Wood Block Printing by Benjamin Calvert III on February 7, 2019

The Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum is pleased to announce that the first program of 2019 will feature Benjamin Calvert III.  On Thursday evening, February 7, 2019, from 7 until 9 pm, Benjamin will share some of his artwork, his story, his techniques, and his inspirations in the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum.  All are invited to attend what promises to be a fascinating program.

Great Migrator Rest Stop, copyright 2018, Benjamin F Calvert III. Used with permission.

Some quotes from Benjamin’s artist statement

I have a strong feeling for nature, and the wood complements my images. Different types of wood provide varied and often fascinating backgrounds, depending upon the subject.

The majority of my creations are printed on Japanese Kozuki paper, using oil based inks.

Pulling that first print off the block is pure joy. The excitement multiplies when there are multiple blocks for each color involved. Each successive color is a layer that informs the mystery and appeal of the final image.

Josh’s Rocks, copyright 2017, Benjamin F Calvert III. Used with permission.

Please click on either of the above images or on the highlighted link to view more artwork and read more about Benjamin on his website, benjamincalvert.com.

This program is open to all, and is free of charge for attendance, parking, and admission to The Morton Arboretum.  Attendees should let the gate attendant at the Arboretum know they are there for the Nature Artists’ Guild program and they will be directed to Thornhill.

Nature Artists’ Guild’s 2019 Winter Encounter Begins

The Nature Artists’ Guild’s 2019 Winter Encounter has begun!  Participants will be creating artwork using the same subject and composition, but with different methods and media each week.

As Evelyn Grala illustrates here, the first step is to choose and draw the subject and transfer the drawing to tracing paper so that it can be used each time, and the first week’s medium will be graphite, in any or all of its forms.  Evelyn will contact participants with details and a suggested medium each week for four weeks.  There is still time for Nature Artists’ Guild members to participate by contacting her to be added to the e-mail list.

Artwork will be shared on this website as the project proceeds, so check back often.

Easy and Enjoyable New Year’s Resolutions for Nature Artists

Why not a few resolutions for 2019 that are enjoyable and easy to keep?  Here are a few for artists at every skill level –

  • Learn new art techniques and methods from renowned artists from the local area as well as from across the country (and occasionally around the world)
  • Participate in wonderful and well-attended exhibitions at The Morton Arboretum and other venues
  • Attend paint-outs with fellow artists, often at locations only accessible as part of an artist’s group
  • Pick up tips and inspiration from artists who are also interested in nature, but whose work varies widely in style, specific subject matter, and technique

Nature Artists’ Guild at Orchids by Hausermann, an annual winter paint-out location.

2019 could be the year to increase artistic skills, learn a new technique, exhibit for the first (or 100th) time, or just have many opportunities to learn from and gain inspiration from fellow artists, all while having fun and enjoying the natural world. Becoming a member of (or renewing membership to) the Nature Artists’ Guild will make it much easier to keep those resolutions!

Please click on this link to the Membership Brochure to learn more. Membership in the Nature Artists’ Guild does not require membership at The Morton Arboretum.  A preview of some of the planned events for 2019 will be coming soon.

Nature Artists’ Guild’s First Exhibit of 2019

The first exhibit of work by members of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum next year will take place at the Downers Grove Public Library from January 2 until February 2, 2019.

Current members of the Guild will need to return their completed prospectuses (e-mailed to members on November 17, 2018) by Monday, December 17, 2018 to be eligible to participate.  This one is easy!  Since the artwork must have been included in a Nature Artists’ Guild exhibition within the past five years, it is already completed, titled, framed, and ready to hang, and just needs to be dropped off at the library on Saturday, December 29, 2018 between 10 and 11 am.  All details are in the prospectus.

The Downers Grove Public Library has a long and interesting history as well as an impressive collection of original artwork.  The Nature Artists’ Guild is excited and proud to once again begin the new year as the first participant in their rotating exhibit, Active in the Galleries.

 

Let it Snow! Nature Artists’ Guild’s 2018 Holiday Gathering

The theme of the 2018 Nature Artists’ Guild Holiday Gathering is “Let it Snow”!  Whether it snows or not on Thursday, December 6, 2018, members of the Nature Artists’ Guild and their guests are invited to share in music, festivities, food, and fun from 6 until 9 pm at the historic and elegant Founder’s Room in the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum.

Nature Artists’ Guild members can check their e-mail from early November, or contact Gail Diedrichsen for full details.

Winter Willows, watercolor, copyright Gary Chipman

Nature Artists Share Their Talents November 2nd Through 4th, 2018

One more reason to attend the 2018 Nature Artists’ Guild Holiday (Autumn) Exhibit of Natural History Art at The Morton Arboretum is that five talented members will be sharing their talents, tips and techniques.  Each member will spend a few hours talking with visitors, answering questions, and creating artwork.

The schedule for these artists is –

Needle-felting with Sharon Malec on Friday evening, November 2, 2018, from 5 until 7:30 pm

Watercolor and colored pencil with Linda Skisak on Saturday, November 3, 2018, from 10:30 am until 1 pm

Oils with Dale Olsen on Saturday, November 3, 2018, from 1:15 until 3:45 pm

Watercolor with Victoria Elizabeth (Pelarenos) on Sunday, November 4, 2018, from 10:30 am until 1 pm

Pastel dust with Linn Eldred on Sunday, November 4, 2018, from 1:15 until 3:45 pm

(Please note that the Friday evening reception is for friends of the artists and members of The Morton Arboretum.Click here for exhibition hours open to all Arboretum visitors.

Embrace, watercolor, copyright Victoria Elizabeth (Pelarenos)

Nature Artists’ Guild 2018 Holiday (Autumn) Exhibit of Natural History Art Opens Next Week

The leaves may be at “peak color” just in time for the Nature Artists’ Guild exhibit next weekend, November 3 and 4, 2018 at The Morton Arboretum (and the reception on Friday evening for guests of the artists and Arboretum members).

There will also be “peak color” of a slightly different nature indoors, at the annual Autumn exhibit of the Nature Artists’ Guild.  Here are just a few examples from the more than one hundred pieces of nature art that will be on display.

Please click on this link or the tab under Member Artwork to view each piece individually.

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