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
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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.
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
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
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 .