Coming Soon, Spring 2018 Edition

So much art and so much nature coming up so soon!

Two classes coming up very soon are being taught by some of the best artists and best instructors that The Morton Arboretum has ever offered.  Suzanne Wegener will be the instructor for Drawing Nature II on four Thursday evenings beginning on May 31, 2018.  Suzanne will be teaching skills that are essential to any artist who wishes to draw nature realistically.  Plein Air on the Prairie, on either Monday, June 4, or Monday, June 11, 2018 is a three-hour excursion onto the prairie with a sketchbook and two experts, naturalist Cindy Crosby, and artist Karen Johnson.  It’s a unique opportunity to learn about and experience the prairie from a botanical as well as an artistic point of view.  Please click on the above links to learn more or to enroll.  Classes are open to all, not just members of the Nature Artists’ Guild or The Morton Arboretum, but Arboretum members will receive a discount on registration fees.

Page from Karen Johnson’s sketchbook. Copyright 2017, Karen Johnson.

Evelyn Grala has done it again, and come up with a way to keep Nature Artists’ Guild members growing this summer.  Evelyn has planned a new Summer Sketchbook Encounter, to begin on June 1 and continue until September 1, 2018.  Participants will be asked to fill four pages of a sketchbook per week, using any media they would like (including crayons), and to have fun.  It’s as simple as that. The improvement in drawing and composition skills will come automatically!  Interested members who have not already signed up should contact Evelyn (whose contact information can be found in their Yearbook) to ensure they receive her periodic updates and encouragements.

The Nature Artists’ Guild will be exhibiting at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, IL from Wednesday, June 6 through Friday, July 13, 2018.  The exhibit may be viewed any time during estate business hours, Monday through Friday, from 9 am until 3 pm, or Saturday between 9 am and 1 pm, but the best time to visit would be on Wednesday evening, June 27, 2018 between 6 and 8 pmThis artists’ reception is open to all, and is a great opportunity to meet and talk with the artists and enjoy light refreshments.  Participating artists should check the prospectus for drop-off and pick-up dates and times.

There is so much excitement and anticipation around the upcoming program featuring biologist, author and artist Julie Zickfoose on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum.  All are welcome to attend this event free-of-charge.  Please click on the highlighted link for more information.

Page from Baby Birds, An Artist Looks into the Nest, copyright Julie Zickefoose. Used with permission.

A new paint-out has been added for June, and it’s at one of the prettiest spots in the area, Meadow Lake at The Morton Arboretum.  On Thursday, June 21, at 9 am, Nature Artists’ Guild members will meet at the P-2 parking lot east of Meadow Lake. There will be water, flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees (naturally), and even some large mysterious creatures in the area. Guild members can contact Jane Kellenberger if they would like to attend, but last-minute drop-ins by members are also welcome.

Artist in Residence Thomas Dambo at work on one of his creations for the Troll Hunt at The Morton Arboretum. Photo credit mortonarb.org.  Please click on the photo for more information about the artist.

A Beautiful Site for Beautiful Art

Mayslake Hall, at the Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 West 31st Street in Oak Brook, IL is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The buildings and remaining 89 acres of the estate are now owned by the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.  The Mayslake Peabody Estate, amidst ongoing restoration work, hosts art classes and exhibits inspired by nature, lectures about culture, history, and architecture, as well as concerts featuring jazz and classical musicians and theatrical performances.

The Nature Artists’ Guild is excited to announce that the Mayslake Peabody Estate will be sponsoring an exhibit of nature art by members of the Guild from June 6 until July 13, 2018, with a “meet the artists” reception on June 27, 2018 at 6 pm.

Mayslake Peabody Estate. Photo credit Forest Preserve District of DuPage County.

Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild should have received their prospectus for participating in the exhibition a few weeks ago. Prospectuses need to be completed and returned by this Saturday, May 19, 2018.  Any questions can be directed to Gary Chipman or Linn Eldred, whose contact information can be found in the Nature Artists’ Guild Yearbook or on the prospectus.  Additional information about artwork drop-off and pick-up dates is also included there.

 An added bonus for participating in this exhibit is that no extra work is required. This exhibit will feature works shown at The Morton Arboretum within the last five years, so there will be no need for last-minute tweaking, matting, or framing.  All eligible members (see prospectus) are encouraged to participate in making this exhibition one to be proud of.

Below are a few photos from a previous Nature Artists’ Guild paint-out at the Mayslake Peabody Estate. Please click on any of the photos for a larger image.

Welcoming Julie Zickefoose on June 7, 2018

Julie Zickefoose is a biologist, a naturalist, a speaker, an author, and an artist.  The Nature Artists’ Guild is excited and honored to sponsor a presentation by Julie at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum on Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 7 until 9 pm.

Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into The Nest, copyright Julie Zickefoose. Used with permission.

Julie will be speaking about her adventures in nature and in researching, writing and illustrating Letters from Eden, The Bluebird Effect: Uncommon Bonds With Common Birds, and her newest book, Baby Birds: An Artist Looks into the Nest.  This program will appeal not only to artists, but also to birders, writers and anyone interested in the natural world. Please click on the images or this link to JulieZickefoose.com to read more about Julie, her fascinating experiences and her books.

Copies of Julie’s books will be available for purchase at the meeting, and she will be glad to sign those as well as previously purchased books brought in by attendees.

As always, all are welcome to attend this Nature Artists’ Guild program.  There is no charge for the program or for parking, and there is no admission fee to the Arboretum for this event.  Non-members can let the gate attendant know they are there for the program to be directed to Thornhill.

The Morton Arboretum will also be offering a lecture by Julie the following evening, Personal Habitat: Creating a Haven for Wildlife (and Yourself).

This is the story of an artist’s love affair with a piece of land, and the birds, animals, and plants that inhabit it. Simple habitat enhancements can take a back yard from bland to bustling with wildlife. In this slide talk, artist/writer Julie Zickefoose shows how she and her husband have transformed their 80-acre abandoned farm into a wildlife sanctuary and observatory — a perfect personal habitat.

There are still some seats available for the lecture.  Please click on the above highlighted link to register or to read more.  Julie will also be teaching a two-day workshop for the Arboretum’s Visiting Artist Series.  Sorry, but that workshop, Nature in Word and Image with Julie Zickefoose is sold out.

Page from Baby Birds: An Artist Looks Into The Nest, copyright Julie Zickefoose. Used with permission.

Nature Art Classes Beginning in Early May, 2018

There is still time to sign up for one or more of both of the nature art classes beginning early next month at The Morton Arboretum.

Nature in Colored Pencil, with instructor Kimberly Mullarkey, begins on Tuesday evening, May 1, 2018 and continues each Tuesday for three more weeks.  Colored pencil is a wonderful medium for capturing the subtle colors and details of nature, and Kimberly, a signature member of the Colored Pencil Society of America, is an experienced, talented and fun instructor.  Some drawing experience is required for this class.

Sacred Union, copyright Kimberly Mullarkey. Collection of The Morton Arboretum.

Drawing Mammals, with instructor Carrie Carlson, is offered on two different mornings, Saturday, May 5, 2018 or Saturday, May 12, 2018.  Using a variety of drawing media and photos as well as specimens, participants will explore the shapes and textures of mammals.  Carrie, probably most known for her block prints, is a popular and experienced art educator.  Please click on each image for the title or a larger view.

Please click on this link to The Morton Arboretum’s Nature Art and Photography class listings to read more or to enroll in these or other classes.  Classes are open to all and Arboretum members will receive a discounted registration fee.

A Spring Woodland Paint-Out

Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild are invited by fellow member Linda Hilderbrant to visit her home for a paint-out on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, between 10 am and 1 pm.  Linda lives in Hampshire, IL, where her 16 woodland acres include wildflowers, mature trees, a pond, and wildlife. Participants should bring their art supplies, a camera, something to sit on, and a picnic lunch to enjoy the day to its fullest.  These photos were taken by Linda right around the same time last year and give a glimpse of some of the treasures participants can expect to find! Many thanks to Linda for the photos and the generous offer to share the gorgeous views of nature at her home.

Members should RSVP to Jane Kellenberger if they’d like to attend.  Jane’s contact information and Linda’s address can be found in the Nature Artists’ Guild Yearbook.

Coming Soon at the 2018 Spring Exhibit of Natural History Art by the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum

The following is just a sample of the more than 150 pieces of nature art being exhibited the weekend of April 7 and 8, 2018 at The Morton Arboretum by members of the Nature Artists’ Guild.  Featured Artist Susan Bartlett and nearly 50 other artist members of the Guild are excited to share their creations in a wide variety of media, styles and subject matter.  Please click on the highlighted links to learn more.  Thanks to all of the artists who contributed images!  This artwork will also be posted on a page under the Member Artwork tab, where any of the images can be clicked on for a larger view.

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