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.


“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!

Lindsay Sandbothe Exhibit Postcard front

Lindsay Sandbothe Exhibit Postcard back

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.

Nature Artists’ Guild Member Sharon Malec’s Fiber Art in Upcoming Exhibits

Nature Artists’ Guild member Sharon Malec is known for her beautiful fiber art, and in the next few months there will be numerous opportunities to view it!

Nuthatch © Sharon Malec

Nuthatch © Sharon Malec

Seven pieces of Sharon’s work will be included in the Insects to Elephants exhibit at the Wisconsin Museum of Quilts and Fiber Art in Cedarburg, WI from October 21, 2015 until January 10, 2016.

Sharon’s work will also be included in the All Felt exhibit at the Burning Bush Gallery in Wheaton, IL from November 19 until December 6, 2015, as well as the Fiber Art Divas exhibition at the Naperville Fine Arts Center and Gallery, Naperville, IL from October 14 until October 24, 2015.  An opening reception  at the Naperville Fine Arts Center and Gallery will be held from 2 until 4 pm on October 18, 2015.

Please click on the highlighted links above for more information.

Birds in Jeopardy Exhibit Features Some of Our Favorite Artists!

Birds in Jeopardy, an exhibit of fine art showcasing images of birds that are either extinct or endangered, opens Sunday, November 1, 2015 at the Noyes Cultural Center, First Floor Art Gallery, 927 Noyes Street, Evanston, IL.

Andean Condor, ©Lindsay Sandbothe

Andean Condor, ©Lindsay Sandbothe

The Nature Artists’ Guild is proud and excited to announce that two of our favorite artists, member Lindsay Sandbothe, and Artist in Residence at the Field Museum of Natural History, frequent instructor for The Morton Arboretum art program, and presenter for our guild, Peggy Macnamara, will be featured in this exhibit.  Curated by Sarah Kaiser-Amaral, the exhibition will also include artwork by Kristina Knowski, Maggie Weiss, and others. All participating artists in the exhibit will donate a portion of sales to a local bird conservation organization.

The opening reception will take place on Sunday, November 1, 2015 from 2 until 5 pm at the gallery.  Refreshments will be served and entertainment will be provided by singer Josefien Stopplenburg.  It will be a wonderful opportunity to show support for some great artists as well as for endangered birds.  Birds in Jeopardy will be exhibited until December 1, 2015.

Please click on the highlighted links above for exhibit hours, directions, or more information about the artists.

More Opportunities to Support Fellow Nature Artists This Month

Nature Artists’ Guild former president Susan Bartlett, and treasurer Nancy Wu will be exhibiting their work at the Woodridge Public Library, Woodridge, IL for the entire month of September, 2015.  An artists reception is coming up this Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 2 until 4 pm.

Karen Johnson's Artwork, Oak Park Conservatory

Karen Johnson’s Artwork, Oak Park Conservatory

Karen Johnson, Nature Artists’ Guild member and instructor for the Botanical Art program at The Morton Arboretum is honored to share her solo exhibition of artwork in a variety of media, titled Inspirational Insects, An Artists’ Journey, at the Oak Park Conservatory, Oak Park, IL.  An artist reception will be held Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 1:30 until 3:30 pm  at the conservatory.

Laurie Alvear’s work will be featured in a solo show at Gallery II of the DuPage Art League, in Wheaton, IL for the month of September, 2015.

If you are in the mood for a road trip, it would be worthwhile to head to the Roger Tory Peterson Institute in Jamestown, NY (near Niagara Falls), where The Society of Animal Artists is presenting their annual exhibit.  Charter member and former president of the Nature Artists’ Guild, instructor for the Botanical Art program at The Morton Arboretum, and last spring’s featured artist, Nancy Halliday is a member of this world renowned group of animal artists, and her Moonlight Snack has been juried into their Art and the Animal exhibition. The exhibit will run through October 25, 2015.  You can spot Nancy attending a lecture by Robert Bateman at about 5:19 on the video of the opening weekend!  

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute, photo credit The Society of Animal Artists

The Roger Tory Peterson Institute, photo credit The Society of Animal Artists

Please click on any of the highlighted links or photos for more information on the artists and exhibits.