Nature Artists’ Guild at the Field Museum on September 18, 2019

The Field Museum, one of the world’s largest museums of natural history, has been a gem on Chicago’s lakefront for nearly 100 years.  Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild have been invited to a paint-out among their collections on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 with Artist-in-Residence, Peggy Macnamara.

“On May 2, 1921, crowds lined up for miles to visit the Field Columbian Museum on opening day.” Charles Carpenter. Photo credit http://www.fieldmuseum.org
The Field Museum, Chicago, IL. Photo credit http://www.fieldmuseum.org.

Peggy’s watercolor paintings of birds, fish, mammals, and insects are found throughout the Field Museum and in her behind-the scenes office.  She is the author and illustrator of several natural history and art books, and is an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.  Peggy is also, importantly, a friend of the Nature Artists’ Guild!  She has taught numerous classes and workshops at The Morton Arboretum and at the Field, given several wonderful presentations to the Guild at Thursday evening programs, and has generously hosted Guild members at previous paint-outs at the museum.

Artwork by Peggy Macnamara in her office at The Field Museum. All artwork copyrighted by the artist.

Nature Artists’ Guild members should contact Linn Eldred if they’d like to attend (her contact information can be found in the Nature Artists’ Yearbook).  Attendees will need to meet the group and Peggy at the entrance hall by the gift shop of the Field Museum promptly at 10 am on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 for free admission and a short guided tour.  Artists are then free to wander the vast collections to find their subject matter. The Ronald and Christina Gidwitz Hall of Birds and the dioramas are popular spots for sketching.

The Field Museum’s Ronald and Christina Gidwitz Hall of Birds. Photo credit http://www.fieldmuseum.org.

Attendees will be responsible for their own travel and parking.  The museum’s website has plenty of suggestions for parking, but the cost may be $20 or more, so carpooling is recommended when possible.

Please click on the highlighted links or the images to read much more about the museum and Peggy Macnamara and her artwork.

Coming Soon for the Nature Artists’ Guild

  • There will be a paint-out this September for members of the Nature Artists’ Guild, with the exact date and location to be announced shortly.  Update – the paint-out will be at Chicago’s Field Museum with Peggy Macnamara at 10 am on September 18, 2019. More details to come soon!
  • The prospectus for the 2019 Autumn (Holiday) Exhibition of Natural History Art at The Morton Arboretum will be sent in early September to all members of the Nature Artists’ Guild.  New members are welcome to join the Guild before then to receive a prospectus.
  • Images from the 2019 Summer Encounter are being received from the artists and will be shared here and in the next issue of the Nature Artists’ Quarterly (a members-only publication).
  • A Creative Event has been scheduled for September 5, 2019 at 7 pm at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum for Nature Artists’ Guild members.  Lots of fun and creativity will be in store as members create handmade objects to sell at the Autumn (Holiday) Exhibit.  A list of skills being shared and suggested supplies to bring was sent to members on August 12.  All proceeds from the sales will be used to support the Nature Artists’ Guild.

Cantigny Gardens Paint-Out August 7, 2019

Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild are invited to attend the next paint-out on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 beginning at 9 am at the lovely Cantigny Gardens in Wheaton, IL.

The Gardens at Cantigny beckon you. They tug at your senses, drawing you closer. If you listen carefully, each garden will tell you a story, unfolding with every step. You will feel your body relax as you absorb the landscape and the landscape devours your stress. The hustle of life melts away just a few steps into our 29 acres of flourishing, blooming tranquility.

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Although parts of the garden will be closed for “revitalization”, there will still be plenty of nature to paint in the their gardens of Golden Pond.

There will be no charge for admission or parking for this event. Guild members can arrive any time after 9 am, and stay for as long as they’d like (or until the park closes).

Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild at previous paint-out at Cantigny Gardens.

After sketching, painting, or photographing the beauty of the gardens and grounds, there is much more to do at Cantigny Park, the 500-acre former estate of Colonel Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. Wonderful restaurants and cafes, museums, a visitor’s center and the Cantigny Shop will all be available for participants to enjoy.

Participating Nature Artists’ Guild members are encouraged to contact Linn Eldred if they plan to attend, but last-minute attendees are also welcome! Linn’s contact information can be found in the Nature Artists’ Guild Yearbook or in the e-mail sent to members on July 21. Folding chairs and picnic lunches are allowed in the park. Please click on one of the highlighted links for driving directions and to learn more about Cantigny.

Fabyan Japanese Garden Tour and Paint-Out on Thursday, June 20, 2019

Fabyan Japanese Garden. Photo credit kaneforest.com.

Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley

Installed c. 1910, the Japanese Garden is a tranquil oasis where history melds with nature and design. George and Nelle Fabyan developed an intense appreciation for Japanese culture after visiting Chicago’s 1893 Columbian Exposition, which featured a Japanese Pavilion.  After moving from Chicago to their “villa” outside of Geneva, they commissioned renowned landscape designer Taro Otsuka to design a Japanese style garden on their property.  The nearby river and surrounding woods provided a perfect canvas for a Japanese-style garden, which relies on borrowed scenery for its naturalized vistas.

Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild will receive a tour of the tranquil Fabyan Japanese Garden in Geneva, IL, and an opportunity to sketch, paint, and photograph on the morning of Thursday, June 20, 2019.  The tour will begin at 10 am (although participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes early), and the paint-out will take place afterwards.  Interested Guild members should contact Linn Eldred (whose contact information can be found in their Yearbook or in an email sent to members on May 21) to RSVP and for details and instructions.  The Nature Artists’ Guild will cover all fees for its members for this event.

Please click on one of the highlighted links for more lovely photos, information, and driving directions.

Paint-Out Rescheduled for Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Due to the weather, the Cosley Zoo paint-out originally scheduled for today will be postponed until Tuesday, May 14, 2019 from 2 until 4 pm.

Photo credit CosleyZoo.org

Interested members of the Nature Artists’ Guild should contact Linn Eldred if they would like to attend next week.  All admission fees to the zoo for paint-out participants who contact Linn will be covered by the Nature Artists’ Guild.

This is limited to Nature Artists’ Guild members only.  Linn’s contact information can be found in the Nature Artists’ Guild Yearbook.

Please click on the highlighted link above to read more about the paint-out.

Sorry, But The Chaco Golden Knee Tarantula Will Be Otherwise Engaged On May 14, 2019

Note – This post has been edited to replace the originally scheduled paint-out date of May 7 with the new date, May 14, 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 14, 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 http://www.CosleyZoo.org.

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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