Featured Artist of the 2022 Spring Art Exhibit of the Nature Artists’ Guild, Paulette McDermott

Magnolia, copyright Paulette McDermott

The Nature Artists’ Guild is pleased to announce the Featured Artist of the 2022 Spring Art Exhibit at The Morton Arboretum, Paulette McDermott. To learn more about Paulette and her inspirations and view images of some of her wonderful artwork, visit her Featured Artist page of this website.

In addition to numerous works by Paulette, the 2022 Spring Art Exhibit will include nearly 200 pieces by approximately 50 participating members of the Nature Artists’ Guild. The exhibit will be free and open to all visitors to The Morton Arboretum on the weekend of April 9 and 10, 2022, and to friends and family members of the artists and members of the arboretum on the evening of April 8. Please click on the highlighted link for details.

2022 Nature Artists’ Guild’s Spring Art Exhibit at The Morton Arboretum

2022 Nature Artists’ Guild Spring Art Exhibit poster. Artwork by Paulette McDermott. Poster design by Jane Kellenberger.

Spring must be on its way! One of the earliest signs of spring each year is the poster for the Spring Art Exhibit of The Nature Artists’ Guild at The Morton Arboretum.

Much more about the 2022 Spring Featured Artist, Paulette McDermott, as well as samples of her artwork and that of some of the other participating artists will be coming soon.

The digital version of the exhibit postcard will be emailed to members to share with their friends and family and copies of the poster and postcards will be available to pick up at next week’s program at The Morton Arboretum.

  • There is still time to join the Nature Artists’ Guild or renew membership for 2022 and participate in the upcoming exhibit. New or returning members will be emailed a link to the prospectus when their membership is confirmed (current members were emailed a link on February 5.)
  • Completed prospectuses must be returned by Monday, March 7, 2022.
  • Click here for more information about membership. If joining by mail, please use this contact form to let us know.

Nature Artists’ Guild Returns to the Tropics on February 9, 2022

This Wednesday, February 9, 2022, members of the Nature Artists’ Guild will have the opportunity to attend a paint-out inside the vast tropical greenhouse of Orchids by Hausermann. The paint-out will occur from 7 until 10 am, before Hausermann’s business hours. Guild members who would like to attend can. contact Linn Eldred by Tuesday, February 8 to reserve a spot. (Linn’s email address can be found in the guild’s Yearbook or in the January 9 email sent to all members.)

Established in 1920, the Hausermann’s greenhouse complex is one of the largest “orchid ranges” in the world. Their website features a comprehensive photo gallery of their wide variety of stunning orchids.

Nancy Wu’s artwork at Hausermann’s, 2020


Color, Color, and More Color in Week 3

“Color, color and more color” is the theme in the third week of the Nature Artists’ Guild’s 2022 Beginning the New Year with the Masters. Whether it’s through the use of one bright color, numerous jewel-like colors, or pairs of complementary colors, each piece of artwork chosen from the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago highlights color in a masterful way.

Participants have been asked to study the use of color in the above works and think about how they use it in their own.

The Latest for the Nature Artists’ Guild


The 2022 New Year with the Masters project enters week 2 with three works of art from the collection of the Art Institute of Chicago. Please click on any title to see the full image and read more about it.

The Nature Artists’ Guild exhibit at the Downers Grove Library continues until January 30, 2022.

In Search of Emily Carr, copyright Sharon Malec

Coming Soon

A paint-out is scheduled for February 9, 2022 at Orchids by Hausermann, one of the world’s largest orchid growers. Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild will meet in the morning, before Hausermann’s opens to the public, and except for some employees, will have the large greenhouse to themselves. Details were emailed to members earlier this week.

Inside the greenhouse at Orchids by Hausermann

On the evening of February 3, 2022, Nature Artists’ Guild members will have the opportunity to attend an online presentation by talented sculptor Adam Matano. More details about Adam and his work, as well as links and directions for attending the online meeting will be emailed to all members later this month.

In-progress sculpture, photo credit Adam Matano.com/blog

Beginning the New Year with the Masters

(Click on any artwork title above to reach the catalog page of the Art Institute of Chicago.)

Many members of the Nature Artists’ Guild have been fortunate enough to spend time with the works of Old Masters and Modern Masters at one of the world’s largest museums of art, the Art Institute of Chicago.  Studying and gaining inspiration from some of the greatest artists in history is a widely recognized way of improving artistic skills and expanding creativity.

During the month of January, 2022, members of the Nature Artists’ Guild can continue in that time-honored tradition, studying images from the Art Institute’s online catalog of their collection.  

Each week we will announce three chosen pieces by artists whose works at the Art Institute of Chicago have been admired by millions. Guild participants can choose one or more to use as inspiration in the creation of original nature art using their own photos or observations. 

This can mean anything from doing daily value sketches from the master’s works, practicing the artist’s brush strokes, using their color palette, medium, or subject matter, to finishing a work in the style of, inspired by, or “after” or “in the manner of” the chosen artist.  It is fascinating and satisfying to study a work so closely (even through images) and participating artists will undoubtedly come away from the project with some new insights into their own artwork.

 Week 1 begins on January 5, 2022  with some dramatic interpretations of everyday scenes. Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild will receive further instructions by email soon.

Please click here to join or renew membership in the Nature Artists’ Guild for 2022.

Looking Back at 2021 with the Nature Artists’ Guild

Copyright Cheryl Holz

Before moving ahead to 2022, we’d like to share a few reminders of some of the Nature Artists’ Guild’s projects, paint-outs, exhibits, and programs of 2021. Here is a sample of nature art shared throughout the year by guild members and program presenters as well as some photos from paint-out locations.

To view more of the wonderful artwork of 2021, scroll through the Home page or visit the Member Artwork or Featured Artist pages of the website.

Please click here to join or renew membership in the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum for 2022.

Nature Artists’ Guild Exhibit at Downers Grove Library Opens January 2, 2022

Blue Tango, copyright Alice Wych

Blue Tango by Alice Wych is just one example of the wonderful artwork that visitors to the Nature Artists’ Guild exhibit at the Downers Grove Public Library gallery can enjoy during the month of January, 2022.

The exhibit will be open during library hours from January 2 through January 30, 2022. The library’s open exhibition spaces provide a comfortable environment for viewing both the guild’s exhibit and their impressive permanent collection of art. Updates for visiting the library are available by clicking here.

Image credit dglibrary.org

Season’s Greetings from the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum

2021 Holiday Card, copyright Mary Sinclair

Participating members of the Nature Artists’ Guild have mailed their hand-made holiday cards to the designated recipients and many have also shared images of their cards here for all to enjoy.

The Nature Artists’ Guild exhibition guidelines are loosened a bit just for this project, so domestic animals, traditional scenes, people, colored lights, stockings, and bows all make an appearance in addition to the expected trees, birds, and forest creatures.

Thank you to all the participants in this wonderful new tradition for the Nature Artists’ Guild. Happy Holidays to all!

The Holiday Cards are Arriving!

Holiday card 2020, copyright Sharon Malec. Cards for 2021 coming soon.

We have been receiving images of some of the holiday cards created by members of the Nature Artists’ Guild for 2021 and can hardly wait to share. The actual cards have also been mailed to their “secret” recipients, so we will wait for them all to be received and opened before posting any of the images – no spoilers here!

(There is still time for participating members to email an image of the card they created if they haven’t already done so.)