Nature Artists’ Guild Fundraiser for Autumn 2017 Features Original Art on Ceramic

Here are just a few examples of decorative ceramic plates created by members of the Nature Artists’ Guild of The Morton Arboretum at a recent workshop.  These unique original plates will sold for $20 each at the upcoming 2017 Nature Artists’ Guild Holiday Exhibition of Natural History Art. Sales will be on a “first-come, first-serve” basis throughout the exhibit, including at the opening reception.  No pre-sales can be arranged.  All proceeds will go to the Nature Artists’ Guild to be used towards fulfilling their mission.

Please click on the above highlighted links to learn more the Nature Artists’ Guild, the workshop, and the exhibit.  Thank you to Arlene Widrevitz for the photos.

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Nature Painting on Ceramics Workshop for Nature Artists’ Guild Members

The Nature Artists’ Guild fundraising committee will be conducting a new workshop for members only on Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 9:30 until noon at the Thornhill Education Center of The Morton Arboretum.

Participants in this free workshop will learn how to create art on ceramics using oil-based paint markers.  The Nature Artists’ Guild will provide all the ceramic plates and some oil-based paint markers for the workshop, but attendees are asked to bring one Sharpie oil-based paint marker in a color of their choice to share. These markers are widely available in art stores or craft departments.

Sharpie Oil-Based Paint Markers. Photo credit http://www.dickblick.com.

Attendees should also bring a simple nature art design to transfer onto a ceramic plate. Flowers, birds, feathers or leaves would be appropriate, but landscapes are discouraged.

The finished ceramic pieces (for decoration only and not dishwasher safe) will be sold for $20 each at the Autumn (Holiday) Exhibition of Natural History Art in November, with all proceeds going to the Nature Artists’ Guild. Materials and instructions can be provided for participants who would like to take their piece home to complete and return it on November 1 at the exhibit artwork drop-off.

Interested members should contact workshop leaders Jill Adzia or Catherine Stacy to enroll in this fun and easy fundraising project.  Their contact information can be found in the Guild’s Yearbook.

Nature Artists’ Guild members Catherine Stacy, Jill Adzia and Susan Bartlett with their lovely ceramic plates.

Wine and Art Walk at The Morton Arboretum, August 19 and 20, 2017

The Morton Arboretum will be hosting their annual Wine and Art Walk on August 19 and 20, 2017 between 11 am and 5 pm.

Enjoy live music, sip wine, and shop for art as you stroll around Meadow Lake.

Browse this juried art show featuring  Midwest artists. The art show is free with Arboretum admission; there is a fee for the wine and other beverages.

http://www.mortonarb.org/events/wine-and-art-walk

This year, the Nature Artists’ Guild will have a presence inside the Visitor Center as members share their expertise in various media and answer questions about the Guild.  All visitors to The Morton Arboretum and the Wine and Art Walk are invited to stop by and learn more about the Nature Artists’ Guild and observe some of our members in the process of creating nature art.

Nature Artists’ Guild members can contact Linn Eldred or Gary Chipman to check on the availability of opportunities to volunteer for this event.  Linn and Gary’s contact information can be found in the Nature Artists’ Guild Yearbook.

Wine and Art Walk at The Morton Arboretum. Photo credit http://www.mortonarb.org/events/wine-and-art-walk.

Preparations for Next Week’s 2017 Spring Nature Artists’ Guild Exhibit Are Almost Complete

The food is being ordered, the rooms are being prepared, the flowers are being planned, and the exhibiting artists of the Nature Artists’ Guild are busy finishing up details or picking up their work from the framer.

Copyright Nancy Wu, featured artist of the Spring 2017 Nature Artists’ Guild Exhibition

Artwork drop-off (more officially known as Referee Night) is next Wednesday, April 5, 2017 between 6 and 8 pm in the Cudahy Auditorium, located in the Administration & Research Center of The Morton Arboretum.  

The opening of the exhibit and Artists’ Reception takes place on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 5 until 9 pm in the historic Sterling Morton Library, also located in the Administration & Research Center.  Refreshments will be available and all members of The Morton Arboretum as well as guests of the artists are invited. Guests can let the gate attendant know they are there for the exhibit and they will admitted free-of-charge and directed to the location.

The exhibit will continue throughout the weekend of April 8 and April 9, 2017 between 10 am and 4 pm and is open to all Arboretum visitors.  The Cudahy Auditorium is just a short and scenic walk from the Visitor Center.

Artwork pickup will be on Sunday, April 9, 2017 between 4:15 and 4:45 pm.

Volunteers Needed

Jill Adzia is the current Chairperson of the “Ways and Means”, or Fundraising Committee for the Nature Artists’ Guild.  Jill has done a fabulous job in this role (as well as numerous others throughout the years), but would like to step down at the end of the year.  If any member of the Nature Artists’ Guild would like to find out more about working with Jill to learn the role, they are asked to contact Jill, whose contact information can be found in their Yearbook.

Laurie Alvear has also been doing a great job as Co-Chair of the Special (Outside) Exhibitions Committee, along with Gary Chipman.  Laurie will be moving out-of-state very soon, so the Nature Artists’ Guild is looking for an immediate replacement for that position. Any Nature Artists’ Guild member who is interested in learning more about the position may contact Gary Chipman, Laurie Alvear, or Mary Ann Jimenez, whose contact information will also be found in the Nature Artists’ Guild Yearbook.

Volunteering is an enjoyable and fulfilling way to become more involved in the Nature Artists Guild, as well as a great way to forge lasting relationships with fellow artists!

The Annual Garden Art Festival is All of the Above

Is it a paint-out in a wonderful location?  Is it an artwork exhibit?  Is it a membership drive?  Yes, yes, and yes!  

Suzanne Wegener and Karen Johnson at the Nature Artists' Guild Information Table at The Growing Place

Suzanne Wegener and Karen Johnson at the Nature Artists’ Guild Information Table at The Growing Place

The annual Garden Art Festival, Saturday, June 25, 2016 at The Growing Place, 25w471 Plank Rd, Naperville, IL  will feature  “local artists, live music, talks and treats in our gardens” from 9 am until 5 pm.  Each year, the Nature Artists’ Guild is invited to host a table where guests can ask questions, pick up a membership brochure, or just talk with one of our members about the benefits of Nature Artists’ Guild memberships.

Meanwhile, Nature Artists’ Guild members are busy in the gardens sketching, drawing and painting.  Members bring their own chairs or standing easels, and set up throughout the vast display area.  While the Nature Artists’ Guild will not have a booth for selling artwork at this event, it is permissible for participants to bring business cards and a few small examples of previous work or a small portfolio for interested visitors to view.

Any members who would like to participate are asked to contact Mary Ann Jimenez as soon as possible.  Mary Ann’s contact information can be found in the Yearbook.  Please click on the highlighted links above to learn more about The Growing Place and the Garden Art Festival.

Exciting Evening this Thursday for Nature Artists’ Guild!

As if watching three talented artists create beautiful artwork wasn’t enough, Nature Artists’ Guild members have a few other new opportunities awaiting them at this Thursday’s (August 6, 2015) meeting.

  • Nature Artists’ Guild members will have the opportunity to choose some lovely books to purchase from a collection of over sixty, donated by artist and member Margo Heald. The collection includes art instruction books, coffee table books, art history books, and each book will be deeply discounted.  All proceeds will go towards the Nature Artists’ Guild’s general fund and only cash or checks can be accepted as payment (no credit cards, please).  Thank you, Margo!
  • The Nature Artists’ Guild 2015 Holiday Exhibition is not too far away (can you believe it?), and will include a brand new type of fundraiser.
    Photo credit Dick Blick

    Photo credit Dick Blick

    At this Thursday’s meeting, twenty of our members will have the opportunity to bring home a small canvas that they can paint, decoupage, or embellish in almost any way, as long as the finished product reflects the beauty of nature. These canvases will be hung together in a wonderful mosaic-like fashion at the upcoming exhibit, and each sold for a set price (to be announced at the meeting).  First come, first serve!  All proceeds will go to the Nature Artists’ Guild.

  • As always, guests and visitors are welcome to attend this Nature Artists’ Guild presentation (click here to read more about the event). Admission and parking are free, and visitors need only let the gate attendant at The Morton Arboretum know that they are there to attend the Nature Artists’ Guild program.