Just a Few Weeks until the 2019 Spring Exhibit of Natural History Art

Artwork by Featured Artist Karen Johnson. Postcard design by Evelyn Grala.

The 2019 Spring Exhibit of Natural History Art featuring approximately 150 works of art by nearly 50 members of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum is only a few weeks away.  The exhibit will be held in the Cudahy Room of the Administration (and Library) building at the Arboretum on the weekend of April 6 and 7, 2019.  An Artists’ Reception for members of the Arboretum and guests of the artists will be held on the evening of April 5, 2019.

Coming soon – some of the artists will be sharing a preview of their work!

Sketching Safari at Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum on Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL has more than 3500 specimens on display (from their collection of more than 10,000), and members of the Nature Artists’ Guild are invited to spend a morning sketching, painting, or photographing them on Thursday, March 21, 2019.  This fun annual event will take place between 9 am and noon, and participants may be able to borrow certain specimens to take home for further study.

No insect repellent, sun protection, or hiking boots are needed for this indoor event, but participants may want to bring a small folding chair along with their art supplies and camera.

Interested Guild members can contact Linn Eldred for any questions or to let her know they’d like to attend, but there is plenty of room and last minute drop-ins are also welcome.  This paint-out is reserved for Nature Artists’ Guild members only.  Please click on the highlighted link above for directions to the museum, which is located on the second floor of the Michael and Kay Birck Hall of Science at the university.

Here are some photos of Guild members at the annual Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum paint-outs over the last five years –

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Nature Artists’ Guild 2019 Spring Exhibit of Natural History Art

The poster and postcards for the 2019 Spring Exhibit of Natural History Art featuring the artwork of Karen Johnson and designed by Evelyn Grala are ready!  Anyone who would like posters to display or postcards to share can pick some up at the Nature Artists’ Guild program on Thursday, March 7, 2019, or at Megan Dunning’s office in the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum during regular business hours.

Nature Artist’s Guild members will soon receive digital copies of the postcard in their e-mail, and are encouraged to share them with friends and family!

Nature Artists’ Guild 2019 Spring Exhibit poster. Poster artwork by Featured Artist Karen Johnson. Poster design by Evelyn Grala.

Please visit this website’s Featured Artist page to learn more about Karen Johnson and to view some of her lovely artwork.  Also worth visiting is Karen’s personal blog, Karen’s Nature Art, a fascinating collection of her thoughts, sketches, and photographs of the time she spends in nature.

Art of the Fox with Joel Sheesley on Thursday, March 7, 2019

As The Conservation Foundation’s Artist-in-Residence, Joel Sheesley spent two years creating 73 wonderful original paintings of Fox River landscapes.  The Nature Artist’s Guild is honored to host Joel as he shares his truly stunning artwork and his adventures on the evening of Thursday, March 7, 2019 from 7 until 9 pm at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum.

Front cover of A Fox River Testimony by Joel Sheesley. Available at https://artofthefox.org.  Image credit artofthefox.org.  Please click on the image to read more or to view Joel’s artwork.

Page 12 of A Fox River Testimony by Joel Sheesley. Available at https://artofthefox.org.  Image credit artofthefox.org.  Please click on the image to read more or to view Joel’s artwork.

There is much more to read about The Conservation Program, Art of the Fox, and Joel Sheesley by clicking on the highlighted links.  The Nature Artists’ Guild would like to extend an invitation to all art and nature lovers to attend this program.  There will be no charge for admission or parking. Visitors can let the gate attendant at The Morton Arboretum know they are there for the event to be admitted free-of-charge and to be directed to Thornhill.

Spring Is On Its Way!

One of the earliest signs of the season is the announcement of the annual Nature Artists’ Guild’s Spring Exhibition of Natural History Art at The Morton Arboretum!  The dates of the exhibition are April 6 and 7, 2019 (with a reception for guests of the artists as well as members of the Arboretum on the evening of Friday, April 5, 2019).

There will be much more information about this exhibit and its Featured Artist, Karen Johnson, to come in the next few weeks.

Brought to Life, Leadwort, Acrylic, Copyright Karen A. Johnson.  Please click on the image to view Karen’s blog, Karen’s Nature Art.

For now, this is a reminder to participating artists that completed prospectuses should be mailed on or before Monday, March 4, 2019.  The prospectus form and instructions were e-mailed to eligible Guild members on February 4, 2019.  Members can contact Alice Wych (whose contact information can be found in the Nature Artists’ Guild Yearbook) for any questions.

Also, the fundraising workshops are back!  On Wednesday, February 27 at 1:30 pm, at the Thornhill Education Center of the Arboretum, Pat Mroczka will be hosting a member’s workshop for painting rocks or small canvases to be sold at the Spring Exhibition.  This casual workshop is a fun way to get to know other artists and possibly learn a new skill or pick up some tips.  Rocks and canvases will be provided, but participants are asked to bring their own paints and brushes (acrylic paint and synthetic brushes are recommended for painting the rocks). Those members who would prefer to just stop by and pick up a rock or canvas to work on at home are welcome to.

2019 Winter Encounter Wraps Up with Collage

The 2019 Winter Encounter for members of the Nature Artists’ Guild has reached its final week, and here are some of the submissions from Week 4 -Collage.

Thanks to Evelyn Grala for creating this project, as well as for her weekly updates and words of encouragement for the artists. Many artists commented that they were trying some of the media or techniques for the first time and learning so much in the process.

The artwork from all four weeks can be seen on the 2019 Winter Encounter Gallery page of this website, located under the Member News tab, and will continue to be updated as new participant artwork is received.

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Nature Artists’ Guild Updates

The 2019 Winter Encounter Gallery, featuring artwork by participating members of the Nature Artists’ Guild has been updated to include ink drawings from Week 3.  Week 4, the final week of the project, requests that artists use collage techniques.  Please click on the above highlighted link  or on the Member Artwork tab to see the creative and lovely results from Week 3.

Project coordinator Evelyn Grala’s examples from the first three weeks –

The prospectus for the 2019 Spring Exhibition of Natural History Art at The Morton Arboretum has been sent to members of the Guild.  We will be hearing much more about the upcoming exhibit in the weeks ahead!

The first paint-out of the year, taking place at Orchids by Hausermann is scheduled for the morning of Tuesday, February 12, 2019.  All spots have already been reserved for this popular tropical paint-“in”.

The Nature Artists’ Guild sponsored program at The Morton Arboretum tomorrow evening, Thursday, February 7, 2019 will feature Benjamin Calvert III and his striking block prints.  All are welcome to attend this program, free-of-charge.  Please click here to read more.

North Shore Repose, copyright 2017, Benjamin F. Calvert III. Used with permission.