Welcome to Autumn

The unique pleasures of Autumn make for a busy (the busiest?) season at The Morton Arboretum and for the Nature Artists’ Guild.  Here are some reminders to keep everyone on track!

Wood duck, copyright Peggy McGahan, Featured Artist for the 2017 Exhibition of Natural History Art by the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum.

  • Nature Artists’ Guild members who would like to participate in the upcoming 2017 Autumn (Holiday) Exhibition of Natural History Art need to have their completed prospectuses postmarked by Thursday, September 28, 2017.  All requirements are detailed on the prospectus which was e-mailed to eligible members approximately a month ago.  Drop-off of artwork for the exhibit will take place on the evening of Wednesday, November 1 between 6 and 8 pm at the Cudahy Auditorium in the Administration and Research Center at The Morton Arboretum.
  • Renewing members can mail their $45 membership dues for next year beginning on October 1, 2017.  Dues should be mailed to the treasurer, Nancy Wu, whose contact information can be found in the Yearbook.  New members are also welcome and can mail their dues to the address provided on the membership brochure.  New or renewing members can also pay in person at the October 5, 2017 meeting or the upcoming exhibit.
  • On October 5, 2017, the Nature Artists’ Guild will sponsor a program featuring artist Patricia Larkin Green and Sumi-e brush painting.  This program is free-of-charge and open to the public.  More details can be seen by clicking on this link.
  • There is still time to enroll in one or more of the Autumn Nature Art classes or workshops at The Morton Arboretum, many of which are taught by members of the Nature Artists’ Guild. Please click on this link to the Arboretum’s class listings for more information. All classes are open to the public.
  • The 2017 Autumn (Holiday) Exhibition of Natural History Art will open on the evening of Friday, November 3, 2017 with a reception for guests of the artists and members of The Morton Arboretum and will continue throughout the weekend, Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5, 2017, for the enjoyment of all visitors to The Morton Arboretum.  E-mail postcards will be made available soon to Nature Artists’ Guild members.  The official exhibit posters and postcards featuring the work of Peggy McGahan and designed by Evelyn Grala will be available for members to pick up at the October 5, 2017 meeting or at the Thornhill office thereafter.

Peggy McGahan Featured Artist for 2017 Autumn Exhibition of Natural History Art

Congratulations to Peggy McGahan, who was chosen to be the Featured Artist for the 2017 Nature Artists’ Guild Autumn (Holiday) Exhibition of Natural History Art at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL.

This exhibit of Peggy’s work along with approximately 150 pieces by fellow members of the Nature Artists’ Guild will be open to all the weekend of November 4 and 5, 2017 between 10 am and 4 pm.  A special reception for guests of the artists, as well as members of The Morton Arboretum will take place on the evening of Friday, November 3, 2017 from 5 until 9 pm.

More information about the exhibit to come soon.  Please click on the “Featured Artist” tab to read more about Peggy and to view additional examples of her gorgeous artwork.

From the Thorns, copyright Peggy McGahan.

Patricia Larkin Green and Sumi-e Brush Painting

On Thursday, October 5, 2017, from 7 until 9 pm, the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum will be hosting a program by Patricia Larkin Green on the art of sumi-e brush painting.

Patricia Larkin Green, Sumi-e Artist. Photo credit http://patricialarkingreen.com/blog/.

“Experience the meditative practice of traditional Japanese ink painting, sumi-e, the art of painting using a brush (fude), ink (sumi) and thin, absorbent “rice-paper” (washi).”

Please click on one of the highlighted links to Patricia’s website to learn more about the artist, her artwork and sumi-e brush painting.

As always, guests and visitors are welcome to attend this program at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum.  Attendance, parking and admission to The Morton Arboretum are free-of-charge for this event. Visitors should let the attendant at the gate know that they are there for the Nature Artists’ Guild program and they will be directed to Thornhill.

St. James Farm Paint-Out on Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The St. James Farm Forest Preserve in Warrenville, IL not only “contains over 100 acres of woodlands, prairies and wetlands, which are home to over 300 native plant species”, but is home to a 1890’s barn, a pond and numerous sculptures commissioned by the McCormick family, former owners of the property.

St. James Farm Forest Preserve. Photo credit https://www.facebook.com/stjamesfarm/.

On Tuesday, September 19, 2017, members of the Nature Artists’ Guild are invited to attend a paint-out at the preserve between 9 am and noon. Interested members are encouraged to RSVP to Jane Kellenberger, whose contact information can be found in their Yearbook, and should meet in the Winfield Road Entrance main parking lot, 2S541 Winfield Road, Warrenville.

Lindsay Sandbothe’s Birds at Vogt Visual Arts Center

Nature Artists’ Guild member Lindsay Sandbothe would like to extend an invitation to all to visit her new exhibit at the Vogt Visual Arts Center in Tinley Park, IL.  This two-person exhibition features the artwork of bird artists Lindsay and Kristina Knowski, and will be open from September 5th through September 30th, 2017.  Please click on this link for times and driving directions.

An artists’ reception will be held at the Vogt Visual Arts Center on Friday, September 8, 2017 from 7 until 9 pm, and all are invited to attend. Please click on this link to the Facebook event page or this link to Lindsay’s website for more information.

Goldfinch, copyright Lindsay Sandbothe. Used with permission.

Nature Painting on Ceramics Workshop for Nature Artists’ Guild Members

The Nature Artists’ Guild fundraising committee will be conducting a new workshop for members only on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 9:30 until noon at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum.

Participants in this free workshop will learn how to create art on ceramics using oil-based paint markers.  The Nature Artists’ Guild will provide all the ceramic plates and some oil-based paint markers for the workshop, but attendees are asked to bring one Sharpie oil-based paint marker in a color of their choice to share. These markers are widely available in art stores or craft departments.

Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Markers. Photo credit http://www.dickblick.com.

Attendees should also bring a simple nature art design to transfer onto a ceramic plate. Flowers, birds, feathers or leaves would be appropriate, but landscapes are discouraged.

The finished ceramic pieces (for decoration only and not dishwasher safe) will be sold for $20 each at the Autumn (Holiday) Exhibition of Natural History Art in November, with all proceeds going to the Nature Artists’ Guild. Materials and instructions can be provided for participants who would like to take their piece home to complete and return it on November 1 at the exhibit artwork drop-off.

Interested members should contact workshop leaders Jill Adzia or Catherine Stacy to enroll in this fun and easy fundraising project.  Their contact information can be found in the Guild’s Yearbook.

Nature Artists’ Guild members Catherine Stacy, Jill Adzia and Susan Bartlett with their lovely ceramic plates.