It’s been a busy and exciting year for the Nature Artists’ Guild. There have been programs, workshops, encounters, paint-outs, exhibits, the Quarterly and more. While the Nature Artists’ Guild accepts new and returning members at any time, memberships are for the calendar year, so artists who pay 2020 membership dues by the end of this year can ensure that they have the opportunity to participate in all of next year’s activities. An option for paying dues by Paypal or credit card is now available for new or returning members by clicking on the Membership tab of this website.
The Nature Artists’ Guild’s Featured Artist for Spring and Summer of 2019, Karen Johnson, has just returned from a trip to Australia. Karen has been journaling her adventures in nature for years with words, photos and artwork on her blog, Karen’s Nature Art. Needless to say, the nature she encountered in Australia is a little different from what may be seen in Chicagoland. Karen has captured her impressions of the trip wonderfully, and a visit to her blog to see all of her sketches is definitely worth the click!
The Nature Artists’ Guild exhibit at the Dellora A. Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles, IL is now open! On Sunday, June 9, 2019, there will be a reception at the gallery from 1 until 3 pm. Many of the exhibiting artists will be on hand to talk with visitors, answer questions, and share light refreshments. This reception is open to all art and nature lovers, free-of-charge. Please click on the above link to the Norris Arts Center for directions and additional information.
A unique and wonderful gift for a beginning or experienced artist and nature lover in your life might be a membership to the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum. Membership includes the opportunity to join like-minded artists at paint-outs, exhibitions, art and nature programs, and other interesting and enjoyable events. Membership in The Morton Arboretum is not required to become a member of the Nature Artists’ Guild. Gift memberships or new memberships to the Guild can be purchased by clicking on the Membership Brochure and mailing a check to the address provided.
The theme of the 2018 Nature Artists’ Guild Holiday Gathering is “Let it Snow”! Whether it snows or not on Thursday, December 6, 2018, members of the Nature Artists’ Guild and their guests are invited to share in music, festivities, food, and fun from 6 until 9 pm at the historic and elegant Founder’s Room in the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum.
Nature Artists’ Guild members can check their e-mail from early November, or contact Gail Diedrichsen for full details.
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.
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.
One more reason to celebrate on July 4th, 2018 – Luciana Peters turns 99! Happy Birthday, Luciana!
To read more about Luciana and view a few examples of her artwork, please click here. In addition to being an accomplished artist and illustrator for more than 80 years, she is a charter member of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum.
One more reason to attend the 2018 Spring Exhibit of Natural History Art by members of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum is for the chance to watch talented artists at work, chat with them, ask questions, and perhaps even try their technique. The exhibit at the Cudahy Auditorium of The Morton Arboretum will include opportunities to see the following artists engaging in their creative processes.
On Friday, April 6, 2018, between 5 and 7:30 pm, Carrie Carlson will be sharing her techniques for masterfully cutting linoleum blocks for creating prints, using traditional Swedish themes for her subject matter.
On Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 10:30 am until 1 pm, Kathi Kuchler will be painting a yellow iris, similar to the one above, but instead of using oil, she will be using the glowing colors of watercolor.
Later on Saturday, April 7, 2018, from 1:15 until 3:45 pm, Maggie Mardis will be using colored pencil on colored paper to draw a nest in a tree in her uniquely lovely and colorful way.
On Sunday, April 8, 2018, from 10:30 am until 1 pm, Mary Ann Jimenez will be using wax-based colored pencils on slate tiles to create subtle and beautiful drawings.
Finally, on Sunday, April 8, 2018, from 1:15 until 3:45 pm, Lindsay Sandbothe will be painting in her favorite medium, acrylic, and we assume, because it is Lindsay, and she does it so well, that she will be painting the beauty of birds.
Please note that the Friday evening artists’ reception is open to artists, their guests, and members of The Morton Arboretum. The exhibit is open to all Arboretum visitors on Saturday and Sunday.
For a welcome taste of spring, the Nature Artists’ Guild gladly shares some artwork by Susan Bartlett, the Featured Artist of the 2018 Spring Exhibition of Natural History Art. Please click on the above highlighted link or the Featured Artist Susan Bartlett tab to read more about Susan and to view a sample of the work she will be featuring at the exhibit on the weekend of April 7 and 8, 2018 and at a reception for artists, guests and members of The Morton Arboretum on the evening of April 6.
The exhibit will include nearly 150 pieces of artwork by members of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum. Check back soon for more details.
Great News! The Morton Arboretum is offering an extra discount to members of the Nature Artists’ Guild for Lindsay Sandbothe’s upcoming class. Of course, non-members of the Guild or The Morton Arboretum are welcome to enroll for the regular fee, and Arboretum members always receive a discounted rate. Please follow this link to The Morton Arboretum’s website or click on the image below for more information. Nature Artists’ Guild members must enroll by phone by 4 pm on December 1, 2017 to receive the extra discount.