Let it Snow! Nature Artists’ Guild’s 2018 Holiday Gathering

The theme of the 2018 Nature Artists’ Guild Holiday Gathering is “Let it Snow”!  Whether it snows or not on Thursday, December 6, 2018, members of the Nature Artists’ Guild and their guests are invited to share in music, festivities, food, and fun from 6 until 9 pm at the historic and elegant Founder’s Room in the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum.

Nature Artists’ Guild members can check their e-mail from early November, or contact Gail Diedrichsen for full details.

Winter Willows, watercolor, copyright Gary Chipman

Nature Artists Share Their Talents November 2nd Through 4th, 2018

One more reason to attend the 2018 Nature Artists’ Guild Holiday (Autumn) Exhibit of Natural History Art at The Morton Arboretum is that five talented members will be sharing their talents, tips and techniques.  Each member will spend a few hours talking with visitors, answering questions, and creating artwork.

The schedule for these artists is –

Needle-felting with Sharon Malec on Friday evening, November 2, 2018, from 5 until 7:30 pm

Watercolor and colored pencil with Linda Skisak on Saturday, November 3, 2018, from 10:30 am until 1 pm

Oils with Dale Olsen on Saturday, November 3, 2018, from 1:15 until 3:45 pm

Watercolor with Victoria Elizabeth (Pelarenos) on Sunday, November 4, 2018, from 10:30 am until 1 pm

Pastel dust with Linn Eldred on Sunday, November 4, 2018, from 1:15 until 3:45 pm

(Please note that the Friday evening reception is for friends of the artists and members of The Morton Arboretum.Click here for exhibition hours open to all Arboretum visitors.

Embrace, watercolor, copyright Victoria Elizabeth (Pelarenos)

Nature Artists’ Guild 2018 Holiday (Autumn) Exhibit of Natural History Art Opens Next Week

The leaves may be at “peak color” just in time for the Nature Artists’ Guild exhibit next weekend, November 3 and 4, 2018 at The Morton Arboretum (and the reception on Friday evening for guests of the artists and Arboretum members).

There will also be “peak color” of a slightly different nature indoors, at the annual Autumn exhibit of the Nature Artists’ Guild.  Here are just a few examples from the more than one hundred pieces of nature art that will be on display.

Please click on this link or the tab under Member Artwork to view each piece individually.

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Preview of the Nature Artists’ Guild’s 2018 Holiday (Autumn) Exhibit of Natural History Art

Please click on the below image or the tab under Member Artwork to be directed to a new page featuring samples of artwork that will be included in the upcoming Nature Artists’ Guild’s 2018 Holiday (Autumn) Exhibit of Natural History Art at The Morton Arboretum The exhibit will include more than 100 pieces of nature art by nearly 50 members of the Guild, and numerous pieces by the exhibit’s Featured Artist, Gary Chipman.

Members – there is still time to include your artwork in this sample by sending in your image!  Please check your e-mail from a few weeks ago for instructions.  After all entries are received, they will also be included in a slideshow in a future post.

Blue Heron, mixed media, copyright Arlene Widrevitz.

Enrollment for “Beetle-Mania” Extended Until Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Well, it’s not officially called “Beetle-Mania”, and there are no “mop-tops” involved, but it is all about beetles, and Wednesday really is the last chance to enroll in Under the Microscope:  Drawing Beetles at The Morton Arboretum.

The opportunity to view insects (or almost anything else) under a microscope is rare for most, and uniquely fascinating.  Beetles under a microscope don’t just look like larger beetles.  They bring to mind intriguing creatures from the distant past or imagined ones of the distant future!

Beetle drawings, copyright 2016, Karen A Johnson.

The class instructor, artist and insect expert Karen Johnson, has a new blog post all about beetles, which you can read by clicking on this link.

To learn more or to enroll in the class, please click on this link to the registration page of The Morton Arboretum.  The Arboretum will provide the microscopes and Karen will provide the specimens.

Pamela Hamilton’s Stunning Pastels This Thursday, October 4, 2018

Pamela Hamilton at The Morton Arboretum Art and Wine Walk, 2018.

On Thursday, October 4, 2018, from 7 until 9 pm, Nature Artists’ Guild members, guests, and visitors will be treated to a presentation by the talented pastel artist, Pamela Hamilton, at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum.

Autumn on The Eastside, copyright Pamela Hamilton. Used with permission.  Please click on image to read more about Pamela and to view more images of her work.

In addition,

  • Attendees will be invited to take and share some posters and postcards for the upcoming 2018 Holiday (Autumn) Exhibition of Natural History Art at The Morton Arboretum.  The posters and postcards, designed by Evelyn Grala, will feature the work of the show’s Featured Artist, Gary Chipman.  More on Gary and the exhibit to come soon.
  • Guild members will have the opportunity to pick up a few blank small canvases to finish in time for fundraising at the exhibit.
  • Those Guild members who participated in the 2018 Summer Sketchbook Encounter are invited to share their accomplishments in a display of sketchbooks at the meeting.
  • Prospective future Guild members are invited to attend for an anonymous and pressure-free glimpse into the dynamics of the group to see whether it would be a good fit for their interests.  Guild members will be available for questions, and there will be one-year “membership scholarship” application forms available.
  • As always, there will be light refreshments as well, in the setting of a historic building at the renowned Morton Arboretum, all free-of-charge for anyone who wishes to attend.  Visitors should let the gate attendant know they are there for the Nature Artists’ Guild program for free admission and to be directed to Thornhill.

Please click on any of the highlighted links or on the images for more information.

Goldfinch II , copyright Pamela Hamilton. Used with permission.