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

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/

Nature Artists’ Guild Program This Thursday, August 2, 2018

Thursday’s program will feature three Nature Artists’ Guild members sharing techniques and tips for creating art in some unique and beautiful ways. 

All are invited to attend this program and can read more about it and view complete versions of the above artwork by clicking here.

In addition to the program, Guild members will be able to pick up some blank canvases for a fundraiser for the 2018 Autumn (Holiday) Exhibition of Natural History Art.  The 3 x 3 inch canvases can be painted, collaged, or drawn on, and the finished works of art will be sold at the upcoming exhibit in November.

Nature Artists’ Guild 2018 Fundraiser. Examples of finished canvases by Laurie Freeman, Carol Puotinen, and Catherine Stacy.

The small size and reasonable price ($5 each) will make it possible for almost any exhibit attendee to bring home an original work of art to display, use as an ornament, or give as a gift.  Blank canvases will also be available to pick up at the October meeting, but must be completed and returned on or before the exhibit drop-off  (referee) evening of October 31, 2018.  Questions about this fundraiser can be answered by Catherine Stacy, whose contact information is in the Yearbook.

More information about the exhibit will be coming soon!

Three Nature Artists on Thursday, August 2, 2018

Nature Artists’ Guild members Joe Rizzo, Marilyn Peretti and Catherine Stacy will be sharing their artistic talents on the evening of Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 7 until 9 pm at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum.  Each of these three artists will give audience members the opportunity to learn the basics of a unique and fascinating art form.

Retreating Glacier, copyright Joe Rizzo.

Joe Rizzo will be giving attendees a chance to experiment with creating landscapes using his marbleizing technique.

Spring, At Last, copyright Catherine Stacy.

Catherine Stacy will be sharing her method for creating nature prints in ink.

Polar Vortex Landscape, copyright Marilyn Peretti.

Marilyn Peretti will be sharing her cold wax painting technique.

Visitors and guests are welcome to attend this program, which is sponsored by the Nature Artists’ Guild.  There is no fee for attendance or parking, nor is there a gate fee to enter the Arboretum for this special event.  Visitors can let the gate attendant at the Arboretum know they are there for the Nature Artists’ Guild program to be directed to Thornhill.

Julie Zickefoose This Thursday Evening, June 7, 2018

All are invited to the Thornhill Education Center at The Morton Arboretum this Thursday, June 7, 2018 from 7 until 9 pm, for a presentation by acclaimed author, artist and naturalist, Julie Zickefoose.

Baby birds are abundant this time of year, fluttering, chirping, squawking, and making their first attempts at flight.  Julie has studied and sketched birds in their nest all the way through the growth cycle, and in her newest book, Baby Birds:  An Artist Looks into the Nest, Julie chronicles that growth with her words and her art.

After her presentation, Julie will be available for signing copies of her books, and the books will also be available for purchase.  Please click on one of the highlighted links to read more about Julie’s fascinating adventures in nature, or to listen to some of her commentaries on NPR.

Field Sparrow with Nesting Materials, copyright Julie Zickefoose. Used with permission.

This program is sponsored by the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum and is open for all to attend.  There is no charge for admission, parking, or entrance into the Arboretum for this special event.  Non-members of the Arboretum should let the gate attendant know they are there for the program to be directed to Thornhill.