As it has for more than 34 years, membership in the Nature Artists’ Guild in 2021 brings opportunities to participate in programs, paint-outs, exhibits, workshops, and social events (in person or online, as conditions require.) In addition, the Nature Artists’ Quarterly, featuring news, articles, and artwork by, for, or about members is delivered to every member’s mailbox each season.
Now, before the season becomes too busy, might be a good time for Nature Artists’ Guild members to renew their membership for 2021 (or for new members to join.) Current members of the guild can renew at a reduced fee (through the end of the month) by clicking hereand scrolling down to the appropriate payment button. New members can click here to join at the regular rate. If preferred, new members can send a check to the address on the membership form and returning members can send a check to treasurer Catherine Stacy. Use of the membership form is not required as long as the member’s contact information is included with the check or online payment.
Please enjoy these wonderful contributions to the Summer’s End paint-out from Nature Artists’ Guild members. Beata Nowak and Jane Kellenberger drew and painted some of the annuals on their decks, Yvonne Buckley used pen and acrylic ink to illustrate some of the bounties of the garden, Marilyn Peretti visited a park where she found her subject on an oak tree, and Alice Wych, Eileen LaBarre, Dorothy Duffala, Bernadette Hanacek, and Kathi Kuchler all found the beauty in leaves, seeds, and flowers. Ann Lamoureux continued her work in progress from the front porch, and Gary Chipman painted a prairie view in pastel.
Congratulations to all the participants in the paint-out for choosing to take the time to appreciate the end of summer and thank you to the artists mentioned above who generously shared their beautiful results.
The sky is blue, the air is crisp, and the geese are flying overhead. Hmmm. Is there some activity that would help a nature artist make the most of the day?
Thank you to Alice Wych for the first contribution to the 2020 Nature Artists’ Guild Summer’s End paint-out with her lovely drawing, Thistle. While Thistle is certainly worthy of a frame, paint-out creations do not need to be finished pieces of art. Any sketch, drawing, or painting that reflects a few hours spent in nature can be a treasure. Details about participating in the paint-out are in an e-mail sent to members last week.
Nature Artists’ Guild members will be receiving an e-mail soon with the who, what, where, when, why, and how of participating in this month’s Summer’s End paint-out. The paint-out will not be a gathering of members in person, but each participant can celebrate the beauty of nature during the last days of summer by painting, drawing, or sketching on their own and then sharing images of their artwork afterwords.
Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum can look forward to a full Fall of art and nature!
Some upcoming events include –
A virtual lecture this month about the symbolism of art (much of it nature) portrayed on an 18th Century Asian screen. (Postponed until further notice.)
A “paint-out” in September where members create art in their own environment and share their experiences through video-chat or by sending images to display on this website.
An online presentation about journaling in nature with Lara Call Gastinger. Lara’s workshop at the Arboretum sold out immediately, but all Nature Artists’ Guild members are invited to join her October 1 presentation.
A new “Art Encounter” in October that will involve working almost solely in ink. Its a great way to quickly hone those drawing skills!
An online exhibit in November of images of some of the finished artwork that members had hoped to include in the cancelled 2020 Spring or Autumn (Holiday) exhibits.
A fun and creative holiday card project in lieu of the annual in-person celebration.
Dates, times, and all the other details about these events will be shared with members through e-mails and announcements on this website.
Coming up in March for members of the Nature Artists’ Guild –
Monday, March 2, 2020 is the last day for members to mail their completed prospectuses for the 2020 Spring Exhibit of Natural History Art. The link for the prospectus was sent out to all members by e-mail last month. New members, please don’t hesitate to participate. The Guild is a supportive, non-competitive organization that values the contributions of nature artists at all skill levels. Beginners to professionals, we welcome you all!
Thursday, March 5, 2020 is the date of a very special program sponsored by the Nature Artists’ Guild at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum from 7 until 9 pm. Visiting ArtistAlex Warnick will be sharing some thoughts about her exquisite paintings and illustrations of birds and her adventures in birding. This event is open to all and free-of-charge. Members are encouraged to invite their fellow artists, birders, and nature lovers to this presentation. Details are in this previous post.
On Saturday, March 7, 2020 a repeat of last month’s Round Table Paint-In event will take place at Thornhill beginning at 1 pm. Members should contact Linn Eldred if they’d like to participate. Linn’s contact information is included in the February 19 e-mail sent to members. All supplies will be provided, and there is no cost to attend this fun and creative event.
A fundraising workshop has been scheduled for Saturday, March 28, 2020 at the Thornhill Education Center. Supplies will be provided for Nature Artists’ Guild members who wish to participate by painting canvases to be sold at the Spring Exhibit as a fundraiser. Fundraising workshops are a great place to get to know and enjoy some time with fellow Guild members. Update – This event has been postponed until a date to be determined.
The weather outside might be frightful, but the weather inside Orchids by Hausermann will be delightful for the Nature Artists’ Guild paint-out on the morning of Tuesday, February 18, 2020 from 9 am until noon.
Hausermann’s Orchids, Inc. in Villa Park, IL is one of the world’s largest growers of orchids with approximately 400,000 plants produced annually. The showroom inside one of the large greenhouses is the site of an annual Nature Artists’ Guild paint-out each February, when many of the orchids are in bloom.
Nature Artists’ Guild members will soon receive an e-mail with details and instructions for reserving a spot at this popular paint-out. Space is limited.
The Nature Artists’ Guild has planned a fun event to start the new year! It involves nature (flora, but no fauna) and it involves art (acrylic painting), but one of the best features of this event is that members don’t have to bring sketches, find photographs, search for subject matter, haul out their supplies, or clear off a spot in their studio or on their kitchen table.
Members of the Nature Artists Guild only need to do three things to participate –
Notify Linn Eldred that they plan to attend
Show up at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum on Saturday, January 18, 2010 before 1 pm
Find a chair and pick up a brush
This “round table” event will revolve (yes, pun intended) around a still life set up in the middle of each table. Each artist will be given a canvas, some paint, and a brush and will begin to paint from their spot at the table. After 15 minutes, each person will pass their painting to their neighbor at the table, who will add their own touch for 15 minutes. This continues until each painting goes all around the table and returns to (and goes home with) the artist who began it.
For new and returning members alike, this event is sure to be an enjoyable, stress-free way to get to know fellow nature artists, possibly learn and practice some new skills in acrylic, and go home with a unique painting. Space is limited to 25 artists, all supplies will be provided free-of-charge, and this event is for Nature Artists’ Guild members only. No previous experience in acrylic painting is required.
Linn Eldred’s contact information can be found in the January 5th e-mail sent to all current members. Members, please note that the e-mail provider for the Guild has changed and your e-mail may have incorrectly gone to your “social”, “promotions” or even “spam” folder. Finding that e-mail and changing its folder to “primary” should direct future e-mails to the correct folder.
On Saturday, December 7, 2019, members who have reserved a seat at the Sterling Morton Library presentation will be treated to a hot beverage and an afternoon of fascinating tales from author Cindy Crosby and librarian Rita Hassert.
Nature Artist’s Guild members wishing to participate in the January 2020 Downers Grove Library special exhibit will need to mail their completed prospectus by Friday, December 13, 2019 and drop off their work on Saturday, December 28, 2019 between 10 and 11 am at the library. All the details are included in the exhibit prospectus, which was e-mailed to members on November 17.
Returning members of the Nature Artists’ Guild can pay 2020 membership dues by sending a check to Treasurer Catherine Stacy (whose address can be found in the Yearbook), by paying her or another board member with cash or check at the holiday party, or by clicking on the Membership tab of this website to use PayPal or a credit card. New members can send a check to the address listed on the Membership brochure or use PayPal or a credit card as mentioned above.
The Sterling Morton Library at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL has a large collection of circulating books and magazines, e-books, reference materials and journals relating mostly to botany and horticulture.
The library’s Suzette Morton Davidson Special Collectionsinclude thousands of treasures, such as “an early herbal detailing the medicinal uses of plants, a planting plan of Garfield Park by Jens Jensen, a recently published limited edition book about Shakespeare’s flowers by Gerard Brender à Brandis, a hand-colored lithograph by Redouté,” and more.
The Art Collection alone “contains more than 12,000 works of art, including original paintings, pen and ink, colored pencil, scratchboard drawings, nearly 1,000 nature prints, as well as a variety of lithographs, etchings, engravings, aquatints, and commercial reproductions of plants and the insects/animals related to them.” – http://www.mortonarb.org.
Nature Artists’ Guild members will have the unique opportunity on Saturday, December 7, 2019from 1:30 until 3 pm to learn more about the library and its amazing collections from Library Collection Manager Rita Hassert and author, speaker, and interpreter Cindy Crosby. A number of seats for this event, being held inside the library, have been reserved for Guild members, and interested attendees should contact Linn Eldred to secure a spot. Linn’s contact information can be found in the Nature Artists’ Guild Yearbook.