Probably the liveliest treasure of Chicago’s Field Museum is their Artist-In-Residence, Peggy Macnamara, who will share some of her art and inspirations this evening with New Directions at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum from 7 until 9 pm. This program, sponsored by the Nature Artists’ Guild, is open to the public, free-of-charge. Please click here for more information. Here are some images of Peggy’s artwork, books, and previous presentations.
Sea Dragon, copyright Peggy Macnamara. Used with permission.
The Nature Artists’ Guild is proud to sponsor a presentation by the delightful and talented artist, author, and educator, Peggy Macnamara on the evening of Thursday, June 6, 2019 from 7 until 9 pm at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum.
Peggy is the Artist-in-Residence at the world-renowned Field Museum in Chicago, Il, where a large collection of her watercolors are on permanent display. She also teaches at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is the artist and author of numerous books about art and science. Please visit her website, peggymacnamara.com to learn more.
Many members of the Nature Artists’ Guild have met, learned from, and admired Peggy through classes, workshops, and previous presentations. In New Directions, Peggy will share some of her latest adventures and projects.
The Nature Artists’ Guild invites all to attend this program completely free-of-charge. There will be no fee for admission, parking, or entrance into The Morton Arboretum for the event, nor any requirement to be a member of the Nature Artists’ Guild or The Morton Arboretum. Visitors can let the gate attendant at the Arboretum know they are there for the Nature Artists’ Guild program to be admitted and directed to the Thornhill Education Center.
Octopus, copyright Peggy Macnamara. Used with permission.
Seahorses, copyright Peggy Macnamara. Used with permission.
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.
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 –
Tree, ink, copyright 2019, Evelyn Grala
Tree, negative Space, copyright 2019, Evelyn Grala
Graphite drawing, copyright 2019, Evelyn Grala
Line drawing, copyright 2019, Evelyn Grala
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.
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.
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.