Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival July 6-7, 2019

It is now officially summer, and the Chicagoland art fair season is in full swing!  For anyone interested in nature art, the Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival is probably near the top of the list of places to visit.  Admission is free to the Garden and Festival (although there may be a fee for parking, depending on membership status) which features the work of 90 artists and takes place along the picturesque Esplanade. For more information, please click on these links to the websites of the Chicago Botanic Garden and Amdur Productions.

Image credit Amdur Productions.

Botanical Art Road Trip!

The Nature Artists’ Guild has not organized a trip to the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI, (known worldwide for its annual Birds in Art exhibit) but the museum’s upcoming exhibit of botanical art may inspire nature artists to consider planning one of their own!

It is possible, with a sturdy driver or two, to get to the museum, leisurely enjoy their wonderful exhibits, have an early dinner, and make it back to Chicagoland just after dark.  If that sounds too hurried, there are some lovely hotels in the area and numerous activities to enjoy.  Please click on the image to visit the museum’s website or on this Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum Botanical Art Worldwide Events Calender for the full schedule.

Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum Botanical Art Worldwide. Please click on the image to reach the museum’s website.

An Opportunity to Meet the Artists on Sunday, June 9, 2019

The Nature Artists’ Guild exhibit at the Dellora A. Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles, IL is now open!  On Sunday, June 9, 2019, there will be a reception at the gallery from 1 until 3 pm.  Many of the exhibiting artists will be on hand to talk with visitors, answer questions, and share light refreshments.  This reception is open to all art and nature lovers, free-of-charge.  Please click on the above link to the Norris Arts Center for directions and additional information.

Tangled, Mixed Media, copyright Bobbie Brown.  One of numerous works of nature art by members of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum.

Nature Artists’ Guild’s Spring Exhibit Opens this Weekend, April 6 and 7, 2019

Some of the warmest temperatures so far this year are predicted for the Chicagoland area this weekend, and visitors will be flocking to The Morton Arboretum to enjoy the sights, sounds and scents of the season.  One stop on any visitor’s tour of the Arboretum should be the Cudahy Room (located next to the historic Sterling Morton Library inside the Administration & Research Center) to view the Nature Artists’ Guild’s Spring Exhibit of Natural History Art.  The exhibit is free-of-charge with admission to the Arboretum.

In addition to the approximately 150 pieces of nature art created by nearly 50 members of the Guild, there will be raffle baskets, small original works of art for sale, opportunities to talk with artists and watch them work, and, for members of the Arboretum (and guests of the artists) at tonight’s reception, delicious refreshments.  Please click on any of the highlighted links for more information.

Celebrating Spring with Nature Art

Yay! Spring is finally here, and a great way to celebrate is to visit The Morton Arboretum on the weekend of April 6th and 7th, 2019.  There will be plenty to enjoy outdoors, of course, but it is also the weekend of the 2019 Spring Exhibit of Natural History Art, featuring nearly 150 works of nature art by members of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum.   Please read more by clicking here or on the above highlighted link.

Here is just a small sample of the artwork in the exhibit.  Thank you to all of the artists who contributed to this preview.

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Artists at Work at the 2019 Spring Exhibit of Natural History Art

During the Nature Artists’ Guild’s Spring 2019 Exhibit of Natural History Art, visitors will have the opportunity to watch, speak with, and ask questions of talented artists working in a variety of media in addition to enjoying the nearly 150 works of art on display.

On Friday evening, April 5, 2019, during the Artists’ Reception for members of The Morton Arboretum and guests of the artists, Ku-mie Kim will be sharing watercolor techniques from 5 until 7:30 pm.

Porcelain-berry (Ampelopsis brevipedunculata), watercolor, copyright Ku-mie Kim.

On Saturday and Sunday, the exhibit is open free-of-charge to all visitors of The Morton Arboretum.

Peggy McGahan will be creating florals using watercolor pencils on Saturday, April 6, 2019, from 10:30 am until 1 pm.

Tulips in watercolor pencil, copyright Peggy McGahan.

On Saturday afternoon, April 6, 2019, from 1:15 until 3:45 pm, Nancy Staszak will be sharing the tools and techniques of gelatin printing.

Gelatin print, copyright Nancy Staszak.

Susan Bartlett will be sharing the steps in her unique type of collage-making between 10:30 am and 1 pm on Sunday, April 7, 2019.

Collage, copyright Susan Bartlett.

On Sunday afternoon, April 7, 2019, from 1:15 until 3:45 pm, Mary Ann Jimenez will be creating artwork with metalpoint and pastel dust.

In progress artwork, metalpoint and pastel dust. Copyright Mary Ann Jimenez.