Nature Artists, It’s Time to Renew!

It’s been a busy and exciting year for the Nature Artists’ Guild. There have been programs, workshops, encounters, paint-outs, exhibits, the Quarterly and more. While the Nature Artists’ Guild accepts new and returning members at any time, memberships are for the calendar year, so artists who pay 2020 membership dues by the end of this year can ensure that they have the opportunity to participate in all of next year’s activities.  An option for paying dues by Paypal or credit card is now available for new or returning members by clicking on the Membership tab of this website. 

Small sample of Nature Artists’ Guild members’ 2019 artwork and a photo from The Morton Arboretum.  Please scroll through the 2019 posts for more artwork and photos.

A Sample of Nature Art

Please click on the Member Artwork tab to see a larger sample of the artwork to be showcased in this weekend’s 2019 Holiday (Autumn) Exhibit of Natural History Art. Even this small sample shows a range of the many styles and media that the Guild’s members are known for.  Flora and fauna are represented in watercolor, pastel, pen and ink, fiber, digital imaging, jewelry, and more.

Many thanks to all of the artists who shared images of their artwork!

A Reminder for Nature Artists’ Guild Members

It’s getting to be that time!  No, not for the holidays (yet), but for Nature Artists’ Guild members to put the finishing touches on their artwork, complete their framing, and find a way to safely transport their artwork, rain, snow, or moonlight, because “referee night” is just over a week away.  On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, between 6 and 8 pm, participating members of the Guild are asked to bring the artwork they have previously registered through their prospectus to the Administration Building at The Morton Arboretum.

The 2019 Holiday (Autumn) Exhibit of Natural History Art will take place at the Arboretum on the weekend of November 9 and 10, 2019, with a reception for artists, their guests, and members of The Morton Arboretum on Friday evening, November 8.

Milkweed pod, copyright Jane Kellenberger.  Click here to see more by Jane, the Nature Artists’ Guild’s 2019 Autumn Featured Artist.

Artists at Work at the 2019 Holiday (Autumn) Exhibit of Natural History Art

The annual Spring and Holiday (Autumn) Nature Artists’ Guild exhibits at The Morton Arboretum always feature a wide variety of media and styles.  The upcoming exhibit on the weekend of November 9 and 10, 2019 (and the reception for artists’ guests and members of the Arboretum on Friday evening, November 8) will continue in that tradition, and five Guild members will be sharing their unique ways of creating nature art with visitors.  Visitors to the exhibit will be able to watch the following artists up-close and at work, talk with them, see their tools and supplies, and sometimes even try the techniques themselves!

On Friday, November 8, from 5 until 7:30 pm, Nancy Halliday will be sharing her approach to creating lovely watercolors.

Masked Shrew, copyright Nancy Halliday

On Saturday, November 9, from 10:30 am until 1 pm, Carol Abramofsky will show visitors the tools, steps, and uses of mold-making in nature art.

Mold-making with Carolyn Abramofsky

On Saturday, November 9, from 1:15 until 3:45 pm, Cheryl Rausch will be engaging visitors in the fascinating world of digital art.

Mother’s Love, copyright 2019 Cheryl Rausch

On Sunday, November 10, from 10:30 am until 1 pm, Victoria Elizabeth will share some of her inspirations and techniques in creating watercolors.

Closed, copyright Victoria Elizabeth

On Sunday, November 10, from 1:15 until 3:45 pm, Kathy Steere will show visitors her way of using different media for coloring on fabric.

Kathy Steere, Coloring on Fabric

Please click on this link for more details about the exhibit.

Coming Soon – Visiting Artist Sasha Viazmensky: Mushrooms in Watercolor

The next artist in The Morton Arboretum’s Visiting Artist Series, Sasha Viazmensky, will be traveling all the way from his home in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Mr. Viazmensky is a member of the American Society of Botanical Artists, and his stunning work appears in public and private collections around the world, including those of the Shirley Sherwood Collection in London, the Komarov Botanical Institute in St. Petersburg and The Morton Arboretum’s Sterling Morton Library.

To me [mushrooms] are flowers of the woods.  I wanted to save that beauty and to share it with the others.

I call my watercolors ‘Portraits of Mushrooms.’ For these portraits, I select not the most typical, but the most pleasant and happy looking individuals. And I paint them life size.

– Sasha Viazmensky

Cortinarius sp., copyright Alexander (Sasha) Viazmensky.  All rights reserved. http://www.alexandermushrooms.com.

There are still a few available openings for Mr. Viazmensky’s three-day workshop taking place at The Morton Arboretum from Friday, November 15 through Sunday, November 17, 2019.  Intermediate and advanced watercolor artists will further their skills through shared insights, their observation of the artist at work, and personal guidance in their own efforts to capture the unique beauty of mushrooms.

Registration is open to all interested watercolor artists. Members of The Morton Arboretum will receive a discount on their enrollment fee.  Nature Artists’ Guild members will receive an additional discount to this workshop, co-sponsored by the Guild, which they can receive by registering by phone and confirming their Guild membership.

Please click on any of the above highlighted links to see more of Sasha’s work, to read more about him, or to learn more about or register for the workshop.

Nature Artists’ Guild’s 2019 Holiday (Autumn) Exhibit of Natural History Art

All are invited to the Nature Artists’ Guild’s 2019 Holiday (Autumn) Exhibition of Natural History Art at The Morton Arboretum on Saturday, November 9, 2019, and Sunday, November 10, 2019.  There will also be a reception for artists, their guests, and members of The Morton Arboretum on the evening of Friday, November 8, 2019.  The exhibit will showcase nearly 200 wonderful pieces of nature art by Featured Artist Jane Kellenberger and approximately 50 other members of the Nature Artists’ Guild.

Poster art copyright Jane Kellenberger. Poster design by Evelyn Grala.

The Danada Nature Art Show Celebrates 45 Years

There is still time for nature artists in the Chicagoland area to participate in the 45th Annual Danada Nature Art Show.  This exhibit, which showcases artwork by local artists, will be attended by nearly two thousand visitors over the course of the Fall Festival at Danada weekend, October 11 through 13, 2019.

Artwork must be dropped off and entry forms will be available at Danada House at Danada Forest Preserve in Wheaton, IL on October 7 or October 8, 2019 between 3 and 8 pm. 

Artwork in this exhibit must adhere strictly to a nature theme with no indication of human influence.  Awards and ribbons will be given in numerous categories.  Further details about the show can be obtained by contacting Friends of Danada at info@danadahouse.com or calling one of the numbers listed on their website.

Danada House entrance. Photo credit http://www.danadahouse.com.