Each August, the Nature Artists’ Guild invites three of its members to share tips and techniques for creating artwork in “new” (or sometimes ancient) ways. This annual program is open to all and free of charge for parking, admission, and entry to The Morton Arboretum. Members, guests, and visitors are welcome to attend on Thursday, August 1, 2019 from 7 until 9 pm. There will be light refreshments and door prizes. There is no membership requirement for either the Arboretum or the Nature Artists’ Guild for this event. Visitors should let the gate attendant at the Arboretum’s main entrance know they are there for the Nature Artists’ Guild program to be admitted and directed to the Thornhill Education Center.
The Arbor Room room in Thornhill will be set up into three different stations. The audience will divide into three casual groups and visit each station for approximately 20 minutes to listen, watch, and ask questions (and occasionally participate) and then move to the next (or stay at the same place if so inspired). It is a fun and informative event and a great opportunity to meet other artists and learn some new techniques.
At one of the stations, Jill Adzia will be sharing her tips and techniques for working with scratchboard, including the use of color to create stunning pieces.
Pileated Woodpecker, copyright Jill Adzia
Scratchboard artwork, copyright Jill Adzia
Thistle, copyright Jill Adzia
At another station, Arlene Widrevitz will discuss her adventures in the ancient art of Mokuhanga, Japanese woodblock printing.
Shingle Urchins, copyright Arlene Widrevitz
Full Wolf Blood Moon, copyright Arlene Widrevitz
At the third station, members of the Nature Artists’ Guild who participated in the 2019 Summer Encounter led by Evelyn Grala will be exhibiting their completed “progressive” artwork at the third station. These examples by Nancy Kolar show the progression towards the finished piece.
Autumn Prairie Part 2, copyright Nancy Kolar
Autumn Prairie Part 4, copyright Nancy Kolar
Autumn Prairie Part 6, copyright Nancy Kolar
Autumn Prairie Part 7, copyright Nancy Kolar
Autumn Prairie, pen and ink, copyright Nancy Kolar.
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.
She’s extremely talented, yes, but she’s also interesting and funny and kind. The Nature Artists’ Guild would like to invite all who are interested in nature or art to attend a presentation by Peggy Macnamara on June 6, 2019, from 7 until 9 pm. Peggy is calling this presentation New Directions, and we are intrigued! Please take a moment to visit Peggy’s website or do an internet search to find videos, interviews, books, and photos of Peggy and her artwork. It will be time well spent.
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.
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.
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 –
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 IIIand his striking block prints. All are welcome to attend this program, free-of-charge. Please click here to read more.
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.
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.
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.