The Latest for the Nature Artists’ Guild


The 2022 New Year with the Masters project enters week 2 with three works of art from the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Please click on any title to see the full image and read more about it.

The Nature Artists’ Guild exhibit at the Downers Grove Library continues until January 30, 2022.

In Search of Emily Carr, copyright Sharon Malec

Coming Soon

A paint-out is scheduled for February 9, 2022 at Orchids by Hausermann, one of the world’s largest orchid growers. Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild will meet in the morning, before Hausermann’s opens to the public, and except for some employees, will have the large greenhouse to themselves. Details were emailed to members earlier this week.

Inside the greenhouse at Orchids by Hausermann

On the evening of February 3, 2022, Nature Artists’ Guild members will have the opportunity to attend an online presentation by talented sculptor Adam Matano. More details about Adam and his work, as well as links and directions for attending the online meeting will be emailed to all members later this month.

In-progress sculpture, photo credit Adam

Beginning the New Year with the Masters

(Click on any artwork title above to reach the catalog page of the Art Institute of Chicago.)

Many members of the Nature Artists’ Guild have been fortunate enough to spend time with the works of Old Masters and Modern Masters at one of the world’s largest museums of art, the Art Institute of Chicago.  Studying and gaining inspiration from some of the greatest artists in history is a widely recognized way of improving artistic skills and expanding creativity.

During the month of January, 2022, members of the Nature Artists’ Guild can continue in that time-honored tradition, studying images from the Art Institute’s online catalog of their collection.  

Each week we will announce three chosen pieces by artists whose works at the Art Institute of Chicago have been admired by millions. Guild participants can choose one or more to use as inspiration in the creation of original nature art using their own photos or observations. 

This can mean anything from doing daily value sketches from the master’s works, practicing the artist’s brush strokes, using their color palette, medium, or subject matter, to finishing a work in the style of, inspired by, or “after” or “in the manner of” the chosen artist.  It is fascinating and satisfying to study a work so closely (even through images) and participating artists will undoubtedly come away from the project with some new insights into their own artwork.

 Week 1 begins on January 5, 2022  with some dramatic interpretations of everyday scenes. Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild will receive further instructions by email soon.

Please click here to join or renew membership in the Nature Artists’ Guild for 2022.

Looking Back at 2021 with the Nature Artists’ Guild

Copyright Cheryl Holz

Before moving ahead to 2022, we’d like to share a few reminders of some of the Nature Artists’ Guild’s projects, paint-outs, exhibits, and programs of 2021. Here is a sample of nature art shared throughout the year by guild members and program presenters as well as some photos from paint-out locations.

To view more of the wonderful artwork of 2021, scroll through the Home page or visit the Member Artwork or Featured Artist pages of the website.

Please click here to join or renew membership in the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum for 2022.

Nature Artists’ Guild Exhibit at Downers Grove Library Opens January 2, 2022

Blue Tango, copyright Alice Wych

Blue Tango by Alice Wych is just one example of the wonderful artwork that visitors to the Nature Artists’ Guild exhibit at the Downers Grove Public Library gallery can enjoy during the month of January, 2022.

The exhibit will be open during library hours from January 2 through January 30, 2022. The library’s open exhibition spaces provide a comfortable environment for viewing both the guild’s exhibit and their impressive permanent collection of art. Updates for visiting the library are available by clicking here.

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Season’s Greetings from the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum

2021 Holiday Card, copyright Mary Sinclair

Participating members of the Nature Artists’ Guild have mailed their hand-made holiday cards to the designated recipients and many have also shared images of their cards here for all to enjoy.

The Nature Artists’ Guild exhibition guidelines are loosened a bit just for this project, so domestic animals, traditional scenes, people, colored lights, stockings, and bows all make an appearance in addition to the expected trees, birds, and forest creatures.

Thank you to all the participants in this wonderful new tradition for the Nature Artists’ Guild. Happy Holidays to all!

The Holiday Cards are Arriving!

Holiday card 2020, copyright Sharon Malec. Cards for 2021 coming soon.

We have been receiving images of some of the holiday cards created by members of the Nature Artists’ Guild for 2021 and can hardly wait to share. The actual cards have also been mailed to their “secret” recipients, so we will wait for them all to be received and opened before posting any of the images – no spoilers here!

(There is still time for participating members to email an image of the card they created if they haven’t already done so.)

Add a Splash of Color this Winter

Winter Warms Me, watercolor, copyright Dan Danielson

The colors of winter may not seem as varied or vibrant as those of the other seasons, but they can be found, and are just as captivating in their slightly more subtle way.

Renowned artist Dan Danielson will be offering a class this winter at The Morton Arboretum featuring techniques for capturing the colors and wonders of nature using the “fresh, transparent, and fluid qualities of watercolor.”

Loose Watercolor Techniques will include four online sessions in February, 2022. The class is open to all artists with basic watercolor experience and is filling fast, so early enrollment is encouraged!

Winters’ Sentinel, watercolor, copyright Dan Danielson

Traditions Old and New

In the 35 years since the Nature Artists’ Guild was established, many of its traditions are still going strong, a few have fallen away, and some have just begun.

Detail of holiday card 2020, copyright Beata Nowak

For most years in more than a decade, the Nature Artists’ Guild has secured the first exhibit of the year at the Downers Grove Public Library’s wonderful gallery. The tradition continues in 2022 and members can participate by returning their completed registration forms by Friday, December 10, 2021. Artwork must be dropped off by December 18, 2021.

Last year a new tradition began within the Nature Artists’ Guild when each of the participants created a hand-made holiday card to share with another member. This popular project continues in 2021, and those who would like to join in can contact Terrie McComb by Friday, December 3, 2021. Completed cards must be mailed by December 14, 2021.

Details for these events were emailed to 2021 Nature Artists’ Guild members on November 15, 2021. Members can check those emails for forms, names, dates, addresses, and more information.

One More Thing Before the Holiday Season Begins

Become a new member or renew your membership to the Nature Artists’ Guild before the busy holiday season and start the new year enjoying all that membership offers.

Selection of member and presenter artwork and paint-out settings. Each piece of artwork is copyrighted by the artist and may not be used without written permission.

Images from the 2021 Nature Artists’ Guild’s Autumn Art Exhibit

Congratulations and thank you to the artists, volunteers, and arboretum staff who helped make the 2021 Nature Artists’ Guild Autumn Art Exhibit at The Morton Arboretum a success!

These images were shared by some of the participating artists. Individual images and information about contacting the artists can be found on the 2021 Autumn Art Exhibit page in the Member Artwork section of this website.