2019 Winter Encounter Wraps Up with Collage

The 2019 Winter Encounter for members of the Nature Artists’ Guild has reached its final week, and here are some of the submissions from Week 4 -Collage.

Thanks to Evelyn Grala for creating this project, as well as for her weekly updates and words of encouragement for the artists. Many artists commented that they were trying some of the media or techniques for the first time and learning so much in the process.

The artwork from all four weeks can be seen on the 2019 Winter Encounter Gallery page of this website, located under the Member News tab, and will continue to be updated as new participant artwork is received.

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Nature Artists’ Guild Updates

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 III and his striking block prints.  All are welcome to attend this program, free-of-charge.  Please click here to read more.

North Shore Repose, copyright 2017, Benjamin F. Calvert III. Used with permission.

2019 Winter Encounter in Week 2

Initial line drawings and graphite drawings from Week 1 of the 2019 Winter Encounter have been posted under this website’s Member Artwork tab, and they are an excellent start.  Congratulations, participants!

Evelyn Grala, with her surprise instructions for Week 2, though, may have caused a bit of a stir!  Rather than just asking the artists to use a different medium, as many were obviously expecting, Evelyn asked them to use a very different technique using negative space. Judging from some of the initial drawings, that may be very difficult to accomplish. Fortunately, nature artists are generally a resourceful bunch and will likely be able to rise to the occasion.

Please click on any of these drawings by Evelyn to see a larger version –

Nature Artists’ Guild’s 2019 Winter Encounter Begins

The Nature Artists’ Guild’s 2019 Winter Encounter has begun!  Participants will be creating artwork using the same subject and composition, but with different methods and media each week.

As Evelyn Grala illustrates here, the first step is to choose and draw the subject and transfer the drawing to tracing paper so that it can be used each time, and the first week’s medium will be graphite, in any or all of its forms.  Evelyn will contact participants with details and a suggested medium each week for four weeks.  There is still time for Nature Artists’ Guild members to participate by contacting her to be added to the e-mail list.

Artwork will be shared on this website as the project proceeds, so check back often.

Nature Artists’ Guild’s First Exhibit of 2019

The first exhibit of work by members of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum next year will take place at the Downers Grove Public Library from January 2 until February 2, 2019.

Current members of the Guild will need to return their completed prospectuses (e-mailed to members on November 17, 2018) by Monday, December 17, 2018 to be eligible to participate.  This one is easy!  Since the artwork must have been included in a Nature Artists’ Guild exhibition within the past five years, it is already completed, titled, framed, and ready to hang, and just needs to be dropped off at the library on Saturday, December 29, 2018 between 10 and 11 am.  All details are in the prospectus.

The Downers Grove Public Library has a long and interesting history as well as an impressive collection of original artwork.  The Nature Artists’ Guild is excited and proud to once again begin the new year as the first participant in their rotating exhibit, Active in the Galleries.


Nature Artists Share Their Talents November 2nd Through 4th, 2018

One more reason to attend the 2018 Nature Artists’ Guild Holiday (Autumn) Exhibit of Natural History Art at The Morton Arboretum is that five talented members will be sharing their talents, tips and techniques.  Each member will spend a few hours talking with visitors, answering questions, and creating artwork.

The schedule for these artists is –

Needle-felting with Sharon Malec on Friday evening, November 2, 2018, from 5 until 7:30 pm

Watercolor and colored pencil with Linda Skisak on Saturday, November 3, 2018, from 10:30 am until 1 pm

Oils with Dale Olsen on Saturday, November 3, 2018, from 1:15 until 3:45 pm

Watercolor with Victoria Elizabeth (Pelarenos) on Sunday, November 4, 2018, from 10:30 am until 1 pm

Pastel dust with Linn Eldred on Sunday, November 4, 2018, from 1:15 until 3:45 pm

(Please note that the Friday evening reception is for friends of the artists and members of The Morton Arboretum.Click here for exhibition hours open to all Arboretum visitors.

Embrace, watercolor, copyright Victoria Elizabeth (Pelarenos)

Nature Artists’ Guild 2018 Holiday (Autumn) Exhibit of Natural History Art Opens Next Week

The leaves may be at “peak color” just in time for the Nature Artists’ Guild exhibit next weekend, November 3 and 4, 2018 at The Morton Arboretum (and the reception on Friday evening for guests of the artists and Arboretum members).

There will also be “peak color” of a slightly different nature indoors, at the annual Autumn exhibit of the Nature Artists’ Guild.  Here are just a few examples from the more than one hundred pieces of nature art that will be on display.

Please click on this link or the tab under Member Artwork to view each piece individually.

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