The Nature Artists’ Guild has planned a fun event to start the new year! It involves nature (flora, but no fauna) and it involves art (acrylic painting), but one of the best features of this event is that members don’t have to bring sketches, find photographs, search for subject matter, haul out their supplies, or clear off a spot in their studio or on their kitchen table.
Members of the Nature Artists Guild only need to do three things to participate –
Notify Linn Eldred that they plan to attend
Show up at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum on Saturday, January 18, 2010 before 1 pm
Find a chair and pick up a brush
This “round table” event will revolve (yes, pun intended) around a still life set up in the middle of each table. Each artist will be given a canvas, some paint, and a brush and will begin to paint from their spot at the table. After 15 minutes, each person will pass their painting to their neighbor at the table, who will add their own touch for 15 minutes. This continues until each painting goes all around the table and returns to (and goes home with) the artist who began it.
For new and returning members alike, this event is sure to be an enjoyable, stress-free way to get to know fellow nature artists, possibly learn and practice some new skills in acrylic, and go home with a unique painting. Space is limited to 25 artists, all supplies will be provided free-of-charge, and this event is for Nature Artists’ Guild members only. No previous experience in acrylic painting is required.
Linn Eldred’s contact information can be found in the January 5th e-mail sent to all current members. Members, please note that the e-mail provider for the Guild has changed and your e-mail may have incorrectly gone to your “social”, “promotions” or even “spam” folder. Finding that e-mail and changing its folder to “primary” should direct future e-mails to the correct folder.
For renewing Nature Artists’ Guild members, the upcoming 2020 Downers Grove Public Library exhibit will be the quickest and easiest of the year to participate in. As all of the artwork has to have been included in a previous exhibit at The Morton Arboretum within the last five years, the difficult part is already done. The artwork is ready! There will be no need for last minute touches, no trips to the framer, no titles to compose, and no referee process to go through.
Participants in this popular exhibit only need to mail their prospectus by this Friday, December 13, 2019,drop off their artwork at the library on Saturday, December 28 between 10 and 11 am, and ensure that their2020 dues are paid by December 31, 2019.
The Downers Grove Public Library has an ongoing commitment to exhibiting artwork both in their wonderful permanent collection and in rotating exhibits featuring accomplished local artists. The Nature Artists’ Guild exhibit will be showcased throughout January 2020.
Spring Rapids on the Farm by Ann Lamoureux, featured above, is a lovely example of artwork that has been included in previous Nature Artists’ Guild exhibits.
It’s been a busy and exciting year for the Nature Artists’ Guild. There have been programs, workshops, encounters, paint-outs, exhibits, the Quarterly and more. While the Nature Artists’ Guild accepts new and returning members at any time, memberships are for the calendar year, so artists who pay 2020 membership dues by the end of this year can ensure that they have the opportunity to participate in all of next year’s activities. An option for paying dues by Paypal or credit card is now available for new or returning members by clicking on the Membership tab of this website.
It’s getting to be that time! No, not for the holidays (yet), but for Nature Artists’ Guild members to put the finishing touches on their artwork, complete their framing, and find a way to safely transport their artwork, rain, snow, or moonlight, because “referee night” is just over a week away. On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, between 6 and 8 pm, participating members of the Guild are asked to bring the artwork they have previously registered through their prospectus to the Administration Building at The Morton Arboretum.
The annual Spring and Holiday (Autumn) Nature Artists’ Guild exhibits at The Morton Arboretum always feature a wide variety of media and styles. The upcoming exhibit on the weekend of November 9 and 10, 2019 (and the reception for artists’ guests and members of the Arboretum on Friday evening, November 8) will continue in that tradition, and five Guild members will be sharing their unique ways of creating nature art with visitors. Visitors to the exhibit will be able to watch the following artists up-close and at work, talk with them, see their tools and supplies, and sometimes even try the techniques themselves!
On Friday, November 8, from 5 until 7:30 pm, Nancy Halliday will be sharing her approach to creating lovely watercolors.
On Saturday, November 9, from 10:30 am until 1 pm, Carol Abramofsky will show visitors the tools, steps, and uses of mold-making in nature art.
On Saturday, November 9, from 1:15 until 3:45 pm, Cheryl Rausch will be engaging visitors in the fascinating world of digital art.
On Sunday, November 10, from 10:30 am until 1 pm, Victoria Elizabeth will share some of her inspirations and techniques in creating watercolors.
On Sunday, November 10, from 1:15 until 3:45 pm, Kathy Steere will show visitors her way of using different media for coloring on fabric.
The 2019 Summer Encounter for members of the Nature Artists’ Guild has come to an end. This project required the artists to start their artwork at one point of their paper or canvas (usually the bottom) and add to it each week, without necessarily knowing exactly where it would lead. The results were impressive and wonderful!
Some of the participants have kindly agreed to share their Encounter artwork with us here. Perhaps we’ll be seeing some of these pieces again in the upcoming Fall (Holiday) Exhibition of Natural History Art in November at The Morton Arboretum. Congratulations to all the participating artists for, once again, venturing outside their comfort zone.