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.

Contacts and Opportunities

Nature Artists’ Guild Vice President, Mary Ann Jimenez, has graciously accepted the additional role of coordinating paint-outs and programs for 2015.  When RSVP’s are required for paint-outs where there is limited space, such as the upcoming one at Orchids by Hausermann’s (additional information coming soon), Mary Ann will be the one to contact. Members can find her contact information in their Yearbook.  

Mary Ann is also our featured artist for the 2015 Holiday Exhibit, so she has a busy schedule ahead of her and would certainly welcome assistance on the Paint-Outs and Programs committee.  Many of our committees could use additional volunteers, so if any of our members are interested in serving, our Nature Artists’ Guild President, Gail Diedrichsen would love to hear from you!  It can be a very rewarding and fun experience and you would be contributing so much to the success of our Guild.

The 2014 Nature Artists’ Guild Scarecrow is Sure To Bring a Smile!

The planning meeting for the 2014 Nature Artists’ Guild’s contribution to The Morton Arboretum’s annual Scarecrow Trail went very well, with all kinds of creative ideas bouncing around.  The winning idea is to construct not an actual scarecrow, but a portrait of a scarecrow, in a very recognizable pose!

Members of the Nature Artists’ Guild are invited to show up to Room A of Thornhill, next Saturday morning, September 13, 2014, between 9 am and noon to help with the construction.  Most of the work will involve painting with acrylics, so wear some old clothes and bring your old tubes or jars of acrylic paint and large brushes if you have them.  If you don’t have any, please come anyway, as there will surely be extra supplies.

If you have any questions or want more details about this fun project, please contact Patty Koenigsaecker.  Members will find Patty’s contact information in their Yearbook.

You can view some of our previous scarecrows (such as Betty Birdwatcher, Patty Painter, Suzy Sketcher) by typing in the word “scarecrow” in the Search box in the right column of this blog.

2014 Nature Artists' Guild Scarecrow.  Drawing by Patty Koenigsaecker.

2014 Nature Artists’ Guild Scarecrow. Drawing by Patty Koenigsaecker.

Looking for Nature Artists’ Guild Volunteers

Our new Nature Artists’ Guild President, Susan Bartlett would like to share this request with our members –

Help Wanted! Volunteers!  We are looking for four members to co-chair two committees: Social Committee and the Ways and Means Committee.
The Social Committee is responsible for the Holiday Party as well as refreshments for all of the general meetings.  The Ways and Means Committee is responsible for the Artisan Shop and Raffle at the two art exhibits.  The former chair people will offer assistance to the new co-chairs.
Both of these positions are fun and great ways to meet and work with other guild members. We really need you!!  Please contact Susan Bartlett or Gail Diedrichsen if you are interested. We look forward to hearing from you!
Nature Artists’ Guild members will find Susan and Gail’s contact information in their Yearbook, or can leave a comment on this post to receive contact information by email.

Busy Betty Birdwatcher

There are just a few more days left to visit “Betty Birdwatcher”on the Scarecrow Trail at the Morton Arboretum.  You can find Betty just outside the door of the Visitor’s Center, at the beginning of the one-mile path around Meadow Lake, and will recognize her by her Nature Artists’ Guild t-shirt.

Betty, created by members of the Nature Artists’ Guild,  will be watching her birds until the end of October, and you can visit the trail between 7 am and sunset.

Betty Birdwatcher, photo credit Kathy Wagner

Betty Birdwatcher, photo credit Kathy Wagner

Betty Birdwatcher Needs Your Help!

This year’s annual Nature Artists’ Guild contribution to the “Scarecrow Trail” at The Morton Arboretum is almost ready for her debut. Betty Birdwatcher will be sporting a spiffy Nature Artists’ Guild t-shirt, a lovely skirt, and her bandanna and hat will be a great help in protecting her from the sun.

Betty’s bird-watching field guide is in her hand, so all she needs now is an old pair of broken binoculars (or an inexpensive pair of toy ones) and a large bird to keep her company as she sets out to spot and sketch the many birds of The Morton Arboretum.

Betty and Friends

Betty and Friends

If you can help her out with either of those items, please contact Suzanne Wegener, our Arboretum liaison, whose information you can find in your Yearbook.  You could also leave us a message by commenting on this post.  

Betty can be found in the “Scarecrow Trail” along Meadow Lake at The Morton Arboretum throughout the month of October .

It’s Never Too Early to Start Planning a Party!

Our best Social Chairperson ever, Gail Diedrichsen, has an announcement for us –

This year’s unique holiday gathering will prove to be something new and very different from past events. The evening will begin with hors d’ oeuvres,  and a viewing of our creative tables, followed by dinner and dessert, an induction of our officers, and our traditional raffle.

Our Holiday Party Committee wants members to get inspired and have fun creating table decorations, while being given an opportunity to learn about the winter holidays and festivals celebrated by other cultures.  This year’s theme, “Winter Holidays Around the World,” is sure to challenge our members’ creativity, while giving our members a glimpse into our planet’s rich diversity.

If you attended last week’s meeting, you are probably already on a team and know how to get started.  If not, please contact Gail to find out more.  You can find her contact information in your Yearbook.  Check back for future updates!