Paint-Out at The Gardens of Ball on August 21, 2018

So much to sketch. paint or photograph on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 between 9 am and noon!  As shown in Jane Kellenberger’s photos above, artists can choose from picturesque views or detailed close-ups in colors galore at The Gardens of Ball at the Ball Horticultural Company worldwide headquarters, 622 Town Road, West Chicago, Il.

From their website –

The Gardens at Ball have been the evaluation and testing grounds for the world’s wealth of horticultural introductions and improvements for over 80 years. What began as a row trial garden for seed varieties in 1933 has grown to encompass over 9 acres of display beds for annuals, perennials, cut flowers and vegetables, including the newest plants from the industry’s leading breeders and marketers.

Please click on either of the above highlighted links to read more and to view more beautiful images.

Interested Nature Artists’ Guild members should contact Jane Kellenberger to RSVP for the paint-out and for maps of the garden and paint-out guidelines.  Jane’s contact information can be found in their Yearbook (membership directory).

Paint-Out at Meadow Lake, Tuesday, June 26, 2018

No need to “pack up the station wagon” for this trip to the lake!  Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild are invited to join their fellow artists at Meadow Lake, located near the Visitor Center of The Morton Arboretum, the morning of Tuesday, June 26, 2018 any time between 9 am and noon. Participants will meet at the P2 parking lot east of the lake at 9 am, but late-comers are welcome and can also access the lake from the main parking lot.

There will be plenty of room, and plenty of subject matter.  Shrubs, flowers, trees, birds, and a large wooden creature are near the path around the lake.  Art supplies, a chair, sunscreen, insect repellent, and some water are all that are needed.

If a storm rolls in, participants can head over to the Ginkgo Restaurant and Cafe with its wall of floor-to-ceiling windows facing the lake to finish their sketch and enjoy a coffee or snack.  After the paint-out, members might wish to go on a Troll Hunt throughout the Arboretum.

Note:  This post has been updated to show the rescheduled date.

Visiting Artist Thomas Dambo at work on one of his Trolls for the Troll Hunt at The Morton Arboretum. Photo credit mortonarb.org.

Coming Soon, Spring 2018 Edition

So much art and so much nature coming up so soon!

Two classes coming up very soon are being taught by some of the best artists and best instructors that The Morton Arboretum has ever offered.  Suzanne Wegener will be the instructor for Drawing Nature II on four Thursday evenings beginning on May 31, 2018.  Suzanne will be teaching skills that are essential to any artist who wishes to draw nature realistically.  Plein Air on the Prairie, on either Monday, June 4, or Monday, June 11, 2018 is a three-hour excursion onto the prairie with a sketchbook and two experts, naturalist Cindy Crosby, and artist Karen Johnson.  It’s a unique opportunity to learn about and experience the prairie from a botanical as well as an artistic point of view.  Please click on the above links to learn more or to enroll.  Classes are open to all, not just members of the Nature Artists’ Guild or The Morton Arboretum, but Arboretum members will receive a discount on registration fees.

Page from Karen Johnson’s sketchbook. Copyright 2017, Karen Johnson.

Evelyn Grala has done it again, and come up with a way to keep Nature Artists’ Guild members growing this summer.  Evelyn has planned a new Summer Sketchbook Encounter, to begin on June 1 and continue until September 1, 2018.  Participants will be asked to fill four pages of a sketchbook per week, using any media they would like (including crayons), and to have fun.  It’s as simple as that. The improvement in drawing and composition skills will come automatically!  Interested members who have not already signed up should contact Evelyn (whose contact information can be found in their Yearbook) to ensure they receive her periodic updates and encouragements.

The Nature Artists’ Guild will be exhibiting at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook, IL from Wednesday, June 6 through Friday, July 13, 2018.  The exhibit may be viewed any time during estate business hours, Monday through Friday, from 9 am until 3 pm, or Saturday between 9 am and 1 pm, but the best time to visit would be on Wednesday evening, June 27, 2018 between 6 and 8 pmThis artists’ reception is open to all, and is a great opportunity to meet and talk with the artists and enjoy light refreshments.  Participating artists should check the prospectus for drop-off and pick-up dates and times.

There is so much excitement and anticipation around the upcoming program featuring biologist, author and artist Julie Zickefoose on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum.  All are welcome to attend this event free-of-charge.  Please click on the highlighted link for more information.

Page from Baby Birds, An Artist Looks into the Nest, copyright Julie Zickefoose. Used with permission.

A new paint-out has been added for June, and it’s at one of the prettiest spots in the area, Meadow Lake at The Morton Arboretum.  On Tuesday, June 26, at 9 am, Nature Artists’ Guild members will meet at the P-2 parking lot east of Meadow Lake. There will be water, flowers, grasses, shrubs, and trees (naturally), and even some large mysterious creatures in the area. Guild members can contact Jane Kellenberger if they would like to attend, but last-minute drop-ins by members are also welcome.

Note:  This post has been updated to include the new date for the rescheduled paint-out.

Artist in Residence Thomas Dambo at work on one of his creations for the Troll Hunt at The Morton Arboretum. Photo credit mortonarb.org.  Please click on the photo for more information about the artist.

A Spring Woodland Paint-Out

Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild are invited by fellow member Linda Hilderbrant to visit her home for a paint-out on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, between 10 am and 1 pm.  Linda lives in Hampshire, IL, where her 16 woodland acres include wildflowers, mature trees, a pond, and wildlife. Participants should bring their art supplies, a camera, something to sit on, and a picnic lunch to enjoy the day to its fullest.  These photos were taken by Linda right around the same time last year and give a glimpse of some of the treasures participants can expect to find! Many thanks to Linda for the photos and the generous offer to share the gorgeous views of nature at her home.

Members should RSVP to Jane Kellenberger if they’d like to attend.  Jane’s contact information and Linda’s address can be found in the Nature Artists’ Guild Yearbook.

Time to Spring into Action

Spring begins tomorrow!  It’s one of the busiest times of the year for the flora, fauna, and yes, nature artists, here in the Midwest.  As the birds, trees, frogs  and flowers are preparing for the season, so are members of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum.  Please click on any of the highlighted links for more information.

Coming soon –

  • The annual expedition (paint-out) to the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum for members of the Guild takes place tomorrow, Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Members can drop in with their art supplies and camera any time between 9 and noon.
  • Spring nature art classes and workshops begin soon at The Morton Arboretum.  Inspired by Tony Tyznik: Drawing Oaks, taught by Suzanne Wegener, begins on Thursday, April 5, 2018, and Beginner’s Nature Art Workshops: Spring Flowers in Colored Pencil with Kathy Steere are scheduled for Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8, 2018.  These classes and workshops are open to all, not just members of the Nature Artists’ Guild or The Morton Arboretum.
  • The Spring Exhibit of Natural History Art at The Morton Arboretum takes place on the weekend of April 7 and 8, 2018. This year we will be featuring images of some of the exhibit artwork by numerous Guild artists on this website.  Check back soon for a preview.
  • A new paint-out has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at the home of Guild member Linda Hilderbrant from 10 am until 1 pm.  More about this paint-out at Linda’s lovely and extensive woodland landscape to come soon.  Thank you to Linda for this gracious invitation!

    A sign of spring from Linda Hilderbrant’s garden. Photo credit Linda Hilderbrant.

Visiting the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum on March 20, 2018

The annual paint-out for members of the Nature Artists’ Guild at the Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL, will take place on the morning of Tuesday, March 20, 2018 from 9 am until noon.

The museum claims “over 10,000 specimens, ranging from a tiny aphid to a whale skeleton”, and attendees can request specific specimens from storage by contacting Jane Kellenberger by Monday, March 12, 2018.  Please click on this link to the museum’s online specimen catalog to search.  Jane’s contact information can be found in the Nature Artists’ Guild Yearbook.

Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum. Photo credit Jane Kellenberger.

Members are encouraged to let Jane know if they plan to attend, but since there is plenty of room for all of our artists, drop-ins or late-comers are welcome!  There is some seating available, but participants can bring a small stool or chair if they prefer.  Please click on this link for directions to Benedictine University and for maps of the campus.  The museum is located on the second floor of the Michael and Kay Birck Hall of Science.