All Artists Welcome on Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8, 2017

Whether you are a Nature Artists’ Guild member who has been working diligently to prepare your artwork for the upcoming Spring Exhibit and need a fun and educational break, or not a member, but still an artist who wants to improve your artwork, The Morton Arboretum’s Visiting Artist Series may have just what you were looking for –

Visiting Artist Series: Value and Color in Landscapes with Laverne Bohlin

Learn why value is essential to accurately capturing a landscape in your art. In this two-day pastel workshop, visiting artist Laverne Bohlin will show you how to use the correct value and to notice the subtle shifts of value that exist in the landscape. Develop your sensitivity to a color’s value so you are better able to separate it from its hue. During the one-hour lunch break on Saturday, visit the Nature Artists’ Guild Spring Exhibit in nearby Cudahy Auditorium for some inspiration.

Copyright Laverne Bohlin

Note – Basic drawing skills and some pastel experience required.  Limit 15.

Supplies – Rembrandt Pastels, half stick of 15 colors, 3-4 sheets of Canson Mi-teintes paper, 8 1/2″ x 11″, color white, ivory or eggshell, 1″ foam brush and kneaded eraser, 11″ x 14″ foam core board, any additional pastels you may already have.

Schedule and Location – Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Herbarium Conference Room of The Morton Arboretum.

Fees and Admission – Fees include admission to the Arboretum and are $138.00 for members, and $162.00 for non-members.

Registration Information – Course number A149, online – Registercall 630-719-2468, or in person at The Morton Arboretum at the Visitor Center during open hours.

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).

Nature Artists' Guild Membership Brochure Page 1

Nature Artists' Guild Membership Brochure Page 2

A Few More Things We Are Thankful For

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
Detail of Wild Turkey, copyright D. Fisk (this is for you, Gail)

One of the World’s Largest Botanical Libraries is Now Online

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!


HeeYoung Kim Workshops at Ryerson Woods

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!


The New Sylva

In memory of long-time and much-loved Nature Artists’ Guild member, Barbara Papamarcos, the Nature Artists’ Guild has donated a copy of the wonderful book, The New Sylva, to the Sterling Morton Library at The Morton Arboretum.

According to Nature Artists’ Guild member and Art Collection Assistant of the Sterling Morton Library, Arlene Widrevitz,

The New Sylva was written in part to commemorate the 350th Anniversary of the first Sylva published in 1664 by John Evelyn for the Royal Horticultural Society of London. Gabriel Hemery’s modern version describes trees of Britain and their care and maintenance while looking to a future that still values trees and forests.

Most exciting for members of the Nature Artists’s Guild are the magnificent illustrations  of individual tree landscapes and botanical details of trees by Sarah Simblet .  Simblet was also the author and illustrator of Botany for the Artist

This new Sylva is beautifully bound and organized. It is a feast for the eyes and a wonderful argument for the protection and planting of trees. It is a perfect addition to the collections of the Sterling Morton Library.

Information about the book, including photos, information about the authors, reviews and a digital sampler is available by clicking on the following link to the website or on the photo below.

The New Sylva
Photo credit


At the time of the year when so many are taking time to reflect on gratitude, we at the Nature Artists’ Guild are reminded that we have much to be grateful for

  • We are grateful to all the volunteers who work so hard to ensure that our exhibits, paint-outs, field-trips, programs and publications are enjoyable and successful.
  • We are grateful to our artist members who contribute such wonderful artwork to our exhibits and offer so much inspiration and encouragement to their fellow artists.
  • We are grateful to the artists’ friends and family members for their help with everything from delivering artwork to exhibits to giving up the spare bedroom for studio space.
  • We are grateful to The Morton Arboretum for providing us with the most elegant exhibit and meeting space that we know of,  for the inspiration of the gorgeous grounds, for the excellent instructors in the Education Program, and for the friendly staff who help with everything from holding doors and setting up our meeting space, to promoting our exhibits and programs.
  • We are grateful to all of the art and nature lovers who take time out of their busy schedules to attend our exhibits and encourage our artists with their interest and their kind words.

It’s That Time of the Year!

It’s the time of the year for Nature Artists’ Guild members to renew their membership for 2015.  Members can scroll back through previous posts on this blog to get a glimpse of all that membership brings you – programs, paint-outs, exhibit opportunities, publications, fun events, friendship, encouragement and inspiration!  As an added bonus for renewing before December 31, 2014, returning previously-exhibiting members will be eligible to participate in the first exhibit of 2015 at the stately Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, IL.

Current members can send their dues to our Treasurer, Nancy Wu, whose address can be found in their Yearbook, or can give their dues to Nancy or one of the other Nature Artists’ Guild board members at our upcoming Holiday Exhibit.

New members are always welcome and can click on the tab at the top of the page to access a membership form for more information.