Lindsay Sandbothe’s Birds at Vogt Visual Arts Center

Nature Artists’ Guild member Lindsay Sandbothe would like to extend an invitation to all to visit her new exhibit at the Vogt Visual Arts Center in Tinley Park, IL.  This two-person exhibition features the artwork of bird artists Lindsay and Kristina Knowski, and will be open from September 5th through September 30th, 2017.  Please click on this link for times and driving directions.

An artists’ reception will be held at the Vogt Visual Arts Center on Friday, September 8, 2017 from 7 until 9 pm, and all are invited to attend. Please click on this link to the Facebook event page or this link to Lindsay’s website for more information.

Goldfinch, copyright Lindsay Sandbothe. Used with permission.

Nature Painting on Ceramics Workshop for Nature Artists’ Guild Members

The Nature Artists’ Guild fundraising committee will be conducting a new workshop for members only on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 9:30 until noon at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum.

Participants in this free workshop will learn how to create art on ceramics using oil-based paint markers.  The Nature Artists’ Guild will provide all the ceramic plates and some oil-based paint markers for the workshop, but attendees are asked to bring one Sharpie oil-based paint marker in a color of their choice to share. These markers are widely available in art stores or craft departments.

Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Markers. Photo credit http://www.dickblick.com.

Attendees should also bring a simple nature art design to transfer onto a ceramic plate. Flowers, birds, feathers or leaves would be appropriate, but landscapes are discouraged.

The finished ceramic pieces (for decoration only and not dishwasher safe) will be sold for $20 each at the Autumn (Holiday) Exhibition of Natural History Art in November, with all proceeds going to the Nature Artists’ Guild. Materials and instructions can be provided for participants who would like to take their piece home to complete and return it on November 1 at the exhibit artwork drop-off.

Interested members should contact workshop leaders Jill Adzia or Catherine Stacy to enroll in this fun and easy fundraising project.  Their contact information can be found in the Guild’s Yearbook.

Nature Artists’ Guild members Catherine Stacy, Jill Adzia and Susan Bartlett with their lovely ceramic plates.

Wine and Art Walk at The Morton Arboretum, August 19 and 20, 2017

The Morton Arboretum will be hosting their annual Wine and Art Walk on August 19 and 20, 2017 between 11 am and 5 pm.

Enjoy live music, sip wine, and shop for art as you stroll around Meadow Lake.

Browse this juried art show featuring  Midwest artists. The art show is free with Arboretum admission; there is a fee for the wine and other beverages.

http://www.mortonarb.org/events/wine-and-art-walk

This year, the Nature Artists’ Guild will have a presence inside the Visitor Center as members share their expertise in various media and answer questions about the Guild.  All visitors to The Morton Arboretum and the Wine and Art Walk are invited to stop by and learn more about the Nature Artists’ Guild and observe some of our members in the process of creating nature art.

Nature Artists’ Guild members can contact Linn Eldred or Gary Chipman to check on the availability of opportunities to volunteer for this event.  Linn and Gary’s contact information can be found in the Nature Artists’ Guild Yearbook.

Wine and Art Walk at The Morton Arboretum. Photo credit http://www.mortonarb.org/events/wine-and-art-walk.

Something for Everyone at the August 3, 2017 Nature Artists’ Guild Program

The annual August program of the Nature Artists’ Guild has traditionally featured three member-artists’ stations where visitors could learn about and participate in unique artistic methods. The 2017 format for this popular program will basically stay the same, but the three stations will mix it up a bit with presentations on the intriguing history and use of the Chinese chop, proper framing for original fine art, and a display of sketchbooks and journals created by members throughout last summer’s Sketchbook Encounter and this summer’s Nature Art Journal project.

At the Nature Artists’ Guild Spring Exhibit, Featured Artist Nancy Wu received numerous questions about her signature on paintings in the form of a Chinese seal (or chop).  For her presentation, Nancy will share books and traditional Chinese paintings as she explains the history and meaning of the seal in Chinese painting, as well as the different carving methods used in creating the seals.

Copyright Nancy Wu

The multi-talented Evelyn Grala, who aside from being a talented artist, publishes the Nature Artists’ Quarterly and has served on nearly every Nature Artists’ Guild committee, is a Certified Picture Framer through the Professional Picture Framers Association. Evelyn will be discussing the proper archival framing methods and materials for various types of fine art. This knowledge is important for understanding options when hiring a professional framer or performing some or all of the framing steps yourself.

Egret, Nature Art Journal pages, copyright Nancy Thyfault

The third station will be devoted to members’ artwork created during last summer’s Sketchbook Encounter or this summer’s Nature Art Journal projects.  Participating members are encouraged to bring their work to share with the group.  What fun to be able to browse through fellow artists’ sketchbooks and art journals for inspiration and a glimpse of their creative process (and sometimes personality)!

Poppies, Nature Art Journal page, copyright Laurie Freeman

Nature Art Journal page, copyright Gail Patejunas

As always, guests and visitors are welcome to attend this enjoyable and informative Nature Artists’ Guild program at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum from 7 until 9 pm. There is no charge for admission to the Arboretum, the program, or parking for the event.  Guests and visitors should let the gate attendant at the Arboretum know they are there for the Nature Artists’ Guild program to be directed to Thornhill.

Inspiration For Getting Started

For Nature Artists’ Guild members participating in the Summer 2017 Encounter, Nature Artists’ Journal, these first two entries into Karen Johnson’s sketchbook show how simply and beautifully an artist can effectively illustrate a natural setting.

Ladyslippers © 2017 Karen A Johnson. Used with permission.

Notice that Karen has included the date, the weather, and a few details about the setting and plant. All of this information may be useful in future artwork. Perhaps more importantly, those details will greatly contribute to the wonderful memories of the experience (“First day of summer and one lone poppy is blooming”).

Poppy © 2017 Karen A Johnson. Used with permission.

For more information about participating, Nature Artists’ Guild members can contact Evelyn Grala.  The project began on June 1, 2017 and continues for 10 weeks, so there is still time to join in.  Evelyn’s contact information can be found in the Nature Artists’ Guild Yearbook.

Many more examples of Karen’s nature journaling can be found by clicking on one of the drawings or on this link to her blog, Karen’s Nature Art.  At the left side of the page there will be a “cloud” of common categories. Clicking on the word “sketch” will connect you to all of  the posts that include Karen’s sketches.