Well, it’s not officially called “Beetle-Mania”, and there are no “mop-tops” involved, but it is all about beetles, and Wednesday really is the last chance to enroll in Under the Microscope: Drawing Beetles at The Morton Arboretum.
The opportunity to view insects (or almost anything else) under a microscope is rare for most, and uniquely fascinating. Beetles under a microscope don’t just look like larger beetles. They bring to mind intriguing creatures from the distant past or imagined ones of the distant future!
Beetle drawings, copyright 2016, Karen A Johnson.
The class instructor, artist and insect expert Karen Johnson, has a new blog post all about beetles, which you can read by clicking on this link.
To learn more or to enroll in the class, please click on this link to the registration page of The Morton Arboretum. The Arboretum will provide the microscopes and Karen will provide the specimens.
Pamela Hamilton at The Morton Arboretum Art and Wine Walk, 2018.
On Thursday, October 4, 2018, from 7 until 9 pm, Nature Artists’ Guild members, guests, and visitors will be treated to a presentation by the talented pastel artist, Pamela Hamilton, at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum.
Autumn on The Eastside, copyright Pamela Hamilton. Used with permission. Please click on image to read more about Pamela and to view more images of her work.
- Attendees will be invited to take and share some posters and postcards for the upcoming 2018 Holiday (Autumn) Exhibition of Natural History Art at The Morton Arboretum. The posters and postcards, designed by Evelyn Grala, will feature the work of the show’s Featured Artist, Gary Chipman. More on Gary and the exhibit to come soon.
- Guild members will have the opportunity to pick up a few blank small canvases to finish in time for fundraising at the exhibit.
- Those Guild members who participated in the 2018 Summer Sketchbook Encounter are invited to share their accomplishments in a display of sketchbooks at the meeting.
- Prospective future Guild members are invited to attend for an anonymous and pressure-free glimpse into the dynamics of the group to see whether it would be a good fit for their interests. Guild members will be available for questions, and there will be one-year “membership scholarship” application forms available.
- As always, there will be light refreshments as well, in the setting of a historic building at the renowned Morton Arboretum, all free-of-charge for anyone who wishes to attend. Visitors should let the gate attendant know they are there for the Nature Artists’ Guild program for free admission and to be directed to Thornhill.
Please click on any of the highlighted links or on the images for more information.
Goldfinch II , copyright Pamela Hamilton. Used with permission.
The board of the Nature Artists’ Guild is excited to offer, for 2019, six scholarships to cover the cost of Guild membership for one year plus the exhibit fee for one exhibition at The Morton Arboretum during the year. The only requirements for applying for the scholarship are that the applicant is interested in nature art and is not a current or former member of the Nature Artists’ Guild. All applications will be reviewed by the Nature Artists’ Guild board.
Instructions are included on the simple application form that follows. Please click on the highlighted link to read or print the form.
Scholarship Application to the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum
The Nature Artists’ Guild is a friendly and non-competitive gathering of artists working in a wide assortment of media and subject matter at all levels of skill, with a unifying interest and respect for the natural world.
Following are examples of the art and activities of Nature Artists’ Guild members over the last few years. Please feel free to browse this website for more art and information by scrolling through, choosing a category at the right of the page, or clicking on one of the tabs above.
Red-winged Blackbird, copyright 2018 Lindsay Sandbothe
Tomatoes, copyright Marlene Vitek.
Tulip Muze, Watercolor, Copyright Patricia Mroczka
Red-Spotted Purple Butterfly, copyright Peggy McGahan
Nature Artists’ Guild at Jurica-Suchy 2015
Artwork by Susan Bartlett. Poster design by Evelyn Grala.
Coyote, Block Print, Copyright Carrie S. Carlson
Nature Artists’ Guild at Gallery 200
Spiderwort, copyright 2018, Karen A. Johnson. Please click on the image to go to Karen’s Nature Art for more.
Detail of Moth pyrography, copyright Gail Diedrichsen
Bob Sunyog at work
Remembering November, Pastel, copyright Bobbie Brown
Colored pencil drawing on slate tile, copyright Mary Ann Jimenez.
Tangled, Mixed Media, copyright Bobbie Brown
Carolina Jessamine, Polymer Clay Necklace, Copyright Karen A. Johnson
Sharon Malec’s fiber art created with her hand-made silk paper
Lindsay Sandbothe at work
Wooly, copyright Nancy Thyfault
Retreating Glacier, copyright Joe Rizzo.
I Like Ducks, copyright Evelyn Grala. Photo credit Downers Grove Public Library.
Copyright Fran Kelly
As summer winds down, so does the Nature Artists’ Guild 2018 Summer Sketchbook Encounter. Congratulations to all the participants and thank you to Evelyn Grala for leading this project and to those who have shared some of their sketches here and in previous posts, which can be seen by clicking here and here.
A few of the Nature Artists’ Guild members participating in the 2018 Summer Sketchbook Encounter have shared some of their latest work. Previously shared examples of lovely summer sketches can be seen again by clicking here.
Thursday’s program will feature three Nature Artists’ Guild members sharing techniques and tips for creating art in some unique and beautiful ways.
Spring, At Last, copyright Catherine Stacy.
Polar Vortex Landscape, copyright Marilyn Peretti.
Retreating Glacier, copyright Joe Rizzo.
All are invited to attend this program and can read more about it and view complete versions of the above artwork by clicking here.
In addition to the program, Guild members will be able to pick up some blank canvases for a fundraiser for the 2018 Autumn (Holiday) Exhibition of Natural History Art. The 3 x 3 inch canvases can be painted, collaged, or drawn on, and the finished works of art will be sold at the upcoming exhibit in November.
Nature Artists’ Guild 2018 Fundraiser. Examples of finished canvases by Laurie Freeman, Carol Puotinen, and Catherine Stacy.
The small size and reasonable price ($5 each) will make it possible for almost any exhibit attendee to bring home an original work of art to display, use as an ornament, or give as a gift. Blank canvases will also be available to pick up at the October meeting, but must be completed and returned on or before the exhibit drop-off (referee) evening of October 31, 2018. Questions about this fundraiser can be answered by Catherine Stacy, whose contact information is in the Yearbook.
More information about the exhibit will be coming soon!