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.

2021 Autumn Nature Artists’ Guild Exhibit at The Morton Arboretum November 6 through November 13

The trees and the members of the Nature Artists’ Guild are putting on their wonderful displays at the same time this year and timed-entry passes and tickets to The Morton Arboretum are disappearing quickly. Guest tickets are already sold-out for today (although some member tickets are still available.) Scheduled volunteers and reception guests will not require passes or tickets, and members will find all the details in a recent email.

This year’s Nature Artists’ Guild exhibit will be open to visitors for a full week to better accommodate the artists and volunteers as well as the guests. Even weekday passes and tickets may sell-out, so early ordering is recommended. The exhibit is free-of-charge with admission to The Morton Arboretum.

Autumn Art Exhibit by Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum Begins November 6, 2021

There will be leaves and landscapes, birds and bugs, maples and mushrooms, and much more in the 2021 Autumn Art Exhibit at The Morton Arboretum. Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild will be displaying nearly 150 works of art beginning Saturday, November 6, 2021 in the Cudahy Room of the Administration and Research/Sterling Morton Library building at The Morton Arboretum.

A small sample of the artwork to be exhibited next week in a variety of media, sizes, shapes, styles, and subject matter –

  • Fall, copyright Kathi Kuchler (one of a set of four seasons)
  • Copyright Marlene Vitek

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Time to Take a Photo and Find a Framer!

Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild who are participating in the 2021 Autumn Art Exhibit may want to finish up those details and get their piece to the framer. The exhibit is only two weeks away!

Screech Owl Chick, copyright Jill Adzia

Artists should also remember to photograph their work. These photos will be useful for numerous reasons – for entering future competitions or exhibits, for sharing with friends and family, and for sharing on this website or in the Nature Artists’ Quarterly (a members-only publication of the Nature Artists’ Guild.)

Most phones take excellent photographs, but it would be worth it to take a peek at the instructions online if unfamiliar with the settings. Some phones have a default setting that will make colors more vivid, blur the background, or incorrectly adjust the lighting. Learning to avoid some of these issues by choosing appropriate settings before taking the photos can save a lot of time trying to correct them later. Professional photographers will often remind beginners to take many photos (changing settings or lighting in between.) This increases the odds that at least one of the photos will accurately represent the artwork (or require less editing.)

We will post a few photos of the exhibit artwork as a preview on this website in the coming weeks and the rest after the exhibit closes. Guild members will receive an email soon with instructions for submitting images.

Wonderful Marge Hall and her Wonderful Flowers, October 18, 2021

Many art-fair visitors in Chicagoland will recognize Marge Hall and her wonderful large-scale close-up portraits of flowers. Marge can be seen throughout the summer in front of her booth painting and talking with visitors, engaging with and inspiring collectors and artists alike.

Marge Hall is also a popular instructor at the Dupage Art League where she teaches painting to artists at all levels. Many of Marge’s tips and techniques for painting flower portraits in oil can be adapted for use in acrylic, pastel, or even watercolor.

The Wheaton Public Library and the Dupage Art League have announced a joint presentation of Oils Start to Finish, an online program with Marge Hall, on Monday, October 18, 2021 from 6:30 until 8:30 pm. There will be a chance to ask questions, follow along at home, or just sit back and enjoy. Please click on one of the highlighted links to register for this free program, open to all.

Please click on photos for titles. All rights reserved by Marge Hall. Photos used with permission (previously posted.)

Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild who participate in the event are encouraged to create their own floral portrait (in any medium) and submit an image to Denise Fisk by for display on this website.

Josh Guge on Thursday, October 7, 2021 at The Morton Arboretum

On Thursday evening, October 7, 2021, the Nature Artists’ Guild will be sponsoring an in-person presentation by award-winning sculptor Josh Guge. The program begins at 7 pm at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum.

This program is open to all free-of-charge. For more information about attending, please click on this link.

Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild will also have opportunities to pick up posters or postcards for the 2021 Autumn Art Exhibit, obtain a mini-canvas to be used for creating fund-raising artwork for the exhibit, or choose their volunteer time and position for the exhibit.

Joshua Woods Guge, Winter Wren, copyright 2019, acrylic on tupelo. Image from Exhibition HighlightsBirds in Art 2021, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

Nature Artists’ Guild’s 2021 Autumn Art Exhibit at The Morton Arboretum

Please share the exhibit postcard with friends and family! Exhibit postcards and posters will also be available for guild members to pick up at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum at the October 7, 2021 meeting. The exhibit is open to all visitors to the arboretum.

Willowbrook Wildlife Center Paint-Out Friday, October 1, 2021

The weather forecast looks promising for the Nature Artists’ Guild paint-out at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center this Friday, October 1, 2021 beginning at 10 am. Interested members of the Nature Artists’ Guild can contact Linn Eldred with questions or to let her know they’d like to attend. Linn’s email address is in the Nature Artists’ Guild’s Yearbook.

This outdoor paint-out at Willowbrook presents a great opportunity to sketch and photograph some of the region’s most wonderful native wildlife or scenes from the more than 40 acres of restored habitat while enjoying a quiet morning in nature. Please click on one of the highlighted links for more photos and information about the center.

Red Fox at Willowbrook Wildlife Center. Photo credit Willowbrook Wildlife Center.

Willowbrook Wildlife Center doubles as a wildlife rehab center that treats more than 9,000 birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians annually and as a resource for people to learn more about the natural world and how to live harmoniously with diverse, healthy wildlife populations. 

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Sculptor Joshua Woods Guge at Thornhill on October 7, 2021

Joshua Woods Guge, Winter Wren, copyright 2019, acrylic on tupelo. Image from Exhibition Highlights, Birds in Art 2021, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

Josh Guge, award-winning sculptor of wood and co-founder of The Guge Institute & Art Studio in Elgin, IL, began learning and practicing his art and earning honors for it at an early age.

Josh’s bird sculptures have been chosen to be included in the prestigious yearly exhibition Birds in Art at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI numerous times. Winter Wren, his sculpture in tupelo with acrylic, joins the work of many of the world’s best contemporary artists in Birds In Art 2021 through November 28.

At the Guge Institute, Josh instructs students in carving, painting, drawing, and other skills related to creating wood sculptures.

The Nature Artists’ Guild will be sponsoring an in-person program featuring Josh and his work at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum on the evening of Thursday, October 7, 2021 beginning at 7 pm. There are also efforts ongoing to possibly make arrangements to share the program live, online, for guild members with that preference. Updates will be shared with members by email. The program will not be recorded.

As always, guests and visitors are welcome to attend by letting the gate attendant know they are there for the Nature Artists’ Guild presentation. There is no charge for entering the arboretum, attending the presentation, or parking for this event. Timed-entry passes will not be required, but all attendees will be required to follow the Ensure a Safe Visit instructions from the arboretum’s Know Before You Go page.