Sorry, But The Chaco Golden Knee Tarantula Will Be Otherwise Engaged On May 7, 2019

The Chaco Golden Knee Tarantula and the Madagascar Hissing Cockroach may not be out on display for the Nature Artists’ Guild’s paint-out at the Cosley Zoo in Wheaton, IL on Tuesday, May 7, 2019, from 2 until 4 pm.  Nearly 60 other species, though, many native to Illinois, some domestic, and some exotic, will be available (click here for the zoo’s full species list with photos).

Space is limited, so interested Nature Artists’ Guild members should contact Linn Eldred (whose contact information can be found in their Yearbook) if they’d like to attend.  Please click on one of the highlighted links to read more about the Cosley Zoo and its animals, its history, and its mission.

Lynx rufus, Bobcat. Photo credit

Sketching Safari at Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum on Thursday, March 21, 2019

The Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum at Benedictine University in Lisle, IL has more than 3500 specimens on display (from their collection of more than 10,000), and members of the Nature Artists’ Guild are invited to spend a morning sketching, painting, or photographing them on Thursday, March 21, 2019.  This fun annual event will take place between 9 am and noon, and participants may be able to borrow certain specimens to take home for further study.

No insect repellent, sun protection, or hiking boots are needed for this indoor event, but participants may want to bring a small folding chair along with their art supplies and camera.

Interested Guild members can contact Linn Eldred for any questions or to let her know they’d like to attend, but there is plenty of room and last minute drop-ins are also welcome.  This paint-out is reserved for Nature Artists’ Guild members only.  Please click on the highlighted link above for directions to the museum, which is located on the second floor of the Michael and Kay Birck Hall of Science at the university.

Here are some photos of Guild members at the annual Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum paint-outs over the last five years –

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Easy and Enjoyable New Year’s Resolutions for Nature Artists

Why not a few resolutions for 2019 that are enjoyable and easy to keep?  Here are a few for artists at every skill level –

  • Learn new art techniques and methods from renowned artists from the local area as well as from across the country (and occasionally around the world)
  • Participate in wonderful and well-attended exhibitions at The Morton Arboretum and other venues
  • Attend paint-outs with fellow artists, often at locations only accessible as part of an artist’s group
  • Pick up tips and inspiration from artists who are also interested in nature, but whose work varies widely in style, specific subject matter, and technique

Nature Artists’ Guild at Orchids by Hausermann, an annual winter paint-out location.

2019 could be the year to increase artistic skills, learn a new technique, exhibit for the first (or 100th) time, or just have many opportunities to learn from and gain inspiration from fellow artists, all while having fun and enjoying the natural world. Becoming a member of (or renewing membership to) the Nature Artists’ Guild will make it much easier to keep those resolutions!

Please click on this link to the Membership Brochure to learn more. Membership in the Nature Artists’ Guild does not require membership at The Morton Arboretum.  A preview of some of the planned events for 2019 will be coming soon.

Coming Soon For The Nature Artists’ Guild

A few of the upcoming Nature Artists’ Guild’s activities for Autumn, one of the most wonderful times of the year to celebrate nature –

  • This Thursday, August 23, 2018 a paint-out at the Gardens at Ball will take place from 9 until noon for Guild members.  Please click on the highlighted link for more information.
  • On Thursday evening, October 4, 2018,  from 7 until 9 pm, pastel artist Pamela Hamilton (a favorite at last weekend’s Wine and Art Walk) will share some of her techniques and inspirations with Guild members, guests, and visitors at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum.  Check back soon for more about Pamela and her presentation.  The program, sponsored by the Nature Artists’ Guild, is free-of-charge and open to all.
  • The 2018 Holiday (Autumn) Exhibition of Natural History Art, featuring the artwork of Guild members, is scheduled for the weekend of November 3 and 4, 2018, with a reception for Arboretum members and guests of the artists on the evening of Friday, November 2, 2018 in the Cudahy Room of The Morton Arboretum.  Much more to come in the following weeks about this exhibit and the featured artist, Gary Chipman.

    Gardens at Ball. Photo credit

Paint-Out at The Gardens of Ball on August 23, 2018

This post has been updated with the new date for the paint-out.  The paint-out, originally scheduled for August 21, 2018, has been rescheduled due to weather concerns.

So much to sketch. paint or photograph on Thursday, August 23, 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