

Participating Artists:

Beverly Behrens · Stephanie Bird · Gabriella Boros · Carrie Carlson · Dolores Diaz
Heidi Jachna · Heeyoung Kim · Kumie Kim · Taehoon Kim
Peggy Macnamara · Victoria Marchio · Mary McCloskey · Carol Jean Rogalski
Barbara Rose · Carla Schmakel · Georgia Schwender · Vicky Tesmer

Opening Reception: Sunday, July 22 1-3 pm. After the reception, join us for the debut of our Dear Earth series!

Three Nature Artists on Thursday, August 2, 2018

Nature Artists’ Guild members Joe Rizzo, Marilyn Peretti and Catherine Stacy will be sharing their artistic talents on the evening of Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 7 until 9 pm at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum.  Each of these three artists will give audience members the opportunity to learn the basics of a unique and fascinating art form.

Retreating Glacier, copyright Joe Rizzo.

Joe Rizzo will be giving attendees a chance to experiment with creating landscapes using his marbleizing technique.

Spring, At Last, copyright Catherine Stacy.

Catherine Stacy will be sharing her method for creating nature prints in ink.

Polar Vortex Landscape, copyright Marilyn Peretti.

Marilyn Peretti will be sharing her cold wax painting technique.

Visitors and guests are welcome to attend this program, which is sponsored by the Nature Artists’ Guild.  There is no fee for attendance or parking, nor is there a gate fee to enter the Arboretum for this special event.  Visitors can let the gate attendant at the Arboretum know they are there for the Nature Artists’ Guild program to be directed to Thornhill.

Sketches From Near and Far

Who knew, when the Nature Artists’ Guild Summer Sketchbook Encounter began, that sketches would come from as near as the backyard garden and from as far away as Sweden?  Florida also weighs in, as does Denmark (in the form of a troll at The Morton Arboretum).  For this project, the subject matter is not strictly limited to nature.  Participants are encouraged to continue to submit their sketch images and new ones will be posted soon.

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Nature In Graphite Begins Thursday, July 12, 2018

Ball of Confusion, graphite, copyright Suzanne Wegener.

Please enroll in Nature in Graphite this weekend to guarantee your spot!

Learn to capture nature with graphite, the perfect medium for textures. As you study and draw the details of living plants, you will learn the techniques of pencil drawing, develop your eye-hand coordination, and learn the structures of the plants you draw. Regular activities include daily drawing exercises, weekly home assignments, and constructive critiques.

Instructor Suzanne Wegener, current Vice President of the American Society of Botanical Artists, is a talented and experienced artist and educator, and the small class size will ensure that each participant is given plenty of personal attention.  Some drawing experience is recommended.

Please click on this link to read more or to register.  The class, scheduled for four Thursday evenings beginning July 12, 2018, is offered by The Morton Arboretum and is open to all.  Membership in the Nature Artists’ Guild or The Morton Arboretum is not required, but Arboretum members will receive a discounted registration fee.

Summer 2018 Sketching in Progress

Nature Artists’ Guild members participating in the Summer Encounter 2018 have been busily sketching four pages per week for a month.  Some of each artist’s sketches, like Karen Johnson’s Spiderwort, will turn out to be wonderful pieces of art.  Many will not.  All, though, will contribute in important ways to the artist’s journey.  As project coordinator Evelyn Grala says “The journey awakens the imagination”.

Spiderwort, copyright 2018, Karen A Johnson. Please click on the image to go to Karen’s Nature Art for more.