Enrollment for “Beetle-Mania” Extended Until Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Well, it’s not officially called “Beetle-Mania”, and there are no “mop-tops” involved, but it is all about beetles, and Wednesday really is the last chance to enroll in Under the Microscope:  Drawing Beetles at The Morton Arboretum.

The opportunity to view insects (or almost anything else) under a microscope is rare for most, and uniquely fascinating.  Beetles under a microscope don’t just look like larger beetles.  They bring to mind intriguing creatures from the distant past or imagined ones of the distant future!

Beetle drawings, copyright 2016, Karen A Johnson.

The class instructor, artist and insect expert Karen Johnson, has a new blog post all about beetles, which you can read by clicking on this link.

To learn more or to enroll in the class, please click on this link to the registration page of The Morton Arboretum.  The Arboretum will provide the microscopes and Karen will provide the specimens.

Pamela Hamilton’s Stunning Pastels This Thursday, October 4, 2018

Pamela Hamilton at The Morton Arboretum Art and Wine Walk, 2018.

On Thursday, October 4, 2018, from 7 until 9 pm, Nature Artists’ Guild members, guests, and visitors will be treated to a presentation by the talented pastel artist, Pamela Hamilton, at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum.

Autumn on The Eastside, copyright Pamela Hamilton. Used with permission.  Please click on image to read more about Pamela and to view more images of her work.

In addition,

  • Attendees will be invited to take and share some posters and postcards for the upcoming 2018 Holiday (Autumn) Exhibition of Natural History Art at The Morton Arboretum.  The posters and postcards, designed by Evelyn Grala, will feature the work of the show’s Featured Artist, Gary Chipman.  More on Gary and the exhibit to come soon.
  • Guild members will have the opportunity to pick up a few blank small canvases to finish in time for fundraising at the exhibit.
  • Those Guild members who participated in the 2018 Summer Sketchbook Encounter are invited to share their accomplishments in a display of sketchbooks at the meeting.
  • Prospective future Guild members are invited to attend for an anonymous and pressure-free glimpse into the dynamics of the group to see whether it would be a good fit for their interests.  Guild members will be available for questions, and there will be one-year “membership scholarship” application forms available.
  • As always, there will be light refreshments as well, in the setting of a historic building at the renowned Morton Arboretum, all free-of-charge for anyone who wishes to attend.  Visitors should let the gate attendant know they are there for the Nature Artists’ Guild program for free admission and to be directed to Thornhill.

Please click on any of the highlighted links or on the images for more information.

Goldfinch II , copyright Pamela Hamilton. Used with permission.

Pastels and Nature Art with Pamela Hamilton on October 4, 2018

Deliciously Red, copyright Pamela Hamilton. Used with permission.

There was a lot of excitement around the work of a certain talented pastel artist at the recent Wine and Art Walk at The Morton Arboretum.  We are pleased to announce that this artist, Pamela Hamilton, will be sharing some of her inspirations, tips, and techniques at a presentation sponsored by the Nature Artists’ Guild on Thursday evening, October 4, 2018 from 7 until 9 pm at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum.

Pamela’s stunning pastel paintings cover a wide range of subject matter, and she is as talented en plein air as she is in studio work. Please visit her website, ArtByPamelaHamilton.com to read more about this award-winning artist and view many more examples of her work.

Visitors and guests are welcome to attend this presentation, free-of-charge for parking, admission, and entrance into the Arboretum.  Visitors should let the gate attendant at The Morton Arboretum know they are there for the Nature Artists’ Guild program to be directed to the Thornhill Education Center.

Gilded Petals, copyright Pamela Hamilton. Used with permission.

Coming Soon For The Nature Artists’ Guild

A few of the upcoming Nature Artists’ Guild’s activities for Autumn, one of the most wonderful times of the year to celebrate nature –

  • This Thursday, August 23, 2018 a paint-out at the Gardens at Ball will take place from 9 until noon for Guild members.  Please click on the highlighted link for more information.
  • On Thursday evening, October 4, 2018,  from 7 until 9 pm, pastel artist Pamela Hamilton (a favorite at last weekend’s Wine and Art Walk) will share some of her techniques and inspirations with Guild members, guests, and visitors at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum.  Check back soon for more about Pamela and her presentation.  The program, sponsored by the Nature Artists’ Guild, is free-of-charge and open to all.
  • The 2018 Holiday (Autumn) Exhibition of Natural History Art, featuring the artwork of Guild members, is scheduled for the weekend of November 3 and 4, 2018, with a reception for Arboretum members and guests of the artists on the evening of Friday, November 2, 2018 in the Cudahy Room of The Morton Arboretum.  Much more to come in the following weeks about this exhibit and the featured artist, Gary Chipman.

    Gardens at Ball. Photo credit https://www.ballhort.com/GardensAtBall/Visit/

2018 Wine and Art Walk at The Morton Arboretum This Weekend

Five members of the Nature Artists’ Guild are scheduled for two hours each to answer questions about the Guild and to share some artistic techniques, including painting, jewelry-making and fiber art at a table near The Arboretum Store inside the Visitor Center of The Morton Arboretum during the Wine and Art Walk this weekend, August 18 and 19, 2018.

All are invited to stop by!  Please click on either of the following images to read more about the Wine and Art Walk, which will feature works of more than forty artists from the Midwest, refreshments, and live music.

Image credit http://www.mortonarb.org. Please click on either image for a downloadable brochure or to read more.