Sculptor Joshua Woods Guge at Thornhill on October 7, 2021

Joshua Woods Guge, Winter Wren, copyright 2019, acrylic on tupelo. Image from Exhibition Highlights, Birds in Art 2021, Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum

Josh Guge, award-winning sculptor of wood and co-founder of The Guge Institute & Art Studio in Elgin, IL, began learning and practicing his art and earning honors for it at an early age.

Josh’s bird sculptures have been chosen to be included in the prestigious yearly exhibition Birds in Art at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI numerous times. Winter Wren, his sculpture in tupelo with acrylic, joins the work of many of the world’s best contemporary artists in Birds In Art 2021 through November 28.

At the Guge Institute, Josh instructs students in carving, painting, drawing, and other skills related to creating wood sculptures.

The Nature Artists’ Guild will be sponsoring an in-person program featuring Josh and his work at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum on the evening of Thursday, October 7, 2021 beginning at 7 pm. There are also efforts ongoing to possibly make arrangements to share the program live, online, for guild members with that preference. Updates will be shared with members by email. The program will not be recorded.

As always, guests and visitors are welcome to attend by letting the gate attendant know they are there for the Nature Artists’ Guild presentation. There is no charge for entering the arboretum, attending the presentation, or parking for this event. Timed-entry passes will not be required, but all attendees will be required to follow the Ensure a Safe Visit instructions from the arboretum’s Know Before You Go page.

Paint-Out at Peck Farm Park on September 10, 2021

The Butterfly House may be the main attraction at the Peck Farm Park in Geneva, IL for nature artists, but the park is also the site of a museum, gardens, a small lake, pond, creek, prairie, wetlands, and a marsh.

Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild are invited to meet at the park on Friday, September 10, 2021 at 9 am to experience all that it offers. Those interested are asked to contact Linn Eldred, whose email address can be found in the Nature Artists’ Guild Yearbook or in the paint-out announcement emailed to members on August 27.

Jeanne’s Garden, copyright Linda C. Fairbanks

Seeds of Inspiration Tomorrow, August 5, 2021

Zinnia, copyright Alice Wych

Tomorrow evening, beginning at 7 pm, some of the participating members of the Nature Artists’ Guild will share artwork and experiences from this summer’s Seeds of Inspiration. The artists of this project, like any gardeners, may have a few tales of frustrations and disappointments along with those of successes and unexpected delights.

All members of the Nature Artists’ Guild received an email on July 29 with instructions for attending this online meeting.

Seeds of Inspiration by Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild on August 5, 2021

Participants in Seeds of Inspiration will be sharing some of their experiences and artwork in an online meeting of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum on Thursday evening, August 5, 2021 beginning at 7 pm. Here is a small sample of the work –

Details of works by (clockwise) Alice Wych, Catherine Stacy, Terrie McComb, and Betsy Edwards.

Images of artwork for the presentation should be emailed to Terrie McComb by July 31, 2021.  All Nature Artists’ Guild members will be emailed instructions for attending the meeting.

Also coming up –

  • The artwork drop-off date for the McCord Gallery exhibition is Monday, August 2, 2021. Participants can check their prospectus for details. Nature Artists’ Guild members are asked to help spread the word about this exciting in-person exhibit by sharing the digital postcard and inviting friends and family to a reception at the gallery on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 2 pm. Postcard design by Jane Kellenberger and artwork by Karen Johnson.

Please share with friends and family

  • Interested guild members will be meeting at The Morton Arboretum for the Tuesday Morning Coffee Club. The gathering takes place rain or shine, but the weather forecast looks promising! Please click on the highlighted link for details.

Tuesday Morning Coffee Club at 9 am tomorrow

  • A paint-out has been scheduled for the morning of August 18, 2021 at The Gardens at Ball in West Chicago, IL. Details will be coming soon to members’ emails and on this website. Photo by Linn Eldred.

Gardens at Ball paint-out on August 18

Sharing Seeds of Inspiration on August 5, 2021

In an online program on the evening of Thursday, August 5, 2021, beginning at 7 pm, members of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum will be sharing some of their experiences, inspirations, and artwork from the Seeds of Inspiration project.

It promises to be an interesting and entertaining program as some of the participants discuss how their seedlings, their frustrations, their accomplishments, and their artwork all “grew” throughout the summer.

Morning Glory Seedling, copyright Betsy Edwards

Detailed instructions for attending this virtual gathering will be emailed to all Nature Artists’ Guild members before the meeting.

A Busy Summer for the Nature Artists’ Guild

Members enjoyed lovely weather and spectacular views at last week’s Nature Artists’ Guild paint-outs at The Morton Arboretum (Tuesday Morning Coffee Club) and the Gardens at Cantigny. Tommorow’s gathering of the Coffee Club is open to all members and meets at the cafe in the Visitors Center of The Morton Arboretum at approximately 9 am.

Plein Air painting in oil at the Gardens at Cantigny, copyright Terry Niccoli

A link to the prospectus for the guild’s upcoming exhibit, Visions of Nature, at McCord Gallery has been emailed to all members. Completed prospectuses must be returned by this Saturday, July 17, 2021.

Postcard for Nature Artists’ Guild exhibit at the McCord Gallery, 2021

The next program of the Nature Artists’ Guild will take place online on Thursday, August 5, 2021 beginning at 7 pm and will feature fellow members sharing artwork and experiences from the Seeds of Inspiration project. More details and instructions for attending will be emailed to all members closer to the program date.

Coleus, acrylic, copyright Ann Lamoureux (artwork from previous exhibit, not Seeds of Inspiration)

Paint-Out at The Gardens at Cantigny on July 7, 2021

At The Gardens at Cantigny. Photo by Linn Eldred

On the morning of Wednesday, July 7, 2021, members of the Nature Artists’ Guild are invited to meet at 9 am at the Visitor’s Center of Cantigny Park for a paint-out in the gardens.

Cantigny Park is the 500-acre former estate of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The park is now the home of two museums, a visitor’s center with a cafe, restaurant, and gift shop, an education center, walking trails and a picnic area, the gardens, and a golf complex.

The Gardens at Cantigny at 29 acres, is one of the largest display gardens in the Midwest and includes more than 160,000 flowers, shrubs and trees as well as statuary and water features.

“The Gardens at Cantigny beckon you. They tug at your senses, drawing you closer. If you listen carefully, each garden will tell you a story, unfolding with every step. You will feel your body relax as you absorb the landscape and the landscape devours your stress. The hustle of life melts away just a few steps into our 29 acres of flourishing, blooming tranquility. Come enjoy the pace of nature here in The Gardens at Cantigny.”

– Cantigny.org

Admission to Cantigny Park is always free, and parking is also free on the day of the paint-out. Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild who are interested in attending are encouraged to contact Linn Eldred to be ensured of receiving weather-related updates. Linn’s contact information can be found in the guild’s Yearbook. Last-minute or late attendees are also welcome.

Please click on any of the highlighted links for directions and to read more about Cantigny Park and The Gardens.

Art, Nature, and Friendship Every Tuesday Morning at The Morton Arboretum

Linn Eldred, who organizes the paint-outs for the Nature Artists’ Guild would like to announce a fun new experience for members- the Tuesday Morning Coffee Club!

Exterior of Ginkgo Restaurant and Cafe facing Meadow Lake at The Morton Arboretum. Photo credit mortonarb.org.

Coffee, tea, juice, or water – doesn’t matter. Sketching, meeting and spending time with fellow artists, and enjoying nature are the important elements of these gatherings. Interested members will meet on Tuesday mornings at 9 am at the Visitor Center of The Morton Arboretum. Attendees will decide each Tuesday their plans for the morning (usually depending on the weather.) Even on rainy days, the views from inside the Visitor Center’s Ginkgo Cafe offer plenty of sketching inspiration.

This new adventure began last Tuesday and received good reviews by the participants, who plan to return next week. While no advance notice is required for members of the Nature Artists’ Guild to attend, each will need to reserve a timed-entry ticket from the Arboretum’s website. Tickets are frequently still available on the morning of the event (so far – subject to change.) The Arboretum’s Know Before You Go page has further information.

Tomorrow, June 3, 2021, Rhonda Nass

Rhonda Nass will be presenting an online introduction to scratchboard to members of the Nature Artists’ Guild tomorrow evening, June 3, 2021, beginning at 7 pm. Guild members received an email on May 27 with some valuable information from Rhonda as well as instructions for attending. It’s not too late to obtain a few basic scratchboard supplies to follow along!

The three slides show work in progress and the spectacular finished piece, Zinnia Medley#2, copyright Rhonda Nass.

Rhonda Nass and Scratchboard on Thursday, June 3, 2021

Zinnia Medley #3, scratchboard, copyright Rhonda Nass. Used with permission. Please click on the image to see more of Rhonda’s work.

In just one week, on Thursday, June 3, 2021, beginning at 7 pm, Rhonda Nass will be presenting an online program about using scratchboard to create stunning works of nature art to members of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum. Guild members will be receiving an email soon with more information and a link and instructions for participating.

It is a thrill and an honor for the guild to welcome back such a delightful and talented artist and educator. Please click on this link to Rhonda’s website or on the image to see more of her extraordinary work.