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).
It’s the time of the year when many reflect on all they are grateful for, and the Nature Artists’ Guild would like to add a few items for consideration –
- The friends and family who support our artistic endeavors
- The time (however little) and space (however small) for creating
- The support and encouragement of other artists who understand the unique challenges involved
- The time and effort of all the volunteers who have kept the Nature Artists’ Guild running so smoothly for so many years
- The Morton Arboretum, for its inspiring natural beauty as well as for providing historic and lovely meeting and exhibit spaces and a quality learning environment
Please feel free to add to the list in the comments below.
Happy Thanksgiving, and don’t forget to give your turkey a nod of respect!
Detail of Wild Turkey, copyright D. Fisk (this is for you, Gail)
New York Botanical Garden, A digital selection from the Mertz Library collections, chosen by the head of special collections, research and archives, Stephen Sinon
Nature Artists’ Guild member Marilyn Peretti would like to share an article she recently discovered. One of the world’s largest botanical libraries, the LuEsther T. Mertz Library at the New York Botanical Garden, is being digitized and the article contains numerous photos and links that nature artists may find useful and fascinating!
Please click on this link to the article for more information about the Mertz Library or on the highlighted link above for the library website page.
Thanks for sharing, Marilyn!
Just saying, it won’t be long! Is it time yet to start looking for Snowdrops?
2015 could be the year you learn how to draw, or the year you complete your Botanical Art Certificate, or even the year you paint a winter landscape while enjoying a glass of wine! All these options, and many more, are available now by visiting The Morton Arboretum’s class listings on their website. Enjoy!
Many Nature Artists’ Guild members will remember HeeYoung Kim from her wonderful presentation for our members. Others may have seen her on Chicago Tonight speaking about her botanical art. Now, we are glad to share the news that HeeYoung will be conducting workshops at the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods, 21850 Riverwoods Road, Riverwoods, IL in January and February of 2015.
The Saturday workshops, “Composition Rules” in January, and “Bold and Modern Design in Ink” in February, each feature a fresh modern approach to botanical art.
For more information about the workshops or other classes taught by HeeYoung, please click on this link to her blog, or on this link to the website of the Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods.
Thank you to Nature Artists’ Guild member Barbara Rose for this tip!