Volunteers Needed

Jill Adzia is the current Chairperson of the “Ways and Means”, or Fundraising Committee for the Nature Artists’ Guild.  Jill has done a fabulous job in this role (as well as numerous others throughout the years), but would like to step down at the end of the year.  If any member of the Nature Artists’ Guild would like to find out more about working with Jill to learn the role, they are asked to contact Jill, whose contact information can be found in their Yearbook.

Laurie Alvear has also been doing a great job as Co-Chair of the Special (Outside) Exhibitions Committee, along with Gary Chipman.  Laurie will be moving out-of-state very soon, so the Nature Artists’ Guild is looking for an immediate replacement for that position. Any Nature Artists’ Guild member who is interested in learning more about the position may contact Gary Chipman, Laurie Alvear, or Mary Ann Jimenez, whose contact information will also be found in the Nature Artists’ Guild Yearbook.

Volunteering is an enjoyable and fulfilling way to become more involved in the Nature Artists Guild, as well as a great way to forge lasting relationships with fellow artists!

Before You Begin Shopping

Whew! The cooking, cleaning and dishes are done and the guests have left.

This might be a great time to take a minute for yourself, and renew your Nature Artists’ Guild membership for 2017!  The Nature Artists’ Guild accepts renewals and new members any day of the year, but memberships are for the calendar year, so renewing (or joining) now will ensure that you receive all of the benefits that your membership brings.

Current members can pay their 2017 dues by mailing a check to our Treasurer, Nancy Wu (her address will be in the Nature Artists’ Guild Yearbook).  Nancy will also be accepting renewal dues at the Holiday Party.  New members are asked to mail a check to the address printed on the membership brochure (click here or on the tab at the top of the website to download or print a copy).

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Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum Begins Celebration of 30th Year

December 4, 1986 was the beginning of 30 years of programs, 30 years of paint-outs, 30 years of workshops, 30 years of exhibits, and 30 years of creativity, learning, sharing and friendship for members of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum.

Our volunteer party team has been planning and preparing for months, and they have come up with some exciting ways to combine the celebration of  the beginning of the Nature Artists’ Guild’s 30th year with the members’ annual Holiday Party on Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 6 until 9 pm at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum. This event is reserved for current and former Nature Artists’ Guild members and their guests only.

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“Featured: Feathers”, Solo Exhibit of Lindsay Sandbothe’s Awe-Inspiring Artwork

Lindsay Sandbothe’s large-scale paintings of birds on wood have been inspiring awe at Nature Artists’ Guild exhibits for years!  Now, Lindsay’s first solo exhibit will feature all of her best artwork in one setting.  Please see the postcard below for details about the exhibit and the opening reception on July 9, 2016 from noon until 2 pm.  Congratulations, Lindsay!

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Introducing the Nature Artists’ Guild’s Featured Artist for Spring 2016, Patty Koenigsaecker

The Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum is honored to introduce the 2016 Spring Exhibit Featured Artist, Patty Koenigsaecker.  Please click on the tab at the top of this website, or on this link to learn more about Patty and to see a few examples of her beautiful nature art.

Nature Artists' Guild Exhibit Postcard Spring 2016

Spring 2016 Exhibition Postcard for Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum. Artwork by Patty Koenigsaecker, postcard design by Evelyn Grala.

Please feel free to download and share the above postcard with friends, family and fellow nature and art lovers by right-clicking on the image.  Copies of the exhibition postcard and poster are also available for distribution, and can be picked up at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum.  We appreciate everyone’s assistance in spreading the word about this wonderful exhibit of approximately 150 works of nature art, by nearly 50 talented artists!

Contemplative Spaces at Oak Park Conservatory

Contemplative Spaces, a new art exhibit by Nature Artists’ Guild member Gail L. Kroepel, PhD, will be on display at the Oak Park Conservatory, 615 Garfield Street, Oak Park, IL throughout March and April, 2016.

During my years as an educator, I found inspiration by hiking in the woods at Starved Rock and other nature centers throughout Illinois. I began photographing these areas because I discovered that it sharpened my awareness; also, studying the photographs extended my experience, allowing me to relive these environments. To further deepen my appreciation of nature, I earned Morton Arboretum certificates as a Naturalist, as well as in Ornithology, Nature Photography, and Botanical Art. Once I retired from teaching, I turned my attention to these activities almost exclusively.  Now, I search out Contemplative Spaces that I photograph and then paint; while painting, I am immersed in the scene that caught my attention. This has become a spiritual practice. – Gail L. Kroepel, PhD.

For more information on this lovely exhibit, please click here, and for more information on the Oak Park Conservatory, please click on this link.