No, there will not be any actual alpacas in the historic Founder’s Room or Arbor Room of the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum in the near future, nor have there ever been, as far as we know. The Nature Artists’ Guild, though, will be hosting a program at Thornhill on Thursday evening, February 1, 2018, from 7 until 9 pm featuring artist and alpaca farmer, Susan Waldron.
While Susan also creates wonderful paintings in the more familiar media of oils and watercolors, her fiber art made from the wool of her own alpacas is uniquely beautiful.
On her website, Susan Waldron Art, she writes-
I use my own hand-dyed alpaca fibers in the art pieces that I create. The alpaca fiber feels like a combination of cashmere and silk. As a result of raising these animals from birth, there is a spiritual connection with the animals and the felted pieces.
I am able to combine my love for color, nature, and alpacas to create exquisite, felted pieces.
Exquisite, indeed. Please visit her website for more images and to read more about Susan’s artistic journey and these fascinating creatures she raises.
As always, programs sponsored by the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum are open to all. Guests and visitors are welcome and there will be no charge for attendance, parking, or for admission to the Arboretum for this event.
The Nature Artists’ Guild would also like to encourage potential new members to attend. Please arrive a few minutes early if you have any questions about our group and one of our members will be happy to assist you. There is absolutely no pressure to join and it’s a great opportunity to learn more about the Guild, its members, exhibits, and activities.