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.
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.
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.
Please click on this link to the Norris Cultural Arts Center for more information.
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
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.
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.
Many of the artists participating in the upcoming exhibit, The Promise of an Acorn, at the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods in Riverwoods, IL are also members of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum. The artists would like to extend an invitation to all nature and art lovers to the opening reception and exhibit. Please click on the above highlighted link or on the image for directions and more information.
From the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods –
The Promise of an Acorn
The Art of Oak Ecosystems
July 22 to September 2, 2018
Our exhibition, The Promise of an Acorn, focuses not just on the oak itself, but also on the unique habitat it creates, the other species it supports, and its impact on the environment and culture.
Beverly Behrens · Stephanie Bird · Gabriella Boros · Carrie Carlson · Dolores Diaz
Heidi Jachna · Heeyoung Kim · Kumie Kim · Taehoon Kim
Peggy Macnamara · Victoria Marchio · Mary McCloskey · Carol Jean Rogalski
Barbara Rose · Carla Schmakel · Georgia Schwender · Vicky Tesmer
Opening Reception: Sunday, July 22 1-3 pm. After the reception, join us for the debut of our Dear Earth series!