Deadline Extended For Spring 2010 Exhibition

There is still time for members to register artwork for the Spring Exhibition!

The new deadline is Wednesday, March 10, 2010. If you are a Guild member and did not receive a prospectus, please contact Show Chair Sharon Malec or Publications Chair Evelyn Grala.

The Spring show will run April 16-18th. Referee Night will be Wednesday, April 14.

Paint-Out January 14th, 2010 at Jurica Nature Museum

It’s Not Too Late to Join a Fun Paint-Out Tomorrow!

Our first paint-out of the year is tomorrow, and it’s at a place that many of us know and love! We will be meeting at the Jurica Nature Museum at Benedictine University tomorrow, January 14, from 9:30 to 12:30 (or later if you wish). If you haven’t been there before, you’re in for a treat!

This museum is filled with mounts and skeletons of creatures ranging from hedgehogs to lions . They are displayed in a few large rooms, and there are few or no spectators, so you’ll have room to spread out and get comfortable. Unfortunately for them, the animals stay extremely still, but that makes it much easier for us to get some good sketches, drawings or paintings! I stayed a while after everyone left last year, and though it was a tiny bit spooky in a “Night at the Museum” sort of way, I was able to do a sketch of a skunk that would have otherwise never been possible!

Please let LaVerne Bohlin know  if you plan on coming, as she will be meeting members there. Don’t stress about getting there right at 9:30 – it’s a casual gathering and we’d love to have you any time you can make it . If you have the time, maybe you could also go with some other NAG members to lunch afterwards, or stay later at the museum for some extra time with the animals (if you dare)!

Denise Fisk, Program Chair

2010 Calendar of Meetings & Exhibitions

2010 Nature Artists’ Guild Schedule

(Edited May 14, 2010 to reflect new dates for the 2010 Holiday Exhibition)

Following are meeting and exhibition dates for 2010. Please note that, once again, the Spring Exhibition will be in April. Board of Directors meetings are open to all Guild members.

January 7, 2010: Board Meeting, 7– 9 pm

February 4, 2010: Board Meeting, 6 – 7 pm

February 4, 2010: Formal Meeting, 7 – 9 pm

March 4, 2010:  Board Meeting, 6 – 7 pm

March 4, 2010: Formal Meeting, 7 – 9 pm

Spring Show

April 14, 2010 Referee Night

April 16, 2010 Artists’ Reception

April 17-18, 2010 Exhibit

May 6, 2010: Board Meeting, 7 ­­­– 9 pm

June 3, 2010: Board Meeting, 6 – 7 pm

June 3, 2010: Formal Meeting, 7 – 9 pm


August 5, 2010: Board Meeting, 6 – 7 pm

August 5, 2010: Formal Meeting, 7 – 9 pm

September 2, 2010: Board Meeting, 7 ­­­– 9 pm

October 7, 2010: Board Meeting, 6 – 7 pm

October 7, 2010: Formal Meeting, 7 – 9 pm

Holiday Show

November 10, 2010: Referee Night

November 12, 2010: Artists’ Reception

November 13 – 14, 2010: Exhibit

December 2, 2010: Elections & Holiday Party

Exhibition Opportunties

Guild members are invited to show their work at two special exhibitions early next year.  To be eligible for these shows, artwork must have been previously shown at one of our annual exhibits at The Arboretum. Prospectuses with details will be sent out closer to the exhibition dates.

Downers Grove Public Library Art Gallery. January 2010. This is a wonderful space. Drop off will be January 2nd from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Pick up will be January 30th from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Fine Line Creative Arts Center, Kavanagh Gallery in St. Charles. Drop off will be February 16th. This is a new venue for the Guild and a wonderful opportunity. Information about the gallery is here:

October 1 Program Features Marlene Hill Donnelly

The October 1st Formal Meeting (7:00 pm at Thornhill Auditorium) will feature a workshop with Marlene Hill Donnelly. Scientific illustrator at the Field Museum, Marlene also does freelance artwork for an impressive list of clients, as well as teaching and co-authoring books.

Her topic will be: Reconstructing the Ancestral Turtle–  Art and Science
Using Pastel Dust to Enhance and Correct Giclee Prints: A Mini-workshop

Please bring a giclee print of your artwork if you wish to practice this technique.

Odontochelys semitestacea is the first known ancestral turtle.  Its discovery last summer in China triggered a flurry of scientific excitement (and controversy!) and its life reconstruction was a wonderful discovery process for Marlene.  She’ll talk about model building and all the other resources used to bring an extinct creature to visual life, processes that are also invaluable in helping the nature artist create convincing paintings of living animals and landscapes.

Following the talk, Marlene will use an Ondontchelys giclee print to demonstrate how pastel dust can be used to enhance and correct fine arts prints.  This will be a hands on mini-workshop, so bring a print to practice on!